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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ハロウィーンに妖怪になってみようかい?7つのコスチュームアイデア

7 Japanese Youkai You Can Become For Halloween 4

皆さんは妖怪(ようかい)を知っているでしょうか?いわゆる日本のモンスターであり、日本文化を理解する上では重要な存在です。そこで、ハロウィーンを前に、妖怪について私と一緒に勉強してみてはどうでしょう?そして今年は妖怪のコスチュームでトリック・オア・トリーティングをしてみましょう! 7.河童(カッパ) カッパは河

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Japanese Recommendation Exchange – October 2014

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – October 2014

I know you have found some really fun Japanese material in October 2014. 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 are you … Continue reading

8 Catchy Songs To Learn Hiragana And Katakana

8 Catchy Songs To Learn Hiragana And Katakana

One of the first challenges you must overcome in your quest to master Japanese is learning how to read and pronounce both hiragana and katakana. There are some good apps that will help you to do so. For example, I previously shared three free apps for mastering the kana. But the resources for overcoming this challenge don’t stop there. On YouTube there are a lot … Continue reading

Achieving Your Japanese Goals: November 2014

Achieving Your Japanese Goals November 2014

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.” We all want to succeed at our Japanese goals that we set out to accomplish. But we all know this isn’t the way it turns out. Things get in the way. Things push those goals aside. Things make those … Continue reading

Jalup Advanced 1000 – Stage 4 (Final)

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This is part 4 (Final) 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 4 includes: – The last 250 cards in Anki format, bringing up your total to 1000. 1000 is the equivalent of finishing two major advanced textbooks. – Excel file containing the final group of 250 sentences and … Continue reading

The Japanese Theme Language Contest

The Japanese Theme Language Contest

Japanese isn’t straightforward. Once you get past the basic language, everything begins to diverge into new genres, new terminology, and new, never seen before word adventures. Watch an anime about samurai. Read a book about space exploration. Play a video game about time travel. It can be hard to enjoy something new when you are completely unfamiliar with the set of words introduced. However, everyone … Continue reading

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