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  • Japanese Grammar in EBNF notation

    January 4, 2020 by

    We create a 5-rule parser to efficiently and accurately parse affirmative present tense sentences in Japanese. With just 5 rules you can understand Japanese grammar deeply.

  • Japanese Complete 1.0

    December 29, 2019 by

    Japanese Complete 1.0 is released today. Get a subscription and start mastering Japanese. Don’t just learn Japanese, master it!

  • Four Months Round: 12 Customers, New UI, 1 Anti-Customer

    December 22, 2019 by

    In the last 4 months (we started about Sept 21) we have earned the business of 12 customers, a handful of beta testers, and one vehement anti-customer. “What is an anti-customer?” you might ask. Just as the name implies, it’s someone who campaigns against your product. Hilariously in trying to promote our product, I have… Read more

  • Japanese Complete Year 1 Curriculum

    December 18, 2019 by

    Tool for Mastering Japanese. Self Study Course. Valuable Supplement to any Live Curriculum. Drill-based Training. Audio Lessons and Reference-Grade material.

  • Japanese Diacritical Marks

    December 14, 2019 by

    In Japanese, diacritical marks like the dakuten and handakuten are considered markers that indicate if a sound is vocalised or plosive, respectively. Handaku-ten (“Half vocalised” = “Plosive”)半濁点・はんだくてん『○ ゚』は→ぱ、ひ→ぴ、ふ→ぷ、へ→ぺ、ほ→ぽ     ha→pa, hi→pi, fu→pu, he→pe, ho→po Daku-ten (“Vocalised” = Hum while you say the sound)濁点・だくてん『○ ゙』    は→ば、ひ→び、ふ→ぶ、へ→べ、ほ→ぼ    ha→ba, hi→bi, fu→bu, he→be, ho→bo     か→が、き→ぎ、く→ぐ、け→げ、こ→ご    ka→ga, ki→gi, ku→gu, ke→ge, ko→go     た→だ、ち→ぢ、つ→づ、て→で、と→ど    ta→da, chi→ji, tsu→dzu,… Read more

  • What is Japanese Complete?

    December 13, 2019 by

    Japanese Complete is a tool for learning Japanese effectively and efficiently, while retaining ability long-term. How did you come to start working on Japanese Complete? The team behind the site and software is composed of avid language learners and we were simply solving a problem we all had, namely that there was no full, effective,… Read more

  • The Four Types of Kanji

    December 11, 2019 by

    象形・指事・会意・形声 Kanji, ideograms that constitute a bulk of the Japanese written language, come in four rough types. Pictographs, Indicators, Combographs, and Meaning-and-Sound Borrowers. The first type is pictographs which stand in for the actual thing they represent. Some researchers claim fewer than 4% are actually pictographs. 1 象形文字 しょうけいもじ 人 biped (human)女 woman手 hand田 ricefield子… Read more

  • What does 「すみません」 actually mean?

    December 10, 2019 by

    The definitions of 「すみません」「すみません」の定義 「すみません」 is the standard polite form of 「すまない」 and is used when, with your present company you wish to express: 謝罪 an apology 感謝 a sense of gratitude 依頼 when you wish to request something Often translated as “Excuse me,” the word 「すみません」 has three subtle senses that may help explain… Read more

  • 「見えない」and「見られない」 How are they similar, what do they mean?

    December 10, 2019 by

    「見えない」と「見られない」 The best way to see the difference between 見えない and 見られない is through examples: 微粒子は肉眼ではほとんど見えない。Minute particles are hardly visible to the naked eye. 彼は片目が見えない。He is blind in one eye. 肉眼ではほとんど見えない星もある。Some stars are hardly visible to the naked eye. ここじゃないと見えないんだ。I can only see it (the game) from here. 彼女は彼に涙を見られないようにした。She turned away so he could not… Read more

  • How to Input Japanese via Keyboard

    December 9, 2019 by

    「キーボードで日本語の入力」 “Japanese Input via Keyboard” Modern Mobile Japanese Input Methods Each button is actually a mask of five letters. Since Japanese is consonant-vowel pairs you can simply choose the correct consonant (K or T) and then choose the correct vowel (A or O) and end up with your result when you release (KA or TO).… Read more

  • Twenty Vowels English Make, Simply Seven Japanese.

    December 8, 2019 by

    English in all its glory has pure vowels 12 and 8 vowels glide. Compare this with Japanese that has 5 vowels. “Pure” Vowels of English/ı/as in hit/ɪ/ as in read/e/ as in bed/æ/as in bat/ɑː/as in hard/ɒ/ as in shot/ɔː/ as in short/ʊ/as in full/uː/ as in school/ʌ/ as in hut/ɜː/as in alert/ə/ as in aloud… Read more

  • How to study Japanese Grammar

    November 30, 2019 by

    How to study Japanese grammar. Here’s our main points to keep at the top of mind while studying grammar and acquiring Japanese.

  • Japanese Complete First Lessons Live

    November 29, 2019 by

    Japanese Complete is now live with the initial batch of lessons, subscribe today and get access to the ninja training grounds for Japanese understanding.

