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Buying a Train Ticket

Riding a train is an everyday reality for most people in Japan. If you're taking a subway or a commuter train, you can buy a ticket from a machine and ride to your destination without talking to anyone. But if you want to go a bit further afield, you're going to approach the dreaded ticket counter. What are all these fancy words they're using and how do you explain where you want to go, how, and when? Check out this lesson to find out....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 04, 2014

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There Was Just an Accident

You're in the office when all of the sudden you hear a loud and unsettling noise. Did your coworkers hear it? Did they see anything? Learn the all-important short-form past tense with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: April 02, 2014

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Sightseeing in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the great sightseeing cities of the world. With countless temples and shrines to visit and beautifully preserved traditional neighborhoods to stroll around, one can spend a great deal of time taking in its beauty. Learn about some of the most famous sights of the old capital and how to recount a long series of events with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 31, 2014

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I'm Not Going to the Party

Sometimes you just don't want to go, plain and simple. Yes yes, everyone is going, and you'll be "missing out", but if you're not up for it you're not up for it. Learn how to decline an invitation and state that you're not going to the party with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 28, 2014

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Sumo

Have you ever seen sumo before? Because if you haven't, you'll probably have an opinion or two. What are they doing? What are they wearing? Learn about this ancient Japanese sport while learning how to state your opinion with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 26, 2014

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Who's Your Favorite Character?

Anime and Manga are huge aspects of modern Japan. With so many different series to chose from, which do you spend your time with? And more importantly, who is your favorite character? Learn about some of the vocabulary associated with this rich cultural world of Japan with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 24, 2014

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Japanese Pronunciation is Difficult

Japanese pronunciation is often thought of as being quite simple. In many ways this is true, but when you delve a bit deeper it actually becomes quite complex. Learn about the difficult intricacies of Japanese pronunciation and the pitch accent system with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 21, 2014

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Why Don't You Use a Spoon?

Chopsticks are the traditional eating utensil in Japan, but let's face it - not everyone can use them! Try as you might, you just can't pick up that piece of fish. Learn about some different utensils and how to accept -- or decline -- a suggestion to use a spoon with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 19, 2014

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Do You Know This Song?

The song comes on and everyone knows it - except you. You could play the game of pretending you know exactly what's going on, but instead you'll ask the person standing next to you who it is. Learn how to do this and talk about music in general with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 17, 2014

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Where Do You Live?

If you're a human being and you're reading this right now, there's a pretty good chance you live somehwere. But is it the same place as where you grew up? Learn how to identify your hometown and where you live with this lesson. ...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 14, 2014

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Fireworks

Those huge exploding lights up in the sky over there? They're one of Japan's most prized traditions - fireworks. Check out this lesson to learn about one of Japan's most famous yearly fireworks displays....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: 本当

Published: March 12, 2014

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How Was Your First Date?

First Dates: their the things of dreams and nightmares, a recipe for ever-lasting love of an attempt at a quick get-away. Learn how to make basic statements in the tense in this lesson about recounting a fateful first encounter....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 10, 2014

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Hello? Where are you?

Finding a friend in a crowded public space can always be difficult, but especially if you're in downtown Tokyo. Learn basic telephone etiquette, some background about one of Tokyo's most famous neighborhoods, and one of the most important nouns in all of Japanese with this very useful lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 07, 2014

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Do You Understand Japanese?

Traveling abroad can be difficult, especially if you're in a country where a language other than your own is spoken. But how do you first ask people if they speak a language to make sure you don't embarass yourself? Find out in this lesson!...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 05, 2014

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Please Speak Slowly

Even with a good deal of Japanese under your belt, you will undoubtedly encounter situations where you honestly just have no idea what people are saying to you. Avoid a miscommunication-induced snafu and equip yourself to ever-so-politely ask them to speak slowly with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: March 03, 2014

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I Have a Date Today

You've put on your best clothes, perfected your hairstyle, and made yourself smell nice. You're ready for your date! But first you need to remember where exactly it is......

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: February 28, 2014

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Clean Your Room!

You ask nicely once, twice, three times but still they don't do anything. You don't want to get angry, but sometimes you have to raise your voice a little bit to get your kids to do what you want them to do. Learn how to give strong commands with this lesson on cleaning the room....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: February 26, 2014

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What Is Tokyo Like?

Tokyo is the biggest city in the world, with a metro region population of approximately 37 million people. But what is it really like? Learn how a few of the neighborhoods of Tokyo while learning how to ask what something is like with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: i_adjectives

Published: February 21, 2014

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