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Experiencing Japan the "Write" Way - Preparing for JCMU by Learning Hiragana and Katakana

You don’t need to be fluent in Japanese to get around in Japan, but a basic understanding of the writing system sure helps! JCMU Japanese language instructor Nagatomi-sensei discusses the importance of learning… 359 more words

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Usagi's Hiragana & Katakana Drag-n-Drop Game

Usgai’s Hiragana Drag-n-Drop Game is a simple way to quiz yourself on your hiragana knowledge. Simply click on the hiragana with your mouse and drag it into the correct sound space. 151 more words

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Go Forth and Conjugate!

When some people think of verb conjugations, they get a little nervous. All of those endings, the spelling changes, the irregulars… English, if it’s your native language, seems so much simpler. 931 more words

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Learning Vocabulary

(Image source: pixabay.com) Learning vocabulary is obviously an important part of learning a language. In some ways, it’s also the most boring part, because it really just comes down to memorization. 957 more words

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Are we fluent yet? Taking the Zen Road to language learning.

(Image Source: pixabay.com) Let’s just get this out of the way right now, learning a language takes, well, a while.  If you put yourself into the proverbial language learning car and after 5 minutes ask, “are we fluent yet?” I can tell you right now, this is going to be a long and arduous trip.  565 more words

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“Fast, Easy, Fun and Free!”

If you’re like many of us, you have a foreign language story. More often than not, it’s an unsuccessful experience in high school or college that left you with a few words of French or Spanish, and the depressing feeling that you were the problem. 870 more words

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How to approach memorization in language learning

As JCMU English Language Instructor Chris Garth showed in his last blog, memorization can be an effective language-learning method when used correctly. However, memorization alone isn’t enough! 1,298 more words

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