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The 12 Best Books To Learn Japanese

(Updated April 5, 2021) Japanese language students are incredibly lucky: There’s so much competition for Japanese learning materials that the quality of Japanese textbooks out there are extremely high compared to some other less-pursued languages (even compared to Korean textbooks for example). In the 12+ years I’ve been studying Japanese, I have bought piles and …

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Short Stories in Japanese Book Review

Michael Emmerich’s Short Stories in Japanese is an interesting and useful book that contains some entertaining tales for learners of Japanese. If you are looking for something to bolster your Nihongo then this book could be a useful addition to your bookshelf. Be warned, this book is aimed at intermediate learners and above! It’s not …

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Learning Japanese Kanji Review

Book Review: Learning Japanese Kanji

Based on the same method as the popular Learning Chinese Characters, Glen Nolan Grant’s Learning Japanese Kanji offers a humorous and memorable approach to mastering the first 500 kanji.  Read our Learning Japanese Kanji review below to find out what we liked and didn’t like about the book. What We Liked About ‘Learning Japanese Kanji’ Mnemonics …

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The 10 Best Korean Textbooks for Self Study

(Updated April, 2019) Until recently, Korean was a rare language for Westerners to learn. But thanks to the rapid economic development of South Korea, and increasing interest in Korean culture in recent years seems to have led to more Korean learning materials being made available (I’m lookin’ at you, Korean Dramas and K-Pop). Unfortunately, there …

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The Kindle Paperwhite A godsend for Japanese learners (if you're in Japan)

The Kindle Paperwhite: A godsend for Japanese learners (if you’re in Japan)

EDIT: The situation has greatly improved since this post. Please read this update on how to find good Japanese content for the Kindle. Happy New Year everyone! I don’t know about you, but the New Year has got me motivated to get back to studying languages and reading more Japanese. I also plan to take …

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