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Zivon Ilya

  1. Seeking: Japanese
  2. Offering: English (Native Speaker)
  3. My Current Level: N5, A2 level
  4. Who Would You Like to Speak With: Anyone over the age of 20, of any gender or sexuality. Preferable a Native/Fluent speaker, but N3 level is alright too.
  5. Few Words About Yourself: I am 22, have a degree in Sociology, and am Bisexual & Non Binary. I have been to Japan twice and studying the language for about 1 year 8 months. I am TEFL certified (120 hrs) and have experience with tutoring English Language Learners.
  6. What Kind of Practice Would You Like: I really need practice with speaking. My grammar is also not the best, so corrections are welcome. Video or voice messaging is fine with me. Also if you’d like to be pen pals, I’m cool with that!
  7. What Would You Like to Talk About: practical conversation, so daily life. I enjoy art and reading. I’m also a big anime/manga fan so that’s always an okay topic!
  8. In What Ways Would You Like to Communicate: I have LINE, WhatsApp, Discord, Skype, Tumblr, Instagram, and Snapchat. Also HelloTalk. So any of these are fine with me.
  9. Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Current UTC/GMT -4 hrs, we are currently on Daylight Saving Hours
  10. How Can You Help Your Partner:
  • Provide Explanations and Examples of Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Explain American English Slang/Dialectal Differences
  • Explain some differences between American and British English
  • Edit/Proofread any form of writing with experience in Academic, Biology/Scientific writing styles as well as Sociological writing
  • Help with TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS test preparations
  • Can help a little with Business English writing styles
  • Pronunciation help

Please send me an Ask or reply to this post if you’re interested!

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Let me emphasize how silly I was for thinking I’d be able to learn 800 words so fast (੭ ᐕ)) ?

Look if I learn 30 words a day I’ll know 210 in a week and I’ll be able to focus on grammar as well. It’s a win win. I’ll end up being more well rounded at speaking too, because I’ll have more time for writing practice and conceptual learning.

So yeah. I had such a headache entering my 300 words today 🤦🏽‍♀️ And I was just overwhelmed as shit. Long story short: it’s not the move :/

STILL, I AM PROUD OF MYSELF FOR TRYING AND I’M MOTIVATED TO GET TO 800 WORDS BY JULY 1ST!! It’s gonna be a challenge but hopefully I will surpass that goal and learn them even faster.

Let’s goooooooo 😤😤

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How to Learn Vocabulary Fast~

you want to give the words your undivided attention. don’t study if you’re not in a fit state to focus—period. this means don’t study sleep deprived, while “multitasking”, etc. just don’t study unless you’re willing to give all of your brain power to the subject for at least a few minutes.

the idea is this: 5 minutes of complete focus and attention > 2 hours of “half-focus” or dissociative studying. for example: you can “read” a book as much as you want, but if you’re not really focusing on the words, you will not absorb anything.

that being said, let’s get into it!

  • take a 2 minute break to zone out or meditate every 5-10 minutes of studying the words. as humans, our attention spans are pretty short. we will naturally go into autopilot after studying for a certain period of time. but you want to study HARD, and with complete focus in order to learn the words faster and make them stick. think of it as jogging versus sprinting. sprinting might require more breaks because it is harder, but it will get you to your destination much faster. so just try your best not to go into autopilot, and save the zoning out for your break!!

..Why why why did I not capitalize stuff up there? Nah I ain’t fixin that

  • Learn the word before studying the word. Don’t just jump into a random quizlet set and start guessing away—give each word a little bit of attention at first, and implement deeper thought into them.
  • Consistency > Cramming. A few minutes of review everyday will always beat 3 hours of studying once a month. But you knew that, didn’t you?
  • Be interactive with your vocabulary. It will help you stay focused. When learning the word, say it out loud and write it down. Also, make sure you’re looking at the word (and ideally an actual image of it) as you learn it.
  • Divide your sets up to be smaller. This is less overwhelming, which means you’re less stressed, which means you’ll remember better.
  • If your target language requires a lot of conjugating, it may be smart to learn the nouns, adjectives and verbs separately at first.
  • Implement associative learning. This also ties in with the deeper thinking as well. This brings us to two kinds:

Imaginary: Basically, look at the word and form a unique opinion/thought about it. Use your senses and memories. For example, what does the word look like? If words had a taste, what would it taste like coming out of your mouth? What would the word feel like in your hands? In your mind, what does it smell like? Create an emotionally touching story in your head that relates to the word—Why?Because emotions trigger memory.

