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From the Mouths of Babes: A High School Girl Shares Her AJATT Success Story

April 10, 2014
From the Mouths of Babes: A High School Girl Shares Her AJATT Success Story

Hey Khatz, I just thought I’d send you an (almost done) success story. My name is Mariah, and I’m a junior in high school; I’ve been doing the AJATT method on-and-off since the summer of 8th grade, but more on that in a bit. I was originally going to send you a success story after I had considered myself...

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When Are You Going to Stop Trying to Score Only Three-Pointers, Start Making Friends with Mediocrity and Start Realizing That Excellence Comes From the Rejection of Perfection?

April 5, 2014
When Are You Going to Stop Trying to Score Only Three-Pointers, Start Making Friends with Mediocrity and Start Realizing That Excellence Comes From the Rejection of Perfection?

“You must always work not just within but below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve.” Pablo Picasso Stop trying to...

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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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What Would Happen If You Went Mad Like Sparta and Started Immersing Like a Time Vampire-Killing Terminator Robot?

March 30, 2014

AJATTeer Tom Lazarus (no relation, no known death experiences) shares an insanely great immersion technqiue that he affectionately (and rather pragmatically) dubs “double-barrelled listening”. As in, two barrels, like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie characters’ shotguns…or something… It’s similar to the idea of immersion multiplexing (taking multiple simultaneous inputs on the same sensory channel) but madder and Spartaner. Here he is in...

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Top Ten Essential Japanese Phrases, Vol. 1

March 25, 2014

死ね! Live long and prosper! お前、誰? To whom do I have the pleasure of speaking? ラブホ行こう。 Let us adjourn to a rest area for further deliberation. おい、ブス!飯食いに行こうぜ。 Why, hello, young lady! Would you care to join me for a meal? お前の母ちゃん何人だ? Where are you from? んなの俺の知ったこっちゃねぇ! It/That’s not my shitta koto. 女の分際でよく出来たなぁ。 I am continually impressed with the work...

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Why Do You Hate All the Best Parts of Being a Gaijin in Japan?

March 20, 2014
Why Do You Hate All the Best Parts of Being a Gaijin in Japan?

「すべての戦爭は內戦である。なぜならば、人類はみな仲間である。」 ランソワ・フェネロン “All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.” – Francois Fenelon File this one under “Life in Japan”. And subtitle it: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Gaijin Pass and Why You Should To. Some years ago now, I seem to remember watching a heavily edited version of “American History X”: we...

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