Author Archive | Maureen Stimola

The Facebook Guide to Learning Japanese with Posts, Pages, People and Pokes


To be perfectly honest, I’ve almost deactivated or outright deleted my Facebook account a bunch of times.

What stopped me?

Every time my cursor is perilously hovering over the “deactivate” button, I remember that it’s the best possible way to

12 Useful Templates to Pop Out Easy Japanese Sentences in a Flash

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Japanese is a black sheep in the global family of languages.

While the writing system is based on Chinese, it isn’t otherwise related to Chinese. The grammar shares some similarities with Korean, but most linguistics nerds claim that this …

3 Big Things You’ll Get from FluentU’s Newest Japanese Courses


When you’re done watching those adorable new “とっとこハム太郎” (“Hamtaro”) videos on FluentU, I’ve got some news to share with you.

There are 20 new course playlists available on FluentU Japanese, all fresh out of the oven!

They cover everything …

X-ray Vision: An In-depth Guide to Japanese Digital and Print Readers

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Japanese beginners—don’t stick to the shallow waters of reading.

You can read absolutely anything you want.

The first step: Don’t take your smartphone, your tablet or any other device for granted.

Learn how to navigate your gadgets properly, and you’ve …

Stroke of Genius: Learn Impeccable Japanese Stroke Order in 10 Steps

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Want to attempt mastering Japanese stroke order without having a stroke?

It honestly doesn’t require the amount of blood, sweat and tears that you might be expecting.

Getting over that initial hurdle of learning the Japanese writing system (kana and …

The 8 Best Japanese Movies Currently Available on Netflix

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I love Netflix, and I just want to shout it from the rooftops.

It’s saving our butts from cable companies while providing us with affordable and high quality entertainment. With the wealth of foreign cinema and television there, it’s even …

14 Tools and Texts Tailor-made for Easy Japanese Reading

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You wouldn’t rev up a motorcycle before learning how to ride a bicycle.

So tell me: why are you letting native-level Japanese texts intimidate you?

First, put the training wheels on and try some easy Japanese reading.

You’ll find that …