Manga Immersion: How to Master Japanese Through Japanese Comics

Japanese comics are respected around the world for their diverse genres, compelling stories, and vibrant artwork. But manga aren't just entertainment. They can be a powerful language learning tool!

Dec 20, 2023

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

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 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

"Slow Chinese" Founder Andrew Methven on Learning Chinese Through Chunks, News & Internet Slang

⁠Slow Chinese⁠ (每周漫闻) creator Andrew Methven shares how he first fell in love with Chinese, Mandarin differences between Mainland China and Taiwan, and his top tips for learning the language.

Apr 22, 2022

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

Drops App Review: Does Drops Work? Will it Get You Fluent in a Language?

From its beginning as a lean, bootstrapped startup to its recent $50 million acquisition, Drops has a seriously impressive origin story. But does the app actually work? Will it help you get fluent?

Feb 16, 2022

How to improve your listening, reading & spelling skills with Clozemaster

Instead of trying to teach you words in isolation like most apps, Clozemaster teaches you vocabulary in context through mass exposure to complete sentences. Here’s how to get the most out of the app.

Jul 12, 2021

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

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

Why Duolingo Won’t Get You Fluent (But Why You Should Use it Anyway)

Should you use Duolingo? And will the the app get you fluent in a language? Read on to see the opinion of a linguist who has tested the app for hundreds of hours...

Jan 20, 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 LingQ.com: 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