My enthusiasm for my favorite Japanese learning resource is what prompted me today to do some
stalking, I mean researching on my favorite website – NihongoMaster.com. NihongoMaster was founded in 2012, after its founder, Taylor Dondich, had traveled to Japan but noticed a dearth of effective Japanese learning resources, most using antiquated methods. He created a platform to learn Japanese that is fun, engaging, social, and motivational. With the use of technology, he was able to build it with gamification techniques to help learners retain what they’ve learned, and be motivated to keep learning!
The NihongoMaster community itself helps people grow and learn together in its Community Forums, and learning Teams. What can be more motivating than to hit the Top Learner charts! Maybe one day I’ll screenshot myself at the top. 🙂
My email updates
Since I joined NihongoMaster in November of 2013 (I didn’t take it seriously at that time and I regret that), I can see my history of NihongoMaster emails. At the time I joined, they definitely had a huge amount of content already. Looking back at the email subjects, they sent me something every few weeks, whether it be a New Lesson announcement, Cultural Notes, Featured Site/Member, Live Chat sessions, Blog updates, and of course, since I wasn’t active, the occasional “Where Did You Go?” or “”You could speak Japanese fluently by now but…”, haha. Don’t worry, you won’t be inundated with emails filling your mailbox, just the right amount to stay excited.
What it all tells me is that they are always working to improve their site, motivate you, and add new lessons. Since I’m a total nerd and will database weird things, I pulled some info into a spreadsheet and found that since I joined, they’ve been adding about 4 new lessons each month. I looks like in mid-2014 they completed all the lessons that would get you to JLPT N5 proficiency, and that fall, they started adding the next section of lessons.
New Advanced Classroom!
A few weeks ago, my screenshot showed this Classroom header.
When I came back from break, I noticed a little change to my Classroom header!
They added an Intermediate level. Well, they actually created the Intermediate level to hold what was Advanced before, and created a new Advanced Classroom Level. The new lessons will be covering JLPT N3 lessons, taught by the new instructor, Aki.
Here’s a view of one of the Advanced Classroom lessons. I have no clue what any of this is yet, but give me another year?
Can’t wait to learn more
But here I’m still stuck on Beginner (23% complete) and still quite a ways from N5, but I’m so excited to keep learning and learning! I did level up last week, I’m now Level 9! I’ll have to keep at it to level up more and not lose my levels again. I have been going slow with my lessons lately, but I’m going to go at a steady pace once again now. The interaction with some of the more experienced members have left me wanting to go faster, so let’s see how I go from here.
I don’t want another email with the subject “Where Did You Go?”, “You could speak Japanese fluently by now but…”, “Where have you been? Remember to keep up your Japanese studies!”.
NihongoMaster JLPT Study Lists
In my research, I did find this handy list.
- JLPT N5: http://www.nihongomaster.com/lists/view/40/jlpt-n5-study-list
- JLPT N4: http://www.nihongomaster.com/lists/view/41/jlpt-n4-study-list
- JLPT N3: http://www.nihongomaster.com/lists/view/42/jlpt-n3-study-list
- JLPT N2: http://www.nihongomaster.com/lists/view/43/jlpt-n2-study-list
- JLPT N1: http://www.nihongomaster.com/lists/view/44/jlpt-n1-study-list