Orthographic Gradients

If you’re not at all familiar with Japanese, it can be a tough to pick up because the writing system is just so different. A combination of phonetic scripts and kanji ideograms make the written language of Japanese seem almost impregnable. How to learn the kanji as someone not inundated with them on a dailyContinue reading “Orthographic Gradients”

Altaic Language Theory is BS

Just as the title says, Altaic language theory is manure suitable to drench the fields in composty goodness. Let the flies descend and let the fungi devour this wretch of a premise so that new fertile humus can be a fresh start for this very misleading notion. Roughly stated, the theory claims that Turkish, Japanese,Continue reading “Altaic Language Theory is BS”

Gargling: National Custom of Japan

Come with me, into my home, after a day of bicycle-action to the train station, to the office or to classes, and in reverse on the train again and on the bike again. Come with me, please come in. It’s been a long day and you’ve been all around the city with me. It’s aContinue reading “Gargling: National Custom of Japan”

Is it Possible to Learn Japanese as an Adult?

Elizabeth asked, “Do you think it’s possible to learn Japanese when you’re well into your twenties?” Elizabeth K. To give some helpful background on this question, we must understand why it’s not easy to learn Japanese when coming from the romance languages, and it boils down to sentence structure that everyone takes for granted inContinue reading “Is it Possible to Learn Japanese as an Adult?”

Social Language Learning for Japanese

We just released Misofluent, a social platform and tool for gaining confidence in composing in Japanese and building skillfully on top of the format for Japanese Student Language (JPSL) in the Japanese Complete (JPC) curriculum. Meet Nina. Nina wants to learn Japanese and has successfully gone through the first four chapters and quizzes of theContinue reading “Social Language Learning for Japanese”

Japanese Sentence Structure

Aside from always having a verb at the end, Japanese does not depend on sequence. Japanese is a grammar defined by grammar particles, functional “words” that glue on to nouns to indicate what purpose the noun serves. Here we highlight some common Japanese particles in a slice of the ひらがな [hiragana] syllabary. You can practiceContinue reading “Japanese Sentence Structure”

Win 3 months of Japanese Complete

Enter to win 3 free months of Japanese Complete! https://japanesecomplete.com/win/ Learn Japanese like never before, with Kanji in English Context, Visual sentence composing with Wag, multiple-choice quizzes to confirm your understanding, Cultural notes and explanations not available elsewhere, and a curriculum designed to lead to native-level comprehension of Japanese based on our Five Factors ofContinue reading “Win 3 months of Japanese Complete”

How to Teach Yourself a Second Language

Matt W. asks: “Without formal education/classes, what are the best ways to become fluent in another language? I would like to increase my ability to speak German and begin to learn Russian by using many different resources. Advice?” Excellent question, Matt! Okay, you gotta immerse yourself as much as possible. From experience, you gotta learnContinue reading “How to Teach Yourself a Second Language”

Free Hiragana Listening Practice with Voice Variety

Access available at: japanesecomplete.com/hiragana Want to learn all the Hiragana but don’t care to learn the Romaji (latinized version of Japanese)? We’ve got you covered with our Hiragana Identification Quiz page. Click [play] to hear the letter read aloud by one of the voices available. Then select the corresponding letter. If you got it right,Continue reading “Free Hiragana Listening Practice with Voice Variety”