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A thank you to Amy Chavez for her Dec. 1 column, “The best-ever tips on learning Japanese.” I am pleased that Chavez knows how to write the truth with heart. Her article is the stake in the heart of those that whine about Japanese being difficult to learn.

I am a dyslexic, 59-year-old guy learning Japanese. The only way to learn it is through hard work — more so for me. It’s about time someone stood up and told the truth about learning a foreign language; it’s countless hours of study over and over.

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