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Messy Room

Your friend may want to come over, but first you need to divulge a little secret - your place is a mess. A giant mess. How do you get the point across without outing yourself as a slob?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: friends, room, trash
Grammar: だらけ

Published: November 07, 2014

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Natto

Natto is one of the most divisive foods in Japan - some people love it, some people hate it. What is this controversial foodstuff? In what part of Japan is it popular? And why in the world is it so offensive?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: food
Grammar: ぜんぜん

Published: November 05, 2014

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Pokémon

Even in Japan, where Pokémon is now ubiquitous, some people may still have no idea what it is. What is this small yellow rat-shaped stuff animal? And what do you do with it?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: もの

Published: November 03, 2014

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Dream for the Future

Time to dream big. Whether a doctor, lawyer, or astronaut, it's important to think about what do you want to become in the future. So what will it be?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: jobs, dreams, future

Published: October 31, 2014

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On a Diet

Swimsuit season may be over, but with the holidays right around the corner you might want to start tightening the belt now. But what sort of diet are you going to do?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: food, diet

Published: October 30, 2014

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Staying In

Yes, there are things going on, people going out, restaurants to go to, parties happening. But sometimes, you just want to stay in. Learn about how to express the desire to do nothing, go nowhere, and meet no one in this lesson about a relaxing weekend at home....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: October 29, 2014

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Autumn Colors

Yes, it's getting colder, and Winter is starting to threaten from around the corner, but until there there's one last hurrah for nature - Autumn folliage. Learn about this hugely prized natural phenomenon in Japan and how people celebrate with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: October 28, 2014

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Halloween in Japan

Yes, Halloween in Japan. It's not quite celebrated as it is in the United States, but it's definitely present. But what does this day of goblins and ghouls look like in the Land of the Rising Sun?...

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: October 27, 2014

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Plans for the Long Weekend

Finally, a 3-day weekend. Exhausted from work and school, you finally get some well-deserved time for rest and relaxation. What's your plan?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: つもり

Published: October 24, 2014

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Did You Bring an Umbrella?

Even if the clouds aren't yet dark and forboding doesn't mean it's not going to rain. This is Japan afterall, and so rain can strike at any moment. And when it does, what are you going to do with your left protection-less?...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Function: bringing_things

Published: October 23, 2014

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Visiting Kanazawa

Never heard of Kanazawa? Well, make sure to add it to your list. This beautiful tourist town is beckoning you, but make sure that you go to famous garden and also go to the castle....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: にも

Published: October 22, 2014

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Crime on Trains

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. That said, crime still does happen. Learn about somet of the more common forms of theft in the country and things to keep an eye out for when riding a train with this lesson. ...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: trains, crime

Published: October 13, 2014

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Japanese Customs and Manners

Japanese customs and manners can be very particular and take a while to get used to for foreigners. Learn about some of the most surprising differences in Japanese customs and manners and the reasons behind them in this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ~うちに

Published: October 10, 2014

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Office Love Affair

It's everyone's favorite gossip topics: office love affairs. And yes, even Japanese office workers will resort to some dirty gossip sligning from time to time. Learn more about what went down and what's happening now with this illicit relationship with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: あげく

Published: October 06, 2014

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Late for Work

It's happened again: you're late for work. Yes there are reasons, and yes you are going to tell your boss, but make sure you apologize first and foremost. And please, try not to be late again......

Host: Wakako, Jason
Topic: work, late
Grammar: ~がち

Published: October 03, 2014

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Your Favorite Actor

We all have our favorite actors and actresses. And beyond simply stating who they are, we can also say why it is they hold that special place in our hearts. Maybe it's that fun-looking smile or handsome-looking expression. Or maybe it's that odd-looking paparazzi photo that recently went up on the w...

Host: Wakako, Jason
Grammar: ~げ

Published: September 29, 2014

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Personality

Yes, people can be "nice" or "fun", but personalities go far beyond those simple words. Learn how to discuss personalities more in-depth with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: September 26, 2014

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Food Texture

Of course you can just say something is "oishii". But given how food-obsessed Japanese culture is, it only makes sense that descriptions of food can go far beyond that. In this lesson, learn important onomatopoeia for describing food textures....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: September 22, 2014

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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...

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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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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