Its coming again for the month of October! So go forth and  set yourselves up if you haven’t already. For those who saw my sad pathetic attempts on the mini trial last month, hopefully you’ll not see that again. Granted this time, I will not be in all out throws of wedding mania from a … Continue reading

I Know What I Did Last Summer

Hello everyone, it’s really great to be back after quite a summer! As you may remember, I took a hiatus from making new posts over this hot and humid time of year. But I certainly took a lot of notes during that time! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the topics I want to … Continue reading

My Tadoku Thought Process

I’ve had a few people ask me here recently how I approach reading things I don’t know. If you want to go the way of Extensive reading (tadoku) thought, you’d simply skip it if context doesn’t help you out. For me, I do a little bit more effort. So the following steps is what I … 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

International Love

Following on the tracks of my last post, I want to tell you about 3 movies that, in one way or another, are bi-cultural. I couldn’t for the life of me ever remember the title of the first movie, so in my head I always called it “The International School of Love.” But it’s actually… Memoirs … Continue reading

Moving and Immersion

As you guys probably know by now, I  like to move. In fact, its weird if I don’t move, so as I got to think about it, maybe giving some of the tips I’ve realized since I started moving and keeping in Japanese would help some of you who maybe like to move or will … Continue reading

A Little Refinement

In preparation for my next project, which will be something done monthly, I’m looking to refine my habits, and my environment. What this means for me is less English and more Japanese. For it to work, this should be long term, sustainable changes that can keep me on track. Following my personal guideline of always having … 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

The Immersion Life

I first became interested in Japanese when I realized that a lot of my favorite video games came from there. My original plan was simply to learn katakana, since it’s used a lot for things like the names of spells, places, items, etc in games. That I did, and eventually threw in hiragana so I … Continue reading

My Secrets To Failure

I’ve been studying Japanese for a bit longer than I care to admit. There are many times where I feel like I should be an expert by now. There’s a reason for this though. I spent a lot of time, especially in the earlier days, doing many things the wrong way. Here is some advice … Continue reading

  • Read More or Die! 2011

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

  • Read Or Die 2013

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

    March 2-Week:
    Goal: 125

    Goal: 250
    Total: 314