Real-world: While studying the word, you can associate it with a certain image, location, thing, gesture, song, smell, or even taste. If you smell a certain perfume while studying your set, I wouldn’t be surprised if you remembered the words better the next time you spray that perfume. The same applies with the other senses. You could associate every single word with something different. You can also associate the word with a real memory that you’ve had. (Experiment: When learning the word “sweet”, eat something sweet. See if you remember it better later).

  • Surround yourself with it. Podcasts. Songs. Youtube. Shows. Follow native speakers on social media. Put sticky notes everywhere. Download Tandem and Hello Talk to actually speak to native speakers. You get the idea.
  • Start decoding stuff. Songs, children’s books, novels. It is meant to be challenging, that is what makes it work so well. Don’t skip over stuff just because you don’t understand it.

Good luck (๑⃙⃘˙꒳˙๑⃙⃘)

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5.30.20 — Day 21 2:07pm

My goal of taking notes on all the main particles has been completed. I don’t quite solidly understand them but I’ll continue to review so that when I learn each one in more depth they will be more familiar to me.

New Goal: Vocab grind. Learn all 800 JLPT 5 vocabulary words in 3 days.

You guys may be wondering, “now why in the fuck would you want to do that to yourself?”

And to be honest, that crossed my mind as well. But here’s the thing: goals are meant to motivate you to achieve high things. Even if I fail, I will have accomplished a lot!

So yeah. In about 72 hours we will see how far i’ve come on my lil journey of learning 800 words.

Some math: I estimate that I’m up for 12 hours a day, at least when it comes to being awake enough to study. So I would have 36 hours to master all the words. 800/36 is about 22. So I’d have to master 22 words per hour. But obviously I’m not gonna be studying for every hour that I’m awake, so I should actually say closer to 44 words per hour that I study if I want to study for 6 hours a day. But that’s still a lot of hours. So maybe I’ll just aim for 88 words an hour so that I can study for 3 or 4 hours a day.

I don’t know how i’m going to approach it quite yet to be honest. Lol. I’m using this video:


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✨Studyblr | Langblr Intro✨


Name: Zie

Age: 23

Status: college undergrad

Major: Asian studies and literature; Japanese track | teaching licensure

Interests: cats! Learning, studying, tutoring and teaching, exercising, lgbt+<3, support and recovery



Just before the pandemic became widespread in America, I left tumblr for some personal reasons so I haven’t been able to communicate and check in with everyone since early/mid February. During the lockdown in the US, my mental health did not adjust very well and I lost a lot of motivation amidst other things. Luckily, I have been able to safely return to work and pick up on my studies. I don’t plan on making the same amount of OC as per my last run on here rather, use tumblr as a study space and enjoy it. During my absence, I’ve been casually using IG for my study space but to anyone following me there, you saw how crazy life got (it’s not over yet). Mutuals, I’m coming for ya!

(Photos taken from my IG, they are mine)

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Há algum tempo eu decidi começar a estudar Japonês, e criei este Tumblr para me acompanhar durante a jornada.

Pretendo registrar meu progresso aqui através de diários de estudos ou pequenas anotações; também vou reblogar posts relacionados ao estudo da língua, à cultura japonesa e qualquer outra coisa que me pareça interessante e eu queira registrar.

Espero conseguir me manter estudando regularmente e evoluir ao longo do tempo :D

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Day 20, 8:25pm — update

So I kind of ended up finishing all the notes on particles in one day—


Thank goodness for white out because once I got halfway through I could barely write a word without messing up!! My brain struggled to hold on.

BUUUUT I simply couldn’t allow myself to move on until I finished the particles, even though I really wanted to. So I just kinda… did it. I don’t even want to admit how long it took (、._. )、


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Vocabulary List

昆布出汁「こんぶだし」:Kelp Soup Stock


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I’ve been gone, but coronavirus has been a bitch and so has been trying to organize how I want to pick up Japanese again. I’ve decided to forego traditional book learning which drives me nuts (sorry proponents of Genki; I just can’t) and do the 80/20 method. I’ll explain more of that later, but I did it with German and it made it much more fun and intuitive.

Lastly, if there are things you want to know about my blog, its:

1. Cursive>Printing. As a 90’s kid, I was told my teachers would yell at me if I didn’t write in cursive in middle school.

