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Watching Japanese TV Shows

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Time and time again I have heard from readers that watching Japanese TV shows is one of the best ways to hone your listening skills. As a matter of fact, a lot of people who have passed the higher levels of the test (N2, N1) have gotten a good amount of their listening skills from [...]


JLPT N5 Japanese Reading Examples

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One type of question that you might see pop up on the reading section of the N5 are picture questions.  Here you might see a short passage of text and then have to choose a drawing that best matches what is described.  For example, in the JLPT N5 Official Workbook, they have a question that [...]


July 2016 JLPT First Impressions

The July test is a new addition that came as a welcomed revision to how the JLPT was conducted from 2010 on.  For those of you living in Asia and in some locations on a few other continents, you are able to take the JLPT twice a year.  In Japan, it seems like they like [...]

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Around this time of year, I always get flooded with a lot of frantic emails asking questions about how to prepare for the exam, so I thought I would put together a little kit of former blog posts that can you help you out in this final stretch before the big day.  If you are [...]

N4 Grammar: Using tokoroda and souda post image

This month, I'm continuing on with N4 grammar points by talking about how to use the dictionary form with some new handy N4 expressions. This month, I'll go over tokoroda and souda. You can use tokoroda to express that you are just about to do something, just finished something, or are just in the middle [...]


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