JLPT N5 Grammar: Using nisuru, kusuru, ninaru, kunaru

February 25, 2015
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This month, we go over how to use nisuru, kusuru, ninaru, and kunaru to talk about changes. You can use these to talk about making changes to something or something going through a change in Japanese. Do know how to these grammar points? Do you know how to form them? When do you use the […]

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JLPT BC 154 | Big Hero 6 vs. Baymax

February 18, 2015
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A couple of weeks back I had some free time to take my family to Baymax (US title: Big Hero 6).  It is a cute little movie about a boy, named Hiro, who befriends his brother’s robot and ultimately goes on to fight the bad guy and save the day with his trusty team of […]

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JLPT Memorization Techniques

February 11, 2015
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Long ago we needed tremendous memories. We didn’t have computers to catalog and tag our memories. No Facebook to post our mindless musings and latest kid pictures too. We had to keep all that junk in our head. And we used to be pretty good at it. Great orators of years past could remember long, […]

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JLPT BC 153 | The Inevitable Catch Up Phase

February 4, 2015
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December in Japan is always unbelievably busy. There is the Christmas/Bonenkai party season. Then, you have New Year’s cards to design and write. And finally, the big cleaning where you throw out as much of the old as you can to make way for the new. Then after New Year’s, you have your first visit […]

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December JLPT 2014 Results

January 26, 2015
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If you registered online for the test in Japan, and took the test here, you should be able to get your results online now at the JEES website.  If you registered ‘offline’ for it, your results should be coming in the mail sometime next week or so.  For people that took it in Asia, you […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using tari tari suru, and deshou

January 21, 2015
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This month, we go over how to use tari tari suru to talk about an inexhaustive list of activities you did. This is extremely useful if you want talk in more general terms in Japanese. We also go over deshou which can be used to express uncertainty as well as form tag questions in Japanese. […]

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JLPT BC 152 | 5 More Things I Wish Japan Had

January 14, 2015
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Last month, I ranted on about 5 things that I think Japan could import from other countries. One thing that I missed on that list, and this list as well, is a work-life balance. Japan definitely doesn’t have anything resembling a work-life balance, and with the recent belt tightening, it has only gotten worse. I’ve […]

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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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