Always Sticking With Japanese – Interview with Japanese Level Up

Always Sticking With Japanese

I recently did an interview with Japanese Level Up, talking about my experience studying Japanese. This was a fairly short interview but seemed to help a fair number of people in terms of motivation! Basically, it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to study Japanese. Go at your own pace and keep working on it! Always Sticking with Japanese no Matter What   Read More…

My Experience Making Movies in Japan

by Max, founder of Shield and Sword Productions and creator of Cyber Ninja Tekkaraiger   Tokusatsu; Live action Japanese special effects cinema. For most of the world the only reference they have is Godzilla and Power Rangers. But the number of productions that fall into this category are endless. Many people are making them independently across the world. Being a fan of anime since before I was born, I eventually stumbled onto tokusatsu at university. Since then I have become hooked on it along with anime. I wanted to combine this with my other passion of film production, to make my own original tokusatsu series.… Read More…

How to Draw Kanji

how to draw kanji

by Gabriel from Koipun Why learn to draw Kanji? In the era smartphones and computers, is it still worth it to learn how to draw kanji i.e. Japanese handwriting? Nowadays even native Japanese speakers are having a hard time maintaining their handwriting skills. Why should a Japanese learner bother with handwriting? There are actually several great reasons why you should learn Japanese handwriting in this day and age. It is magic. Being able to write kanji by hand from memory feels like being able to cast magic spells, and it is! Being able to write out so many different characters by… Read More…

Japanese Study Based on Incredible Experiences – Interview With Koipun

I had a fantastic interview with Gabriel at Koipun all about my experience studying Japanese. Mostly covering all the things I failed at but learnt from when studying Japanese! And how I’ve used these experiences to write articles for Japanese Talk Online to help others not make the same mistakes. Japanese study methods based on incredible experiences Jennifer shares how she continuously experiments with her learning methods and the story behind the learning insights she has striven for. Read More…

Using Anime in Japanese Studies

How would you react if I told you that anime could be a great tool for studying Japanese? “Anime Is Not Good For Japanese” Maybe some of you view the idea of studying Japanese through anime with skepticism. Throughout the Internet, there are a lot of arguments against utilizing anime – and I for one, actually agree. Here are some of the reasons why anime is not a good resource: 1. The Voice Acting Voice acting is a respected form of performance in Japan. In fact, Japanese fans sometimes choose to watch an anime just based on the appearance of… Read More…

Chronic Illness and Disability on the JET Program

Chronic Illness and Disability on the JET Program

I interviewed a friend of mine who is working as an ALT (assistant language teacher) on the JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching). She wanted to tell her story about her experience working in Japan with chronic illness and hoped it would be helpful to others worried about their own disabilities.   Who are you? I’m a third year JET ALT who teaches junior high and elementary English in Eastern Japan. In my third year, I became a member of a prefectural JET committee which creates prefecture-wide conferences and seminars for all JETs. I am also an ALT leader at… Read More…

Advice on Short-term Study Abroad in Japan

  This is a guest post written by Jennifer from Japan Therapy. I’ve had guest posts before but this is my first collaboration! I wrote an article for her site on Visiting Japan on a Budget while Becoming Fluent in Japanese. Her site and facebook details are below so definitely check her stuff out! — Studying abroad in Japan is a great way to get introduced to the country. Living in another country for a while can be difficult at times, especially if it’s your first time out your home country. A short-term study abroad program is a perfect way… Read More…

Let’s go! Ikimashou! – Guest Post

行きましょう! (Let’s go! Ikimashou!)             So imagine… you’re teaching English in Japan and winter vacation rolls around. Oh, what will you do? Well, ☆THIS GUY☆ decided to hit up Tokyo, because… why not?! 行きましょう to Akihabara(秋葉原), the Electric Town of Tokyo! Akihabara is also known as the geek (オタク otaku)mecca of Japan. If you are a geek who loves video games (テレビゲーム terebi gemu) and comics (まんが manga) you need to come here someday. I always come here to check out video games. And, my favorite ramen(らめん) shop, Kyushu Jangara Ramen, just so happens to be in Akihabara too.   … Read More…

A Foreigner Sumo Wrestling in Japan – Guest Post

I was a Shindeshi:A Foreigner’s Chance at a Japanese Sport     Sumo (相撲: sumou), I have been familiar with the sport for a while now, because of my interest in Japanese culture, but I never really imagained that I would throw on a mawashi (廻し: a thick waisted loin cloth), be thrown into the dohyou (土俵: the ring made from clay and sand for sumo bouts), and do well!   Firstly, I am currently an ALT with the JET Program working for the Board of Education in Katagami City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. I am really greatful to be working… Read More…

Giving and Receiving in Japanese

-Guest Post from Wana10- Hello! Niffer asked if I’d write a post for J-talk and I decided why the heck not. But what to talk about? Let’s focus today on a very important bit of Japanese grammar that seems to give some people problems; Giving and Receiving. (As for importance an entire subsection of the listening portion of my JLPT N2 test was based on this so…learn it!) まずは First we need a brief refresher on the important concept in Japanese of ‘Us vs. Them’. Once you get beyond basic phrases like “I like sushi” and “that cat is cute” you… Read More…