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訳ではない – How to Say "It's Not Necessarily the Case that…" in Japanese

Have you ever heard the Japanese phrase “そんな訳じゃない” or “そういう訳ではないんです“?  This is a very common Japanese phrase that can be used in a number of different circumstances. In this blog post, we will provide a review of the contents from the video above, and examine the JLPT N3 Grammar point: 訳じゃない/訳ではない (wake janai/wake de wa […]
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JLPT N3 Grammar – How to Say "Depending on" (niyotte) in Japanese

Have you ever heard the phrase “による” (ni yoru) or “によって” (niyotte) in Japanese conversation?  This is a JLPT N3 Grammar unit that is a very useful way to express “according to” or “depending on”.In this blog post, we are looking at the JLPT N3 grammar point: によって. How to Use によって to Say “Depending […]
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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 you have watched the video – it may be difficult for you to know.  For example, do you know which of the following sentences is correct? […]
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Conversational Japanese: What is Aizuchi? 相槌 – Conversational Interjections

Are you looking to improve your Japanese conversations?  One of the most important aspects of conversational Japanese is 相槌 (aizuchi)/相槌を打つ (aizuchi o utsu).  But what is Aizuchi? These are conversational interjections that Japanese speakers use when speaking with one another. Aizuchi is primarily a way for the listener to communicate to the speaker that they […]
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Omoshiroi – 面白い – How to say "fun", "funny" or interesting in Japanese

Omoshiroi is a Japanese word that means many things. Omoshiroi can be used to say that something is “Interesting, Amusing, Fascinating, Funny, Enjoyable, Entertaining, Fun” and more!The Kanji for Omoshiroi is 面白い and Omoshiroi written in Hiragana is おもしろい.Omoshiroi is an I adjective and it’s a JLPT N5 Level Vocabulary word – so chances are, […]
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O Genki Desu Ka – What does it mean in Japanese?

O genki desu ka is a phrase in Japanese that means “How are you?” If you have been learning Japanese for any amount of time – you have likely heard this phrase. In many Japanese learning textbooks – お元気ですか is one of the first phrases that you will learn. This is true for our Japanese […]
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What is your name in Japanese? – Name Generator, Katakana Chart

What is your name in Japanese? Use this Japanese name generator to find out how to say your name in Japanese.
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How to say "Because" in Japanese – Kara, No de

In Japanese there are several ways to say the word “Because”,  today we will focus on two of them – “No de” and “Kara” から ので How to use Kara から in Japanese to say Because In Japanese, if you would like to say because with verbs and adjectives – you can add Kara to […]
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5 tips for Learning Japanese

Are you learning Japanese?  Are you looking for ways to help you learn?  In this blog we will share some of our tried and true strategies for helping you to learn Japanese. Here are our 10 tips for learning Japanese: Create goals and stick to them Speak, Speak, Speak Learn to Conjugate Verbs Develop a […]
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How to Use こと in Japanese | 4 Different Uses of This Japanese Word

Do you know how to use the Japanese word こと (koto)?  Maybe you have seen the word used in a textbook for the JLPT – or you may have heard it used in a Japanese conversation.  Let’s learn how to use こと in Japanese!Actually, the word こと has several different uses in both Japanese speaking […]
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Best Free Japanese Verb Dictionaries – Links and List

Looking for Japanese verb dictionaries? In this blog we will link to several free Japanese verb dictionaries that you can use to learn Japanese. Special thanks to the National Institute for Japanese Linguistics which is the provider of two of these dictionaries – and which we recommend for being a reliable source of verb related […]
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Pokemon Names in Japanese – Learn How to Say Pokemon in Japanese!

Are you a fan of Pokemon/ポケモン?  Have you ever wondered how to say Pokemon names in Japanese?In this article we will look at some Pokemon names in Japanese!  There will also be a few explanations behind some of the names.  However, since there are so many Pokemon now, we will just start with the original […]
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