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Obon

Obon is one of the biggest traditional Japanese holidays still celebrated today. Never heard of it? No problem, check out this lesson to learn more....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 08, 2014

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Karaoke

Karaoke is one of the most popular things to do with friends in Japan. But do you know the words you need to know to sign with the best of them? And should you take that invitation or not?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ながら

Published: August 06, 2014

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Surfing!

Surfs up! You may not associate the urban metropolis of Tokyo with surfing, but with tons of beaches nearby it's a popular activity for local residents. Learn some of the lingo to make sure you're up-to-date next time you hit the surf....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 04, 2014

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Booking a Hotel Room

It's late, you're tired, and you putz up to the hotel without a reservation. What now? Learn how to book a room that's right for you with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: August 01, 2014

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Making a Dinner Reservation

You know that restaurant that's supposed to be amazing that you want to go to this Friday night? Well, so does everyone else. That's why you have to make a reservation first! But how do you do it correctly, and what sort of things can you request?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: July 30, 2014

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Personnel Changes

Personnel changes at Japanese companies come at one time and can wildly shake things up. With promotions and relocations galore, who will end up where and doing what?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: July 28, 2014

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Ordering a Drink

You're ready for another drink and have finally gotten the attention of the bartender. No what? Learn all the jargon to get just the drink you want, or even ask for a suggestion, with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: 〜そう
Function: ordering_drinks

Published: July 25, 2014

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Kimono

Many of us are familiar with kimono, the beautiful traditional robes of Japan. But did you know that not all Kimono are made equal? Learn about some of the distinctions in these distinctive articles of clothing and when they're weared with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: clothes, kimono
Grammar: なら

Published: July 23, 2014

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Proverbs

Meeting sales targets can be a seemingly insurmountable task for many of us. But with a little bit of persistance, and maybe some advice in the form of a proverb, you'll be top of the pack in no time....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ことわざ

Published: July 21, 2014

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Pachinko

Never heard of Pachinko? Well, if you've ever been to Japan, you've definitely heard it. This peculiar form of Japanese gambling is ubiquitous across the country, but what's actually going on in these sound and cigarette smoke-filled spaces?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ○○って

Published: July 18, 2014

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Requesting Annual Leave

Asking for your hard-earned vacation can sometimes a bit stickier than you'd like. How do you ask to take some time off without coming off as a slacker, especially in a strict and sober Japanese work environment?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: vacation, work
Grammar: 忘れずに

Published: July 16, 2014

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Going to the Movies

With the rainy season in full swing, it's a good time to run to the nearest movie theater to spend an afternoon in front of the silver screen. Make sure you chose a movie that hasn't started or is already full and that you get your student discount with this lesson on buying movie tickets....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ばっかり

Published: July 14, 2014

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Summer Weather in Japan

Summer weather in Japan is no walk in the park - it's a long season of torrential muggy rain followed by sweltering hot days. Learn how to beat the Japanese summer heat with this lesson!...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: summer, weather

Published: July 11, 2014

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Hourensou (Not Spinach)

"Hourensou" means "Spinch" in Japanese, but no, we're not talking about what sort of salad you brought to the office for lunch. Check out this lesson to learn about this Japanese expression that is commonly used in the office....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: 報連相

Published: July 09, 2014

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Tanabata

Tanabata is not a holiday that gets much press outside of Japan, but no need - Japan's happy to celebrate it in its full anyway. Learn about what goes down across Japan every July 7th with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: July 07, 2014

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Drinking with the Boss

You're done with work and your boss has invited you out for drinks. But don't worry about keeping up that formal facade - it's time to let your hair down a little and tell them how things are actually going.  ...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: July 04, 2014

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The World Cup

Four years have passed and it is once again time for the World Cup. Japan is battling it out this year, but how are they going to do? And will they even make it past the qualifying stage?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: 〜のに

Published: July 02, 2014

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Answering the Phone at the Office

You can't just go and answer the phone at the office all willy-nilly. No, answering the phone in Japanese offices requires a certain level of decorum. Learn some tips of the trade in this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: June 30, 2014

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