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Change Is Good: 14 Must-know Japanese Verbs That Indicate Change

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A few years ago when I was learning Japanese at an intermediate level I visited Japan and happened to pop by a convenience store.

I bought some fried chicken, known as 唐揚げ (からあげ), and took it to the cashier and …

The Ultimate Japanese Vocabulary List for Shopping for Clothes

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It’s time to suit up. 

Japan is famous world-over for its wild, over-the-top fashion sense.

Even if you don’t necessarily want to buy clothes, traveling screws with your plans – you may need to buy a new shirt or some …

6 Tips to Rock Your Japanese Job Interview

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Interviewing in your native language can be nerve-wracking enough.

Now you’re staring down the barrel of your first Japanese language interview.

In Japan, interviews require more than Japanese language skills, they require familiarity with Japanese etiquette and customs.

After learning …

Learn Japanese With Manga in 6 Simple Steps

7 Tips Learning Japanese Manga

I was on a train from Narita Airport to Tokyo when I noticed that everyone seemed to be staring at me.

Why all the stares?

I was reading manga.

The Japanese people sitting in front of me were absolutely fascinated …

Learn Japanese Through These 10 Must-watch TV Shows

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“What is your favorite Japanese TV show?”

Whenever new Japanese students are asked this question, the answer is invariably the name of an anime.

However, Japanese television is very diverse! It’s not all cartoons, you know.

The follow-up question, …

A Complete Guide to Learning Japanese with Anime

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Tired of learning Japanese with textbooks?

Get yourself out of your language learning rut by getting into anime.

Maybe you’re still skeptical.

You’re wondering, “is it really possible to learn the essentials of the Japanese language through anime?”

It’s a …

Dive into the Deep End with Japanese Listening Practice

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Until now, you’ve only been treading water in the kiddie pool.

It’s time for a new challenge.

Have you tried to improve your Japanese listening skills by watching dramas and movies, but still feel like you’re stuck in a …