J-News: Major Chain Restaurants Issue Joint-Coupon to Counter “Middle Meals”

This is going to be my first news article breakdown, inspired by another blogger that I follow. My hope is that this will motivate me to read the news, while simultaneously expanding my vocabulary and grammar comprehension. Continue reading “J-News: Major Chain Restaurants Issue Joint-Coupon to Counter “Middle Meals””


Progress Report #3

August is here! And I *think* my Japanese has gotten better since the summer started. Continue reading “Progress Report #3”

The Goofy Reason Why I Don’t Like Anime


“Do you watch anime?” There are about 5 common questions that I am asked when someone finds out that I speak Japanese. This one would be #2. Continue reading “The Goofy Reason Why I Don’t Like Anime”

How I’m Studying Kanji


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 in Japanese, I either look up kanji as I go, guess from context, or skip the kanji all together. It’s always worked for me when I needed it to, but it has set me back. I’ve studied Japanese for years now, yet I hardly know any kanji. だめだよね。I was feeling really upset with myself about this and literally the next day, one of my favorite YouTubers mentioned that she has the same issue.  Continue reading “How I’m Studying Kanji”

Making Sentences With A Limited Vocabulary


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 specific about what they’re expecting you to say. Even if you’re taking a Japanese course, unless you’re paying for 1-on-1 time with a tutor, your teacher won’t likely have the time to help you to personalize your language learning experience. In this way, I guess I am lucky to have not really taken any classes because the Japanese that I speak is not very formal and I’m used to just saying what’s on my mind- not a textbook response. Continue reading “Making Sentences With A Limited Vocabulary”

July Study Plan


I am still deciding how I want to keep my recently learned vocabulary fresh in my mind. I’ve got some creative ideas, but for now I’ll just keep reviewing them on memrise at least 3 times per week. Continue reading “July Study Plan”

Common Obstacles for Newbies

Common Obstacles

Although the majority of my content will focus on bridging the intermediate-to-advanced language gap, I do also want to discuss bridging the newcomer-to-beginner gap that exists for people who have just begun to study Japanese. There are some common obstacles that I know of that cause people to give up when they first begin to self-study Japanese. Continue reading “Common Obstacles for Newbies”