JLPT Boot Camp’s Best of 2014

January 7, 2015
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2014 was an interesting year for Japan. The biggest story was the increase in the consumption tax in an attempt to pay down the debt and finance some other projects. This turned out to be one of those great ideas in your head and on paper, but in reality, it was one of the worst […]

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JLPT BC 151 | Vocab Bulking through Reading

December 30, 2014
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I celebrated Christmas a little early again this year. The 23rd is a holiday here in Japan. (It’s the Emperor’s Birthday). It is the one day that we officially have off and get paid for it, so it tends to be the day my family and I celebrate Christmas. Yes, I know it is a […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using atode, maeni, and nagara

December 24, 2014

This month, we go over how to use some time expressions in Japanese like atode, maeni, and nagara. You can use these to be more specific with your language and the timing of events in Japanese. Do know how to these grammar points? What kind of clauses can you use before these words? I go […]

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JLPT BC 150 | 10 Things I really Wish Japan Had

December 17, 2014
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Japan has a lot of great things to love about it. There are convenient train systems, relatively low crime, and 24 hour vending machines. These all make life extremely nice for us all, but if I may I’d like to add some tweaks that might make it a little better. And of course these are […]

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JLPT December 2014 First Reactions

December 6, 2014
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As a lot of you know I did not make the trip up to Kyoto University this year to take the test.  I want to say that I feel little disappointed in myself, but in actuality I’ve been too busy with family to really be too worried about the exam.  There have been a lot […]

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JLPT Study Guide Month 11 – Top 10 Things to Do to Cram for the JLPT

November 30, 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, month 9 and month 10 before continuing. In college, I never used to cram […]

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JLPT BC 149 | The Harry Potter Method

November 26, 2014
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It has been an incredibly busy couple of weeks. I was incredibly busy with Halloween and the little one.  We were actually able to go trick or treating twice.  Trick or treating is not yet a standard thing to do in Japan but we always arrange a small trick or treat event in our neighborhood […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using toki and conjunctions ga and kara

November 19, 2014
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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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JLPT BC 148 | Living in Groups in Japan

November 12, 2014
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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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