JLPT N5 Kanji – 九, kyuu, nine post image

 This is 5 Minute Kanji, and today we are going to go over a dancing kanji this time, the kanji for eight. Mnemonic: How CUte! Look at the 9 dancers, dressed to the 9s dancing to the KUs of the doves sitting on the KOKONOTSU. Onyomi: きゅう、く kyuu, ku Kunyomi: ここの.つ、ここの kokonotsu, kokono Like [...]

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N5 Grammar – Non-Past Verbs

N5 Grammar – Non-Past Verbs post image

 Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned about the uses of the が particle. Today, we are going to learn how to talk about the non-past form, which can refer to the present or future. We are going to look at a few, [...]

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JLPT N5 Kanji – 八, hachi, eight post image

 This is 5 Minute Kanji, and today we are going to go over a cruising kanji this time, the kanji for eight. Mnemonic: YO! You want to party on my 8 YATTSU? I’ll pop the HACHI and let you inside. Onyomi: ハチ hachi Kunyomi: やっ.つ、や.つ、よう yattsu, yatsu, you Like the other number kanji, the [...]

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N5 Grammar – The が particle

N5 Grammar – The が particle post image

 Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned about は, the tricky topic marking particle. Today, we are going learn how to use が, the subject marking particle. We are going to look at a few, very short exchanges. Let’s give it a try. [...]

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JLPT N5 Kanji – 七, shichi, seven post image

 This is 5 Minute Kanji, and today we are going to go over a crazy nana of a kanji this time, the kanji for seven. Mnemonic: My girlfriend, SHE CHIlls by NA-NAing on a baNANA TSU relax. Onyomi: シチ shichi Kunyomi: なな、なな.つ nana, nanatsu Like the other number kanji, the onyomi is used when [...]

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N5 Grammar – The は Particle

N5 Grammar – The は Particle post image

 Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned how to use adjectives to talk about things in the past politely. Today, we are going learn how to use the は particle, sometimes called the topic marking particle. We are going to look at a [...]

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July 2018 JLPT – First Impressions post image

For us here in Asia (and some places in Europe and North America), we are lucky enough to be able to take the JLPT in July.  Lucky for us, the rainy season ended just in time to give us a hot and humid weekend to take the test.  I hope everyone had a good test-taking [...]

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JLPT N5 Kanji – 六, roku, six post image

 This is 5 Minute Kanji, and today we are going to go over a fairly easy kanji this time, the kanji for five. Mnemonic: The other day, I’m watching a ROKU and roller play the 6 string, but then my wife MUTSU the channel. Life is so unfair. Onyomi: ろく roku Kunyomi: む、む.つ, むっ.つ [...]

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N5 Grammar – Polite Form of Adjectives post image

 Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned how to use adjectives to talk about things in the past casually. Today, we are going learn how to use adjectives to talk about things in the past politely. We are going to look at a [...]

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JLPT N5 Kanji – 五, go, five

JLPT N5 Kanji – 五, go, five post image

 This is 5 Minute Kanji, and today we are going to go over a fairly easy kanji this time, the kanji for five. Mnemonic: IT’S a GO! We GO in 5 minITSU! Onyomi: ご go Kunyomi: いつ、いつ.つ itsu,     itsutsu Like the other number kanji, the onyomi is used when counting up in Japanese, [...]

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N5 Grammar – Past Form of Adjectives post image

 Welcome everyone, this is Mac with another N5 Grammar Lesson from JLPT Boot Camp. Last episode, we learned how to describe things with adjectives. Today, we are going to take that one step further by describing how things were in the past with the past casual form of adjectives. We are going to look [...]

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JLPT N5 Kanji – 四, yon, four post image

 This is 5 Minute Kanji, and today we are going to go over another simple kanji, the kanji for four. Mnemonic: My mom was strict. Every morning at 4, SHE would say “YO! Wake up!” And then she would say “Eat YO OATS!” We could never stop YONing. Onyomi: し shi Kunyomi: よ、よん、よっ.つ yo,  [...]

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