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Condensing active immersion

June 24, 2022 — Tatsumoto

Watching movies and TV shows counts towards active immersion and requires full attention to the content. We can apply a little optimization to condense active immersion. This small trick helps if you're watching something boring or if you're tight on time.


Kana Anki decks

June 20, 2022 — Tatsumoto

These Anki deck teach hiragana and katakana. There's a Recognition deck and a Production deck. The Recognition deck teaches how to read kana, the Production deck teaches how to write kana from memory.


How Anki works

June 13, 2022 — Tatsumoto

Since in this guide we are going to use Anki to study our target language, let's talk about how it works.


Spaced repetition

June 12, 2022 — Tatsumoto

To study efficiently and help you keep track of the learning process one of the first things you're going to want to do is obtain a spaced repetition system. In this article let's cover the theory behind spaced repetition, why you need it and what system to use.


JLPT Tango N1 Anki deck

April 10, 2022 — Tatsumoto


3000 Essential Vocabulary for the JLPT N1, also known as JLPT Tango N1, is a textbook to prepare for the JLPT N1. It contains ~2000 Japanese sentences and their English translations. The book includes vocabulary found commonly on the JLPT and often used in everyday life.

With the help of our chat members, we have created an Anki deck from sentences listed in the book and native audio that comes with it.


Learning grammar

March 31, 2022 — Tatsumoto

What's grammar? Should you learn grammar? How to learn grammar? Let's answer these question in this article.


Immersion with YouTube

March 20, 2022 — Tatsumoto

YouTube is a popular website where people can upload and watch videos. Through watching YouTube you can immerse with native Japanese content. Such content can be of particular interest to people who want to understand colloquial Japanese, speech with a lot of mumbling, slurs and slang. There are many language-dense streams and podcasts on YouTube that can be used for background listening. You can also find news channels with more formal speech.