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Japanesepod101 Black Friday Sale

Japanesepod101 Black Friday Sale

**Disclaimer: I get a percentage of sales made through the links on this page which helps support this site. Having said that, I believe this is a good program and would not recommend it otherwise. **

I wrote about this yesterday, but Black Friday is here, and Japanesepod101 has an amazing deal. They are offering 51% OFF their Japanese language suites. Each one containing Japanese lessons, words, grammar, and fun material you can take with you and learn on the go.

I often talk about finding short spaces in your day to fit in Japanese study. It is better to study once or twice a day for 10 minutes than once a week for two hours. This program makes that possible. It allows you to learn anywhere.

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If you choose the premium plus package, you even have access to 1 on 1 Japanese teacher. Both the Premium and Premium plus plans give you 2000 words to study, as well as a ton of grammar, fun lessons, and spaced-repetition flash cards.

Investments in yourself are the ones that last the longest and mean the most. Learning Japanese isn’t easy, but it is worth it. It opens up amazing opportunities. Japanesepod101 helps make learning Japanese funner and makes it much easier to learn on the go.

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Happy Thanksgiving and a Great Deal

Happy Thanksgiving and a Great Deal

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**Disclaimer: I get a percentage of sales made through the links on this page which helps support this site. Having said that, I believe this is a good program and would not recommend it otherwise. **

I hope you are having a wonderful day and for those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!

It has been about two weeks since I returned to the US from Japan and it has gotten cold. We already have our first snow. Japan was also unusually warm while I was there, as seen by the typhoon that hit. The temperature started dropping about the time that we left Tokyo, so Japan will soon be in winter as well.

Japanese Pod101 Black Friday Sale

For those not aware, the day after Thanksgiving in the US, which is always held on a Thursday, is called Black Friday. Stores hold major sales with deep discounts and shoppers go crazy.

This year, Japanesepod101 is offering 51% off of its Japanese language learning suite on Black Friday. It’s a great program, and it’s the biggest discount I have ever seen from them.

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There is no better investment than investing in yourself. I feel this is especially true when learning a language. Learning Japanese has allowed me to study and work in Japan, travel throughout Japan, and create amazing relationships. Putting in the time to learn Japanese is one of the best investments I have made in my life.

This is a great program with lots of content at a great price. It is definitely worth it. If you are able to get this program, I recommend you do. If not, do something today to study at least a little Japanese. Watch some anime, read some books, or watch Youtube. Small investments add up to make a big difference

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Is Fear Slowing Your Japanese Language Progress?

Is Fear Slowing Your Japanese Language Progress?

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I have a close Japanese friend who has been learning English for over 10 years. I know that she has been learning for at least 10 years because she was a pretty good speaker when she first attended my class nearly 10 years ago.

Though she doesn’t have the opportunity on a daily basis, she speaks very well. Well enough that she could find a job using English in Japan. In fact, I recommended that she do so.

She says she needs to study more. That she needs to study more grammar and that she doesn’t speak good enough to do anything serious.

The truth is that she is afraid. Afraid she won’t understand. Afraid she will be embarrassed. Afraid everyone will find out how bad at English she really is.

She is so busy being afraid and focusing on what she doesn’t know, she can’t see how much she really does. It’s a perception problem created by fear.

Fear Stops Opportunity

In order to learn Japanese, or any language, you have to be willing to get out of your comfort range. If you try to learn all of the grammar structures and words before you start speaking, you’ll never start speaking. And it’s important to start speaking as soon as possible. You should start speaking on day one.

The earlier you start speaking Japanese in your studies, the faster you will learn.

But fear stops us from pursuing speaking opportunities and engaging with Japanese speakers. It makes us think, what if I make a mistake? What if they laugh at me? What if I can’t understand? It’s the voice that says “don’t try to speak to them, just keep your eyes down”.

Fear pulls our focus to what we might not know and the bad things that might happen. It forces us to overestimate the negatives and underestimate the positives.

For example, the humor of making a mistake when speaking Japanese will strengthen the bond you have with that person and it will help you remember the correct way to say it. The chance that person is offended because your English isn’t perfect is near zero.

