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The Smart Saver’s Guide to Learning Japanese with MOOCs


DIY is the thing right now.

IKEA hacks. Brew-your-own-beer kits. At-home Japanese learning.

It’s everywhere!

But if you’ve ever tried to put together a trendy hanging bookshelf that immediately fell apart, you know that a little structure and direction can …

Bookmark These 4 Free Japanese E-book Sites and You’ll Always Have a Book by Your Side


There are two feelings that can make almost any human being happy.

The first is curling up with a cup of tea and a good book on a cozy weekend afternoon.

The second is getting free stuff.

Want to combine …

Is It Hot in Here, Or Is It Just This Post About Japanese Pick-up Lines?


You’ve met someone.

You get butterflies in your stomach when you see them, and you just can’t seem to keep that smile off of your face.

You’re in love!

Maybe you’ve met while gaming with them, or you’ve bonded …

9 Audio Resources for an Earful of Japanese Learning


Want to get your audio on?

Ready to hear real Japanese in conversation?

Looking for some gripping Japanese audiobooks?

Just need to hear a word pronounced correctly?

Come one, come all. We’ve got audio resources for all that …

Learn How to Think in Japanese with These Awesome Tips, Tricks and Translation Ideas


Your thoughts make you who you are.

Your deepest, darkest desires. Your dreams and goals. Your fears and anxieties.

And they’re literally with you all of the time.

It’s the little voice that helps you remember your keys before you …

3 Little Hacks to Learn Japanese While You Sleep Like a Log


Learning Japanese before my alarm goes off?

Yes, please!

Cramming in a few more fundamentals between hitting the “snooze” button (a few dozen times)?

Why not?

Okay, so maybe it’s not that easy. But you have to admit that …

Onyomi and Kunyomi: Because What You Kanji Isn’t What You Get


In written Japanese, what you see isn’t what you get.

Picture this: You’ve just begun your journey into kanji.

Things are going well until you come across a kanji you thought you knew how to read.

You were sure …