Japanese

An Important Lesson From My First 6 Weeks Of Seriously Studying Japanese

I’ve only just begun my Japanese learning journey, but I’ve learned something important that I want to share. Before school started, I was casually listening to Japanese podcasts and watching television in Japanese for exposure, especially since I learned The Game-Changing Language Learning Advice That Eased the Pressure. When school started, I started studying in earnest. […]

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Japanese

HelloTalk or Tandem: What’s better for language learning partners?

I’m new to learning another language, but I was inspired to find practice partners early in my learning journey. Here’s Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Wait to Find Language Learning Partners. If you’re trying to choose between HelloTalk and Tandem, I’m going to talk about my experiences with these apps and compare the two. Keep the […]

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Life Lessons

Sometimes Quitting Is the Ultimate Self-Care

Self-change. Personal growth. Self-improvement. Growth mindset. Whatever you call it, I’ve been doing it for a long time. Not by reading a bunch of self-help books — though nothing is wrong with that — but by simply being curious and investigating my own patterns and noticing my own thoughts and self-talk. Coupled with mindfulness, this […]

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Quote

“Maybe it’s time for me to stop focusing on making someone else money and start focusing on making myself happy.”

tlm
Japanese

What to Consider When Choosing Shows to Watch For Language Learning

I’ve been watching Japanese dubs for the last few weeks, and I’ve found them super helpful in my process of active listening. My How to Watch Japanese Dubs on Netflix to Practice Listening Comprehension article gives detailed instructions on how to change your language settings, but how do you decide what shows and movies to watch […]

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Quote

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.

Rumi
Guides & Reviews

My Japanese-Inspired Floor Desk: 1 Year Later

This is my third post in a series about my Japanese-inspired floor desk. In case you missed them, check out the first posts below: How I Set Up a Japanese-Inspired Floor Desk My Japanese-Inspired Floor Desk: 6 months later + 5 tips for sitting on the floor Over the last year and a half, my […]

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Guides & Reviews

2 Things I Use to Make My Home Office More Comfortable

In my many years of working behind a desk, I’ve tried a lot of different office equipment, and being 5’1″-ish means I have special requirements for making my workstation more comfortable. I used to skimp on office equipment because it can be expensive, but I realized that I was paying for it in other ways […]

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