Learning Japanese without a teacher

I learnt Japanese successfully, mostly on my own using japanesepod101.com, the Pimsleur audio programs, a few textbooks noted below, and a handful of iPhone apps. How long did it take?Within just a few months of starting to learn Japanese, I was able to travel around Japan alone for a month, with the help of a travel phrase book and a dictionary. … [Read more...]

Japanese vocab building apps

Apps can help you study, to increase motivation and make learning fun. My personal favourites are: Japanese Flip (iOS) - a traditional flip-card program with spaced repetition. Kanji Dream (iOS) - an incredibly kawaii (cute) kanji and vocab learning app, forcing you to actually sound out the kanji and vocab. Obenkyo (Android) - with … [Read more...]