This is PewDiePie’s surefire way to learn Japanese.

Swedish YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has been living permanently in Japan since 2022. In an effort to understand the land he is traveling to, the content creator began learning Japanese before migrating to the land of the rising sun.

Together with his wife, Marzia “MarziaPie” Kjellberg, and their dog, he hails from England on a private jet costing almost US$80,000, all because their pet weighed a few pounds over the airline’s maximum weight.

Since then, Pewds has been trying to learn Nihongo (Japanese) with the help of several learning applications.

PewDiePie relies on Anki and Todai apps to learn Japanese

The YouTuber with the “red diamond play button” collection has two Japanese learning apps installed on his device — Anki and Todai.

Anki is a free application that can be used to memorize vocabulary. The name of the app literally translates to “memorize” in Japanese.

PewDiePie relies on Anki and Todai apps to learn Japanese
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“You will get a lot of DIY flashcards, that part I really like,” Pewds says in his Q and A video.

“If I want to learn a word, I just have to enter it in the library and the flashcards repeat the spelling and pronunciation for me. I think it’s a fun way.”

Meanwhile, Todai is a Japanese news aggregator application that allows its users to read articles in furigana (a Japanese reading aid that uses hiragana and katakana), and is equipped with translations and a dictionary.

PewDiePie is also experimenting with “fun things” when it comes to other ways of learning Japanese.

Can PewDiePie speak Japanese fluently now?

Credit: Felix Kjellberg

Yes, PewDiePie can speak Japanese, but he’s still learning to be fluent in Nihongo.

He admits that learning a language is not easy for him, it takes a lot of time.

Pewds also revealed that he had temporarily stopped studying before moving to Japan, but the 34-year-old then picked up on it after realizing his penchant for the language.

“I actually enjoy learning Japanese, I think it’s really fun,” he said. “I would recommend people to learn the language. I’m not good at learning languages, but this is a challenge, and I’m not going to give up.”

The YouTuber also plans to teach his children Japanese in the future if they enroll them in school. However, at home, children would speak to them in English, as well as their parents’ native languages, Swedish and Italian.

You Bro Army can watch the Q and A Pewds vlog below:

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