Japanese Study Tools – Japanese Words http://www.japanesewords.net From Japanese Words to Japanese Fluency Wed, 23 Jan 2013 03:33:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.10 Remembering the Kanji in 58 Days (Day 3) http://www.japanesewords.net/1179/remembering-the-kanji-in-58-days-day-3/ Tue, 06 Nov 2012 05:51:19 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=1179

Highlighted kanji have been learned.

I just finished with day 3 and am up to 172 Kanji with a very high retaining rate. I also have them all reviewed in Anki and highlighted on the Kanji Poster.

I am a bit ahead of schedule, but I am doing it on purpose. I figure I will study as many as I can in these early stages while it is fun and exciting. That way I won’t have as big of a workload as the reviews get longer.

Today I studied about 70 Kanji in about 30 minutes and then reviewed 74 cards in 11 minutes with Anki. All together less than one hour.

I look forward to your comments and hearing about your own progress.

I should mention that studying the kanji won’t teach you any Japanese words or grammar along the way. It will however, teach you the basic meanings of the kanji and how to recognize and write them.


Learning 2042 Kanji in just 58 Days http://www.japanesewords.net/1172/learning-2042-kanji-in-just-58-days/ http://www.japanesewords.net/1172/learning-2042-kanji-in-just-58-days/#comments Mon, 05 Nov 2012 07:30:07 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=1172

Is it possible? Many of you are probably thinking no! However, there are others who have done it. I won’t be the first. I should point out that I wouldn’t recommend this method for everyone. I have a lot of experience with kanji, I studied Japanese in the US, attended Waseda University in Tokyo, and currently live in Japan. Unfortunately, I haven’t taken the time to learn all 2042 kanji and make sure that I can recall and write them whenever I want.

I’ve decided that NOW is that time!

I calculated that to reach my goal of 2042 kanji in 58 57 days that I need to study at least 36 kanji per day. I actually started yesterday, and studied 52 yesterday and 52 today. So two days and I am now at 104 Kanji. For the first couple hundred I will probable keep this pace to give myself a little leeway at the end.

So what better time than to learn the kanji than to study along with me!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Remembering the Kanji 1: I did a full review on this book and was really impressed with the method it uses to teach kanji. You can get it here. (Purchasing using this link helps support this site.
  • Anki: We will be using this to review the kanji and make sure we are remembering them correctly. The full set of RTK cards can be downloaded from their site.
  • Reviewing the Kanji: I recommend an account here so that you can check out different stories for help (This will make more sense to you once you start). The downloadable card set in Anki already contains the links.
  • Kanji Poster: Recommended if you want to see the kanji all in one place. Cool to have, but not really necessary to reach our goal. (Link also helps support this site).
How to Study Kanji for this project
  1. Choose your finish date, and then divide the number of kanji by the number of days you have left. In my case 2042 kanji/58 days=36 kanji per day.
  2. Study the Kanji using the Remembering the Kanji book.
  3. Review the kanji you have learned in Anki. I usually wait at least a couple of hours before reviewing.
  4. Mark off or highlight kanji you know on the kanji poster (not necessary, but will help give me a visual of my progress)
  5. Rinse and repeat, until you have conquered all the kanji.
  6. Make sure you continue to study Anki and also use your learned kanji to read Japanese.
So, in order to stay motivated, lets do it together! I will be posting about my progress, and please feel free to leave comments or questions about yours.




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Japanese Video Lesson Survey http://www.japanesewords.net/1135/japanese-video-lesson-survey/ Tue, 08 May 2012 07:17:36 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=1135 In a few days I will be travelling to Tokyo and Nagano for a friend’s wedding. While I am there, I thought I would shoot some video and Japanese conversation so everyone can learn some real world phrases and words. If there are enough people who are interested in the videos, I will also continue to make them when I get back to Okinawa.

To find out what kinds of videos and situations you might be interested in I have have created a short survey.

It will be very helpful if you can fill it out and give your opinion. You can find it at the link below.


I look forward to getting your feedback.


Introducing Yourself in Japanese http://www.japanesewords.net/1056/introducing-yourself-in-japanese/ http://www.japanesewords.net/1056/introducing-yourself-in-japanese/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 06:23:22 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=1056 A few days ago I made a video on YouTube talking about how to introduce yourself in Japanese. You can find that video here: Learn Japanese. I asked that everyone make video responses and post them up, and that I would comment on the videos with any tips that I had.

I have had two great submissions and I wanted to post those videos here for everyone to see. Feel free to leave helpful comments you might have and when you get the chance please make a video yourself and post it as a video response.



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How to Study Japanese Faster by Using Anki http://www.japanesewords.net/974/how-to-study-japanese-faster-by-using-anki/ http://www.japanesewords.net/974/how-to-study-japanese-faster-by-using-anki/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 07:13:14 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=974 I recently made a video showing how to install and use Anki. If you aren’t using Anki (or something like it), then you definitely want to check out the video and get it as soon as possible. It will help you learn much, much faster.

