Learning tools for Japanese

So the year is 2019, I don’t have to learn Japanese like it’s 1985, that was when I was learning English. (with flash cards and listening to cassettes over and over. So let’s look at some of the modern tools that I am currently using to help me with my quest to learn Japanese.

The current immediate goal is to able to read and understand the basic phonics, in other words, read Hiragana (平仮名) and Katakana (片仮名).

So I decide to do the following:

APPS
Duolingo – app on my iphone
MEMRISE – 2nd app on my iphone

I am using the free version of both apps currently. I am still seeing if it is worthwhile to do the paid version or not. Stay tuned for an update.

Flash Cards
Originally, I was planning on doing some old flashing index cards, but since I had some printable business cards, I figure why not create a flash card with these printable business cards and guess what, they turned out amazing!!! So the best part is that the PDF is below and feel free to use them.

Also if you need the printable business cards, just buy them below.
Avery Printable Business Card (5871)

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Update (7-23-2019):

Flash cards!!!

Learning Japanese

… Few years later … 🙂

So I’ve been thinking about learning Japanese for few years now. I even bought 3 books in the past about learning Japanese. I even took a intro to japanese class in the local community college, which was a total waste of time. My problem is that I am a native Chinese speaker. Alot of the Kanji are easy for me and I am having a very hard time switching my mind to Japanese.

With some motivation recently, I decided to give it a go. I mean, I got my PE and CISSP by myself. I am sure I can do the same with Japanese. Ok maybe it will be like tennis I need some help from tutors and coaches but I think it is doable. So I will try to document my experience here similar to my previous CISSP experiences here in Cert Circus. The difference is I am not going to take any exams. I don’t need that kind of stress in my life. But I hope my experience, will be helpful to others. Please feel free to leave comments to let me know if it was helpful.

So as with all things, everything should begin with a goal!!!

MY GOAL is going to Japan at the end of 2019! I want to understand Japanese while I am there. Now, the detail of that goal, is floating, but that is the ways to start.

So what’s the game plan??

1. Learn the Japanese Phonics (Hirakana, Katakana)
2. Get an online tutor and work with them weekly
3. ???
4. PROFIT!

Just kidding of 3 and 4… I think 3 and 4 is really TBD (To Be Determined).

More to come soon!!!

… so for I know when I created this site, it was designed for technical certs, and even though I am at the stage of my life that I want to do more than improving on my technical certs, I think this is still a good place to update my adventure.