About me and the site

Hi there, my name is Matthew Hawkins. I am an undergraduate software engineer from the UK. I acquired “fluent” Japanese in 18 months while studying Software Engineering full-time at University.

This domain’s purpose is to provide me space to keep a running log of my language learning progress as well as providing the language community with information to help them learn languages faster and in a more enjoyable manner.

Contact email: matthewhawkins@matthewhawkins.co

“Fluency” is a very difficult term to define and your definition of fluent maybe different to mine. To be slightly more precise, I would consider my level of Japanese at the end of the 18 months period to be the same level as a low/medium C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. I hope that makes things a little more clear. 🙂

Also, I rarely go on it but if you really want to then you can Follow me on Twitter

Free Japanese Resource Guide

I have recently written an eBook which I am giving away for free to anyone who signs up to my newsletter. To get it for free, all you have to is use the opt-in forms found at the top of the page or to the right in the side bar. You can also head over to this page as well. I make sure to keep your information safe and secure, never sharing it with anyone. I also never send spam, just the occasional email with free and useful information about learning languages.

Help me translate this site

If you are a native speaker of another language and can translate from English then I would love it if you could translate these posts! I want to make my site more accessible to language learners. If you want to translate posts then recognition will be given in the translated version. Please send translations to my email address.

So far I have 4 posts translated into and from Japanese. 2 translated by me and 2 by my girlfriend. She’s learning to translate from English to Japanese and this was a great way to get her customers so she could get started. If you wish to make use of her services then you can find her on fiverr here: Natsumi Shibata.

I am working on translating more posts over to Japanese for the community to use as reading material and I will of course get all posts checked by a native to ensure that the text is nothing less than standard, correct Japanese. Yes, I make mistakes here and there, and I really don’t want you learning them. I have included, and will continue to include, Anki decks for each post that is written in Japanese to save you the time if you want to sentence mine them or add them to your Sentence Bank.

Guest posts

I accept guest posts if they are of original content (so as not to get flagged by google), are well written and you give a line stating I have permission to use your content. Send your guest posts in to my email address. I will check them and give you a reply if I use them in the blog. I will of course give credit to authors of any posts that are used.