2. I like cherry blossoms. A LOT. And pink. A LOT.

3. I don’t take myself too seriously. You’re only as old as you feel.

Now, excuse me while I burn a Sakura candle, drink from my Starbucks Japan 2020 Sakura collection tumbler (OMG IT FINALLY CAME!!!!!!!./&7:;$3,!:&/.!;&382@$), and watch Steve Wilkos reruns 😘🌸🌸🌸

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Having trouble learning the particles? Same.

Still, I find it super enjoyable to study them for some reason. I guess the conceptualism is a refreshing break from the repetition of learning a new language. Even so, it’s super difficult to wrap my head around it! I give anyone learning Japanese all my respect!

I would say that this video is a lot more helpful than my textbook.

I’ve been watching the video and taking notes as I go, and so far, it seems pretty effective. Just a heads up though, it will most definitely take more than an hour.

The next tool I’m gonna look for is some sort of exercise sheet (with an answer key) so that I can try translating english sentences properly into japanese.


You’re gonna take it slow, going through each particle one at a time. For each one, you’ll need to…

  • Write down its TWO main functions (they do them one at a time).
  • Write down varying examples of how it can be used.

The most important step is to COLOR CODE!!!

Have a designated color for the…

  • Subject
  • Object
  • Particle
  • Verb
  • Etc.

I find it easier to write it all down in black/blue first and then underline each part with its designated color. (Or to write down the parts of the sentence that you don’t need to pay attention to in black/blue).

Remember: Apply the color code to the english translation as well. It will help you make connections to better understand how the concepts relate to english, and how the particles “mark” different functions of a sentence.

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Langblr Activation Challenge Day 2: GO FOLLOW THESE PAGES!!!

Okay so It’s actually been like 2 weeks but in my defense idc ヽ(‘ ∇‘ )ノ This account is still really new but here’s some pages that I think are pretty cool.



















If any of you have a langblr discord server, comment or reblog it with the link!

reblog with more Japanese langblrs to follow!

I’ll probably do these multiple times. Oh, and if you’re unaware, this is a part of the #langblractivationchallenge !! Go look it up and get involved so that we can have a better langblr community ( ᐢ˙꒳​˙ᐢ )♡( ー̀֊ー́ )✧

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一切皆苦 「いっさいかいく」 この世界のすべてが、結局はすべて苦であるという All things are causes of sufferings​ (Buddhism).

七難八苦 「しちなんはっく」 七難と八苦。多くの苦難が重なること。The Seven Misfortunes and Eight Pains​ (Buddhism). A series of disasters

刻苦勉励 「こっくべんれい」 苦労しながらも、全力で仕事や勉強に励むこと。 being arduous; working diligently enduring hardships.

善戦苦闘 「ぜんせんけんとう」 持っている力を全て出し切って立派に戦うこと。敗者の奮闘を称えて使うことの多い言葉。 putting up a good fight against some odds​.

千辛万苦 「せんしんばんく」 色々な苦しみや困難のこと。または、たくさんの苦労を経験すること。many hardships​.

焦心苦慮 「しょうしんくりょ」 心を痛めて、あれこれ思いをめぐらし悩むこと。worrying oneself (about smth). being anxious (smth).


Originally posted by morewhovianthanhuman

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If you’re learning Japanese and want to get into Jpop I highly recommend you try watching the videos on Johnny’s official YouTube right now. For those who don’t know, Johnny’s and Associates is a collection of male idol groups whose tours and media appearances are currently almost entirely cancelled due to the pandemic. As a result, they have begun uploading videos onto YouTube of the members sharing their hobbies and daily life right now. For example, here is a video of Yamada Ryosuke from Hey! Say! JUMP making pancakes at home. 

It can be very hard to find videos of these groups online, especially on YouTube so this makes it much easier to get to know all the groups and their members.

The vocabulary they use in many of these videos is very simple as well so it’s a great way to get some extra listening practice in. However, there are no English subtitles so it’s probably not the best for beginners. I think videos like this are a great way to get a better understand of how normal people speak and learn more words for use in everyday life. You can also pick up on some vocab relating to the pandemic since they mention it in many of the videos.

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Italki Lesson ( Grammar Practice)

We’ve been using the Sou Matome Series and going through grammar together. And for each one, I try making one or two of my own sentences. I struggled with fully understanding some of the grammar even though I was using it correctly. I didn’t understand WHY, so we will be doubling back to practice the same ones again in our next session.


