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N4 Grammar: Using ndesu and ndesuga post image

This month, I'm continuing on with N4 grammar points by talking about how to use the dictionary form with some new handy N4 expressions. This month, I'll go over ndesu and ndesuga. You can use ndesu to talk about a reason for something. It's a tricky little expression that takes a little while to get [...]

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Japan’s Tourist Boom

Japanese Tourism Boom

Geisha papparazi

When I first came to Japan, USJ was just a typical theme park.  Major rides had an hour to 2 hour wait.  Most other rides were a 30 minute wait.  You could pretty easily get a seat at one of their many restaurants, and in the winter months, you could practically have your run of [...]

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The Secret to Japanese Fluency

passion for Japanese fluency

What do you need to be truly fluent?

People are in a perpetual search for the secret of becoming fluent in a language. Some start off by drilling massive amounts of vocabulary on a daily basis, using SRS of some kind, like Anki or Memrise. And this is a good start, but it will not make you fluent. After all, drilling doesn’t equal [...]

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Japanese Kanji City Part 5

Japanese Kanji City Part 5 post image

Build a Kanji City to lock in the Characters

This is part 5 of a continuing series of posts to help you lock in the N5 Japanese kanji. With these mnemonics you can build a memory palace that will help you remember these kanji. If this is your first time reading about the Kanji City, you will probably want to check out parts 1, [...]

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Japanese Translation with Yaqs

Getting Started Translating with Yaqs

Translation is one of those careers that looks interesting, at least on paper. If you freelance, you can work in your underwear and decide your own hours. And you can perfect your Japanese while you are on the job. Sounds like a great deal right? The reality of course is a little different. Translation jobs [...]

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