The Top 10 Immersion Tools to Get Fluent in Japanese Anywhere

Choosing the right Japanese learning tools can be a daunting task. To help you avoid analysis paralysis, here is a list of my all-time favorite Japanese resources, including apps, books, courses, etc.

Oct 25, 2023

How to Use Google & YouTube in Japanese + Change Your Country

Want to improve your Japanese as you use Google apps? Want to watch and read more Japanese content? Change your Google display language and location settings! Here are step-by-step instructions.

Oct 11, 2023

How to Use Apple Siri in Japanese (Free AI-Powered Speaking Practice!)

Did you know you can practice speaking with Siri in Japanese? It may not be as good as chatting with humans, but it's still a free and effective way to practice when no Japanese speakers are around.

Oct 11, 2023

How to Change Your iPhone, iPad & Mac to Japanese (and Back!)

Changing your iPhone or iPad to Japanese is a powerful ways to immerse yourself in the language without even trying. Read on for step-by-step instructions to change your display language on iOS 17.

Oct 11, 2023

3 Powerful Improv Principles That Will Help You Speak Japanese More Fluently

As a teen, I was obsessed with the British improv show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Little did I know that years later, I would become an improviser myself, and use many improv principles in Japanese.

Aug 30, 2023

How to Type in Japanese on iOS & macOS Using Latin Letters

Did you know that you can type in Japanese using the Latin letters you already know? Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to type in Japanese on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Aug 23, 2023

3 Easy Ways to Make More Time for Japanese Language Learning Every Day

Mastering Japanese requires mastering your day. Here are 3 proven ways to make the most of your precious time, fit in more Japanese study, and maximize exposure and practice each day.

Aug 09, 2023

Want to Get Fluent in Japanese? Then You Must Leave Your "Study Cave"!

Do you spend all your time alone in your Japanese "study cave" trying to master the language? Are you afraid of making mistakes when speaking? It’s time to leave the cave and practice with others!

Aug 02, 2023

How to Immerse Yourself in Japanese Using Readwise

Getting overwhelmed by too many reading resources and apps? Use Readwise Reader to save, study, and organize your digital Japanese reading resources in one convenient, consistent, searchable place.

Jul 26, 2023

How to Master Any New Japanese Word, Phrase, or Structure in 5 Steps

With the right map, you can climb Japanese Mountain far faster than those who randomly zigzag all over the place. Here are the 5 steps you must take to master Japanese and get fluent far faster.

Jul 18, 2023

How to Learn Japanese Using Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music & YouTube Music

Music can be a powerful way to learn a language. In this post, I show you exactly how to learn Japanese through music, with app-specific tips for the 4 most popular music streaming platforms.

Jun 26, 2023

The Best 5 Japanese Podcasts for Beginners & Intermediate Learners

Podcasts are a great way to improve your Japanese listening skills, but there are so many to choose from. I’ve listened to hundreds and hand selected the top 5 for beginners and intermediate learners.

Jun 21, 2023

3 Ways to Supercharge Your Memory and Master New Japanese Words, Kanji, Grammar & Beyond

Forget forgetting. In this post, I share 3 ways to significantly improve your memory, rapidly expand your Japanese vocabulary, and build the Japanese fluency and literacy you crave.

Jun 15, 2023

How to Immerse Yourself in Japanese Using Amazon Prime Video

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can watch dozens of Japanese shows and movies for free on Prime Video. In this post, I share how to learn Japanese on Prime Video and 7 of my favorite titles.

Jun 12, 2023

The 8 Best Japanese Dictionary Apps for Web, Mobile & Desktop

Today’s Japanese learner can choose from a dizzying array of digital Japanese dictionaries. But which should you choose? Here are the top 8 available online and on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.

Jun 08, 2023

The 8 Best Tools to Level-Up Your Japanese Reading Skills

Learning to read Japanese can be tough, but the following 8 tools can help make your journey a bit easier. It’s time to crack the code, boost your skills, and start enjoying authentic Japanese texts.

