Making Japanese Learning Fun

Learning a new language can be daunting at the best of times. If you see a class of Japanese students during an English lesson you'll see many of them sleeping or anxiously hoping not to be called on to give an answer. And I can relate to them! Learning Japanese…

Reading & Writing Hiragana

Now that the we've got the pronunciation of the kana characters under our belt it's time to start with the tricky bit, learning to recognize and read the actual characters themselves. Don't worry too much though as it's easier than it sounds as long as you put in some prep…

More Tricky Hiragana

Remember when I mentioned how dakuten and combination hiragana were the only tricky parts of learning hiragana? Well I lied, but only only because if you understand dakuten and combined hiragana then you'll find these last few tricky bits easier to learn. The first one is the っ that you…

Combination Hiragana

The last post dealt with the basics of hiragana but there is still one tricky bit that I want to concentrate on in this post: combination hiragana. Combination hiragana is when two hiragana characters are combined to form a 'combined' character or sound. The first character will always be an…

Pronouncing Hiragana

Now that we know about the Japanese alphabets we have to start the actual leg work: pronunciation. Without know the correct pronunciation you can't read or write anything. Which would making learning a new language pretty pointless right? How to learn kana Lucky for us then that pronunciation in Japanese…

Procrastination is the Enemy

One of the main stumbling blocks with your language studies and studies in general is procrastination. I can certainly speak from experience when it comes to procrastination! Procrastination is something that is even more important when it comes to learning a language. Studying a language needs you to focus on…