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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......

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: September 19, 2014

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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 lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: はず

Published: September 17, 2014

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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....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: September 15, 2014

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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....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: べき
Function: shopping

Published: September 12, 2014

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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?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: わけ

Published: September 10, 2014

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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....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: さらに
Function: recipes

Published: September 08, 2014

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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....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: sick, hospital, pain
Function: describing_pain

Published: September 05, 2014

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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....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: September 03, 2014

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Resigning from a Job

Resigning from a job can be delicate business. Make sure you know how to break the news lightly with this lesson on telling your boss you're through....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: September 01, 2014

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Making a Business Appointment

Cold calling a company in Japan to get an appointment is no laughing matter: you need to make sure you have your script down pat. Learn some key phrases and expressions for this sort of situation with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 29, 2014

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Visiting a Boss’s House

Though traditionally a rare occurance, visiting a boss's home has become more and more common in Japan as of late. But just becuase you've been invited doesn't mean that you can act wontonly. Learn how to conduct yourself respectfully in this delicate scenario with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Function: visiting_a_home

Published: August 27, 2014

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Exchanging Business Cards

Exchanging business cards is a highly important, and ritualized, part of business interactions in Japan. Learn how to conduct yourself flawlessly in these situations, even fi you can't read the characters of the other person's name, with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 25, 2014

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Breaking the Ice

"Let's get down to business"? Hold your horses! Before you talk business in Japanese, it's important to first break the ice. Learn how to do so with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 22, 2014

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Yoisho

Working in a Japanese office can often mean long, difficult hours. To make sure everyone doesn't go crazy, "yoisho" or giving morale-boosting support to coworkers is widely shared. Learn about how to participate in this office more with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 20, 2014

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Declining a Request to Work Overtime

Working overtime is unfortunately a reality of working in Japan, but what do you say when you truly cannot stay longer?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 18, 2014

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Order Mistake

Try as we might, sometimes we mess up. You thought you checked the order form twice, but apparently you didn't and now you have a problem on your hands. How do you break the news to your boss and how do you make sure you don't let it happen again?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 15, 2014

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A Late Delivery

You had everything lined up perfectly, but Murphy's Law has taken effect and now the delivery is delayed. How do you tell your boss about the bad news and what should you do to fix the situation?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 13, 2014

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At the Reception Desk

You've shown up to the reception desk. Now what? Learn how to appropriate interact with a receptionist in order to get to your meeting in this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 11, 2014

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