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Messy Room

Your friend may want to come over, but first you need to divulge a little secret - your place is a mess. A giant mess. How do you get the point across without outing yourself as a slob?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: friends, room, trash
Grammar: だらけ

Published: November 07, 2014

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Natto

Natto is one of the most divisive foods in Japan - some people love it, some people hate it. What is this controversial foodstuff? In what part of Japan is it popular? And why in the world is it so offensive?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: food
Grammar: ぜんぜん

Published: November 05, 2014

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Pokémon

Even in Japan, where Pokémon is now ubiquitous, some people may still have no idea what it is. What is this small yellow rat-shaped stuff animal? And what do you do with it?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: もの

Published: November 03, 2014

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Dream for the Future

Time to dream big. Whether a doctor, lawyer, or astronaut, it's important to think about what do you want to become in the future. So what will it be?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: jobs, dreams, future

Published: October 31, 2014

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On a Diet

Swimsuit season may be over, but with the holidays right around the corner you might want to start tightening the belt now. But what sort of diet are you going to do?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: food, diet

Published: October 30, 2014

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Staying In

Yes, there are things going on, people going out, restaurants to go to, parties happening. But sometimes, you just want to stay in. Learn about how to express the desire to do nothing, go nowhere, and meet no one in this lesson about a relaxing weekend at home....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: October 29, 2014

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Autumn Colors

Yes, it's getting colder, and Winter is starting to threaten from around the corner, but until there there's one last hurrah for nature - Autumn folliage. Learn about this hugely prized natural phenomenon in Japan and how people celebrate with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: October 28, 2014

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Halloween in Japan

Yes, Halloween in Japan. It's not quite celebrated as it is in the United States, but it's definitely present. But what does this day of goblins and ghouls look like in the Land of the Rising Sun?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: October 27, 2014

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Plans for the Long Weekend

Finally, a 3-day weekend. Exhausted from work and school, you finally get some well-deserved time for rest and relaxation. What's your plan?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: つもり

Published: October 24, 2014

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Did You Bring an Umbrella?

Even if the clouds aren't yet dark and forboding doesn't mean it's not going to rain. This is Japan afterall, and so rain can strike at any moment. And when it does, what are you going to do with your left protection-less?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Function: bringing_things

Published: October 23, 2014

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Visiting Kanazawa

Never heard of Kanazawa? Well, make sure to add it to your list. This beautiful tourist town is beckoning you, but make sure that you go to famous garden and also go to the castle....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: にも

Published: October 22, 2014

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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. ...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: trains, crime

Published: October 13, 2014

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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....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ~うちに

Published: October 10, 2014

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Office Love Affair

It's everyone's favorite gossip topics: office love affairs. And yes, even Japanese office workers will resort to some dirty gossip sligning from time to time. Learn more about what went down and what's happening now with this illicit relationship with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: あげく

Published: October 06, 2014

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Late for Work

It's happened again: you're late for work. Yes there are reasons, and yes you are going to tell your boss, but make sure you apologize first and foremost. And please, try not to be late again......

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: work, late
Grammar: ~がち

Published: October 03, 2014

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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 web......

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ~げ

Published: September 29, 2014

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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....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: September 26, 2014

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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....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: September 22, 2014

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