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Japanese Study JLPT N4 Grammar: How to Use the Grammar Point までに (made ni)

If you have been studying Japanese for a while now – you are probably familiar with から and まで.  But do you know how to use “made ni” (までに)? Unless......

Posted by on November 25, 2020
What Does Baka Mean in Japanese – and Why You (Probably) Shouldn’t Use It

Have you ever heard the word “baka” used in Japanese?  Do you know what it means?  If you are an avid anime viewer or you are living in Japan –...

Japanese Grammar: Using the Passive Voice in Japanese | Passive Verb Conjugation

Did you know that the Japanese language makes far more use of passive language and passive verbs than English?  Read about how to use Japanese passive voice in this article!...

Japanese Essentials: Ordering a Bowl of Ramen in Japan

When going to Japan, trying out the various foods that Japan has to offer is a must. But what’s the first food that comes to the minds of us foreigners?...

Free Japanese Typing Practice

Are you looking for Japanese Typing practice?  Check out this application from Benesse.  If you are looking for a great way to learn Japanese typing – this app seems very......

What Does “Sono Tōri” Mean in Japanese? How to Agree or Say “That’s Right” in Japanese

Have you ever heard someone say “その通りだ” in Japanese? Maybe in an interaction at work, or between classmates at school – “Sono tōri” is a rather common...

New Autumn 2020 Japanese Language Lessons in Tokyo

This fall are you interested in improving your Japanese?   For the Autumn 2020 season we have several new types of Japanese lessons that you may be interested in. Lite Intensive......

Plastic Bags in Japan – マイバッグ | Eco-friendly Grocery Shopping in Japan

In the above video, Akiko-sensei explains to us the recent change in Japan’s policy regarding plastic bags. She also explains how to interact with store clerks in Japanese ab...

How to Use a Japanese ATM – Kanji and Vocab for Using an ATM in Japanese – FULL GUIDE

Japanese ATMs can be difficult and confusing to operate in Japanese! Although some ATMs have English options available, many do not. So if you have already opened a Japanese bank.....

Baby names that work in Both Japanese and English

Are you having a baby in Japan? Choosing a name can be hard. You don’t want to have to have a Japanese only name – but most English names don’t...

When to omit (leave out) words in Japanese?

In Japanese conversation certain parts of Japanese sentences can be left out. Just like English – certain situations will change the way that you communicate. If you are spea...

New! – Review Course for the JLPT N4 starting Early October

Do you want to pass the JLPT N4?  Do you want to rapidly review for the exam and do a final check before you take it? We are happy to...

Business Japanese Textbooks for 2020 – Listed by Level

Many of our students ask for recommendations about which textbooks are best for Business Japanese. As time and resources change – we want to give you an updated list of...