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Soccer Match

It's time for the big game. Your team hasn't had a good track record as of late, but that doesn't matter today - you're ace player will bring home the win. Or so you thought......

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: sports, soccer

Published: May 16, 2014

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Sorry, I'm Late

No matter how you spin it, you're late. With the boss in your face, how do you explain it? Empty excuses are not going to be good enough, this is Japan afterall. How are you going to be able to prove it then?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: May 14, 2014

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Keitai vs. Smart Phones

It's an agonizing decision facing many of us these days: continue using your flip phone or upgrade to a smartphone? What can smartphones do that cell phones can't? And what are the reasons people decide to stick with their old cell phones? ...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: May 12, 2014

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Running Errands

Your to-do list is getting longer and longer and eventually you just have to put everything down and just do it. First here to do this. Then there to do that. And don't forget about the most important thing of all!...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: plans, errands

Published: May 09, 2014

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Clothes Shopping

Shopping for clothes can be a trying experience. So many options, so many blaring lights, and so many overbearing store workers asking if you need their help. How do you navigate the scenario of trying to find that perfect garment in Japan?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: May 07, 2014

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A Misunderstanding

None of us are perfect. Despite our most valiant of efforts, we sometimes screw up a detail or confuse a date. But fret not! Knowing how to explain that you made a mistake is the first step on the path to forgiveness....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: May 05, 2014

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Taking a Taxi

The subway station is too far and the busses too time-consuming - it's time for a taxi. But before you get in and on your way, make sure you know how to properly explain where you're going so that you don't end up endlessly riding around in circles with the meter running....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: May 02, 2014

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Describing Symptoms

The siwtching of the seasons is always a difficult time, especially for our immune systems. Try as we might, it's not uncommon to have a bit of illness creep up on you as the cold of Winter turns to the heat of Summer. How do you describe your symptoms to make sure you get the right diagnosis?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 30, 2014

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Riding the Train

Taking the train is a huge part of everyday life in Japan. But with hundreds of lines and thousands of stations across the country, what train do you take? Where do you get off? And do you need to transfer?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 28, 2014

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I'm Thirsty

You've been exercising for a couple of hours and you're exhausted. Not only that, you're thirsty. No no, parched! Let's go get a drink, but where? and What?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 25, 2014

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I'm Hungry

You're hungry. No, you're STARVING. Let's get eating! But before you dig in, make sure you know the right thing to say in Japanese. And don't forget to say thanks after the meal!...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: food, hungry
Function: having_a_meal

Published: April 23, 2014

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Are You Drunk?

The week is over and it's time ot have some fun. But sometimes there are those in our ranks that have decided to start the fun on their own beforehand - you go in for the "cheers" and they slur their words and stink of alcohol. Are you already drunk???...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar:

Published: April 21, 2014

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Skiing or Snowboarding?

The eternal question: skiing or snowboarding? This question is equally timeless in Japan as it is elsewhere, where winter sports are a big deal. Will you ski like you always do, or will you try snowboarding for the first time? And watch out on the slopes - it can be easy to injure yourself, too....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: よかった

Published: April 18, 2014

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Do You Wear Glasses?

20/20 vision is a blessing from the Gods. But unfortunately, not all of us are blessed in this way. How do you describe that your vision isn't as good as it could be? And do you wear glasses or contacts to deal with these visual shortcomings?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 16, 2014

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Describing Personalities

Ah, yes, childhood - we were all special snowflakes, myriad in our forms and shapes. But what form did you take? Were you a serious kid, a shy kid, or were you a bit more of an individual? And are you still that today?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 14, 2014

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Ordering at a Restaurant

It's time to kick back and relax and chow down. You sit down at the restaurant but now you have to decide what you want. And more importantly, how do you say it correctly? Check out this lesson to learn how to properly order at a restaurant....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 11, 2014

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Meeting the Parents

You guys have been going steady for a while, and finally the has come: meeting the parents. But don't think that you will just be able to putz into that room empty-handed - this is more than just a normal meeting. Learn how to say "to meet" in Japanese and some of the etiquette behind making an impression when formally meeting Japanese people with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 09, 2014

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Leaving a Phone Message

We messed up big time - everyone forgot to call that one person to tell them the plan, and now we're here waiting. Quick! Leave a phone message and make sure it sounds natural with help from this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 07, 2014

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