N4 Grammar: Using nakerebanaranai and nakutewaikenai

October 21, 2015
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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 nakerebanaranai and nakutewaikenai. You can use these points to talk about what you have to or need to in Japanese. What is the […]

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The Young and the Old

October 14, 2015
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Japan is a place where you can visibly see the difference between old and new. Kyoto’s Gion district is famous for its old houses that look like they did a hundred or more years ago. Meanwhile, nothing can match Tokyo’s modern monuments to architecture. Although they were built in the same country, they almost look […]

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Japanese Language Drills, are they good or bad?

October 7, 2015
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Drilling is pretty popular in Japan. There are even some well-paid lecturers that preach a very drill focused approach for learning a language. And it seems to work or at the very least is incredibly popular. And in the old days, language drills were king.  Language learning wasn’t seen as anything different than another subject. […]

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Kanji City part 2

September 30, 2015
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About a month and a half ago, I introduced a new series called kanji city, that helps you learn kanji by making use of a technique called a memory palace that makes use of not only visuals, but visualizing a 3d space – a city.  In this way, you can link the kanji together, which […]

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Using Japanese Kanji Learning Resources Effectively

September 23, 2015
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Japanese is unique in a lot of ways, but one way that seems to give people fits is learning kanji. I tend to get numerous emails asking about how to master kanji and what steps people can take to learn it all quickly and easily. It is incredibly frustrating to literally not be able to […]

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JLPT BC 167 | Learning to take Breaks

September 16, 2015
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This last month has been pretty rough on me to be honest. There was a lot of last minute planning for my vacation. And of course, right when you want to go on vacation, everything seems to need extra attention. More work to do at work. More fires to put out. I haven’t had as […]

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N4 Grammar: Using mama and kotogaaru

September 9, 2015
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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 mama, which can be used to describe a state that hasn’t changed.  I’ll also talk about using kotogaaru, which is used to talk […]

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JLPT BC 166 | What a Rat Experiment might Tell us about Japan’s Population Problem

September 2, 2015
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When I first moved to Japan loved the city. It was nice and compact and everything is in one place. As long as you are a decent walk away from a train station you can get anywhere pretty easily without the use of a car. If you needed to buy anything that can’t be found […]

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July 2015 JLPT Results

August 26, 2015
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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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Learning Japanese Kana Fast

August 19, 2015
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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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