Another Summer JLPT has come and gone.  The test was held on July 5th, a little less than 2 months ago, and the results are starting to come in for those that registered online.  I sat this one out because I have been simply way too busy to prep for it, but that doesn’t mean […]

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Japanese kana is one of the first things you need to learn in order to start using Japanese. And even though it might sound intimidating to have to learn 54 characters and their sounds for hiragana and then katakana, it is really quite simple. Some have even managed to master the whole set in a […]

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Studying Japanese Kanji Effectively with Kanji City

August 12, 2015
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Welcome to Kanji City, an entire city full of kanji. I’ll be your guide through the many nooks and crannies that we call home here. Feel free to pick up kanji on your way around. You will most likely need them in the future, so that you can read and understand Japanese better. But, first […]

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Unicom N5 Yomu – Preparatory Course for the JLPT N5

August 5, 2015
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There aren’t a lot of books specifically designed for the N5 test. It is a level of the test that sometimes gets ignored. You can get plenty of vocabulary resources like the Memrise N5 course, but it can tough to find a book that gives a good list of exactly what you need for the […]

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JLPT BC 165 | Speaking Practice with FluentU

July 29, 2015
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I’ve always found summer to be a more active time. Despite the oppressive heat and humidity we have here in Japan, I still think the increased sunlight and ability to walk around the house in a lot less clothes just makes me do something more than keeping my nose in a book. People always ask […]

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N4 Grammar: Using temiru, teoku, and teshimau

July 22, 2015

This month, I’m continuing on with N4 grammar points by talking about how to use the te-form in Japanese. We are going to talk about how to talk about trying something, preparing for something, or doing something accidentally that could be embarrassing. These can be used with the te-form in Japanese to talk about trying […]

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JLPT BC 164 | You’ll always be an Outsider in Japan

July 15, 2015
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I grew up in white bread America where the corn grows high and hills don’t. I spent most of my time in a city of a mere 10,000 where everybody knew each other (and who was doing what to who). It was not uncommon to go downtown to run some errands and run into a […]

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Kicking your SRS Habit

July 8, 2015
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A SRS or Spaced Repetition System, is an ingenious way of memorizing new information.  Essentially, they remind you of something, like vocabulary, the moment you are about to forget it.  They are a key tool in rapidly learning and remembering new information.  If you have been learning a language for any length of time, you […]

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5 Things to do Before the July JLPT

July 1, 2015
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Okay so the test is just a few small days away. Hopefully you have worked your way through all your major drill books and have worked your way through all the necessary materials. If you haven’t, don’t stress out too much, as long as you have covered a good chunk of it well, you should […]

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JLPT BC 163 | Chatting it Up

June 24, 2015
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It’s a story you’ve heard several times – we don’t talk to each other like we used to. Because ya know, back in the good ole days we used to chat it up with our neighbors and everybody knew everybody right? It was always better back then. But these days, we tend to ignore each […]

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N4 Grammar: Using temoii, temokamawanai

June 17, 2015
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This month, I’m continuing on with N4 grammar points by talking about how to use the te-form in Japanese. We are going to talk about how to ask for and give permission in Japanese. Do you know what the difference is between てもいい and てもかまわない? Do you know how to form sentences using these points? […]

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JLPT BC 162 | 5 Things to Know to Become an Ukiyo-e master

June 10, 2015
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Ukiyo-e, if you are not familiar,  is a Japanese art form that was popular from 17th century  to 19th century Japan.  It basically consists of woodblocks used for mass production of pictures.  Ukiyo means floating world, and e means picture, so they were literally “pictures of the floating world.”  They generally depicted daily life, landscapes, […]

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