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Achieving Your Japanese Goals: August 2015

Achieving Your Japanese Goals - August 2015

When it comes to studying Japanese we all have goals. Big and small. Short and long. Grand and simple. Failed and achieved. We all want “achieved.” But things get in the way. I want to prevent this from happening. In the comments section of this post, write down specific goals you want to achieve by the end of next month, August. Before September 1st: Come back … Continue reading

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – July 2015

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – July 2015

I know you have found some really fun Japanese material in July 2015. The purpose of this series is to discuss and exchange the newest j-dramas, movies, variety shows, books, manga, anime, music, media, video games, etc. It’s time to share what everyone is excited about and experiencing right now. So I ask you: 1. What are you watching? 2. What are you reading? 3. What … Continue reading

Sometimes It’s All About The Sound

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Kanji creates words and makes the Japanese language logical. This is part of the fun of it all. But sometimes logic is pushed over for the harmony of sound. Which is fine, but makes those smooth links more rigid. One of the best examples is 銀行 (ぎんこう) or bank. This word has been around since 1872 when the national bank was formed. Since the concept … Continue reading

Put On Those Kanji Shoes

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In your effort to make kanji as big a part of your life as possible, you try to put those little characters everywhere. Your desk, your walls, your refrigerator, your bathroom. Well there is one place you probably haven’t thought of: Your feet. What better way to show your love for kanji, and study at the same time, then with kanji shoes. You can now … Continue reading

The 3 Kings Of Japanese Verbs

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Verbs give sentences momentum and power. You learn the major ones right from the beginning. Once you get conjugation down they are fairly straightforward. But there are 3 legendary verbs, that are used everywhere, in every form, that have so many variations and shifting abilities that they can be hard to grasp. They are so important yet so elusive. Who are they? 3. 出す (だす) … Continue reading

6 Ways To Make The Japanese Language Like You

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You like the Japanese language. No, you love it. That should be all that matters, right? Well if you want a good relationship, Japanese has to like you as well. And that’s not going to just happen by itself. Life isn’t that easy. You have to work towards creating a future together. So how do you get Japanese to like you? 6. Spend more time … Continue reading