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How to Learn Japanese (Including Kanji) Without Ever Trying, By Literally Sitting on Your Plump Behind, Watching Anime and Being A Couch Potato

April 1, 2014

Well, well, well. It looks like you got through that epic title. So, if nothing else, you’re a survivor . Let me not beat around the bush. Because there are no bushes here. This is the Internet and we’re…it’s like…data encoded in light pulses and electrical signals, and…anyway, no (involuntary) beatings and no bushes! You like anime. And you...

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[SilverSpoon] Do You Qualify for the Neutrino Program?

November 5, 2011

Thank you for your interest in the SilverSpoon/Neutrino program. Unfortunately, it is currently closed to the public. SilverSpoon is a highly exclusive program and is rarely open for entry. Applications for entry into the few new spots in the SilverSpoon-Neutrino program are periodically opened...

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Why Everything You Do Wrong Is Right

July 10, 2014

You are not a screw-up. You are not lazy. You work hard. Too hard. At things that don’t matter. You work hard at struggling and self-blame and self-hate. You work hard at worrying. You work hard at pacing the floor. You work hard at...

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What’s Wrong And Right With Vocabulary Lists — How To Use Them Without Being Used By Them

July 5, 2014
What’s Wrong And Right With Vocabulary Lists — How To Use Them Without Being Used By Them

So I met a German girl at a cafe today…actually, she was Austrian but, same difference. Anyway, we got to talking about books and  I gave her a book...

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How to Learn to Read L2 Newspapers Even Though You Suck Right Now and It Seems Impossible

June 30, 2014

Simple Version Get a newspaper written in your target language Pick out a headline Look up and learn any words you don’t know in the headline Stop for now...

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You’re not learning the language…

June 25, 2014

…You already know the language. It already belongs to you. You’re just maintaining your knowledge. You’re not struggling and there is no “there” to get to. You’re not a...

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Think Like An Aristocrat, Act Like A Builder

June 20, 2014

 lay Lego bricks of fluency one at a time“Mallory is famously quoted as having replied to the question “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?” with the retort...

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Isn’t Competing Against Yourself Kinda Lonely, Aspy and Pathetic?

June 15, 2014

There is no doubt about it. Living to amuse yourself is lonely and pathetic. But so is living to impress the Joneses. That lifestyle leaves you feeling plenty empty...

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