For anyone wanting to practice their speaking online, italki.com is a great service that connects language learners with native teachers all around the world. They are offering a $10 voucher for language lessons to first time users. I actually use italki, as a student and as a teacher. As a student, I’ve met many great teachers who […]
This the everyday language blog archive.
I write articles on English, and Japanese language matters (hopefully Chinese language posts in the near future), life in the UK and Japan.
You will find:
- English and Japanese language resource recommendations
- Language learning tips
- Articles about how to do everyday things in Japan and the UK (useful of people who have just moved to these countries).
Thanks for reading! I hope this is useful for you. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email me at - firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a quick post about handwriting input apps for smartphones and language learning. Please skip this post if you already know about them or use these apps in your daily life and studies. I know I’m not the first to discover or write about it, but I still think it’s worth highlighting as some […]
It is expensive to call phone numbers that start with 0870 or 0845 In the UK companies often give customer service phone numbers beginning with 0845 or 0870 when their customers need to call them. To make phone calls to these numbers is very expensive. Calls to 084 and 087 numbers incur both an Access […]
Read more, learn more At some point in your language learning journey, you have probably heard that reading more will help develop your language skills. However, opening a book, newspaper or website in your language of study (L2) for the first time can be a daunting experience. Or on the other hand, you may already […]
During one of my previous searches for quality Anki decks (see this blog article) I found on the Memrise website some excellent decks that could be exported into Anki. Well, I should say there were some decks on Memrise, but since Sept 2017, an update to Memrise has removed the export function. Damn it stupid […]
In this post, I introduce two websites that can be used to find the best new non-fiction books, plus seven of the best non-fiction books I have read recently. How to find good non-fiction English books In the last few years, what with learning Japanese, becoming a dad and job stuff I haven’t had much […]
Who needs a money saving expert? There is one website you need to know about if you are going to live in the UK and want to save money. It is called moneysavingexpert.com and it could save you hundreds if not thousands of pounds. Moneysavingexpert is a website that has the latest advice and information […]
Real Japanese from the streets! Want to learn Japanese slang? Or Japanese martial arts? Or how Japanese people think about love? Sushi? Or tourism? Then this playlist of 19 short videos is for you. In the videos, Mona the presenter, interviews people on the streets of Sendai and asks them about all the above topics […]
How can I get good Anki decks for the JLPT N2 exam? While one of Anki’s strong points is its users and the shared decks users create. This is also a weakness as many users share decks with a lot of typos or mistakes. In particular, finding quality Anki decks for the JLPT exams has […]
This page contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information. Awesome Anki decks for you In this post, I introduce four great Anki decks for studying Japanese. All of these are high quality and have Japanese and English translations. Please note, Anki decks are sometimes removed by the authors who publish them which […]