Posts tagged Japanese


Konichi-Wa, Shalom and Hello World!

If you follow us on Twitter you might have noticed those recent posts containing weird non-Western characters like (げいしゃ) or (אהבה). I’m talking of course about our two new language-specific blogs maintained by the  Learn Out Live department leaders, one…

October 4, 2010, by


Introducing The Japanese Culture Blog

Japanese is a means to an end. No one sane studies Japanese for over a dozen years, becomes a professional translator, and learns all the complexity and nuance of this language because the language is fun. Yes, it is a…

August 23, 2010, by


Instruction is a River Into the Mind

In Japanese, the kanji (Chinese character, the hieroglyph-ish stuff) for “instruction” combines two components. The first component is “words”: that which pours out of a mouth. This is the component, or “radical,” on the left. The second component is the…

May 29, 2010, by


Japanese Made Easy As One, Two, Three

I have had enormous success with my private Japanese tutoring over Skype with a student intending to take the EJU so that he can study in Japan. We still have a full year to go, but 60 lessons in, a…

May 17, 2010, by


How To Learn Japanese

There are many schools of thought for how to learn Japanese. Allow me to briefly present mine. #1: Settle On A Goal If your goal is to know a few cool words to impress your friends, you do not need…

April 21, 2010, by


Want To Study At A Japanese University?

If you’d like to study at a Japanese university, read on. If you don’t… read on anyway! You might find this interesting. At the present time, Japan is undergoing a chronic shortage of students for its well-respected universities. (Most of…

April 8, 2010, by


Samurai: Sometimes Warriors, Always Servants

The word “samurai” evolved from the word “saburai,” which itself is rooted in the verb “saburau,” meaning “to serve.” The kanji for samurai, 侍, is composed of two components, or “radicals”: a man (on the left), and a temple (on…

March 13, 2010, by


Naruto – The Real (Life) Story

“Naruto” is not just the name of a popular ninja-centric anime, nor the name of the main character of that anime. This is the story of the “swirl” that appears left and right in that series. Naruto is also a…

March 10, 2010, by


Japanese for Beginners – Tomodachi

This episode explains the two components forming “tomodachi,” the basic Japanese words for “friend.” [audio:|autostart=no]

February 10, 2010, by


Welcome to Learn Out Live’s Department of Japanese!

This is Jeremiah Bourque, your humble and highly motivated director. My department is dedicated to teaching Japanese via the English language (at first, at least). Even non-native speakers of English have found my classes to be highly informative, so no…

January 28, 2010, by


Learning Japanese: EJU, JLPT, levels and strategies [PODCAST]

Jeremiah Bourque, head of our English department, and founder of the Japanese department (coming soon…) talks about standardized tests, learning strategies and his special method of teaching. [audio:|autostart=no]

January 25, 2010, by