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Receiving, Two Ways October 24, 2019 - The last podcast featured Yuuma entering into a dreaded love triangle, or at least a G-rated one. It also featured some examples ofくれる and あげる. Momoko sensei talks about these in more depth on the Patreon lesson. Giving with あげる is pretty straightforward, and not really used nearly as much as もらう and くれる. An …

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You Passed the JLPT, Now What? October 1, 2019 - When I finally passed the N1, on my third try, I felt like I had defied the laws of nature. I really felt super-human. A few years ago, I moved back to Japan. Because I had taken the old 2-kyuu years before, retaking it was an exercise to get to the same level I had …

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4.5 Indispensable Resources for Learning Japanese September 18, 2019 - Level up your Japanese language with these great tools.
Sou Matome September 14, 2019 - This series and Kanzen Master are maybe the two most popular set of study guides. I personally like this best, even though I wouldn’t depend on just one set of books to get all of the vocabulary and Kanji. I especially recommend the Sou Matome grammar books. They have well-translated English (Korean and Chinese, too, …

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Kanzen Master September 7, 2019 - The Kanzen Master Series is maybe the most popular set of textbooks for preparing for the JLPT. They are all well-written and were helpful when I took both the N2 and N1. The Vocabulary books are best used with flashcards. Whether you get the whole set or individual books, a good way to learn is …

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Season One is a Wrap June 10, 2019 - Well, that was a learning experience for us, hope it was for you all, too. Although I hope it was a learning experience for different reasons! This season finishes at a good time. It’s about a month before the JLPT, so you can re-listen to all of these and have a bit more practice reading …

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Make Your 2019 JLPT Plan March 17, 2019 - Registration for the Summer JLPT starts March 22, 2019. Don’t forget to register. If you aren’t studying yet, now is the time to build your training plan. Be sure to include a mix of different study materials that cover listening, grammar, kanji and reading. One of the reasons we created this podcast was to check …

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Passive Japanese Learning is a Myth March 4, 2019 - I am not referring to the term “passive learning” as it is used in instructional design or educational theory. Rather, I am referring to the many claims on Japanese-learning message boards, blogs, and YouTube. The claim that by merely having Japanese music or dialogue playing in your vicinity, you are subliminally learning the language. The …

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Is the JLPT Worth It? February 26, 2019 - One widely-spoken untruth about the JLPT is how useless it is in the real world. As a blanket statement, it reminds me of how, in my 20’s, everyone told me a college degree was just a piece of paper. Of course, I later found out, everyone saying it had that piece of paper. But before …

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Improving your Japanese: Tweak your Podcast Settings February 22, 2019 - Just a quick tip: Podcasts are great for news and entertainment, but if you want to make the most of our little endeavor, I recommend making a tweak to how you get these podcasts. Most podcast apps are configured on the assumption the listener will listen to any podcast a single time. Don’t let this …

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