My First Elementary School Kanji Class

I sat in on the last 20 minutes of 2nd grade, Japanese elementary school kanji class today and it was amazing! I feel like such an idiot for not going sooner. I honestly don’t know why I’ve avoided attending class, but I haven’t been going. Maybe I thought I would feel a bit stupid being this big guy sitting in a class of 2nd graders who know so much more Japanese than I do. Today was just one of those days where everything lined up. I got to school a lot earlier than normal, had more the Continue Reading …

My Journey to 1000 Kanji: #61-75 (Week 5)

Here is the next set of kanji, numbers sixty-one to seventy-five. I did the best I could making the sentences, they may not be completely natural, but we all have to start somewhere, right? I’ve also decided to start adding some video to these so I can practice writing the kanji in the correct stroke order. I hope it helps you to learn more about the Japanese writing system, and helps me remember more in the process. 61.聞- The kanji for Continue Reading …

My Journey to 1000 Kanji: #46-60 (Week 4)

Okay, so it's on the the next set. ENJOY! 46.子- The Japanese symbol for child. Also the rat in the Chinese zodiac. On-yomi: シ shi、スsu Kun-yomi: こ ko Sentence: 子どものとこ、たくさんえいがいをみました。Kodomo no toki, takusan eiga wo mimashita. When I was a child, I watched a lot of movies. 47.京- The kanji for capital. On-yomi: N/A Kun-yomi: キョウ kyou、ケイkei Sentence: いっしょうに東京にいきましょう。Isshou ni Tokyo ni ikimashou. Let’s go to Tokyo together. 48.国- This symbol means country. On-yomi:コク Continue Reading …

100 Japanese Verbs You Should Know (Part 5)

Okay, this is it! Here are numbers 81-100 of the "100 Japanese Verbs You Should Know" series. I hope you have enjoyed learning these verbs as much as I've enjoyed providing them. If you can quickly and easily recall these verbs, it'll be the start of a strong Japanese foundation. Please be sure to review Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and this final component of the series. Here we go! 81. Suwaru- すわる 座る- To sit 82. Tatsu- たつ 立つ- To stand 83. Kenkasuru- けんかする 喧嘩する- To fight/ To Continue Reading …

Six Factors for Good Japanese

In many respects, Japanese can be a difficult language to learn. Especially to the western newbie who hasn't taken the hiragana/katana plunge just yet. I like to think that a person's language abilities are based around six key factors: 1) speaking, 2) listening/listening comprehension, 3) reading/reading comprehension, 4) writing, 5) vocabulary, and 6) grammar. If a person has a solid foundation in these six things, I thing their Japanese will be quite sound as well. 1. SPEAKING I am Continue Reading …