How to Get Over Fear of Speaking Japanese

Getting rid of fear is both difficult and simple. It’s difficult because it requires doing the thing you are afraid of and simple because you know exactly what to do. If you are afraid of speaking Japanese, speak Japanese.

Yes, you will make mistakes. You will mispronounce, and not understand, and misunderstand, but you will learn, and you will have fun. You will get better. You will learn where you need to study more and where you are strong.

You Can’t Get Better If you Stay in Your Comfort Zone

After my friend explained to me that her English skills weren’t good enough to pursue the opportunities we discussed, she told me that she wished someone could speak with her and tell her where she needs to improve. She feels she isn’t good enough, but she isn’t sure where to improve.

I went through this myself. I felt that my Japanese wasn’t as good as it should be. But I wasn’t sure what I needed to learn to make it better. I was living in Japan. I spoke Japanese 100% of the time, and yet, I still felt I wasn’t good enough. If only someone could tell me exactly what I needed to learn to get better.

It has been ten years since I remember feeling that way. I have had some time to think about it and reflect on it. I have also read dozens of books on learning, language, and habits since then and put that knowledge to use to learn new skills.

Here is what I realized: This feeling comes when you want to get better, but are afraid to get out of your comfort zone and go to the next level.

You feel you aren’t good enough for the next level and instead of trying and learning, you try to first gain more skills. But since you don’t experience the next level, you don’t know what you need to learn. If you knew, you’d be getting better rather than worrying.

Fear creates a vicious circle. You are afraid you aren’t good enough, so you don’t try. And you don’t get better because you don’t try.

Try, Fail, Try Again

Failing is not the worst thing, failing to try is. If you try, then you learn. This knowledge makes you smarter, better, and more likely to succeed the next time.

You can’t learn Japanese if you think you must speak perfectly. You have to make mistakes to learn. It’s part of the process. This is true in anything we do.

Get used to failing and making mistakes. Think of it as a game. Try, fail, make adjustments with the knowledge you gained from failing, and try again.

You Decide Your Japanese Level

Only you can decide your Japanese speaking level. No one else. You decide how much you learn and when you stop learning.

But be careful, because the decision to stop learning can be an unconscious one. You may still be studying, but if you stop getting out of your comfort zone, if you stop being mindful about your learning, you will stop improving.

My friend has two business opportunities in front of her. Both of them involve English. Both of them are great opportunities and are a strong match for her skills.

They both require her to grow and learn and get out of her comfort zone. Until she does, she will feel her English isn’t good enough and she won’t know where she needs to improve until she tries.

But if she takes the challenge she will find most of what she fears wasn’t real. It won’t be scary anymore because the unknown will be known. Once it’s known, she can learn it and practice it.

Japanesepod101 promotion 30% off ends today

Japanesepod101 promotion 30% off ends today

**Disclaimer: I get a percentage of sales made through the links on this page which helps support this site. Having said that, I believe this is a good program and would not recommend it otherwise. **

Japanesepod101 is currently running a 30% off Thanksgiving deal on their basic, premium, and premium plus plans. You get access to a ton of Japanese Learning materials and lessons. Depending on the tier you choose, you can even get one-on-one mentoring from a Japanese instructor.

You can purchase the program here: Japanesepod101

I was in Japan for the last several weeks and am getting to this late. The sale ends today, November 22. So, if you are ready to learn Japanese, make sure you purchase today.

In addition to a ton of other materials and lessons, the premium and premium plus plans come with a word list of 2000 common Japanese words. Plug them into Anki and start learning today.

There is no reason to wait for the new year to start a resolution. No matter what it is, there is no better time to take action than today. The decisions we make today affect our outcomes in the future.

Regardless of whether you purchase this program or not, take some action today to work on improving your Japanese.

There is no secret to Learning Japanese. You have to put in the time. Programs like Japanesepod101 make it a little easier and a little funner.

Subscribe to Japanesepod101 and start learning Japanese today.

