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Mon 2019.04.22

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Japanese phrase highlight: うまくやんなよ (umaku yan na yo) General, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.03.27

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Japanese word highlight: ちょうど (choudo) japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.03.25

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Japanese Book Review: “ふしぎがわかるよ!” (A visual encyclopedia for children) encyclopedia, General, japan, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.03.18

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Interview with Ben Hourigan: author, editor, Japan aficionado culture, E-book publishing, General, interview, Interviews, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.03.11

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Japanese pronunciation: when vowels get quiet General, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, pronunciation Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.03.05

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What’s the difference between a 翻訳者 (‘honyausha’) and 翻訳家 (‘honyakuka’)? General, honyakuka, honyakusha, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.03.04

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A few more confusing Japanese loanwords General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, loanwords Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.02.25

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Using the Japanese particles “to” (と) and “tte” (って) to quote [plus abbreviated uses and particle combinations] grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, particle, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.02.18

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Japanese quiz 2: Basic verb conjugation grammar, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, online quizzes and tests, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Thu 2019.02.14

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Talking about ways of doing things in Japanese with 〜かた (~kata) General, grammar, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, kata, translation Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.02.13

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The upward spiral of language learning aikido, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, spiral, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.02.11

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Japanese quiz 1: Basic particle usage grammar, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, online quizzes and tests, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Fri 2019.02.08

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Japanese word 我慢 (gaman): putting up with it General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Thu 2019.02.07

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Pronunciation: one of the hardest parts about learning Japanese (and a review of a great resource to help with that –– OJAD) General, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, pronunciation, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.02.05

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A mistaken case of mixing spoken and written language (ですし,”desu shi”) General, japan, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.02.04

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Japanese sentence-ending particle ぞ (zo) and being eaten by a green monster General, japan, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.01.30

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Japanese word “yoroshiku” (よろしく・宜しく) General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Fri 2019.01.25

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Japanese word highlight: 相談 (soudan) General, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese
Japanese slang term: ちくる (chikuru) General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Uncategorized, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.01.16

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A great Japanese word: 脱サラ (dassara) –– getting away from The Grind datsusara, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, term, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Fri 2019.01.11

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Confusing Japanese loanword: エール (Eeru) General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, loanwords, translation, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.01.08

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Tricky Japanese verb pair: 預ける / 預かる (azukeru / azukaru) grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Thu 2019.01.03

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Japanese Writing Lab #6: Where you live class, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Japanese writing lab, japanese_writing_lab, language, practice, self-taught, topic, writing Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.01.02

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The hit-and-miss of learning foreign language words (and a few hints for better retention) General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Thu 2018.12.27

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Japanese slang term: 不思議ちゃん (fushigi chan) General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, slang, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.12.12

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Japanese slang term: “mazogee” (マゾゲー) games, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, terms Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.12.10

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Japanese vocabulary list: words about sleep General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, raising a bilingual child, sleep, terms, vocabulary, Vocabulary Lists Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.11.26

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Japanese colloquial expression: “sorya sou desho” (そりゃそうでしょ) and related phrases expressions, General, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.11.19

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Japanese expressions “nimaime” (二枚目) and “sanmaime” (三枚目): the good, and the funny culture, expression, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.11.13

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Anime review: Inuyashiki (Last Hero) anime, General, inuyashiki, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, manga, review, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Fri 2018.11.02

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Japanese slang word: gyakugire (逆ギレ) [Getting angry at the angry] expression, gyakugire, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.10.29

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Japanese word “sonna” (そんな) and related expressions [sonna koto nai (そんな事ない), etc.] expression, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, sonna Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.10.24

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Japanese expression highlight: “ああ言えばこう言う” (aa ieba kou iu) aa ieba kou iu, General, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese
Some thoughts on “aisatsu” (挨拶): greetings that make relationships smoother aisatsu, culture, General, greetings, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.10.15

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Google suggest: a surprising supplement to foreign language learning General, google suggest, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.10.09

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A confusing Japanese loanword in English: “Hibachi” (it may not mean what you think it does!) culture, General, grill, hibachi, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.09.19

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Japanese word highlight: gureru (ぐれる) grammar, gureru, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, words Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.09.17

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Language learning pitfall: Learning similar words at the same time homophones, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, language, learning, techniques Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.09.10

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“I’ve lived in Japan for X years and am still not fluent in Japanese!” –– 13 tips for language learning General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.09.04

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Japanese loanword spotlight: 「ナーバス」(naabasu) [It doesn’t always mean “nervous”] General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, meaning, translation, word Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.08.08

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 7 – Japanese Elementary School Experience 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.08.06

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 6 – The Maid Cafe Experience 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Fri 2018.08.03

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Science Fiction novella released: “Two of Six” (A Captain’s Dilemma) by Tomohito Moriyama (森山智仁) Aside, book, E-book publishing, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, novel, novella, released, science fiction, sf, tomohito moriyama, translation Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.08.01

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 5 – Practicing Japanese Skills in Japan 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.07.02

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Alternative responses to “arigatou” (thank you) in Japanese besides “dou itashimashite” (you’re welcome) culture, douitashimashite, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, manners, politeness, translation, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.06.20

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Bilingual book of classic Japanese fairy tales released (Mimei Ogawa: The Father of Modern Japanese Fairy Tales) book, children's story, ebook, E-book publishing, fairy tale, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, ogawa mimei, raising a bilingual child, release, translation Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.06.18

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Notable Japanese word: “Shikumi” (仕組み / しくみ) and some ways to translate it General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, shikumi, translation, Uncategorized, word Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.06.06

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Japanese children’s book review: “だんながなんだ” (danna ga nan da) Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.05.21

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Some tips for researching Japanese word meanings General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, meaning, research, words Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.05.15

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Overgeneralizing and 3 painful mistakes in Japanese expressions, General, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese