Well, the results are in.  And I am a little embarrassed to say that I failed it, which I kind of expected.  What I didn’t expect was an absolute pounding.  This was my worst score yet on the test.  Even when I took it for the first time and hadn’t really started preparing for it […]

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I’ve recently been really mixing up my studying to try to do some more things. I can never seem to keep my motivation up for passing the test between these lulls in action of between taking the test and getting the results back. So, I’ve turned to doing a lot more fun and interesting studying […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using tachi, gata, chuu, juu, kudasai and kudasaimasenka

August 13, 2014
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This month, we are going to be learning about how to talk about groups of people or animals in Japanese, using tachi and gata. We will also be going over a useful time expression that means ‘throughout’ or ‘all through the’, chuu. And finally we will be making some casual and very polite requests with […]

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JLPT BC 142 | Convenience in Japan

August 6, 2014
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My wife and I had just arrived in Paris for our honeymoon. Due to our flight being delayed, we were about 2 hours later than we originally planned. We were both fairly hungry, but it being a strange place we weren’t familiar with, we couldn’t find a place to eat. My wife, exasperated, said “Aren’t […]

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JLPT Study Guide – Month 7

July 30, 2014
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This is a continuing series going over a sample JLPT study guide. If you are just joining the discussion, you might want to check out month 1, month 2, month 3, month 4, month 5 and month 6 before continuing. You may start to wonder at this point if learning a language is all about […]

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JLPT BC 141 | Post Test Slump

July 23, 2014
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About a week ago, I went up to Kyoto University to take the test again at their somewhat poorly cooled facility. I covered my first impressions before earlier, but in general I felt more confident about the test.  I’ve started to take test day a little less seriously, which seems to be helping with my […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using nanno, donna, and dorekurai/donokurai

July 16, 2014
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This month, we are asking more questions. Specifically, we are going to ask what kind and how much/many questions in Japanese. I will also be talking about how to make offers in Japanese as well. I go over the more common uses in the video below: For more videos like this one, be sure to […]

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July 2014 JLPT N1 First Reactions

July 6, 2014
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I always enjoy my twice a year journey to Kyoto University. It’s a pretty big campus and has some unique buildings on it. Although the buildings are all named almost the same thing on the Yoshida campus, where the hold the test, it is generally a nice facility as long as it is not extremely […]

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JLPT BC 140 | Top 10 things to do in Japan

July 2, 2014
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This post is a continuation of last month’s top 10. #80991982 / gettyimages.com 5. Purikura This is one of those things that most people probably don’t know about outside of Japan, but can be the source of  a lot of good times with friends and significant others. If you haven’t heard of what purikura is, […]

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JLPT Study Guide – Month 6

June 25, 2014
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This is a continuing series going over a sample JLPT study guide. If you are just joining the discussion, you might want to check out month 1, month 2, month 3, month 4 and month 5 before continuing. At this point, you should have all the basics down pat. You have a regular rhythm of […]

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JLPT BC 139 | Getting Closer to the July Test

June 18, 2014
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With the July test just around the corner, I’ve switched off all of my ‘fun’ studying which is a bit depressing. I’ll basically be reviewing and really perfecting everything before the big day. It’s still frustrating because I really don’t have the time to do as much studying as I’d like to. I’ve had to […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using Ikaga, Dou, Naze and Doushite

June 11, 2014
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This month, we are asking more questions. Specifically, we are going to ask how and why questions in Japanese. I will also be talking about how to make offers in Japanese as well. I go over the more common uses in the video below: For more videos like this one, be sure to subscribe to […]

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