The SRS Chronicles

Another big change I made over the summer was in regards to my SRS. In fact, not one card from pre-summer was left over by the end of the season. This hasn’t been just a change of format, but also a change of attitude towards SRS and where it fits into my language learning journey. … Continue reading

So You Want To Be The Very Best, Like No One Ever Was? [Pt1]

“Welcome to the world of Pokémon!” This is the introductory line that begins so many fantastic adventures in the Pokémon franchise. When I say franchise, and not game series, I mean it. The world of Pokémon is huge, even bigger than you may realize… There are so many different forms of Pokémon media to enjoy, and since it’s … Continue reading

Power Up Your Japanese

At last, the day has come for me to walk down the monolingual road. Basically what this means using a Japanese dictionary to look up unknown Japanese words. This is an experiment I’ve been doing over the last little while, and now that I have a system that’s working, I’d like to share it with … Continue reading

Steam Powered Learning

If you’re not familiar with Steam, it’s a digital distribution platform for games on PC, Mac, and Linux. And it’s available in Japanese. Unlike with many consoles (except the Playstation 3 and PSPs, thank you Sony) there are no region locks of any kind when it comes to playing games in Japanese. It’s simply a … Continue reading

Bilingual Books!

Books that not only include Japanese and English text, but also explain that text, can be a very useful addition to your library, especially when you’re looking to delve into reading for the first time. Today I want to talk to you about 3 such books that I use and enjoy myself. First up is… Read Real … Continue reading

What I Did On My Winter Vacation (Delenir)

Hello friends! It’s good to be back after the winter holidays! As I mentioned, I took a break from blogging to try some hardcore Japanese-ing! I wanted to make December all about action rather than theory or preparation. The best way to explain is of course with photos! Switching entirely to iOS for my mobile … Continue reading

The Working Person’s Japanese Studies

Like many Japanese learners, I would love to be able to spend 8 hours a day making massive progress by leaps and bounds, every day. And like many learners, pesky things like the need for a job or school get in the way of that. I can assure you however, that there are ways to make … Continue reading

Using Evernote for your Japanese studies

Evernote is, as the name suggests, a note creation and management system. It’s extremely multi-platform–everything from desktop apps for Windows, Mac, to a web-based version and even an app for all major mobile devices. You can write text, take photos, or even record audio that syncs seamlessly across all devices you may use, including your … Continue reading

Delenir’s review of JapaneseClass.JP

JapaneseClass.jp is a website for learning Japanese. It focuses on vocabulary, individual kanji readings, and kanji meanings. It also has a strong social element, allowing you to have friends lists and challenge fellow Japanese learners. Appealing to the gamers among us, the site uses experience points to turn learning new words into an RPG-like quest. … Continue reading

A few Books Worth Getting

There are not a whole lot of books that I endorse for learning Japanese however There are a few that I got out of curiosity sakes that I must admit are pretty darn cool. If you are a beginner to an intermediate person, or looking perhaps for a spark after you’ve been studying a while, … Continue reading

  • Read More or Die! 2011

    _2011 End Results_
    Total read for Tadoku:
    __433.3 pages!__
    Placement: 115/188
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    October 2011 Contest:
    Placement: 97/120
    End Tally: 59.2
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    July 2011 Contest:
    Placement: 86/142
    End Tally: 195.6
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    April 2011 Contest:
    Placement: 62/106
    End Tally: 154.5
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    January 2011 Contest:
    Placement: 84/99
    End Tally: 24
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    August 2010 Contest:
    Placement: 20/41
    End Tally: 160

  • Read Or Die 2013

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    June:
    Goal: 600
    Total: 906.26
    blew my goal outta the water!

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    March 2-Week:
    Goal: 125
    Total:302.75

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    January:
    Goal: 250
    Total: 314