Phew, that was a bit of a long train ride. It seems like Matsuyama is such a long way from most of the major cities in Japan. And it really feels like it too. I heard there are around 500,000 people here, but it is a pretty sleepy town. It’s good to get away from […]

{ 0 comments }

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, month 6, month 7, and month 8 before continuing. In the past, when I prepared for the JLPT, I always […]

{ 0 comments }

FluentU gets Support for Japanese

September 30, 2014
Thumbnail image for FluentU gets Support for Japanese

You’ve probably heard that the best thing for you to do when you learn a language is to try to get your hands on as much native material as possible, and expose yourself to it on a regular if not constant basis.  But this is easier said than done.  Japanese can be especially tricky, because […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 145 | The Only Constant is Change

September 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 145 | The Only Constant is Change

I used to be a huge Garfield fan growing up. I read all his comics and thought that they were the best. For my 8th birthday, my parents even made me a Garfield shaped cake and decorated it perfectly. I had a stuffed Garfield toy that I dragged with everywhere I went. It was my […]

Read the full article →

JLPT N5 Grammar: Telling Time and Using Counters in Japanese

September 17, 2014

This month, we are going to be learning about how to tell time of the day as well as days of the month.  We will also go over how to use the major counter words in Japanese.  Do you know what the native Japanese numbers are?  How do you talk about quantities in Japanese?  I […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 144 | The Top 5 People that Stay in Japan

September 10, 2014
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 144 | The Top 5 People that Stay in Japan

For a lot of people, living abroad is a temporary thing. Most come for a year or two to work, or to go to school.  Then, they hightail it back to their home countries to start their ‘real’ lives.  Or some family emergency pops up, and they hop a plane home.  Or some simply freak […]

Read the full article →

JLPT Study Guide Month 8

September 3, 2014
Thumbnail image for JLPT Study Guide Month 8

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, month 6 and month 7 before continuing. If you were lucky enough to take the July test this year, you […]

Read the full article →

July 2014 JLPT Results

August 26, 2014
Thumbnail image for July 2014 JLPT Results

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 […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 143 | More Fun More Reading

August 20, 2014
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 143 | More Fun More Reading

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 […]

Read the full article →

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

August 13, 2014
Thumbnail image for JLPT N5 Grammar: Using tachi, gata, chuu, juu, kudasai and kudasaimasenka

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 […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 142 | Convenience in Japan

August 6, 2014
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 142 | Convenience in Japan

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 […]

Read the full article →

JLPT Study Guide – Month 7

July 30, 2014
Thumbnail image for JLPT Study Guide – Month 7

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 […]

Read the full article →