The Best Online Course for Learning Japanese Vocabulary – How long does it take to learn Japanese vocabulary with a flashcard application?

Disclaimer: We have not updated this in forever!  I am doing an MBA in Japan so its been hard to find time for an update – but I am currently cramming for a Japanese exam and I am inspiring myself by returning to blogging.  Look forward to – infrequent – updates!  😀   6,000 Words – A good base knowledge of Japanese vocabulary. How much time … Continue reading The Best Online Course for Learning Japanese Vocabulary – How long does it take to learn Japanese vocabulary with a flashcard application?

5 Ways to Break your Chinese Learning Slump

Are you de-motivated? Are you too tired, too busy or just generally uninterested in spending the time it takes to learn Chinese? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Demotivation is a common problem that everyone will experience throughout the course of their Chinese learning journey at one point or another. What matters is how you deal with it when it does. When you’re at the point … Continue reading 5 Ways to Break your Chinese Learning Slump

Last Minute JLPT Study Resources

It’s too late to register for the December JLPT, so if you haven’t registered… tough luck! But for those of you that are taking the test, I have found that there are several great resources that will help those of us that are prepping. 1st Recommendation – Nihongo Challenge http://www.amazon.com/Nihongo-Challenge-N4-Kannji-Japan/dp/4872177576 http://www.amazon.com/Nihongo-Challenge-Grammar-Reading-JLPT/dp/4872177568 (I have linked to the n4 versions, because that is where most beginners are … Continue reading Last Minute JLPT Study Resources

Mandarin Chinese Coffee Vocabulary List

In addition to having the one of the strongest tea cultures in the world, coffee culture is also exploding in China. As of July 2015, Coffee Consumption is in a growth cycle of 7x the global average, about 25% to 30% year on year.① With Coffee Cafe’s popping up everywhere, themes and gimmicks to set them apart from the rest are popping up too! You … Continue reading Mandarin Chinese Coffee Vocabulary List

Cool Chinese Character Memorization Methods

It seems like every day a new app comes out that promises to help you learn characters easily. With a growing pool of research in memory and memory competitions on the rise, this article will be a quick round-up of some of these learning methodologies and some of my thoughts on how you can use them to learn characters quickly. Mnemonic A mnemonic (RpE: /nəˈmɒnɨk/, … Continue reading Cool Chinese Character Memorization Methods

NEWS!!! Aiya – Mandarin Card Game

Hey Guys, I have some really great news to share! I’ve recently hooked up with the makers of AIYA, which is a mandarin learning card game. Some of you may have been familiar with them already as they had a false-start kickstarter launch back in April: You can visit the kickstarter page here. You can like the facebook page here. We are currently re-developing it, to … Continue reading NEWS!!! Aiya – Mandarin Card Game

Taking the Japanese Language Placement Test (JLPT) in Japan

Sign up for the best cost-effective Japanese Lessons online! You sit in the seat and wait nervously as seconds tick away furiously on the $10 watch that you’ve purchased from Sunkus.  You’re transported back to college, sitting in a seat that is too small for you and ergonomically impossible to get comfortable in. You scan the room to see if the face of panic has settled in … Continue reading Taking the Japanese Language Placement Test (JLPT) in Japan

Using a Memory Palace to Learn Japanese Vocabulary

  Using a memory palace is one of the strongest and quickest methods for learning vocabulary.  (From the picture you can see that it’s more of a memory haunted mansion.) In this article I will run down how to use a memory palace or “the method of loci” in order to learn Japanese Vocabulary. Click here and register for Japanese Lessons! What is “the method … Continue reading Using a Memory Palace to Learn Japanese Vocabulary

10 Super Simple Language Learning Hacks

You have tried and failed repeatedly at learning a language. You stop and start and stop and start.  You wish learning a language was easy.  I’m not going to lie to you and promise that there is an easier way, but I can tell you that there is a more efficient way.  Check out this list of language learning hacks to simplify your process so … Continue reading 10 Super Simple Language Learning Hacks