Blog Posts - Learning Japanese



Are Japanese People Retarded?

When I turned around from the chalkboard, there was chubby Mr. Kamei with his plump fist stuffed inside his waistband. We were in the middle of English 301 and he’d either developed one fearsome case of poison ivy in his pants or was masturbating l...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jul 30, 2016

Your Brain on 10,000 Sentences

You’re gonna need a way bigger hat All my life goals come from the internet. And so somewhere, in the ten minutes a day I spend surfing sites that don’t need to be immediately cleared from my browser, I stumbled upon the notion that 10,00...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on May 26, 2016

10 Things To Do To Improve Your Japanese

Ten tips to help you master Japanese As of 2015, I have been learning Japanese for 20 years. I am extremely un-proud to announce I still need subtitles when watching anime. It’s shameful. But I have good excuses. I ever only attended formal les...
by Life Fails on Nov 26, 2015

10 Tips For Learning Japanese

Ten tips to help you master Japanese As of 2015, I have been learning Japanese for 20 years. I am extremely un-proud to announce I still need subtitles when watching anime. It’s shameful. But I have good excuses. I ever only attended formal les...
by Life Fails on Nov 26, 2015

A Friend of Mine Learned Japanese in 1 Year

A reader recently posted an intriguing comment about foreign sumo wrestlers: “Within a year, they have a command of the language that would take most students years to develop.” Implying that with enough immersion and dedication, it’s possible...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Aug 1, 2015

How to Write Japanese

You gotta love Anna. Seriously, because everyone loves Anna. She’s a busty, blonde Swiss-German who grew up playing the piano and speaking Swiss. And German. And English. And now she speaks perfect Japanese. God, I hate her. Nah, just kidding. Anna...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jul 20, 2015

Why Your Japanese Sucks

It’s not Romaji That’s Evil—-It’s Hiragana I have a new co-worker, who just so happens to be white. It’s very exciting, finally speaking with a real foreigner. I really gotta practice the English more. I think she’s from some...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jan 25, 2015

How to Learn Kanji, in 10 Steps

I don’t go to a lot of cocktail parties. But somehow when I do, I always meet people studying Japanese. Maybe it’s just me. Or more precisely, people who’ll eventually stop studying, only they don’t know it yet. Here’s how the conversat...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Nov 12, 2014

How to Stop Learning Japanese

“Ken Seeroi, you should write a book.” People always say that. Well, like six people, but that’s still a lot. After my fabulous career as English-teacher-in-Japan, I’m counting on book sales to provide for retirement. I assume each person wil...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Aug 1, 2014

Is Speaking English in Japan Unavoidable?

A reader named mintyroll recently commented: The “Japanese People Don’t Want you to Speak Japanese” part is one of those minor things I’ve always been afraid of whenever I think of how my first trip to Japan will be . . . Consequently, it’s...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jun 27, 2014

Why no one Helps you Learn Japanese

I have a lot of great ideas. Really, just a ton. Oh sure, to the untrained eye, I’m kicking it on the balcony drinking Asahi beer and watching sardine trains packed with commuters ride into the sunset, but really, I’m thinking. Hard. Like about m...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jun 8, 2014

The Best Japanese Website

You know, I don’t read a lot of websites about Japan, mostly because if I wanted to know something about this place, I’d just roll over in my futon and look out the window. Like, oh there’s a guy pushing a cart with a fiery oven full of sweet p...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jan 8, 2014

The 9 Best Things about Japan

Also known as, “Why on Earth am I Still Here?” So the bad news is, I shattered a wine glass all over my new carpet last night. The good news is, hey, I got a new carpet. See, there’s a bright side to everything. So today I woke up with the wind...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Nov 16, 2013

Japanese resource: what is Rikaichan and why you will love it

Japanese resource | Rikaichan | Learn Japanese | eastyouji   If there is one resource that I would recommend above all others when learning Japanese, it would be Rikaichan: an online dictionary popup tool that will make learning Japanese w...
by Eastyouji on Jul 22, 2013

Top Japanese language learning tips: an extensive, frequently updated list

top Japanese language learning tips| list | Learn Japanese | eastyouji  This post is a compilation of various Japanese language learning tips that I have personally found useful and suggest you to try if you want to improve your Japanese lan...
by Eastyouji on Jul 20, 2013

The importance of handwriting in Japanese and Chinese

handwriting in Japanese and Chinese | importance of handwriting | eastyouji  In an increasingly digitalised world, the practice of handwriting in the Japanese and Chinese language is decreasing. Whilst most Chinese and Japanese language class...
by Eastyouji on Jul 19, 2013

Japanese honorifics: a guide

Japanese honorifics | guide to keigo | 敬語 | eastyouji    Japanese honorifics (keigo 敬語 けいご) can at first seem confusing, but fortunately there are a few ways to make learning Japanese honorifics simpler, shown in thi...
by Eastyouji on Jul 19, 2013

5 interesting yet useful Japanese MMO game terms

5 useful Japanese MMO game terms | Learn Japanese | eastyouji Learning Japanese through playing online games can be both fun and tremendously beneficial to your language skills. The interface, instructions and other players you will interact with a...
by Eastyouji on Jul 18, 2013

Learn Japanese - Japanese article analysis #1

Learn Japanese | news article analysis| eastyouji The following is a news article written in Japanese. This article analysis is aimed at intermediate-advanced learners of Japanese. Each article posted in this series will be roughly 400-500 characte...
by Eastyouji on Jul 17, 2013

The Real Japanese Learners

Making the Jump from Intermediate to Advanced Japanese Recently, a reader posed an interesting question: I’ve done the entire Pimsleur system, gone half way through Rosetta Stone, through RTK1, taken up an SRS, spent countless hours listening to Ja...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jun 2, 2013


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