It didn't take me very long to decide on how I would study kanji, but it did take me some time to decide. I have a complicated relationship with kanji because of the way that I learned Japanese. Despite how much I read Japanese, I don't really know very many kanji. When I'm reading … Continue reading How I’m Studying Kanji
A major reason why a lot of people give up on learning Japanese is never having learned how to create sentences. Textbooks like Genki can be great resources, but the problem is that they usually teach you "cookie-cutter" Japanese. There's little room for error when you are creating "custom" sentences because the books are very … Continue reading Making Sentences With A Limited Vocabulary
You need to practice speaking Japanese if you want to get better. No excuses or exceptions. As an introvert who simultaneously struggles with a bad case of social anxiety, I definitely understand how difficult it can get to practice talking in another language. I struggle to talk with most people in my own language, so … Continue reading Don’t Let Anxiety Stop You From Speaking
I've finally come up with an effective method for studying grammar. As an intermediate to advanced learner, studying grammar becomes more complex because the ideas that you're now learning to express and understand have become complex. You've gone from saying "I like dogs" to "my life would be incomplete if I'd never received the … Continue reading Studying Advanced Japanese Grammar
An important step in becoming fluent in Japanese is speaking. You have to do it, so it's best you start as soon as possible. Practicing talking with another person will expose your vocabulary and grammar gaps, which can actually be a good thing. I know that getting started and sustaining language-exchange relationships can be very … Continue reading Scouting Out A Language Partner
I've come to accept that part of the reason that my fluency level plateaus while I'm in America is because of my lack of exposure to the language and it's all my fault. I don't listen to enough podcasts, watch enough Japanese speaking TV shows, I don't make nearly enough of an effort to speak … Continue reading Is language immersion realistic?