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J-Pop

It's all well and good that you know your Western pop artists, but do you know your Kyari Pamyu Pamyu from your Amuro Namie? Make sure you're up to date on all the Japanese aidoru with this lesson Japanese pop music, or "J-Pop"....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: music, hobbies

Published: June 27, 2014

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Looking for a Job

Looking for a job in Japan is no walk in the park. With years of preparation and hundreds of interviews, this process can make even the most motivated feel a bit tired. Learn about how to apply well and interview well in this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: June 25, 2014

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Pets

Almost every kid is bound to ask at some point - "can we have a pet?" But is the apartment big enough for a dog? And what about the noise and the neighbors? Is this your kid even responsible enough to take care of an animal?  ...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ~ば
Topic: pets, kids

Published: June 23, 2014

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Going on a Business Trip

You've been working for a while and you've proven yourself to your bosses, so it's about time you get invited on a business trip. How do you accept the invitation? And what things do you need to ask about?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ○○次第

Published: June 20, 2014

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After-Work Drinks

It's 6 o'clock and it's time to go home. But not so fast - it's time to go out to drinks with your coworkers. And don't try to get out of it, because the boss is coming too....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: work, drinks

Published: June 18, 2014

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Building Ikea Furniture

The trials of building Ikea furniture is now a near-universal human experience. Learn how to discuss these travails in Japanese with this lesson....

Published: June 16, 2014

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All About Kanji

Kanji, or Chinese characters, is one of the most difficult aspects of learning Japanese for foreigners. But worry not! They're hard for Japanese too. Learn about some of their nuances in this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: kanji, writing
Function: uses_of_kanji

Published: June 13, 2014

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Sushi

Sushi is Japan's most famous food export. But do you know the necessary words and expressions to step into a sushi restaurant Japan and show that you know what you're doing?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: June 11, 2014

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Studying Abroad

It's almost time to board that plane for your study abroad in experience in Japan. But have you gotten your visa in order and did you introduce yourself to your host family?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: June 09, 2014

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Temples and Shrines

Temples and shrines are a huge part of the physical landscape of Japan. But what religions do these structures belong to? And what are you meant to do at them?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ○○時

Published: June 06, 2014

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Earthquake

Earthquakes are a common occurance across Japan. Do you know what to do when the big one hits?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: June 04, 2014

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Visiting Someone's House

Visiting another person's home in Japan often requires the highest degrees of formality. Get a basic introduction to the polite form of Japanese, 敬語(けいご), in this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Function: using_keigo

Published: June 02, 2014

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Manners on the Train

Given how much time the average Japanese person spends on a train everyday, it's no surprise there's a special code of conduct for these "electricity cars". Learn about how to not annoy everyone else around you with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: trains, manners

Published: May 30, 2014

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Sending a Fax

No, it's not 1995. Fax is still an oddly normal part of many peoples' lives in Japan. Learn how to send a fax in Japanese with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: technology, fax
Function: sending_a_fax

Published: May 28, 2014

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Going on a Cruise

You've been working like a dog and finally it's time for your break - a cruise to Okinawa! Where did you go and what did you do? And why are you SO tan?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: 期間

Published: May 26, 2014

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Buying Fruit

Fruit is no laughing matter. Chosing the right fruit can be hard. What's in season right now? This one is sweet, right? What about something that's a bit more sour? Make sure you're prepared for the trials of this transaction with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: May 23, 2014

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Please Come See Me After Class

It's the six words no student ever wants to hear from a teacher "Come see me after class." Are you in trouble? What did you do? Relive the horror of your school-aged days with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: school, Japan

Published: May 21, 2014

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I'm Lost

Getting where you need to go can be tough, especially in a city you don't know. So when you're running late and have no idea where the heck you are, give your friend a call and tell them you're late. Just make sure you can understand their directions afterwards......

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: May 19, 2014

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