For those who love Japanese culture and are learning the language, will definitely want to check out Tokyo FM World’s “Dempa ch. ~Tokyo Dempa International~” weekly show. The show is hosted by former Seattle resident Matthew Masaru Barron along with Dempagumi Inc. members Mirin and Ayane (a.k.a. “Pinky”). For those not familiar with Dempagumi Inc., they are a Japanese female idol group from Akihabara and each have their own cool […]

The One about Rosetta Stone’s Premium Edition with Live Tutoring

[NOTE: I am using Rosetta Stone Premium Edition with Live Tutoring for Learning Japanese] Trying out the Rosetta Stone’s Premium Edition with Live Tutoring. I figured why not give it a try with Japanese (note: despite minoring in Japanese in college, I took many steps back as I learned other foreign languages and I don’t use it as regularly) and it would be a good way for me to refresh […]

The One about Kodansha’s Hiragana Workbook

Originally Reviewed back in 2009 Hiragana. Japanese syllabary and part of the kana system (along with “katakana” for foreign words) and utilizes no kanji. If you are a new to learning Japanese, you will need to know how to read and write hiragana and katakana and then as you progress, you will need to learn kanji (Chinese characters utilized in Japanese words and sentences). The good news is that by […]

The One about Kodansha’s Katakana Workbook

Originally Reviewed back in 2009 Katakana is a Japanese syllabary and a component of the kana system to read English or foreign words not native to Japan and are derived from components of complex kanji. If you are a new to learning Japanese, you may have just finished learning how to read and write Japanese in hiragana but now you are realizing that for English words, the Japanese use a […]

The One about Learning another Language with HelloTalk

For those learning a new language, one of the things that will become important is practicing with another person who can speak that language. In college, we would have time set for a “Conversational Partner”.  For example, if I’m learning Japanese, I would have a Japanese conversational partner who is trying to learn English.  In a way, it works out both ways, because you can understand each other’s culture but […]

The One about Behind the Wheel French – Level 1

As a person who has studied several foreign languages, in the beginning, I have gone through many books, audio tapes and CD’s in my life and even learned a few in college and this time, I’ve always wanted to learn French. Because of my work hours and literally busy, I figured that according to my current schedule, learning French via audio CD was the best way to go. So, I’ve […]