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The JLPT organizers have made practice tests available for free online ever since they changed the format in 2010. These practice tests are more like a bundle of sample questions though considering they only have 2 questions of each type. They were great in the early days after the revision when it was difficult to [...]

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N4 Grammar: Using tebakari and youda post image

This week, I'm continuing on with N4 grammar points by talking about how to use verbs with particles and other phrases. This month, I'm going over tebakari and youda. You can use bakari to talk about only doing one thing. Do you know when to use youda in conversation. How do you use bakari? Watch [...]

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Power Harassment in Japan

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Every Monday, my family and I sit around the TV and watch スカッとジャパン.  スカッとする roughly means to feel refreshed or exhilarated.  It can also refer to the feeling you get when someone gets their come-uppings, so to speak.  So there are numerous stories of a bad boss treating their employees badly and then their fall [...]

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December JLPT 2016 First Impressions post image

This July JLPT is only available in a few countries, but the December test is the big one.  This test is conducted all around the world.  And for a lot of people, this is the one shot you get at passing the exam until next year.  It can be pretty intense, considering a lot of [...]

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Last Minute JLPT Advice

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Ok, this Sunday is the test.  And last week, I shared a few things you can do in these last couple of days.  And hopefully, you've been making use of those over the last week.  I've got a few more last minute pointers before you head off to the test.  It's important to realize that [...]

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