Kanji books are a dime a dozen it seems. There are several varieties out there depending on how you want to tackle the problem. There are the perennial favorites like Heisig, but that doesn’t link up to the JLPT levels very well. There are also free resources out there like KanjiDamage. A pretty useful site, […]

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I have been making some tentative steps back into a regular study routine. I had to drop absolutely everything (including blogging for a moment) to do some very rewarding translation work. I don’t regret doing that at all of course. The experience taught me a lot about having to keep deadlines and how having and […]


December 2015 JLPT Results

January 26, 2016
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If you registered for 2015 December test in Japan online, you should now be able to view your results online. If you mailed in your registration, you should be receiving your test results in the mail next week. However, if you are anybody else who would like to check your results online, they should be […]

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JLPT Journal Entries (N4ish level)

January 19, 2016
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As promised here are some journal entries that I wrote to practice my Japanese production skills.  I tried to make them fairly simple and easy to understand.  My goal with these entries at first is to simply increase my ability to write something fairly quickly and easily and get the point across as clear as […]

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N4 Grammar: Using nakutemoii and nakutemokamawanai

January 12, 2016
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This month, I’m continuing on with N4 grammar points by talking about how to use the simple past with some new handy N4 expressions. This month, I’ll go over how to use nakutemoii and nakutemokamawanai. You can use these points to talk about what you don’t have to or don’t need to bother to do […]

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The Name Change Game in Japan

January 5, 2016
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About a month ago, the Japanese Supreme Court handed down decisions on two big cases for women’s rights. The first was the shortening of the time a woman has to wait to remarry (from 6 months to 100 days). The old rule was essentially in place to make sure that any child born between the […]

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Kanji City Part 3

December 29, 2015

This is the 3rd part of a series of blog articles that walks you through how to form a memory palace of the N5 kanji.  If you haven’t already, you probably might want to check out part 1 and part 2 of the series.     Let’s head over to the MARU, where we sometimes […]

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Journaling in Japanese made Easy

December 22, 2015
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Getting started practicing a particular language skill can be a little intimidating at first.  I remember the first time I bought a 200+ page junior novelization and made a promise to myself that I would push my way through it.  It took a good day and a half to get through a page.  It took […]

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Book Review: Manabeshima Island Japan

December 15, 2015
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When I first came to Japan, I lived in rural Japan. And it was a completely different experience to living in the big city. One that is not often seen by tourists or even people who have lived here for a considerable amount of time, but well worth the time and energy to see. In […]

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JLPT 2015 December First Impressions

December 6, 2015
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This year, I have decided to take a break from taking the test.  I have been moving more and more toward translation work and trying to sharpen up my listening and speaking skills.  Basically, I do have decent listening skills, but trying to pay attention in meetings requires another level of focus that I have […]

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Final Questions before the JLPT December Test

December 1, 2015
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Some of you have been emailing me a few questions about the test next week.  I thought I would take a few moments to answer some of the questions that come up a lot during this particular season. First though, let me apologize for being a little MIA over the last few weeks.  I took […]

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Getting Lost in Translation

November 11, 2015
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Hello everyone, I know it has been awhile since you have heard from me. I apologize for that. I am still dedicated to keeping the blog updated and going. So where have I been over the last couple of weeks? Well I suddenly had a lot of requests for some very interesting translation projects that […]

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