Learn Through Self-Guided Immersion™
Once upon a time, you had to two choices if you wanted to get fluent in Japanese: 1) take expensive Japanese classes, or 2) move to Japan. Today, anyone with an internet connection and a little creativity can learn Japanese anywhere in the world. Master Japanese shows you how. While Japanese classes and living abroad can be great, they no longer have to be a barrier to entry for Japanese learners. Moreover, Self-Guided Immersion has many advantages over traditional classroom and textbook-based learning:
- It's More Fun: The Self-Guided Immersion approach allows you to choose fun, engaging materials and activities that you love.
- It's More Efficient: Your custom immersion environment allows you to make use of tiny “hidden moments” throughout the day.
- It's Less Expensive: Language classes and textbooks are boring and expensive. Choose fun―and often free!―modern resources instead.
- It's More Natural: Humans have learned languages through immersion for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s how our brains are wired.
- It's More Convenient: Self-Guided Immersion allows you to learn anytime, anywhere. You don’t need to travel to a class or move abroad.
- It's Personalized: Self-Guided Immersion allows you to tailor the learning process to your unique interests, needs, and learning style.
3 Delicious Digital Flavors
With the Master Japanese Complete Package, you get three different digital formats to choose from, allowing you to use the app or device of your choice.
- The PDF Version: The PDF version of Master Japanese is print-ready and viewable on all platforms (macOS, iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone, Ubuntu, etc.) and within a wide variety of apps (Preview, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Notes, Evernote, Google Drive, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.).
- The iBooks / EPUB Version: The EPUB version of Master Japanese is is supported by the largest number of ebook readers and is perfect for reading on smaller screens since you can adjust the font size on the fly. You can open the EPUB version in Apple iBooks on iOS and macOS, and numerous other eBook readers including Nook, Kobo, etc.
- The Kindle / MOBI Version: The Kindle version of Master Japanese can viewed on your Kindle or any of the free Kindle apps on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, etc. You can also open this version in any eBook readers that support the MOBI file format such as Kobo, InkBook, and Onyx.
9 Expert Interviews
With the Master Japanese Complete Package, you can get inspired with over 3 hours of expert interviews with linguists, polyglots, and language experts:
- Dr. James Heisig: Best known by Japanese learners for his book Remembering the Kanji (RTK), a 3-volume series that shows learners how to remember kanji using imaginative memory instead of rote learning. In our interview, he discusses how RTK came to be, including the heavy doses of skepticism his method first received.
- Dr. Jay Rubin: The author of the must-read book Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You. He holds a Ph.D. in Japanese from the University of Chicago, and has taught at both the University of Washington and Harvard. His humorous dissection of Japanese greatly helped save my sanity when I was first battling with the more difficult aspects of Japanese grammar.
- Dr. Victor Ferreira: A professor and researcher at the University of California, San Diego. He runs the Language Production Lab, which looks at “how language users form sentences and produce words, and how that behavior leads to successful communication.”
- AJATT's Khatzumoto: Khatzumoto (勝本), a.k.a. “Khatz”, is the creator of the popular language blog and community All Japanese All the Time (AJATT). Proving that self-guided immersion works, Khatzumoto reached an impressive level of fluency in a very short time by watching anime, reading manga, and having an all around kick-ass time.
- Benny Lewis: Benny (a.k.a. “The Irish Polyglot”) is the creator of Fluent in 3 Months, the most popular language learning blog in the world, and is the author of Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World and Teach Yourself’s Language Hacking series. As we discuss in the interview, he is most adamant about the importance of not waiting until you feel “ready” to start speaking a foreign language as that day will probably never come.
- Steve Kaufmann: The creator of LingQ.com and the author of The Way of the Linguist: A Language Learning Odyssey. As a fluent speaker of 11 languages (including Japanese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish), Steve has a thing or two to say about effective language learning.
- Simon Ager: Originally hailing from Lancashire, England, Simon Ager is the creator of Omniglot.com, “the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.” I have been a fan of the site for years, and was quite ecstatic to finally have the opportunity to talk with its creator.
- Randy Hunt: Randy (a.k.a. “The Yearlyglot”) is on a mission to learn a new language every year, an admirable adventure he blogs about over at Fluent Every Year. He is not afraid to speak his mind, and his very vocal about his recommended methods (especially his hatred of flaschards). As you can imagine, his blog is no stranger to flame wars…
- Claude Cartaginese: Claude is the man behind The Polyglot Project, a collaborative book project co-written by dozens of polyglots and language learners (including your’s truly).
10 Print-Ready Cheat Sheets & Worksheets
With the Master Japanese Complete Package, you receive 10 print-ready PDF cheat sheets and worksheets to help you optimize your language learning time:
- Hiragana & Katakana: This cheat sheet includes all the sounds of Japanese in one handy resource, including hiragana (平仮名), katakana (片仮名), and roumaji (ローマ字).
- Complete Kanji Lists: This cheat sheet includes two complete kanji lists, including 1) a comprehensive Remembering the Kanji list with the characters, frame numbers, and keywords included in the first volume of the book, and 2) a comprehensive Japanese Ministry of Education kanji list with both modern and archaic forms of characters, and the grade in which each character is taught in Japanese schools.
- Most Common 1,000 Words: This cheat sheet includes the most common 1,000 words in Japanese, empowering you to understand over 75% of the language you will see and hear day to day!
- Deconstruction Dozen: This cheat sheet includes the Japanese translations of Tim Ferriss’ famous 12 core sentences that reveal the essential patterns frequently used in Japanese. Think of it as the 80-20 Rule applied to grammar.
- Conjugation: Japanese adds quite a few endings to verbs and adjectives to express tense, politeness, desire, volition, conditionals, conjunctions, enumeration, commands, ability, passives, and causative passives. This conjugation cheat sheet allows you to quickly check how to conjugate common verbs and adjectives while you’re still getting the hang of things.
- Pronouns: Japanese has a number of pronouns (some of which can be potentially offensive) and demonstratives (used to indicate location, direction, type, manner, etc.). Use this handy cheat sheet to help keep them straight.
- Note Template: Print out a few sheets of this simple note taking template to help you jot down and review Japanese vocabulary in a fast, efficient manner.
- S.M.A.R.T. Goals: This worksheet helps you to create specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound goals that are much more effective than typical overly ambitious and poorly defined learning objectives.
- Study Plan: Use this sample weekly schedule to get ideas about how to integrate Self-Guided Immersion activities into your life, and then create your own personalized study plan using the blank version.
- Onomatopoeia: Japanese has heaps and heaps of “sound symbolic words” (words that imitate sounds found nature, made by the body, etc.). Use this cheat sheet to master the essentials.
Free Updates For Life!
I continually update the Master Japanese guide as new tools, materials, methods and language learning research findings become available. Whenever I release a new version, Master Japanese Complete Package customers can download future updates for free!
Note that the Master Japanese Complete Package is sold as a ZIP file and cannot be opened on most tablets or smartphones. I recommend unzipping the file on your computer.