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Trip to Japan, Japanese Videos, Prizes, and Website Update

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Website Updates

Ohayou! First of all, thank you to everyone who read my last post “New Learning Japanese Project and Traveling in Japan” and tried to comment. Their is an issue with posting comments I am trying to resolve. I am hoping to have it fixed within the week, but am still trying to narrow down the issue. In the meantime, please contact me directly at via twitter at @japanese_words with your ideas and comments. I really appreciate them and I am sorry I haven’t gotten the comments working yet. I will be working on a complete website redesign soon. Comments are fixed!

Japan Trip

My last trip to Japan spanned five weeks and was fantastic. We spent a few days in Tokyo before being forced to leave early to Nagano due to the impending Typhoon. As it turns out, we left just in time because the train we used to get to Nagano was shut down for several weeks after the typhoon due to flooding. Unfortunately, parts of Nagano were hit very hard.

The weather in Nagano wasn’t great after the typhoon and we had to spend a lot of time indoors. We rented some movies from Tsutaya (Japan still has a strong video rental shop business) and spent the rest of the time shopping and visiting with family. I picked up some items I will be giving away once I start the YouTube channel.

We also went to take some pictures for my daughters shichi-go-san (7-5-3), which is the way to say the important birthdays for young girls and boys. Girls being seven and three and boys when they are five. It is an important occasion for young children and their families in Japan. So important, that some people are willing to spend thousands of dollars and an entire day taking pictures (we didn’t).

After a couple weeks in Nagano we flew to Kobe where are friends from Kochi picked us up. If you fly from Nagano (Matsumoto airport) to Kobe, try to get a window seat as the view is amazing. Depending on the time of year, you will get to see snow covered mountains, and on a good day, you can even see Mount Fuji. It’s about an one hour flight.

The drive from Kobe to Koichi was also beautiful. You drive a long the ocean for much of it and cross some amazing bridges and tunnels. Our friends recently moved to a small mountain village within Koichi. It reminded me of the scene in “The Last Samurai” when Tom Cruise’s character is captured and taken to the small village. After several minutes on windy mountain roads a small village on a mountain side suddenly comes into view.

This was one of my favorite places. A small town, flush with trees and rivers, and a quit neighborhood. We stayed in Koichi for seven days. I went jogging through a different part of the village each night and was in love. I could actually see myself buying a house there.

We spent the next seven days visiting places in Koichi and had a wonderful time. I will write more about this once I am able to post pictures (images are also not working). One of my favorite place was Tsutaya Shoten (these are located throughout Japan), which is an upscale bookstore/cafe/market. I spent several hours there and was sad to leave. We also visited the ocean, the zoo, and the Koichi Sunday Farmers Market.

After returning to Nagano for a few days, we headed back to Tokyo and stayed in Yokohama for a couple nights before flying out. We all ended up getting sick, but did recuperated in time to manage a trip to Yokohama’s “China Town”. One of the recent “booms” in Japan is tapioca tea, one of my favorites drinks. There are a lot of tapioca shops in Yokohama’s China Town. It’s not as cheap as in Taiwan, but it tastes great.

We are already thinking about our trip to Japan next year with plans to stay even longer.

I will give further details on my trip when I am able to post pictures. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me directly at the email listed above.

Japanese Videos

I’m still getting over jet lag (its harder when you have two kids), but have started putting together a plan to create various Japanese learning, Japanese culture, and Japan traveling.

I started studying Japanese nearly twenty years ago and have spent the last fifteen years studying learning, productivity, and habits. I have also taught Japanese, English, and business and marketing. My goal is to put all this together to help you learn Japanese and experience Japan. As mentioned in the previous post, please contact me with any comments you have. I would love to know where you are having difficulty, what your interest in Japan comes from, and what kind of material you would like to see.


As part of this new YouTube Channel, I stopped at some various anime/toy/figure shops in Japan and picked up some Japanese manga, pro-moderu (action figures), and some toys including Dragon Ball, One Piece, and others. I will using them as giveaways to subscribers. If this proves popular, I will work on getting more. Add me on twitter to stay up to date @japanese_words.

Manga Special

There is currently a special going on at Humble Bundle for the Monogatari series of Manga. I don’t receive any bonus or commission for this but it’s a great deal if you like Manga: Monogatari Manga

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