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Conversations Review | A Look at the Course Series from Olly Richards of I Will Teach You a Language Language Resources

After studying Croatian, Japanese has been a big change. And not for the most obvious reasons. While the languages are very different in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and how far removed they are from my native language, none of these things are what made learning the languages difficult. With Croatian, one of my biggest challenges was finding resources, while with Japanese, there are plenty of...

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The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Writing Systems: Learning to Read Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji Language Resources

I know what you’re thinking. Japanese has three – sometimes four – writing systems. Where do you start? As I shared in one of my earlier Clear the List posts, I recently took on what I think will be my last language – Japanese. I wanted to do things differently this time, so I decided to take a conversational approach to the language, meaning I’d focus...

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A Review of the Lonely Planet Phrasebooks | Language Learning Reading Challenge Language Resources

Last month, the Language Reading Challenge theme was to read an introduction to your target language. Those who were at an intermediate or advanced level could find an article or chapter in their coursebook that explained something that they were struggling with in particular. Because my focus language, at the moment, is a language that’s new to me, I was able to read an introduction....

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Japanese Language Language Resources

At first, learning Japanese can seem daunting. Not only do you need to learn three separate writing systems (four if you count romaji), but you have to deal with honorifics and particles. Thankfully, there are several aspects of the Japanese language that aren’t nearly as challenging as your first impression may lead you to believe. Plus, there are a variety of high quality materials available...

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A Review of Lingualift: An Online Coursebook for Japanese & Russian Language Learners Language Resources

In studying Japanese, beyond learning a few conversational phrases, I needed a bit of direction. Most of the books I had focused on learning Kanji, but I needed something more. And so I decided to start looking for a coursebook to guide me. A while back, I remembered trying out Lingualift, but because I wasn’t studying Japanese, it didn’t make sense for me. Now that...

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Tokyo a Biography Language Resources

This month, as you can guess from the title, I’m revealing my next language project. It’s certainly something that’s happening much farther down the road. I’m still working on Spanish and then plan to revisit Russian, but Japanese is in my future.  The past few weeks, I have compiled the resources I’d like to use, consulted with fellow learners and I feel just about ready...

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