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

Japanese Audio/subs on US Blue Ray Disks

If you were like me, and completely unaware of it, it might upset you just a hair to know that beautifully done Japanese was within your fingertips for potentially some of your favorite movies, or at least movies you’re willing to watch. A handful of BD( Blue ray Disk) movies from America is set up … Continue reading

My Adventure Pack

Hello again everyone! This is my first post as an official co-writer of the blog! Today I’ll be writing about my Adventure Pack. What in the HFIL could that be? I’ll show you… with photos!! So basically it’s my manbag, full of Japanese immersion materials. I have actually tried various receptacles of all shapes and sizes and found … Continue reading

Ipod Touch/Apple Immersion

This past Tuesday we had a great guest author come in and do a post on Android Immersion. Today I decided to talk about immersion on the Ipod Touch. I’m sure this could easily extend to iphone and ipad users alike as well. Ultimately you can obtain immersion in many different ways, but these little … Continue reading

Android Immersion

Meet your new little green friend If there is one single piece of equipment that has absolutely revolutionized language learning, it’s mobile computers. Whether we’re talking about smartphones or tablets, they have become a true all-in-one tool for your immersion needs. My favorite mobile operating just so happens to be Google Android, and today I’ll … Continue reading

Kanjirific Game of the Month (February)

Another month, another game for kanji! This game is more of a learning aid, but it feels like a game to be, testing me and giving me happy music when I am successful. This game is also in Japanese from Japan! What better way to get that good ol’ Japanese in? DS陰山メソッド 正しい漢字かきとりくん 今度は漢検対策だよ! Kageyama … Continue reading

Setting Up Japanese Text on Your Computer

Japanese Text on Your Computer! As I talked a little in the last post about not needing a Japanese only keyboard, I thought that it might be mighty helpful to tell you guys how to go about getting the input set up on your computers. If you haven’t done so yet, I’m sure you might … Continue reading

Electronic Heaven

Electronics for Learning More non-Region Coded Devices As discussed before there are a handful of devices like the NDS that doesn’t have region codes, however there are a lot that does.  Movies and players are the big contenders that you might be interested in that may be hard for you as a beginner to obtain. … 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