December 2013 JLPT Results and Reactions

January 27, 2014
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Strangely enough, I made a marked improvement in my score (up from 12 points overall in the July test).  I’m a bit surprised because the whole month before taking this test I was barely able to study.  I was moving into my new place and dealing with paper work and packing up.  The whole week […]

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JLPT BC 129 | The Evolution of Japanese Housing

January 22, 2014
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When you visit a foreign country, the first thing on your list to check out is usually not the houses. After all, they aren’t quite as glamorous as 400 year old temples and shrines. But, they can tell you about a place all the same. Houses are very personal for obvious reasons. Where you choose […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: The use of だれ(dare) and なに(nani)

January 15, 2014
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This month, I’m going to go over some sentence patterns you can use with だれ(dare, who) and なに(nani, what). Forming questions in Japanese is a little different than making questions in English, there are some pitfalls you need to look out for and things to keep mind about the structure. I go over the more […]

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Traveling Off the Beaten Path

January 1, 2014
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The island culture in Japan is amazing. One of my best weekend trips I ever took was to the group of islands called the Ookii islands that are north of Shimane prefecture in the Sea of Japan. It wasn’t full of 4-star resorts with day spas, but it had it’s own special appeal. It all […]

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Touching History

December 25, 2013
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Living abroad teaches you many things. It is really one of the only ways to get a deep understanding of a particular culture. And a deep understanding of another culture gives you a better understanding of yourself and your culture. It’s only through experiencing the similarities and differences that you can really understand what culture […]

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JLPT BC 128 | Getting Ready for Winter Break

December 18, 2013
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So the test is finally over for 2013. I was barely able to get to the test much less put in serious study time the whole month before because I was in the process of moving, which is now thankfully over. Although, there is still a lot more to get setup, I’m finally physically in […]

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End of the Year Updates for JLPT Boot Camp

December 14, 2013
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2013 was another great year for JLPT Boot Camp. The site has become more and more popular, and I’ve been able to make a lot of additions here and there to content on the site as well as on Memrise.com. This year, I was able to add the online N5 practice test for free over […]

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Time to Take on a Big Project

December 7, 2013
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The JLPT has officially come and gone. And now comes the slow wait for results in January. In between, we have Christmas and New Year’s celebrations that are begging you to relax and take it easy. It can be a bit hard to focus. This is made worse by the fact that you might now […]

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December 2013 JLPT N1 First Impressions

December 1, 2013

The December JLPT has just finished here in Japan. The N1 seemed to be about the same level as I’ve gotten used to. Unfortunately I was not in the best condition to take the test, but I made it and it’ll be interesting to see the results. Fingers crossed that I kept my score. I […]

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JLPT BC 127 | Sex and Lies (about Sex) in Japan

November 27, 2013
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There was somewhat recent Guardian article  that got a lot of Facebook love about a month ago. It was essentially the rehashed news report of an annual survey about Japan’s sex habits, to put it bluntly. The Guardian did a little more leg work with it and did some ‘on the ground’ reporting to fluff […]

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5 Things to Do before the December 2013 JLPT

November 23, 2013
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This is the final stretch before the big test next week. You have hopefully put in a lot of regular studying with your tried and true textbooks. If you haven’t been putting in some regular time for studying there probably isn’t a lot you can do to bring up your score in this next week. […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: The Japanese te-form (テ形)

November 20, 2013
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This month, I’m going over a very useful form in Japanese, the te-form.  There are 3 main uses of the te-form at the N5 level – for commands, link sentences, and in the continuous form. The te-form is also used a in a lot of expressions and other structures.  It is one of the crucial […]

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