  • 最近ロシア語を勉強し始めるのでは、ペラペラにならない
  • 酒をたくさん飲むのでは、明日二日酔いになりますよ
  • 早くおきさえすれば、仕事をもっとできる
  • エアコンさえあれば、暑くならない
  • たとえー早く寝ても、今眠くなります
  • ととえ毎日聞く練習しても、上手にならない
  • まだ学生なら仕事しないけど…
  • 雨が降ったら友達の家に行かない
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Originally posted by slk-t

ーForm is used for Verb and い-Adjective while なら is used for な-Adjective and Noun.

This form is made as follows:

Group 1 (Consonant-stem verbs): Replace the last vowel with –え, and add ば: 行く➞行けば

Group 2 (いるandえる-verbs): Replace the final -る with –れ, and add ば:食べる➞食べれば

Group 3 (Irregular verbs): する➞すれば、くる➞くれば


ば particle meaning: if, when;


1.       Used in ば–form of verb


           If you go over there, you can see Mr. Yamada.


           If I had come much earlier, it would have been better. (I should have come much earlier.)


            When she comes, please tell me.

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Hey everyone! I just want to say thank you so much for reading, liking and reblogging my posts. It really means a lot to me when you show me that you appreciate what I’m doing. I really feel the love! ❤️🙏🏾❤️

In this post I want to talk about the 4 main parts of speech in Japanese. Getting a basic understanding of this will really help you as you learn the language, especially when it comes to speaking and learning grammar! (Also, I should mention that I actually wrote most of this post a while ago, but since then I’ve realized a few things and can explain some of the ideas better. Learning is a lifetime process, right?) So before we begin, here are your vocabulary words for this post:



Verbs are words that mostly show actions, but can also express states and feelings. Remember our example


I told you that the【レストランで】bundle tells us where the eating happened. But here’s the thing: レストランで only tells us where the eating happened in this situation! It’s only because the verb in this sentence is 食べた. If the verb were changed to 食べる it would then tell us where the eating will happen. If we changed the verb to 会う, it would tell us where the act of meeting someone will happen. Verbs deliver their meanings and then the bundles say “We’ll take it from here” and determine the role of the information in the sentence.

I’ll talk about this more in the next post, but verbs can be the predicate of the sentence. 


い-adjectives describe nouns, or express states or feelings . They can attach directly to nouns, as long as they are in the right form. い-adjectives can also be the predicate of the sentence.

It’s important to realize that verbs and い-adjectives have some very big similarities. You could even say that they are cousins! You can attach endings  to both of them to change the part of speech that they play.  Think of “playing” and “played.” They are different forms of the same word (play) but express slightly different aspects, and are used in different ways.

Another big similarity of verbs and い-adjectives is that they can also be in the predicate as is - they don’t need any extra words. We can say 食べました!or おいしい! and they will be grammatically correct sentences. This is not the case with the next two parts of speech.


Next we have nouns. Nouns can attach to particles to make bundles. Bundles give us the information and the meaning of the sentence, so they are very important. Unlike verbs and い-adjectives, nouns need certain words to be in the predicate. You cannot just say something like ネコ。You would need to add another word for it to be in the predicate.

When it comes to nouns, they can be modified by both い-adjectives and verbs.

食べた犬 means a dog / the dog / dogs that ate

白い犬 means a white dog / white dogs

Well it turns out that nouns can be modified by other nouns too. We do this in English all the time. “table leg”, “chicken soup”, “whiteboard eraser”, etc are just some examples. In Japanese if you attach the particle の to a noun, you can then use this bundle to modify other nouns. For example:

アメリカ友達 = an American friend

食べ物 = dog’s food

生徒宿題 = student’s homework

However, there are a special set of nouns that use a different particle to modify other nouns. These special nouns use な instead of の. When you are learning grammar, it helps to think of these words (sometimes called な-adjectives) as separate from nouns. My advice would be to realize that they exist, but don’t use your energy worrying about them right now. There’s no need to make lists of な-adjectives. When you hear or read them, you will realize what’s going on in context. That’s what is important. 


Finally we have particles. Particles are usually just one hiragana character in length, but worth a whole sentence of information. They attach to all kinds of parts of speech and determine the role that the bundle will play in the sentence. While the predicate is important because it tells us the “action” of the sentence, particles give us the context – that is, the where, the how, to whom, why, etc. I believe that nouns are the main part of speech in Japanese, but particles are not far behind.


So there you have it! In the next post, we’ll talk about this pesky predicate that I keep mentioning. 😉As always, if this was helpful, give it a reblog or a like, and you can always ask me questions in the comments. See you next time!

Rice & Peace,

– AL (アル)


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