Also, I will be posting more videos of stuff here in Japan more often so please subscibe if you are interested.


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Taking advantage of Japanese Study Tools http://www.japanesewords.net/970/taking-advantage-of-japanese-study-tools/ Thu, 17 Feb 2011 04:00:01 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=970 It has been a while since I have had a chance to write on Japanese Words, but I hope that everyone’s studying is going well. Today I want to talk about something that I see as a big problem when it comes to learning Japanese. Something that has more to do with the learner and less to do with the materials. What I am talking about is not taking advantage of various helpful tools.

It’s true that not all tools are very helpful, and they certainly aren’t all equal. However, there are also tools that can help accelerate your learning. For example, Anki has the ability to help you learn more material, quicker, and better than using regular flash cards. And yet I find there are a lot of people who aren’t willing to give it a try or put in the time to set it up.

Let’s face it, there are no short cuts to learning Japanese. You need to put in the time and practice. But there are tools that can make that time more efficient. This doesn’t mean that you need to try out every single learning tool. But it will probably be worth your time to try out the ones that a lot of people (especially the one’s who can speak) use.

Japanese Books and a Japanese Dictionary http://www.japanesewords.net/961/japanese-books-and-a-japanese-dictionary/ http://www.japanesewords.net/961/japanese-books-and-a-japanese-dictionary/#comments Fri, 08 Oct 2010 03:01:44 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=961 It’s been a while since I have had a chance to post here on Japanese words. Hopefully every one’s studying is going well and you are all on your way to fluency. I have been pretty busy with putting together a wedding, having family visit, and all the chaos that goes along with that.

I have also been trying to clean up around the house and have some Japanese books I need to get rid of. I have listed them all below along with prices. If you are interested, please comment below. I will be responding in the order the comments show up so it is a first come first serve basis. I also have some special edition “Initial D” manga if anyone is interested. The books are about the series rather than part of the story and each one has a special collectors item (paper ae86, stickers, team cards, etc)

Payment can be made through paypal.

Remembering the Kana

$10 including shipping


Kanji Power Handbook for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (practically brand new)

$15 including shipping


Langenscheidt’s Pocket Dictionary: Japanese

$10 including shipping


Handbook of Learning Japanese and Life in Japan

Free + $5 shipping

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Kanji Flash Cards Contest http://www.japanesewords.net/934/kanji-flash-cards-contest/ http://www.japanesewords.net/934/kanji-flash-cards-contest/#comments Mon, 10 May 2010 03:46:03 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=934

Hey Everyone! The results are in and the flash card winners have been chosen, and e-mails have been sent. If you sent in an essay, please check your e-mail to see if you won.

The judges were quite impressed with everyones motivation to learn Japanese, and especially impressed with those who made an effort to write in Japanese. Keep up the good work.

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Free Kanji/Kana Flash Cards http://www.japanesewords.net/931/free-kanjikana-flash-cards/ http://www.japanesewords.net/931/free-kanjikana-flash-cards/#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 03:53:56 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=931

This post is going to be really, really short.  This is just a reminder to let everyone know that the final deadline for submitting your essay for the Kanji/Kana flash cards contest  is tomorrow, Friday April 23 (Japan time). I look forward to getting all your essays and reading about your studies with Japanese.

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Japanese Flash Card Contest Judges http://www.japanesewords.net/920/japanese-flash-card-contest-judges/ Wed, 14 Apr 2010 15:02:04 +0000 http://www.japanesewords.net/?p=920 We are starting to get our first essays in for the Japanese flash card contest, so I figured now would be a good time to put on a little information about the three judges. As I mentioned before, there are three judges who will be reviewing the essays and all have experience with Japanese and English. Here they are.

The final deadline is April 23 (Japan time), so remember to send your essay in soon!

Eri Kobayashi

Eri is originally from Tokyo where she has spent the majority of her life. After high school, Eri moved to California to study abroad. She spent her first two years at a community college, and then went on to graduate from CSU Sacramento with a BA in Family Consumer Science. After working in the US for a short time, she returned to Japan to work for a company in Tokyo. Currently, Eri lives in Miyakojima and teaches English to children. She also teaches Japanese on Edufire.

Masa Kitada

Masa is also Japanese, and is originally from Hiroshima. Having a fascination for plants and insects, Masa graduated from Tokai University with a degree in Entomology. He now works for the Japanese government as a plant quarantine inspection officer. Since he does a lot of field research as well as working at airports, Masa studies English both because he enjoys it and because it is a necessity for his job.

Nick Lancaster

Nick is originally from California. Having a fascination with ninjas as a kid (ninja turtles anyone?), he eventually became interested in the samurai and feudal Japan. While pursuing an international business degree at CSU Sacramento, Nick went abroad to study at Waseda University to live in Japan and improve his Japanese. He enjoyed it so much he returned to Japan after graduation to work for a University in Tokyo helping students come to Japan. He currently lives in Miyakojima enjoying the beautiful oceans of Okinawa.