始まろう

Learn Japanese

Start learning Japanese here!

Stay tuned for more upcoming content!

Beginner's Guide

Grammar Guide & Tips

Study Tips & Motivation

Latest Articles

Is there such thing as a subjectless sentence?

tl;dr: You don't have to explicitly specify the subject in a Japanese sentence. The subject is still there, implied. In fact, explicitly specifying the subject or topic yields a different emphasis. When someone asks you: 図書館に行きますか。 としょかんにいきますか。 toshokan ni ikimasu ka....

read more

Beyond flash cards: effective study strategies

tl;dr: Strategies such as internal monologuing, transcribing, etc. are arguably more effective than just reviewing flash cards. Flash cards are a useful study tool for memorizing words. However, if we want to get better at other aspects of Japanese like listening,...

read more

Verb groupings: why I only like this one…

tl;dr: It may be a bit pedantic, but I like classifying verbs as "godan" ("group 1"), "ichidan" ("group 2") or "irregular" ("group 3"). Some textbooks use the names "u-verbs" and "ru-verbs", which can either help or confuse you. I've read multiple Japanese textbooks...

read more

Typing Japanese on Windows

This is a brief guide on how to set up and use the Japanese language keyboard on Windows. This guide assumes you are working on a standard QWERTY American keyboard. The sooner you start mastering the Japanese keyboard on your computer, the sooner you will gain...

read more

Answering questions minimally

tl;dr: When someone asks a question, pay attention to the end of the question. When responding, reuse the verb from the question. Information toward the beginning of the question can be retained or dropped depending on what information should be highlighted. When I...

read more

Conjugate verbs to all forms easily

Conjugating Japanese verbs is actually pretty straightforward. We can conjugate any verb by following the rules for a particular conjugated form that we want. There are some exceptions that we will have to memorize but there are a lot less of these exceptions when...

read more