Japanese Quest: The Legend of You

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Start your Japanese adventure: Wander the land. Navigate the language. Explore the culture. Befriend the people. This is your guide to a vast and unfamiliar world. This is your quest. Make it a memorable one.

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4 Books That Everyone Used To Talk About

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Some books spur on conversation. When they are released, not only is everyone reading them, but everyone is also talking about them. They are hot topics. They hit on something new and different. You want to see what all the fuss is about. Here are 4 of those books that at the time made it into many discussions. 4. 電車男 (Train Man) Japanese Level: ☆☆☆☆ … Continue reading

Take A Boring Job To Boost Your Japanese

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I’ve had my share of mind-numbing jobs in the past, growing up. The type of work where you use about 5% of your brain on the work, and 95% of your brain trying to keep yourself sane. Try comparing the number on a check versus the spelled out number for 10 hours straight.. Sound terrible? It could, unless you use opportunities like this to learn … Continue reading

Kanji In Action #1: It’s Easy!

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I’ve wanted to do something fun with kanji on this site for a while. Now while I can’t draw, I can type out kanji. And that’s a skill, right? So I thought I would try out a bit of a kanji-themed 4-panel manga, hoping to educate (in a silly way) and entertain all your kanji needs. Or at least entertain myself. … Continue reading

Stop Visualizing Japanese As This Insurmountable Obstacle

Stop visualizing Japanese As This Insurmountable Obstacle

Studying Japanese isn’t easy. The never ending challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, and you start to visualize Japanese “fluency” as some extremely distant dream that you doubt you will ever achieve, but don’t want to give up on just yet. Do you have this image in your mind that Japanese is impossible and looks and feels like this? Get this out of your head. As … Continue reading

Jalup Advanced 1000 – Stage 3

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This is part 3 of the Jalup Advanced 1000, which is designed to eliminate the need for branching, and to smoothly guide you through the J-J (monolingual) phase of your Japanese journey. Stage 3 includes: – The next 250 cards in Anki format, bringing up your total to 750. 750 is the equivalent of finishing one and a half major advanced textbooks. – Excel file containing the third group … Continue reading

5 Manga You Will Be Dying To Know What Happens Next

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Some manga we enjoy and can read casually. Others have stories so compelling that every page is turned with extreme anticipation of what is to come. Finish one volume and your hand is already on the next. Here are some of those stories. 5. 僕はビートルズ (I Am The Beatles) Difficulty: ☆☆ You love the Beatles, but that isn’t enough. You form a Beatles cover band, but … Continue reading

海外に住んでいて恋しいと感じる日本の物の6つ

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海外に住んでいると「日本のどんな物が恋しいですか?やっぱり寿司や温泉ですか?」と良く聞かれます。

たしかに寿司や温泉は日本の素晴らしいところです。「いや、寿司なんかよりも美少女フィギュアの方が素晴らしい!」という人もいれば、「やっぱりメイドカフェが一番だろ!」という人もいるかもしれません。

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