July 2014 JLPT N1 First Reactions

July 6, 2014
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I always enjoy my twice a year journey to Kyoto University. It’s a pretty big campus and has some unique buildings on it. Although the buildings are all named almost the same thing on the Yoshida campus, where the hold the test, it is generally a nice facility as long as it is not extremely […]

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JLPT BC 140 | Top 10 things to do in Japan

July 2, 2014
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This post is a continuation of last month’s top 10. #80991982 / gettyimages.com 5. Purikura This is one of those things that most people probably don’t know about outside of Japan, but can be the source of  a lot of good times with friends and significant others. If you haven’t heard of what purikura is, […]

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JLPT Study Guide – Month 6

June 25, 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 and month 5 before continuing. At this point, you should have all the basics down pat. You have a regular rhythm of […]

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JLPT BC 139 | Getting Closer to the July Test

June 18, 2014
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With the July test just around the corner, I’ve switched off all of my ‘fun’ studying which is a bit depressing. I’ll basically be reviewing and really perfecting everything before the big day. It’s still frustrating because I really don’t have the time to do as much studying as I’d like to. I’ve had to […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using Ikaga, Dou, Naze and Doushite

June 11, 2014
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This month, we are asking more questions. Specifically, we are going to ask how and why questions in Japanese. I will also be talking about how to make offers in Japanese as well. I go over the more common uses in the video below: For more videos like this one, be sure to subscribe to […]

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JLPT BC 138 | Top Ten Things to Do in Japan

June 4, 2014
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10. Karaoke Box or Clubs Karaoke boxes or clubs as they are sometimes called are practically everywhere in Japan.  If you are downtown, all you need to do is walk a few blocks at night and you will inevitably bumping into someone handing out tissues advertising for Karaoke. And they are not just for singing […]

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JLPT Study Guide – Month 5

May 28, 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, and month 4 before continuing. We are now somewhere around the midpoint of the year and hopefully you are around halfway through what you […]

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JLPT BC 137 | Bulking Up on Vocabulary

May 21, 2014
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We are now moving into the final stretch before the July test.  I’ve switched a lot of fun studying into more aggressive drilling and practicing vocabulary and grammar.  I think it is important to get into that mindset of answering questions.  One of the necessary evils about a test is that the test makers have […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Describing Things with Clauses, の particle

May 14, 2014
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This month, It’s all about how to describe things in Japanese. I go over how to use clauses as well as the の particle that can be used when you want a noun to describe another noun in Japanese. I go over the more common uses in the video below: For more videos like this […]

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JLPT BC 136 | My Greatest Adventure

May 7, 2014
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Living and working in Japan for a few years, you get to have a lot of adventures. Living abroad in general just encourages you to go out and experience life. For example, I never used to travel alone before coming to Japan, but I did plenty of it once I got it here. It is […]

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JLPT Study Guide – Month 4

April 30, 2014
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Hopefully by now you have a good rhythm to your studying. You should be studying just enough to keep things fresh but not to the point of gagging and locking yourself in a closet for a few months waiting to take the test. The important thing is that you have established stable habits at this […]

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JLPT BC 135 | Adding Grammar and Vocabulary Back In

April 24, 2014
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I’ve got a good start on the first book of Game of Thrones (氷と炎の歌1). It has been a lot of fun because I really like that particular story. I think there are a lot of people that will probably find it way too difficult to struggle through. For me though, it is interesting to see […]

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