This month, we go over how to use the conjunction ga, which usually has the meaning of ‘but’.  However, it has another use as well.  I’ll also go over how to use kara to answer how questions. And finally, I’ll talk about toki.  I go over all that and more in the video below: For […]

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At one time, I used to teach an English class to some public servants. And it being a government sanctioned event, everything had to start incredibly early, 8am to be exact. This was not a normal time for me to be up and around, needless to say the life of an English teacher usually doesn’t […]

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JLPT Study Guide Month 10

November 5, 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, month 6, month 7, month 8 and month 9 before continuing. As a kid you probably dreamed of going into […]

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JLPT BC 147 | How to Learn Japanese Particles

October 30, 2014
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It has been an incredibly tough month for me. I had some more medical issues I had to deal with. Nothing serious or life-threatening just incredibly time consuming. We are also running into some family issues that are taking up a lot of time. Again, nothing serious, but just time-consuming for me and my wife. […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Talking about Wants and Making Suggestions and Invitations

October 23, 2014
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This month, we go over how to talk about wanting to do something, and wanting a particular object.  We will also deal with making suggestions and inviting someone politely to do something.  I go over all that and more in the video below: For over 6 hours of videos like this one, be sure to […]

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JLPT BC 146 | Travel to Matsuyama with Me

October 16, 2014
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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 […]

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JLPT Study Guide Month 9

October 9, 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, month 6, month 7, and month 8 before continuing. In the past, when I prepared for the JLPT, I always […]

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FluentU gets Support for Japanese

September 30, 2014
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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 […]

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JLPT BC 145 | The Only Constant is Change

September 24, 2014
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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 […]

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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 […]

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

September 10, 2014
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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 […]

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JLPT Study Guide Month 8

September 3, 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, month 6 and month 7 before continuing. If you were lucky enough to take the July test this year, you […]

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