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Tue 2019.11.12

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Interesting Japanese loanword “マウンティング” (mauntingu, a.k.a. “mounting”) culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.11.04

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Classical Japanese poetry translation: “The Forgotten Garden” (廃園) by Yoshinobu Morikawa (森川義信) culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, poem, poetry, translation Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.09.30

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Japanese word highlight: “katte” (勝手) General, grammar, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.09.18

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Japanese grammar spotlight: だって (datte) vs だから (dakara) General, grammar, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.09.16

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Fairy tale about a magic organ: Mimei Ogawa’s “The Life of a Musical Instrument” culture, General, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.08.26

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Literary Japanese: shifting around the order of topics General, grammar, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Thu 2019.08.15

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まえ (mae) vs まで (made): what’s the difference? General, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.08.05

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Japanese term: What is “Ateji”? (当て字・あてじ) General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.07.29

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Japanese Useful Word: “Baka” (ばか、バカ、馬鹿) Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.07.22

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Japanese word focus: 感想 (kansou) General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.07.16

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Japanese novel review: “勝手にしゃべる女” (katte ni shaberu onna) by 赤川次郎 (Jiro Akagawa) culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, novel, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.07.16

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Japanese particle combination: だけで (dake de) General, grammar, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.07.15

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Commentary (解説): One of the Joys of Japanese Literature culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, literature, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.07.10

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Japanese grammar: An overview of the “te” form (and an important use nobody taught you) General, grammar, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.07.08

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Short translation excerpt: 天使の卵 (Angel’s Egg) by 村山由佳 (Yuka Murayama) japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, novel, translation Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.07.02

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Book release: bilingual book of Japanese fairy tales (Mimei Ogawa) book, E-book publishing, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.07.01

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Site review: BFF Tokyo japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.06.26

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Japanese Novel Review: 天使の卵 (Angel’s Egg) by 村山由佳 (Yuka Murayama) Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, literature, Reviews, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.06.24

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Japanese grammar: verb and adjective confusion General, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese
Japanese Drama Review: “義母と娘のブルース” (Stepmother and Daughter Blues) drama, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.06.10

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Japanese word focus: くだらない (kudaranai) General, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.05.28

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Japanese useful phrase highlight: “yokattara” (よかったら) grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.05.20

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Reader question: “What’s the hardest part of learning Japanese?” General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.05.13

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Japanese slang term: meccha “めっちゃ” culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, slang, translation Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.05.06

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Japanese word highlight: まま (mama) grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.04.29

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Japanese particle: にて (nite) grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, particles Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.04.23

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Japanese novel review: さざなみのよる (sazanami no yoru) by 木皿泉 (Izumi Kizara) culture, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, novel, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

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

Sun 2019.04.14

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Japanese Book Review: “The Power of Ki” (氣の威力)by Koichi Tohei (藤平光一) aikido, culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.04.01

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A thoughtful discourse on literature with Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura (中村文則) Aside, culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, novels, Uncategorized 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
Japanese slang word: あざす(azasu) [“Thanks”, without the politeness] azasu, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate 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

Tue 2019.02.26

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Japanese words that mean “not at all” (zenzen [全然], etc.) General, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Uncategorized, Vocabulary Lists, zenzen 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

Tue 2019.02.19

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The *other* uses of polite language in Japanese General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, keigo, 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
Hitori Saito (斎藤一人): entrepreneur, best-selling author, motivational speaker Aside, culture, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, review, Reviews 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

Wed 2019.02.06

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Adverbial “~ku”(〜く)form of Japanese i-adjectives (and challenges of translating them) grammar, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Thu 2019.01.31

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Japanese novel review: “火星に住むつもりかい?” by 伊坂幸太郎 (Koutaru Isaka) General, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, review, Reviews 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