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I’ve been working with Japanese translators for more than a decade. Leading and forming close relationships with a team of passionate Japanese linguists with diverse professional and personal paths has taught me more about the wonders of cross-cultural work than might fit in a single article. Whether you have a casual interest in Japanese, or are entertaining the idea of becoming a translator, here are … Continue reading →

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You finally are reading a Japanese book or manga. But surprise surprise, you don’t understand a lot of the vocabulary. This places you in a difficult situation. Do you ignore what you don’t understand and just try to enjoy the story? Or do you look up some or all of the words you don’t understand in an effort to increase your comprehension and value out … Continue reading →

The post Should you Look up the Words you Don’t know when Reading a Book? appeared first on Japanese Level Up.

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I get a lot of requests for small features for the Jalup app. I’m always listening, keeping track of ideas, and figuring out long term how I can work them into the app. One issue I face is that too many small features can lead to feature creep and overwhelming settings and configurations. So I’m always working to figure out a way to not overload … Continue reading →

The post Jalup App – Button Customization Features appeared first on Japanese Level Up.

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I don’t usually write a post about just one audio book. A book that is so good that if you aren’t listening to it, you are missing out. Well I didn’t expect to come across the most unlikely candidate for an audio book that would make me laugh nonstop while motivating me at the same time… And it’s all about weight training! For a number … Continue reading →

The post The One Japanese Audio Book you Must Listen to Right Now appeared first on Japanese Level Up.

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We all have goals, big and small. Things get in the way, preventing you from achieving them. Not any more. This time you are going to win. Task Write down specific goals you want to achieve for the month of May Initial Instructions Leave a comment by May 1st and include:1. Your specific goal(s)2. Resources you will use3. Game plan/strategy Completion Instructions Reply to your … Continue reading →

The post Achieving Your Japanese Goals – May 2019 appeared first on Japanese Level Up.

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I thought Avengers Endgame was going to make 2019 exciting. It turns out a lonely and socially awkward architect who can’t get married is going to be the real excitement of this year. It was just announced that there is going to be a sequel to the 2006 J-drama 結婚できない男 (The Man Who Can’t Get Married). This is a big deal, as it is not … Continue reading →

The post Why you Should be Excited About the Sequel to 結婚できない男 appeared first on Japanese Level Up.

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A few weeks ago I sent an email to Adam: “For my own accountability (and perhaps maybe to break a record as well), I’m doing all 1000 of Jalup Hero this week.”– Me Thematically speaking, a declaration of war perhaps. But this was less about the insanity and more about pushing through what I hear others call “language block” or “mid level blues.” I’m not … Continue reading →

The post Shattering your Barriers – How I Learned 1000 Cards in 6 days appeared first on Japanese Level Up.

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Flash cards get a bad rap sometimes. Put a word or sentence on the front, the meaning on the back, and you’re done. Repeat this a few hundred or thousand times and you have a deck. Such a simple and bare tool. They’re just flash cards, right? Really…? I thought it was about time I showed behind the scenes what goes into Jalup flash cards, … Continue reading →

The post How a Jalup Deck is Made – Behind the Scenes appeared first on Japanese Level Up.

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After some recent feedback, I’ve decided to try a reboot of the “Challenge Series” that used to run on Jalup a few years back. If people are interested, every 3 months there will be a new challenge for you to attempt. Let’s get started… Have you tried to navigate Japanese-Only World but either never got far or crashed and burned along the way? Maybe you … Continue reading →

The post Jalup Group Challenge 14: One Thousand J-J Cards in Three Months appeared first on Japanese Level Up.

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Jalup Intermediate frees you from your English shackles and gives you a nonstop dose of Japanese. But doing so is no easy task, and one of the longest running complaints I get here is that Jalup Intermediate is too damn hard. “I don’t understand anything.” “As I go through the cards I understand less and less.” “My lack of comprehension snowballs me into frustration and … Continue reading →

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