Episode 1: The Geography of Tokyo – The 日本語 Project Podcast

What is Tokyo? Is it a city? Or is it something else? Today we look at Tokyo in a different context. Exploring what it actually means to be a “city”. History of Tokyo https://nihongoproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/The-Geography-of-Tokyo.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

Episode 0: The Pilot – The 日本語 Project Podcast

Podcasts are a great way of adding more detail to traditional blog posts. Episode 0 of The 日本語 Project podcast covers the scope of the podcasts which will be produced for the website. Along with the social media accounts for the website, it provides another avenue for readers and listeners to interact with the content. […]

The Problem with Language Learning 

Introduction Learning a language as a non-native speaker is different from learning your native language. The learning process is different, the pacing is different, the type of vocabulary learned in what order is also different. A major problem (and deterrent) for learning a new language is how languages are taught. In the case of Japanese, […]

Who is Jim Breen

If you are new to studying Japanese, or have been studying the language for a short while, you might have come across the name Jim Breen at some point. Even if you don’t recognize the name right away, chances are you have seen this name before. Many Japanese-English dictionaries use the entries from the EDICT project. Most mobile Japanese-English dictionary apps such as Aedict, Imiwa (Formerly known as Kotoba) and JED (just to name a few) are all using the EDICT database.

Getting Started Learning Japanese

Having an interest in learning the Japanese language is great and all, but how do you ACTUALLY get started? Given the fact that you need to learn Hiragana, Katakana, sentence structure, vocabulary words, kanji and more, it can be a daunting task. This is really a catch 22, if you don’t start somewhere, you won’t get anywhere, but you might be totally confused on where to start. This can lead to a very lengthy delay in when you had the initial idea of learning Japanese and when you actually started learning. There are many guides out there, and I’ve definitely done my fair share of reading through them, but I thought I’d give you my take on it as well. This is going to be geared more towards just starting out with Japanese, without any formal exposure to the language. Later on, there will also be a written series/guide which will be continuing on after you’ve mastered the basics.

Why are There no Spaces in Japanese? 

If you are new to learning Japanese, you may have noticed a curious element to the language itself. There are no spaces. Of course, if you are familiar with other languages such as Chinese or Burmese the lack of spaces between the words would be nothing new. However, for speakers of languages which do use spaces, such as English, French, German, Spanish, and countless other languages, this appears to be a daunting task. In order to understand why Japanese does not use spaces in writing, it is important to first go back in time and see the origin of the writing system itself.