My Experience Taking The JLPT

I did it! 8 days ago, I finally took the JLPT for the first time!

Where did I take the exam?

Where I live, there’s no nearby testing center to take the JLPT, so I decided to travel to Washington, D.C. to take it. The weather was very cold and damp, but I’m just grateful that there wasn’t any snow.

How long did I prepare for the exam? What did I study?

Leading up to taking the JLPT, I began studying Continue reading “My Experience Taking The JLPT”


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”

Progress Report #2



June has come to an end and my summer goals are wrapping up very nicely. I’ve learned all 389 common words (that I didn’t know before this summer) and completed the memrise course! While that is applause worthy, and I will be giving myself a pat on the back, it should’ve happened sooner. I failed to create a realistic schedule that I could stick to, so I didn’t learn as fast as I could’ve. Truthfully, I should’ve finished that vocabulary list a week and a half ago (at the latest), but the lesson of creating a realistic schedule was learned and I will be creating my July schedule very soon and posting it to my instagram. Continue reading “Progress Report #2”