This Week I learned – Week 2

This Week I learned – Week 2 post image

My old enemy ひらく You might think that 開く can only be read as あく, but it has a different reading – ひらく. And a long time ago, when I took the N4 test, I had answer a vocabulary question about 開ひらく. It was for the 5th section of the vocabulary where they use a [...]

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This Week I Learned – Week 1

Cartoon giant squid

I’m starting a new series this week called “This Week I Learned”. Over the next few weeks, months, and hopefully years, I’ll be sharing all the quirky things I’ve managed to pick up in my random meandering Japanese studies. I’ll try to stick to only those tidbits that you can reapply and use to improve [...]

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N5 Grammar – Wants and Invitations post image

 Take the Quiz Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned about some important Japanese particles. Today, we are going to talk about wants and invitations. We are going to look at a few, very short exchanges. Let’s give it a try. Conversation 1 [...]

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N5 Grammar – Using を, から, and まで post image

 Take the Quiz Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned how to talk about making changes and changes that happened. Today, we are going over some more of the key particles you need to know for the N5. We are going to look [...]

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N5 Grammar – Using する and なる with Adjectives post image

   Take the Quiz Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned about a couple of different ways we can use adjectives. Today, we are going to talk about changes with adjectives. We are going to look at a few, very short exchanges. Let’s [...]

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December 2019 JLPT – First Impressions post image

The December 2019 test was yesterday here in Japan. Although you can take the test twice a year. The December test tends to be the most popular among test takers. I hope everyone had a good experience. If this was your first time taking the test, I hope you weren’t met with too many surprises. [...]

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Adverbs, Linking Adjectives, ‘One of a Group’ post image

 Take the Quiz Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned about how to talk and ask about locations and directions. Today, we are going learn a few more uses for adjectives. We are going to look at a few, very short exchanges. Let’s [...]

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One Month to Go

Student taking the JLPT

It’s coming soon – the December 2019 JLPT. Right now you might be wondering if there is anything you could possibly do to improve your score on the JLPT. You’ve probably invested a good amount of time and effort into your studies and don’t want to see it go to waste by narrowly failing the [...]

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Matt and Yu using koko and kochira Japanese grammar points

 Take the Quiz Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned about our first two sets of こ, そ, あ, ど words. Today, we are going learn how to use a few more sets of these valuable words. We are going to look at [...]

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Announcing the JLPT Study Guide for the N5 post image

I’m often asked what resources I recommend to pass the JLPT N5. I’ve never been truly happy with a lot of the N5 study books out there. All of them seem to be lacking something. Some textbooks have great example questions, but don’t actually teach you how to get a better score. Others simply offer [...]

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N5 Grammar – これ and この post image

 Take the Quiz Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned how to use the casual and polite past forms. Today, we are going learn about how to talk about this in Japanese. We are going to look at a few, very short exchanges. [...]

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July 2019 JLPT – First Impressions post image

This was the first chance in 2019 for you to take the JLPT. This test is generally conducted at fewer sites than the main December test, but if you live in a big city or in most of Asia, you should have been able to have a chance at this one. I hope the weather [...]

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