How Matt Learned Japanese | Interviewing Matt vs Japan

Matt’s kanji test were he used pre-1940 kanji and got marked down despite being correct 笑.

This post is going to be rather short but I just wanted to say a few things before you start watching this super long interview.

My original plan was to transcribe the interview word for word so that I could provide it in a text format as well, meaning that if you wanted to you could read it instead of listen to it but as you can probably tell, I wasn’t expecting it to be this long 笑.

Anyway, in this video I interview MattVSJapan about learning Japanese and his experiences/thoughts on the process. He’s been studying Japanese for over 6 and a half years and he can be mistaken for a native speaker. He really knows his stuff.  He’s doing some real good stuff for the language learning community by making high quality content on his YouTube and Patreon. You can find his social media at the bottom of this post.

Encase you are wondering how good Matt is at Japanese, then here’s a video of him speaking. Send this to a native speaker and ask for their opinion.

We talk about a vast range of topics in this video so it’s long but it’s definitely worth watching all the way through. I learnt a fair bit just talking to Matt so I’m sure that everyone reading this can learn something too. We discuss a range of topics to do with learning Japanese that range from the beginner stages all the way to fluency and beyond.

Matt sent me his Anki deck for Japanese celebrity and prefecture names. You can download them here.

Matt’s Recommended Media

テラスハウス (available on Netflix)


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Matt’s Social Media

Click here to check out Matt’s Patreon

Thanks to Matt for this opportunity! 🙂

Thanks for reading and listening!

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Here are some of my favorite tools and sites for learning Japanese

Thank you for reading this blog post, which I hope you found useful for learning Japanese. Here are some of the most useful websites that I’ve found for finding Japanese content to use for immersion as well as some really useful learning tools to help you through your Japanese studies. Some of these are affiliate links which just means that if you decide to use these sites by clicking the following links, then I will earn a commission. But honestly speaking, these are the sites that I use and recommend language learners, even my friends, to use anyway.

Anki Tools: To get started, I really like Migaku for Anki. By itself, Anki is already a super useful tool for language learners but Migaku allows for integration with websites like YouTube and Netflix, allowing it’s users to create flashcards from the shows and videos that they are watching, as they are watching them. If you use my link you can get an extra month for free.

Speaking Practice: For this I absolutely love iTalki. There are thousands of Japanese teachers on the platform that are available at all times of the day to have conversations with you, in Japanese. Some teachers take a more traditional approach while others are just there to chat, these are the ones I would recommend if you are looking to improve your conversational Japanese. Lessons start from just $5 and there’s no long term commitment, I highly recommend them.

Immersion: I’ve used a lot of different earphones / headphones over the years but by far the one that has come out on top is the NENRENT S570. This is a singular in-ear earphone that matches your skin tone to keep it discrete, meaning you can listen to the language you are learning while at work, or school. For a full list of tools and gadgets I recommend for maximizing your immersion time, check out this blog post.

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