はじめまして。Teena です。

Nice to meet you. I’m Teena.

I’ve wanted to learn Japanese since at least the 7th grade, and in Fall 2021, I enrolled at my community college to fulfill this dream and earn an associate’s degree in Japanese. After that, I will take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). This is where I’ll chronicle my journey to Japanese fluency.

Photo of the author in Kochi, Japan

The Game-Changing Language Learning Advice That Eased the Pressure

My first post about learning Japanese talked about how I switched schools to earn an associate’s degree in Japanese, but I don’t think I mentioned that the new school term starts a month later than the original one. I was excited to use the extra time to focus on what I need to improve the most: vocabulary.  Especially if I’m […]

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How to Watch Japanese Dubs on Netflix to Practice Listening Comprehension

Even though I’m still a beginner, I like to practice my listening comprehension as much as possible. One of my favorite things to do is watch Japanese television; it’s great for when I don’t feel like actively studying but still want to expose myself to the language. A lot of people caution against watching anime for pronunciation (because the acting […]

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Welcome to My Japanese Learning Journey

I’ve always had great appreciation for language. I deeply admire anyone who speaks more than one language and have always wanted to count myself among them. I’ve wanted to learn Japanese since about the 7th grade — or at least that’s my earliest memory of wanting to learn. I’ve made multiple attempts over the last 10+ years, enrolling in night […]

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Below is a small gallery of photos taken during our trip to Japan in 2019. These help me stay motivated to keep learning so I can use my language skills to be more conversational with the locals next time we visit.