Utilize your Anime time to pick up Japanese words.

Animelon + Yomichan + Anki ❤️

Can you actually learn Japanese with Anime?

The answer is not that simple. To enjoy anime without translated subtitles, one would need a basic understanding of Japanese, around JLPT N4-N3, or have completed Genki I/II. …


Furigana

Furigana is a Japanese reading aid for Kanji, which originally came from Chinese.

There are many implementations like this for inserting Furigana into Japanese text on the web through ruby formatting, but in this post we will cover the Anki format.

Anki’s Furigana Format

Anki’s Furigana format is more readable and shorter, making…


Umami, a self-hosted analytics platform

Background

Google Analytics is free but there have been privacy concerns over the handling of user data. Zoom was recently fined 85 million for misleading users about their Google and Facebook trackers.

With ad blocks and tracking prevention built right into browsers like Safari, I decided to self host my own…


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I recently moved my website https://www.immersionkit.com from Vercel to Netlify because I reached the image edge optimization limit on Vercel.

Background

Apparently, there is a limit of 1000 image optimization processes per month on Vercel, something that is counted whenever you access an image being handled by next/image. …


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Do you need to…

  • get a popup dictionary on Mac?
  • record audio and take screenshots with ShareX to build your sentence cards in Anki?
  • OCR text on a screen selection like Capture2Text?

You can do these on your Mac without external programs.

Welcome to MacOS and everything that’s already on…


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I like the plug and play experience. Recently, I developed a desktop app for people to learn Japanese, but it required MacOS users to first install brew and tesseract. …


Game2Text — the bridge to help you learn languages when you’re gaming.

The Power of Immersive Learning

Back in 2017 when I completed Persona 5 in Japanese, I was blown away at how many Japanese expressions I learned throughout the game. My speed in skimming through in-game dialog and text also improved noticeably.


Openrec — a Japanese streaming platform

A lot of people use language exchange apps like HelloTalk to talk to Japanese people, but I prefer playing games and talking casually with Japanese people. It’s completely free, less awkward, and you don’t have to teach them English in return.

Find multiplayer games with an active player base

Go to openrec.tv and look at the most streamed…


Persona 3 Portable — a classic PSP game

Install AltStore on Your Computer

On your Mac/PC, install AltStore.

Once AltStore is installed, you will see a diamond shaped icon on the top right of your activity ray (bottom right for Windows).

Connect your phone to your computer with a cable. Click on the diamond shaped icon and install AltStore on your phone.


Animal Crossing New Horizons — a popular Nintendo Switch game

Thanks to community effort, we can programmatically access Nintendo Switch App’s API at zero cost. This allows us to build apps capable of communicating with games connected to Nintendo Switch Online (NSO), as well as getting user information like games played and playtime.

Mathew Chan

Language Enthusiast. Programmer.

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