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How to self study Japanese

HWZ Forumer: “Can, how do i self study Japanese? Is it possible?”
Can: “Yes, it’s possible. I have seen people who have done it”
HWZ Forumer: “So how do i start?”

1. Start remembering how to write and read the Hiragana Chart.
The Youtube videos provided by Japanese101 is very useful.

2. Start learning grammar.
Tae Kim’s website offers a good grammar guide.
Good books like Genki/Japanese for Busy People are good for self-learners as well. (^_^)

3. Start learning vocabulary.
MLC Japanese page has a comprehensive JLPT guide to help you to learn vocabulary. Start from N5, then slowly proceed to N1.

4. Have a good dictionary.
Tagaini Jisho is a good dictionary to help you with words that you don’t know.

5. Listen to Japanese songs/drama/anime and try to mimic the tones/what they say.
Majo no Jyoken is a good drama to start.

Feel free to ask me any questions if you encounter any problems. =)


Hi everyone, would like to say thank you to each and every individual who spent your time to read my blog. 150 views in less than 1 day!
It’s really very encouraging for me starting out as a small career and i just received a very touching email from one of the students who is trying to self study Japanese by himself and is searching for methods to self study.

I humbly ask that if you could help to let everyone know about the existence of this website and hopefully we can all learn Japanese together. (^_^)


Why Learn Japanese?

Student: Can, i wanna study under you and pass JLPT. A lot of my friends say you teach very well and guarantee pass in JLPT.

My answer to him:
In my class, of course i teach you how to pass JLPT, because my mindset is the same as the examiners who set the questions.But ask yourself, what was your first purpose of studying Japanese? To pass JLPT? To understand the language? To know the meaning of the song that your favorite artist sings? What i feel is most important is to be able to speak. To be able to speak, you need a lot of courage. I hope through my lessons, i would be able to help you develop a passion for Japanese, not just understanding the language, but also through the language, understand more about the people, why are they like that. I think most people would not think like me. (^_^)

When i was about to quit my 4k job as a Japanese IT helpdesk engineer, I asked myself would i be able to command such a high salary given a Diploma (i was given quite a high salary due to my speaking skills, i joined the company with no JLPT 2 certificate, the interviewer who was one of the senior directors in Japan was impressed that i could speak Keigo/ultra polite language of Japanese (usually even JLPT N1 cert holders have difficulty in Keigo) )? True, i do not now. But i feel to be able to share with my students about Japan and Japanese makes me happy and i am glad that i have made the choice. I guess for now, i will not go back into IT line but i hope i can be more of someone who is there to help Japanese learners and learn along with them. =)

Like what my student said about me…

Instill Passion instead of just transferring knowledge
Can believes in instilling passion for the language instead of purely teaching the technical aspects of the language. He introduces interesting areas and cultures of Japan which he saw and experienced on his trips there. He also introduces the Japanese songs and trends to instill the passion in the language.



Welcome to my site. In this site, i hope to be able to share more about myself and my journey towards Japanese proficiency.

Last time, because of money issues, i didn’t have the chance to study Japanese. When i was learning my Japanese, i thought, it may be good to teach poor people. Then i started looking for these people. I think that be able to learn Japanese is a very good thing. A JLPT 1 holder can command up to extra 1.5k in his/her salary. In this world, there are people who want to learn, because of money problems, they don’t even have the chance to learn. Thus, everyone who are studying Japanese now, please work hard in your Japanese.