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Review of Try! Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5 post image

Your typical study book for the test includes drills and more drills.  The Shin Kanzen Master series for N4 and above are masters of this formula.  So-Matome also has a very good series of books that really focus on drilling the grammar points you need to know in order to pass the test.  And in [...]

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Becoming the … N5? Master

Becoming the … N5? Master post image

So, a long time ago I passed the N2. It has actually been awhile since I’ve taken the JLPT because to be honest, I had reached the level I need to be at in order to do what I need to do. At the N2 level, you can understand most reading materials and the majority [...]

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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

Power Harassment in Japan post image

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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