JapanesePod101 Review

Hey gang!  Before we even get started with this Japanesepod101 review, I want to let you know that YES, I am an affiliate for the Japanese pod. If you decide purchase this program through any of the links on this page, I do earn a commission for it.  However, I do want you to know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I haven’t tried myself.  That being said, Japanesepod101 has been and continues to be an effective study tool for me.  As of 2017, I Continue Reading …

Learn Hiragana Two: Stroke Order

Welcome to part two of our three-part, learn hiragana, article series. Didn't get a chance to read Part One? Click Here! In our previous article we took a look the pronunciation of the 46 hiragana characters. If you haven’t read part one of this series (especially for any beginning Japanese students) please click here to read it now. For those who have read it, I have a surprise for you, a 15-question pop quiz! Mwuhahahaha...ahem: How do you pronounce the following, characters? No Continue Reading …

Learn Hiragana One: Pronunciation

Welcome to part one of a three-part, learn hiragana article series. If you’ve ever had any interest in the Japanese language, you may have heard about hiragana before. Hiragana is the most basic of Japan's three writing systems (hiragana, katakana, and kanji). In a previous article we discussed four important reasons to learn hiragana. Now that you know why hiragana are important, let’s take things a step further. Today let’s focus on an essential aspect of understanding hiragana: Continue Reading …

The Five Japanese Demos

I know this is a bit out of order, but I recently did a post about Doraemon's dokodemo door. In essence it's a door that allows you to go anywhere. After writing that post I decided to make this quick post about some very important "demo" words that I hear in Japanese. The five Japanese demo words that you might find useful are 1. いつでも Itsudemo - Anytime 2. なんでも 何でも Nandemo - Whatever 3. どこでも Dokodemo - Wherever, Anywhere 4. だれでも Daredemo - Anyone, Anybody (pronounced "dah-ray demo" Continue Reading …

The Introduction to Japanese Antonyms

Is anybody out there a Nickelodeon fan? No, I mean a REAL Nickelodeon fan! I want you to rewind the clock...Snick!? Oh man, that would be an awesome place to stop because it was the first time I ever saw Doug, Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, and Are You Afraid of the Dark...but keep going. I’m talking about the first Nickelodeon show I ever saw that used slime. I’m talking about You Can’t Do That On Television! This show was a classic and I was looking at a little bit of it on You Tube. Continue Reading …