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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did You Finish Your Work?

As the clock strikes 6 o'clock, you're finally free to leave the office and return home. Or so you thought. Your boss catches you at the door and grills you about what you've done that day. Learn how to say the things you've already done and the things you haven't yet done with this lesson....

Host: Wakako, Jason

Published: December 30, 2013

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