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Long Time, No See! お久しぶり!End of 2014 Post!

Sorry it has been a long time guys! My posts have been few and far between because I’ve been so busy! I apologize for that. To update you quickly on the happenings, I’ll, sadly, be posting lots of videos here. However, I hope that you enjoy them, and please look forward to the next post!

For this post, I’ll wrap up 2014 and begin updating you guys on what has happened since 2015 started! First of all, for my Japanese New Years Celebration, I went to Sunshine City in Ikebukuro with some dorm mates. We ended up going to the Observatory in Sunshine City! To give you guys some visuals, I’ll insert the video here:

It was so much fun, and as sad as I am to say it, I won’t be staying in Japan as long as I’d hoped, but I’ll be back. I listed off some goals I have for 2015, one of which is to now apply for the JET Programme come October 2015. So again, I’ll insert a video here:

And with that out of the way, I made a video looking back on what I accomplished in the year 2014:

Whew! What a whirlwind, huh? I can’t believe I’m here, and every day I am so thankful for the Gilman Scholarship and my husband for supporting me! I am so happy to share these moments, not only in blog form, but visually as well! I love getting comments from people who are interested in where I am and what I’m doing, and it truly brings me the greatest joy to share my experiences with everyone.

Thank you for sticking with me! Lots of updates to come every day this week, so get your news feeds READY!

Be Brave


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JLPT N3 Challenge


In addition to travel updates, I also decided when I first started this blog that I would update my readers with my language experiences.

To begin, I’d like to point out that I follow a LOT of YouTubers. Lots of people that I follow, like me, are avid language learners. The user “GothicLenne” is a Japanese Language learner that is at my level of Japanese, however her speaking and grammar skills are probably above mine. This really encourages me to study, seeing others that are at or near my level. She recently uploaded a video, explaining that she would be starting a 90 day challenge to prepare for her JLPT N3 test in December.

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Speaking and Reading Practice


I’m quite behind on my reading and speaking in this playlist, so hopefully posting this will motivate me and others to practice! Tomorrow I will rectify my tardiness in keeping up with daily news readings.

Most of the readings will always come from NHK News Web easy. As this is most comfortable at the level I’m at. Its really great for those beginners or even intermediate learners. It includes furigana above the Kanji, a dialogue you can listen to, and sometimes a real news clip! I love this website, you can visit it here.

There are some singing clips on my soundcloud as well, but you can ignore those, unless you enjoy having your ears bleed, haha!

I am trying to work up the courage to live chat on skype in Japanese. Hopefully I’ll have an update for you guys soon on this front. Also, this week I’ll be applying for KCP International Language School. I will DEFINITELY be posting more after that on my preparations for my year abroad if I get accepted and everything works out.

Keep studying, speaking, and being an active learner,


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A Wonderful Resource for Learners of ANY Language

Hello again! I’m back to share a bit of new information with everyone regarding language learning. If you follow my twitter, you may have noticed I’m trying to tweet more and more in Japanese and occasionally Korean if I know the equivalent. However, I recently became frustrated because my vocabulary pool is so small. So what did I do? I went to YouTube to find some help. I usually do this if I need that extra push of motivation to study, or when I hit a wall in language study. What I found is amazing. I stumbled across this YouTube channel:

And stumbled across the website he’s created called What a discovery!

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Japanese and Korean Books 日本語と韓国語本

Hello! I finally got the video uploaded with all the books I own. I’ll just add a blurb about each book here and if you have any questions feel free to email or contact me! Keep in mind, these are just my opinions and its based on my experience and learning style. Pick whatever works best for you, and my opinions are by no means the end all, be all.

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