There are a lot of books to learn Japanese from, but not all of them are good. I even portrayed one in “Why Your Language Book is Holding Your Japanese Back” where I show what the book has, and why it is a problem for learning Japanese. Something I came to terms with a long […]

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Studying Your Japanese Better With a Tablet

December 5, 2011 Japanese Language

In my last post I mentioned I was starting over with Hesig Remembering the Kanji, and I did. However, the amount of time I was dedicating to studying wasn’t as much as I had hoped, or as efficient. So it has taken me a lot longer to study and get through kanji, however while I […]

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Regrouping and Focusing on Attainable Things

July 20, 2011 Japanese Language
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One of the hardest parts about learning, blogging, or even living life is losing focus on what you want. Losing site of the goal, getting distracted and veering off course. Over the last year and half I have done that with learning Japanese. Its time to get back on a path and start again. This […]

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Real Use of Rosetta Stone

July 13, 2011 Japanese Language
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Rosetta Stone has some very interesting things going for it. From being sold all over the place to their “unique” selling proposition of being the perfect way to learn a new language. I got it a long time ago, and to be honest found a bit of success. Over the last year my study of […]

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Because 〜から

October 6, 2010 Grammar

We go through life constantly having to explain our actions to others. It is no difference in Japanese as any other language. The most common way to do this is to use から. There are a couple of ways below. The biggest thing is to just pay attention to the patterns and how the sentences […]

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~てすみませんでした, I’m Sorry

September 29, 2010 Conjugation

This is another て-form addon, noticing a pattern? There back in the main te-form post I hinted at teform being used to conjugate other things a lot. You are now starting to see that. In this case it is a way to apologize for something you have, or haven’t, done. Something You Did The crux […]

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〜ておく Preparation Time

September 21, 2010 Conjugation

おく is here to help. Especially since it is a helping verb about us preparing for something. ておく is actually て-form + おく: て+おく It also conjugations like a normal u-verb. So your conjugations should work. Here are some example sentences. 明日試験があるので、今晩勉強しておきます。 あしたしけんがあるので、こんばんべんきょうしておきます。 Since there will be an exam tommorow, I will study tonight. 明日は雨が降りますから、バケツをかっておきました。 […]

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Japanese Alphabet Study Guide

August 16, 2010 Reviews

From the creator or Tae-Kims guide to Japanese for the iPhone here is a guest post by a friend of mine, Ronald Timoshenko. This is a bit about his new application Japanese Alphabet Study Guide and why he decided to write it. History After completing the “Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese” app (or just […]

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Jisho Japanese Dictionary for OS X

August 11, 2010 Reviews

Being a developer on the Microsoft stack, which I love, me getting a mac is pretty big. Well recently I purchased one so I can do some iPad/iPhone development on, which I own neither. Anyway I have spent the last couple of weeks looking for software that is comparable to what I use on my […]

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Start Using New Verbs

March 26, 2010 Conjugation
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Learning new verbs is easy, for the most part, but using new verbs is a bit of a pain. This pain leads to apprehension when using Japanese, and trying to use this vocabulary we have never used before. However, only through use can we become comfortable with the verb. One of the conundrums of new […]

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