Jun 06, 2023

These 2 Magical Ingredients Will Get You Fluent in Japanese

There are just 2 essential ingredients you need to bake a deliciously fluent Japanese cake: exposure and practice. And there’s a magical approach you can use to get both right where you are...

May 24, 2023

Should You Use Subtitles When Watching Japanese Anime, Shows & Films?

The short answer? It depends. It depends on your goals. It depends on your level. And it depends on how much time and discipline you are willing to invest.

Mar 02, 2022

5 Steps to Start Learning Japanese TODAY!

Want to learn Japanese but don’t know where to start? Here five key steps you can take right now to begin your journey to Japanese fluency.

Feb 23, 2022

Matt vs. Japan on How to Master Japanese Through Immersion, Learn Kanji & Nail Your Accent

Matt is the creator of the ⁠Matt vs. Japan⁠ YouTube channel & co-founder of ⁠Refold. We talk about how he reached an advanced level of fluency in Japanese so quickly and what he'd do differently now.

Dec 21, 2020

Review of Skritter: The "Write" Way to Master Chinese Characters & Japanese Kanji

Skritter is an innovative app that helps you master the writing, meaning, and pronunciation of Chinese characters and Japanese kanji through spaced repetition and active recall.

Nov 16, 2020

Skritter CEO Jake Gill on How to Level Up Your Mandarin & Learn Chinese Characters the “Write” Way

Jake Gill is a Chinese educator, former Teaching Chinese as a Second Language graduate student, and the CEO of Skritter, an app that helps you master Chinese characters through active production.

Nov 15, 2020

Nihongo Creator Chris Vasselli on How To Learn Japanese Through Anime, Manga, Video Games & Harry Potter

Chris Vasselli is a programmer and the creator of the Nihongo iOS app. He shares how to acquire Japanese the fun way through authentic content (such as video games and "Harry Potter").

Jul 20, 2020

7 Essential Principles to Get Fluent in Japanese

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few.” Here the 7 essential principles you need to follow to get fluent in Japanese.

Jun 17, 2020

The 5 Biggest Mistakes I Made While Learning Japanese

My Japanese journey has been anything but smooth or linear. I eventually figured out what works, but it took lots of trial and error. Here are the 5 biggest mistakes I made; I hope you avoid these!

Jun 10, 2020

How to Immerse Yourself in Japanese Using Netflix

Instead of “Netflix and chill,” why not try “Netflix and learn?” In this post, I show you how to immerse yourself in Japanese right at home using TV shows and movies.

Jan 31, 2020

How to Immerse Yourself in Japanese Anywhere in the World

Once upon a time, there were only 2 ways to get fluent in Japanese: 1) take Japanese language classes, or 2) move to Japan. Today, you can master Japanese right at home using “anywhere immersion.”

Jan 22, 2020

How to Get Fluent in Japanese Using iTalki

Want to master Japanese but don't live in Japan? Don't have any Japanese friends to practice with? No problem. You can get all the speaking practice you need right at home using the site italki!

Jan 21, 2020

The Top 10 Tools for Learning Japanese Through Online Videos

TV shows and movies are excellent ways to immerse yourself in Japanese anywhere in the world. Here are my top 10 favorite tools for learning Japanese through online videos.

Dec 17, 2019

10 Great Japanese Films to Get Immersion On Your Couch!

Movies are a powerful way to immerse yourself in Japanese from afar, giving you valuable cultural and linguistic exposure from the comfort of your couch. Here are my top 10 favorite Japanese films.

Dec 16, 2019

Review of Learn Dozens of Languages Using Authentic Content You Choose

LingQ is a website and app created by hyperpolyglot Steve Kaufmann that allows you to learn dozens of languages using authentic content. Choose from the LingQ library or import your own resources.

Apr 05, 2009