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Ultimate Guide Kore, Sore and Are (こそあど): This or That?

これ, それ, あれ and どれ (kore, sore and are) is "this" and "that" for physical objects. But what happens if you're talking about something that isn't there, like an idea or a memory?
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Watashi, Boku or Ore: How to say me in Japanese

There's only "me", "myself" and "I" in English, but when it comes to Japanese first-person pronouns, the options are seemingly endless.
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National Foundation Day (建国記念の日): A Patriotic Holiday for Japan

Due to its somewhat controversial origins, National Foundation was abolished following the post-war constitution, but it subsequently bounced back 20 years later. We wonder, does it still hold the same meaning?
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February Favorites: 2022 Japanese Learning Resources Coto Recommends

This February, we’re introducing a mix of podcasts, YouTubers and online tools. Learning Japanese is hard work. Hopefully, these resource recommendations can make your study more enjoyable but just as effective. 
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10 JLPT N1 Textbooks for 2022

The N1 is considered the most challenging level of the JLPT to master. It is so difficult to the point that even Japanese native speakers would struggle with the questions and often fail to get the 50 percent score needed to pass.
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New! February Online Intensive Japanese Course for 2022

Learn Japanese rom anywhere in the world in a small, fun class. Achieve deep fluency and maximum progress in minimal time.
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15 JLPT N2 Books for Advanced Japanese Learners

JLPT N2 is the second highest and harder JLPT. You will need to know 6,000 Japanese words and 1,000 kanji. If you’re looking for the right study materials to ace the exam, we recommend these 15 JLPT N2 books
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Coto Academy Announces High Pass Rate for JLPT 2021

Coto Japanese Academy is proud to announce that our students achieved a high overall pass rate of 72.7% for their JLPT 2021.
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Valentine’s Day in Japan: Chocolates to Give and Saying “I Love You” in Japanese

Valentine's Day is all about women giving chocolate to men: friends, families, coworkers and classmates. But not all chocolate have the same meaning.
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Setsubun: Ultimate Guide to Welcoming a New Season in Japan

Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring (according to the old Japanese lunar calendar) when people chase away demons to welcome a new season. It usually falls around February 2, 3 or 4.
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Let’s Talk About な-Adjectives and の-Adjectives: The Japanese Dilemma

When we talk about the な and い adjectives, the conjugation rules are hectic, but at least straightforward. For example, to describe something with an い-adjective, you just have to attach the word to a noun without adding any Japanese particles (e.g. かわいい人). For a な-adjective, all you need to do is add a very […]
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MyJLPT: How to Check Your Results for The JLPT December 2021

For Japanese students who took the JLPT on December 2021, the test results are available online from January 24, 2022. The online test result announcement will be viewable from January 24 to March 31, 2022. Keep in mind that due to traffic, there may be a delay in connection. For international residents in Japan, the […]
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