Tanaka-kun is always listless ep 10


It’s summer time for Tanaka and Ohta which means it’s time for the swimming episode. Tanaka and Ohta are by the pool about to go in when Tanaka decides that this is the perfect time to tell Ohta that he can’t swim ( ha better late then never).  He has his trusty inner tube with him so he tells Ohta not to worry. When he has the idea of using Ohta as a float he quickly gets shut down XD.


After attempting to stretch and failing Tanaka decides it’s time to get into the water. Once in the water some little kids start harassing Tanaka about using an inner tube at his age. They decide to take his float from him even though they know that he can’t swim (not cool at all). Ohta shows up just in time to save the day, and tells off the bad little kids. Seriously don’t steal a float, especially from someone who can’t swim attempted murder much. Continue reading

Talking to strangers?!


As anyone would tell you when learning a language, whether its Japanese or something else, it is important to not only learn vocabulary and grammar, but to put it into use. I may not be the best person to give advice on this, since I have been lax in this part of learning myself. I get so caught up wanting to memorize everything and learn more that I forget how important it is to actually speak to someone. Now talking to strangers can seem intimidating especially in the beginning, when your just starting to learn, but don’t let that hold you back. When I first started learning Japanese, I didn’t want to talk to anyone because I didn’t think that I knew enough Japanese to have a conversation. Which, looking back now doesn’t make sense. Of course you can’t have a conversation if you never talk to anyone right? And if you never try how will you learn to? Continue reading

Learning while gaming!


My old sticker filled DS Lite!

Who says that you can’t learn while playing video games! There sadly aren’t a whole lot of video games out there made specifically for people learning Japanese, but there are some games out there targeted to Japanese learners. The system I’ll be talking about today is the DS Lite which is an older system I know, but if you have a 3DS these games will also work on it even though the new 3DS is region locked. If you don’t have a DS Lite and  want one you can get a used one on eBay for about 20$, now with that out of the way on to the games! Continue reading

Japanese Textbooks


I haven’t bought a ton of Japanese textbooks, aside from some workbooks and study aides that I’ve purchased. The majority of my textbooks come from Japanese courses that I was taking and kept using. The textbooks that I mainly use are the Minna no Nihongo series, I took a Japanese language course some time ago and these where the books that we used in class. So I’m pretty use to them and I like the way that they increase in difficulty.I found these books to be Continue reading

Learning the Basics : Kana


When you start your Japanese language learning journey, I highly suggest that you learn their writing system right away and do not use romanji. The Japanese writing system may seem complicated at first, but it really isn’t. The writing system is a combination of kanji and kana. Kana consists of  two syllabaries, called hiragana and katakana.  Hiragana is used for native Japanese words, and Katakana is used for foreign words, names, as well as loan words. Kanji isn’t something Continue reading

Learning Spanish?!

TokyoBentoBlog_SpanishI have been using many different apps and websites to help me  on my quest to learn Japanese and recently one of them contacted me. The learning app called Busuu is conducting an 8 week study in order to judge its effectiveness in helping people learn. They reached out to their users to see who would be able/ willing to participate in the research study. At first Continue reading

Why I Self Study

ToykoBentoBlog_FocusedWhen I first started studying Japanese in high school me and a few friends would go online to sites like Japanese-online.com and try to study different phrases, sentences and structures etc. needless to say we didn’t get very far. Not because of the website but because we were impatient, plus we had a ton of other school related things to do.

I continued to study bits here and there till college when Continue reading

My Language level

TokyoBentoBlog_N5I’ve been learning Japanese for what seems like forever but haven’t truly taken it seriously until  last year when I decided that I wanted  to take the Japanese language proficiency tests and pass them. I’ve always enjoyed learning Japanese and saw it as a fun hobby, but I’ve decided that I really want to make it my second language and maybe one day even become a translator. Continue reading