Podcasts: Simulate Real Japanese Friends

Here at AJATT, we (me? I?) are (am?) all about input. Input, input, input. And that works well for written Japanese. But what about regular spoken Japanese? Well, hang out with Japanese people. But what if there are no people from Japan in your area? Simulate them. One of my favorite ways to simulate having…

Intel Centrino Duo…The Pun is Not Lost in Translation

This ad was posted on a train a while ago, and I’ll be frank…I chuckled. Perhaps you will enjoy it. So here it is with an explanation. Intel Centrino Duo. 世界各国の評価サイトで 大絶賛。 胸を張る代わりに、 シールを 貼って見ました。 The Intel Centrino Duo. Acclaimed on ratings websites worldwide. Rather than stick out our chests, we thought we’d just try…

10,000 Sentences: More on What Sentences to Learn

@Update: 10,000 Sentences is Dead. Let the MCD Revolution Begin! | AJATT | All Japanese All The Time is.gd/AWLzAv OK, so part of the fun of learning Japanese using this method is that the whole Japanese world becomes your textbook, if you will. Anything and everything that are in Japanese are fair game for you…

Are You a Three-Day Monk?

Some people, no — a lot of people — have asked me, “18 months? WOW! But that’s a miracle! Isn’t that a bit short? Are you BSing us? You must be really smart”. Well, let me tell you three secrets. First, I am not BSing you. Second, I am not preternaturally intelligent. I’m just normal,…

How to Use the Sanseido Web Dictionary

One of the more intimidating things about using a Japanese-Japanese dictionary for the first time is, well, that it’s all in Japanese. What’s a Japanese-loving student to do? How do you even use the thing? Well, I’d say that learning the vocabulary you need in order to use the dictionary is part of the fun.…

Isn’t Real Japanese Too Hard for Beginners?

This is in answer to an email which raised some really cool questions, so here it is for your benefit (I’m all “because I know what’s best for you!!”)…Whatever, anyway: “…I can certainly see how an emphasis on reading sentences leads to a large vocabulary and an intuitive sense of grammar and usage. However, what…