8 Days in Tokyo/Nagano/Nagoya


I got back from my trip to Tokyo, Nagano, and Nagoya (just an afternoon in Nagoya) a few days ago. I wasn’t used to the cold and dry weather, so it’s quite nice to be back in Okinawa again.

Tokyo was fun, but it has been a while since I lived there and getting used to all the people wasn’t that easy. I did get to see the new Skytree tower and took a ton of video and pictures.

Of course it will take me a little bit to get the editing done and figure out how I want to layout the series of videos, but I think I will have some interesting video for you.

Also, thanks for everyone who submitted the survey. It was very helpful in choosing what to shoot.

Learn Japanese

As you may have noticed, I made a few changes to Japanese Words. Okay, when I say a few, I mean I completely changed the theme. Let me know what you think. I think this theme is a little cleaner and easier to navigate.

I have also made a new video titled Learn Japanese. It is the first part of a two part series with various tips on how to learn Japanese faster and more efficiently. You can find the video below:

Learn Japanese

I have talked about a lot of this stuff on the website, but I think this video helps sum it all up. Also, some people are better watchers than they are readers.

So please check out the video and let me know what you think. Please leave comments and give it a like if you find it helpful.

Learn Japanese

Adventures in Miyakojima: The Pumpkin Cave

Well, we are now in the middle of June and the weather here in Miyakojima has really started to warm up. Which means it’s time for BBQs, snorkeling, diving, and all kinds of other outdoor activities. Since a lot of my friends and family don’t know what it’s like over here, I have decided to start shooting short videos on the different places and events that we go.

I have titled the series “Adventures in Miyakojima”. Since many of my family and friends don’t speak Japanese I am commentating in English, but there is also some speaking in Japanese as well. Check out the video and let me know what you think.

Free Kanji/Kana Flash Cards

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.

Free Japanese Classes With a Native Japanese Speaker

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In my last post about choosing Japanese classes I talked about the importance of speaking and listening to native Japanese speakers. It is something I believe is very important for those wanting to speak Japanese. I also mentioned that those interested in the chance to learn and speak with a native Japanese speaker should stay tuned. Well I have some good news.

I have received a number of comments and mails from people wondering how to go about finding a Japanese speaking partner or teacher. After a bit of convincing, I was able to get my wife (a Japanese native from Tokyo) to start teaching classes on Edufire. Eri is from Tokyo, but graduated from college in the US, so she knows what it takes to learn a foreign language.

Her main focus will be teaching conversational Japanese and greetings. To start out with, she is offering two free classes that will take place in the next few days. She is also planning to run smaller more private classes in the future and students who attend these classes will have first shot at them. You can find more information on the classes here: Free Japanese Classes.

The classes will basically cover the same material (I believe), but I recommend you to sign up for both to get extra practice.

Free Japanese Class