  • Techniques for Rapid Fluency Acquisition of Japanese

    November 20, 2019 by

    Thirty years of linguistics theory culminates in an approach synthesized for highly effective learning. The trends of the modern-day era expire daily, and it is often in the guise of research that new media hit the streets of the world of academia. However, scholarly articles may not present new truths but they do solidify the… Read more

  • Japanese Complete: Features Video

    November 19, 2019 by

    Japanese Complete Supporter Subscriptions (83% off the yearly rate) are available for a limited time until November 30th, 2019. If you’re interested in learning Japanese or getting a subscription for a friend, get one today! Japanese Complete is a frequency-based curriculum approach based on proven fluency acquisition methods. The curriculum is a work-at-your-own-pace three+ year… Read more

  • Language Blending

    November 17, 2019 by

    Language Blending, also referred to as Translanguaging, the creation of Bridge Language, and also sometimes Multilinguality, is cross-language teaching and elucidation that yields rapid conceptual understanding and meta-linguistic comprehension, almost as if multiple cities were each being built in the landscape of the brain, and the routes and paths between each city were getting stronger the more the languages were criss-crossed.

  • Top 50 Most Frequent Japanese Verbs

    October 30, 2019 by

    This article is about the first 50 most-frequent verbs as determined by the Balanced Contemporary Corpus of Written Japanese (2011). “Balanced” refers to the utilisation of online web forums as well as television subtitles in addition to novels and newspapers. 1 言う to say, to speak. いう2 する to do. 3 ある to be (inanimate existence),… Read more

  • The Japanese Musical Mind

    October 29, 2019 by

    and how Pitch Accent will bring your Japanese to a native-sounding level. This article is about Japanese Pitch Accent. Most people exercise their eye-strength for recognizing Japanese visually (eye intelligence), let’s work on our ear intelligence! Just like in other languages, rising intonation on the last syllable indicates a question-statement, as in “Are you going… Read more

  • 二十四節気 24 Terms to Denote the Changing of the Seasons

    October 23, 2019 by

    Twenty-four Seasonal Atmospheres 二十四節気 Japan’s seasonal appreciation in clear through art and things like haiku, but did you know that there are 24 specific terms for each “seasonal atmosphere?” We rendered it as “seasonal atmosphere” because there is no term in English equal to 節気 but the ideograms are fairly reminiscent of the idea 節… Read more

  • Giving and Receiving

    October 22, 2019 by

    This image shows the difference between the main verbs of giving and receiving in Japanese. Notice how with small changes in particles we change the active giver and receiver of the sentence. The が particle is a marker for the Subject of the sentence (or thought) and is the active one associated with the sentence-final… Read more

  • Articles in English versus Particles in Japanese

    October 20, 2019 by

    Check out this image, it shows how articles in English come before the primary terms and how particles in Japanese come after the primary terms. You can see that Particles in Japanese are like Post-term Articles (P+Articles) Cover up the articles and you’re speaking Japanese, Cover up the particles and you’re speaking English. Next: Read… Read more

  • What’s Next? Developing Intuition

    October 17, 2019 by

    Developing Intuition about the Japanese Particles The following question was asked by BK2 I learnt all the vocab for Genki 1 & 2, what’s next? Sure, kanji and vocab are important, but you need to have a really solid understanding of the particles (grammar particles / じょし = 助詞 ) How come? In order to think… Read more

  • Habits of Successful Language Learners

    October 10, 2019 by

    Habit and Patterns versus Discipline. Stoics Had An Idea: Discipline Marcus Aurelius and the movement of Stoicism emphasized Discipline. However, discipline is like stamina. It runs out when applied constantly. Patterns live longer than Forces The solution is Habit. Patterns Live Longer than Forces. A man who had gone through the front windshield of a… Read more

  • A Graphical Comparison of Japanese Textbooks

    October 9, 2019 by

    This post shows some helpful information graphics (infographics) to help us understand the coverage of each introductory Japanese learning program. Next: Read “To Learn Japanese, You need a Rocketship.”

  • Comparison of Introductory Japanese Textbooks

    October 8, 2019 by

    What do you learn when you go all the way through Genki I, Tobira, Mina no Nihongo, and other books? By the numbers, how many Kanji, how many Verbs, how many grammar constructions will you know? This article takes a long solid look at the state of Japanese textbooks today. (Numbers are estimates based on… Read more

  • To learn Japanese, you need a Rocket Ship.

    October 7, 2019 by

    > very interested in learning more about and how you’ve validated your product Z,Japanese Complete is the result of years of tactics and strategies distilled into one course for getting fluent fast. The main idea is that Japanese is classically taught wrong. Well, not wrong, but it’s not a rocketship. Classical Teaching:Measures number of… Read more

  • Basic Sentence Structure of Every Japanese Sentence

    October 6, 2019 by

    Sequence is Versatile like Legos Japanese sentence structure is quite different from English; although it’s demonstrated as TSOV instead of SVO (topic, subject, object, verb, instead of subject-verb-object like English), Japanese has a much more elegant syntax that doesn’t actually depend on sequence. Japanese glues small markers to each word or phrase in a sentence… Read more

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