JLPT Study Guide – Month 5

May 28, 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, and month 4 before continuing. We are now somewhere around the midpoint of the year and hopefully you are around halfway through what you […]

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JLPT BC 137 | Bulking Up on Vocabulary

May 21, 2014
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We are now moving into the final stretch before the July test.  I’ve switched a lot of fun studying into more aggressive drilling and practicing vocabulary and grammar.  I think it is important to get into that mindset of answering questions.  One of the necessary evils about a test is that the test makers have […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: Describing Things with Clauses, の particle

May 14, 2014
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This month, It’s all about how to describe things in Japanese. I go over how to use clauses as well as the の particle that can be used when you want a noun to describe another noun in Japanese. I go over the more common uses in the video below: For more videos like this […]

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JLPT BC 136 | My Greatest Adventure

May 7, 2014
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Living and working in Japan for a few years, you get to have a lot of adventures. Living abroad in general just encourages you to go out and experience life. For example, I never used to travel alone before coming to Japan, but I did plenty of it once I got it here. It is […]

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JLPT Study Guide – Month 4

April 30, 2014
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Hopefully by now you have a good rhythm to your studying. You should be studying just enough to keep things fresh but not to the point of gagging and locking yourself in a closet for a few months waiting to take the test. The important thing is that you have established stable habits at this […]

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JLPT BC 135 | Adding Grammar and Vocabulary Back In

April 24, 2014
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I’ve got a good start on the first book of Game of Thrones (氷と炎の歌1). It has been a lot of fun because I really like that particular story. I think there are a lot of people that will probably find it way too difficult to struggle through. For me though, it is interesting to see […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: koko and kochira, talking about here and there

April 16, 2014
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This month, I’m going to go over the difference between ここ koko, そこ soko, あそこ asoko, どこ doko and こちら kochira, そちら sochira, あちら achira, and どちら dochira. These are used for the words ‘here’ and ‘there’ in English but behave a little differently. I go over the more common uses in the video below: […]

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JLPT BC 134 | How to Marry a Japanese Woman

April 9, 2014
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I’ve been married now for 5 years. This is after dating my wife for about 3 years before we got married, so we have been together for a grand total of about 8 years. It has been a sometimes interesting, often times fun, occasionally difficult mix of situations. And because of this, I inevitably get […]

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JLPT Study Guide – Month 3

April 2, 2014
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First, be sure to go through your monthly check up. This should start to become a regular process by now. More or less you just want to check that you are keeping your habits up and aren’t falling to far behind. If you are having trouble with staying up to speed, read up on how […]

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JLPT BC 133 | Beware of the Yellow Sand

March 26, 2014
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You were probably advised when you were very young to not eat the yellow snow. What about yellow sand? It’s that season again in Japan, and we are again being blessed with the wonderful dirty, gritty sand from our neighbors here in Japan, coating everything in a nice uneven blanket of yellow that seems to […]

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JLPT N5 Grammar: kono, sono, ano, dono vs. kore, sore, are, dore

March 19, 2014
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This month, I’m going to go over the difference between この kono, その sono, あの ano, どの dono and これkore, それ sore, あれ are, and どれ dore. These are used for the words ‘this’ and ‘that’ in English but behave a little differently. I go over the more common uses in the video below: For […]

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JLPT BC 132 | Making Good Progress

March 12, 2014
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I have finally finished off the two elementary school level books that I had lying around the house. They were novelizations of “Toy Story” and “Surf’s Up” that I had picked up awhile ago. These novelizations tend to be pretty easy reads for N2/N1 level. I could get through about 10 to 12 pages in […]

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