JLPT BC 160 | BSing in Japan, Honne vs. Tatemae

May 13, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 160 | BSing in Japan, Honne vs. Tatemae

A few years back, I was working at a school and we were trying to arrange a farewell party for one of our fellow teachers.  One teacher found a great Indian restaurant that wasn’t too far away from the school.  It seemed like a great place.  It had a big room to accommodate everyone and […]

Read the full article →

Japanese Drilling Done Right

May 6, 2015
Thumbnail image for Japanese Drilling Done Right

Japanese is a bit of a difficult language to learn for native English speakers. First of all, the sentence order is different, which can make organizing your thoughts a little trickier at times. Also, some things that are expressed as adjectives or sometimes expressed as verbs. And there are a ton of other more difficult […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 159 | Analog vs. Digital

April 29, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 159 | Analog vs. Digital

I’ve been taking it pretty easy with my studies recently due to some re-prioritizing of my time. I’m chugging away on Hirugao and Harry Potter but I’m giving myself a little more time to digest things. I felt a bit rushed of late trying to get through study sessions and I’m finding that is not […]

Read the full article →

JLPT N4 Grammar: Using yasui, nikui, and kata

April 22, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT N4 Grammar: Using yasui, nikui, and kata

This month, I’m starting on N4 Grammar points. We are first going to start work with some grammar that you can use with masu stems – yasui, nikui, and kata. With these you can talk about something that is difficult or easy to do as well as talk about how to do something. Do you […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 158 | Divorce in Japan

April 15, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 158 | Divorce in Japan

I should start off by saying that I’m not getting divorced.  I’m still happily married and probably will be for the foreseeable future.  Some of my fellow expatriates and Japanese friends haven’t been so lucky though. Which, to my naive self, seems a little surprising.  Don’t get me wrong, I come from a divorced family […]

Read the full article →

Using Categories to Speak Fluently

April 8, 2015
Thumbnail image for Using Categories to Speak Fluently

You might have heard that a core of about 2000 words of any given language make up somewhere around 80% of all communication in that language. And that if you can master those 2000 words you can use the language fairly well. And you might have already learned a good 2000 words in Japanese. Just […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 157 | Back to jDramas

April 1, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 157 | Back to jDramas

I’ve been spending (or wasting depending on how you look at) with keeping my streaks up on Memrise. I think it is great to have that daily goal, but I have busy days and not so busy days and it can make it hard to keep up with keeping a good streak going. This has […]

Read the full article →

JLPT N5 Grammar: Using mada and mou

March 25, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT N5 Grammar: Using mada and mou

This month, we go over how to use mada and mou to talk about changes in states. These two words are sometimes translated as yet and already. They mark a change in states or emphasize the fact that a state has not changed. Do know how to these grammar points? Do you know how to […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 156 | The Realities of Living in a Foreign Country

March 18, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 156 | The Realities of Living in a Foreign Country

There seems to be a small subsection of the expat population in Japan, that likes to shower the world with negativity and tell you about how horrible it is to live in Japan.  Some of them came over seeking the easy profits and seemingly easy lifestyle of teaching the language that they grew up natively […]

Read the full article →

How to Start Learning Japanese

March 11, 2015
Thumbnail image for How to Start Learning Japanese

From time to time I get asked about what is a good way to start learning Japanese. What is the fastest way to get started in the language and get going with it, especially since Japanese has a barrier of entry that a lot of other languages don’t have – the writing system. From day […]

Read the full article →

JLPT BC 155 | Intensive Reading and Memrise Update

March 4, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT BC 155 | Intensive Reading and Memrise Update

I’ve been trying to keep my studying pretty steady over the last couple of months and not really piling on and changing anything. This has a lot to do with me just having way too much going on for me to focus on going in a different direction. I’m also not entirely sure where to […]

Read the full article →

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

February 25, 2015
Thumbnail image for JLPT N5 Grammar: Using nisuru, kusuru, ninaru, kunaru

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 […]

Read the full article →