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Elementary Japanese Course 3


This course is designed to help introduce you more everyday Japanese that will make travel and life in Japan all the easier. Topics include riding the train, playing sports, and eating food.

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....

Topics: politeness, invitations, chopsticks, spoon, suggestions

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....

Topics: preferences, anime, manga, fandom, characters, One_Piece, Naruto, superlatives

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 impr...

Topics: politeness, parents, gifts

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?...

Topics: glasses, contacts, eyesight

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!...

Topics: food, hungry

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?...

Topics: thirsty, tired, drinks

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?...

Topics: trains, transportation

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???...

Topics: restaurants, alcohol

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?...

Topics: sick, body_parts

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......

Topics: directions, lost

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......

Topics: sports, soccer

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....

Topics: shopping, food, fruit