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A course meant for students with an already strong handle on the basics of Japanese. In this course, you will dive much deeper into more advanced Japanese grammar, learn how to navigate more complex daily life situations, and gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Japanese culture.

Classical Music Concert

It may seem boring, but classical music concerts are a big deal in Japan. Let yourself indulge in some of the classics and learn how to talk shop about music with this lesson....

Topics: music, classical_music, concerts

At the Hospital

You aren't doing well and go to the hospital to get checked out. But saying that something hurts isn't enough - you need to be able to describe types of pain. Learn how to describe different type sof pain with this useful lesson....

Topics: sick, hospital, pain

Recipe for Nikujaga

Nikujaga is a popular Japanese dish of beef and potatoes. Never had it? Well, check out this lesson to learn the recipe for this fantastic dish....

Topics: food, cooking, recipes

Choosing a Cell Phone Contract

Choosing a new cell phone contract is one of the most weighty decisions we can make in our fantastic post-modern lives. But what sort of plan are you going to go with? And are you going to stick with your garake or upgrade to a smartphone?...

Topics: cell_phones, contracts

At the Electronics Store

Buying electronics in Japan is serious stuff. WIth so many options, how do you know what will be the best choice? Learn some important phrases when buying a new pair of headphones in this lesson....

Topics: shopping, electronics

At the Post Office

Though it may seem old-fangled, sending letters and postcards is still very much "a thing" in Japan. But before you go to the post office to send off that package, make sure you know how to talk the talk on shipping methods with this lesson....

Topics: post_office, letters, sending

Renting an Apartment

Apartments are small in Japan. Very small. But don't let that discourage you! The high prices for these tiny living spaces may be a tough pill to swallow, but at the end of the day it's location location location. Learn how to make sure you're getting what you need out of your future abode with this...

Topics: apartments, renting, real_estate

A Downward Spiral

Sometimes things don't go well. And sometimes things don't go well time, after time, after time. It's hard to not get discouraged in these situations, so make sure you identify who and what is at fault when and try to keep your head up! That is, if you can......

Topics: work, stress, performance

Food Texture

Of course you can just say something is "oishii". But given how food-obsessed Japanese culture is, it only makes sense that descriptions of food can go far beyond that. In this lesson, learn important onomatopoeia for describing food textures....

Topics: food, textures, onomatopoeia

Personality

Yes, people can be "nice" or "fun", but personalities go far beyond those simple words. Learn how to discuss personalities more in-depth with this lesson....

Topics: personalities, people

Your Favorite Actor

We all have our favorite actors and actresses. And beyond simply stating who they are, we can also say why it is they hold that special place in our hearts. Maybe it's that fun-looking smile or handsome-looking expression. Or maybe it's that odd-looking paparazzi photo that recently went up on the w...

Topics: actors, movies, favorites

Japanese Customs and Manners

Japanese customs and manners can be very particular and take a while to get used to for foreigners. Learn about some of the most surprising differences in Japanese customs and manners and the reasons behind them in this lesson....

Topics: food, trains, manners, customs

Crime on Trains

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. That said, crime still does happen. Learn about somet of the more common forms of theft in the country and things to keep an eye out for when riding a train with this lesson. ...

Topics: trains, crime