How do you memorize Japanese vocabulary

Slept like 3am yesterday and just woke up.

Yesterday, i had one new student in my N3 class and her question to me was
“Sensei, how can i memorize Japanese vocabulary?”

I am sure this is a question that everybody ask. Even at times i ask myself. There are a few good ways which i would like to share and i hope it will benefit you.

1. Give yourself some tests

One of the things that i like to do is to give yourself some test. Memorize the words in blocks of 25 words. After that, print out 10-20 pieces of paper with their English translation and start doing one by one. After you finish one piece. Mark yourself and identify those that you have gotten wrong. Go back and revise and start doing the next piece of test.

This method prove to be very useful to be when i was studying at my N5 and N4 stage. For N1-N3 level, the list is quite overwhelming. In this case, you need to filter what are the words which are more useful in real life, this is what the examiners will test you in the exam.

2. Flashcards

I see a lot of people relying a lot on Flashcards. This is also a good way to remember. Good flash cards systems like Anki is available.

3. Reading aloud to yourself

I heard some of my students do this. I think it’s a good try.

What are some of your other methods of studying Japanese vocabulary? Do share. (^_^)

Book recommendation: 初級が終わってから始めよう日本語敬語トレーニング (Keigo book)


こんばんは。。Today was a tired day teaching from 2pm to 7pm, but i enjoy it alot. I get to meet different people and it’s really good for me. Earlier on, i received a request from someone in HWZ asking about a recommendation for a Keigo book. So here it is.

Title of book: 初級が終わってから始めよう日本語敬語トレーニング
ISBN number:978-4-87-217-612-4

This book teaches you Keigo based on topics like visiting, inviting people, apologizing, tele-conversational skills, etc etc.

Some images from the book.


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. (^_^)



おはようございます。Would like to dedicate this song to all my friends and readers of my blog out there. While listening to this song, i recalled that i used this song for my friend’s birthday last Jun. I wrote a small flash video for him to tell him that the future holds many unknown things to come. Time flies so fast, it’s almost 1 year plus since i know him and his fiancee. It was used as the theme song for フリーター、家を買う.

I hope this song will also encourage readers who have been trying hard to pass N1 and N2 exams to not stop trying. =)

My scary yet precious Japanese library

Below are some pictures from my scary yet precious Japanese library. I strongly believe that for a student to excel in Japanese language studies, the teacher has the responsibility and the part to play to assist the student to get good materials. Of course, having good materials does not mean you will pass JLPT. It all boils down to yourself. If you work hard, you will see the fruits of the labour. For all readers info, for each book, i spent about 3-4 hours reading through the book and ensuring that the books are good enough to be used by any individual. =)

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