JLPT BC 145 | The Only Constant is Change

September 24, 2014
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I used to be a huge Garfield fan growing up. I read all his comics and thought that they were the best. For my 8th birthday, my parents even made me a Garfield shaped cake and decorated it perfectly. I had a stuffed Garfield toy that I dragged with everywhere I went. It was my […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Telling Time and Using Counters in Japanese

September 17, 2014

This month, we are going to be learning about how to tell time of the day as well as days of the month.  We will also go over how to use the major counter words in Japanese.  Do you know what the native Japanese numbers are?  How do you talk about quantities in Japanese?  I […]

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JLPT BC 144 | The Top 5 People that Stay in Japan

September 10, 2014
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For a lot of people, living abroad is a temporary thing. Most come for a year or two to work, or to go to school.  Then, they hightail it back to their home countries to start their ‘real’ lives.  Or some family emergency pops up, and they hop a plane home.  Or some simply freak […]

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JLPT Study Guide Month 8

September 3, 2014
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This is a continuing series going over a sample JLPT study guide. If you are just joining the discussion, you might want to check out month 1, month 2, month 3, month 4, month 5, month 6 and month 7 before continuing. If you were lucky enough to take the July test this year, you […]

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July 2014 JLPT Results

August 26, 2014
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Well, the results are in.  And I am a little embarrassed to say that I failed it, which I kind of expected.  What I didn’t expect was an absolute pounding.  This was my worst score yet on the test.  Even when I took it for the first time and hadn’t really started preparing for it […]

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JLPT BC 143 | More Fun More Reading

August 20, 2014
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I’ve recently been really mixing up my studying to try to do some more things. I can never seem to keep my motivation up for passing the test between these lulls in action of between taking the test and getting the results back. So, I’ve turned to doing a lot more fun and interesting studying […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using tachi, gata, chuu, juu, kudasai and kudasaimasenka

August 13, 2014
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This month, we are going to be learning about how to talk about groups of people or animals in Japanese, using tachi and gata. We will also be going over a useful time expression that means ‘throughout’ or ‘all through the’, chuu. And finally we will be making some casual and very polite requests with […]

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JLPT BC 142 | Convenience in Japan

August 6, 2014
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My wife and I had just arrived in Paris for our honeymoon. Due to our flight being delayed, we were about 2 hours later than we originally planned. We were both fairly hungry, but it being a strange place we weren’t familiar with, we couldn’t find a place to eat. My wife, exasperated, said “Aren’t […]

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JLPT Study Guide – Month 7

July 30, 2014
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This is a continuing series going over a sample JLPT study guide. If you are just joining the discussion, you might want to check out month 1, month 2, month 3, month 4, month 5 and month 6 before continuing. You may start to wonder at this point if learning a language is all about […]

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JLPT BC 141 | Post Test Slump

July 23, 2014
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About a week ago, I went up to Kyoto University to take the test again at their somewhat poorly cooled facility. I covered my first impressions before earlier, but in general I felt more confident about the test.  I’ve started to take test day a little less seriously, which seems to be helping with my […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Using nanno, donna, and dorekurai/donokurai

July 16, 2014
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This month, we are asking more questions. Specifically, we are going to ask what kind and how much/many questions in Japanese. I will also be talking about how to make offers in Japanese as well. I go over the more common uses in the video below: For more videos like this one, be sure to […]

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July 2014 JLPT N1 First Reactions

July 6, 2014
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I always enjoy my twice a year journey to Kyoto University. It’s a pretty big campus and has some unique buildings on it. Although the buildings are all named almost the same thing on the Yoshida campus, where the hold the test, it is generally a nice facility as long as it is not extremely […]

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