Wow, it’s been a while! I’m so sorry that we fell off the face of the Earth again. I guess it’s safe to say we’ll be no Katzumoto (in his quest for learning Japanese he did it in 18 months with immersion). The immersion method works well as long as you keep trekking and don’t [...]
Here are two more music mixes for you all! We’ve had a lot of positive responses surrounding the mixes, so thank you very much to everyone who has sent us email or comments regarding it, especially about the Talkshow & Storytime mixes. I promise to continue making them! Is there anything else you’d like to [...]
永次 and I love dumplings(ぎょうざ) even though they can sometimes take quite a while to make. Since we no longer consume dairy products(乳製品), finding pre-made dumpling wrappers without egg(鶏卵) in them proved to be quite a challenge! It seemed every where we went and every package we turned over had it in the ingredients. I [...]
Quick, it’s time to quiz yourself for fun! Take note of the time and go ahead and try to identify as many Kanji and hiragana in the photographs as you can. When you’ve identified all you know, see how long it took you and how many you were able to read. It’s okay if you [...]
Recently I’ve been trying a lot of different methods of learning Japanese. My last post was about how great Hesig’s method of learning is and how learning the English meaning of the Kanji first is very important since it will give you a base to work from that can quite easily launch you into fluency.
Hi again! I know what you’re thinking, “My goodness, so soon?!” Well, I wanted to share a movie that 永次 and I watched the other day. (It’s a lot happier than the movie I watched today, that’s for sure!) ホッタラケの島 〜遥と魔法の鏡〜 is a 2009 release which won several film festival awards, and I can see [...]
You may or may not have heard before that it’s a good idea when learning through immersion to regard yourself as a child once and a while. Look for children’s stories, cartoons, books, and so forth to really start learning in the way that native speakers teach their native children. This is really good advice. [...]
Last week we went to an Asian mall and market to “refuel” and picked up a batch of immersion goodies, including an overload of 赤みそ and お好みソース! Right now (and not pictured) ピーチガール is playing in the background and keeping me company while I work. I’ve been trying to think of ways to post more [...]
In April, 永次 and I fell off the Immersion Train. (Yes, I’m making that a term now.) Not completely, though, it was more like we weren’t immersing ourselves as much as we should have been. We made excuses, like catching up on our favorite American TV shows, and then slowly our 90% Japanese time became [...]
I’m an avid reader of www.alljapaneseallthetime.com. In fact, it’s what inspired 桃 and I to really start learning Japanese full-time. I could go on about how amazing this site is for hours, and how you should probably be reading it before reading Kanji and Tea, but for the sake of brevity, I won’t. Go and [...]
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