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Nice to Meet You!

You're meeting someone in Japan for the first time and you don't know what to say! Avoid fumbling over your words when making your all-important first impression and listen to this lesson to learn how to introduce yourself politely in a way that shows insights into Japanese customs. ...

Topics: introducing_yourself, meeting_someone_for_the_first_time, polite, courtesy, name, friends

Excuse Me, Is This Yours?

In the busy lives that we lead, we sometimes lose things. And sometimes, we find those things that others lose. Learn how to ask if something is someone else's while addressing them politely....

Topics: possessive, you, politeness, lost_and_found

Long Time No See.

Life is busy, and even with modern technologies we often don't see a friend or acquaintance for a long time. When you unexpectedly run into these people on the street, make sure you know the proper greetings and questions to make your Japanese as slick as you are in these situations. ...

Topics: friends, greetings

How Old Are You?

You think he's in his early 20s, but then he says he's a father? Or did he say grandfather? Wait, how old is this man?! Learn how to ask how old someone is and wish them happy birthday when the time comes. ...

Topics: age, birthdays, congratulations

Family Picture

One of the easiest ways to connect to people from another culture or country is through a family picture. But of course, families come in all shapes and sizes. Learn how to describe the members of your family with this lesson!...

Topics: family, pictures

What Are You Good At?

Not all of us are Renaissance-style polymaths, but everyone has something that they're good at. Learn how to share what you're good at, and what you maybe need to work on a little bit, with this lesson on hobbies....

Topics: cooking, sports, tennis, baseball, hobbies, good_at, bad_at, abilities

Where Is Kiyomizudera?

You're going to Kiyomizudera, one of the most beauitful places in Kyoto and all of Japan. But what time are you going? Where's the meeting place? You have NO idea! Learn how to say that you're going to do something in preparation for something else with this lesson....

Topics: Kyoto, temples, directions, preparation

My Mom Buys Me Gifts

We all love to receive gifts of all shapes and sizes. At the end of the day it's the thought that counts, right? Well, it seems like the thought it s a bit, uh, more expensive for some of us because some people receive gifts a little bit more often. Learn how to explain that an action was done and g...

Topics: friends, shopping, jewelry, parents, mom, gifts

Dogs or Cats?

The age old question that has destroyed relationships, ruined families, and made empires crumble down to the ground - dogs or cats? The debate rages on with this important lesson on how to ask about preferences and make comparisons...

Topics: dogs, cats, preferences, animals, debates, cute

The Disappointing Restaurant

After a long tiring day, you're ready to chow down. But when you get to the restaurant, there's something that's not quite right. Learn how to spot the signs of a restaurant that may have something a little askew with this lesson....

Sumo

Have you ever seen sumo before? Because if you haven't, you'll probably have an opinion or two. What are they doing? What are they wearing? Learn about this ancient Japanese sport while learning how to state your opinion with this lesson....

Topics: friends, sports, sumo, opinions, traditional_culture

Buying a Train Ticket

Riding a train is an everyday reality for most people in Japan. If you're taking a subway or a commuter train, you can buy a ticket from a machine and ride to your destination without talking to anyone. But if you want to go a bit further afield, you're going to approach the dreaded ticket counter. ...

Topics: trains, tickets, buying