The Dos and Don'ts of Making Japanese Friends Online

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“Blasphemy” is the word Vera chose to describe the fact that I’d only just finished Harry Potter at the age of 24.

The impact of this strong word was notably lessened by the fact that she pronounced it as “blas-PAY-me” …

Japan Study Abroad: 10 Tips to Prepare and Experience a Stress-free Trip

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Studying abroad in Japan can be an amazing, life-changing experience.

But it can also be daunting. How do you get ready? What steps do you need to take? Did you pack everything you will need!?

You can keep questions like …

Japanese TV Apps for Android for All Your Bingeing Needs

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Don’t you just wish you could pack your TV and take it with you wherever you go?

Oh wait, you can.

Android devices have some pretty awesome television apps.

This is terrible news if you’re guilty of binge-watching your favorite …

How to Say “You” in Japanese and Avoid Calling Your Boss “Darling”

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In Japanese, saying “you” can mean everything from “my beloved spouse” to “worthless piece of trash,” depending on the specific word you choose.

Wielding the correct version of “you” can help you make friends… or enemies.

It is a …

How to Say “I Want” in Japanese, Explained with Ties

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It’s an unremarkable weekday evening and a salaryman is collapsed in the aisle of a dilapidated discount department store.

He is, for some reason, sobbing.

A concerned customer service representative approaches him to ask what’s wrong, to which he replies:…

5 Japanese Grammar Checkers to Get You Over That Learning Hump

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Learning grammar is always tricky, isn’t it?

Even when you were learning your native language growing up, grammar probably presented some serious roadblocks here and there.

According to some, Americans still suck at English grammar!

If native speakers can’t …

6 Places to Find Japanese Tutors Online for Custom Classes

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It can be hard to figure out what you do not know.

It is even harder when you are learning a new language.

Did you pronounce that word right? Did you ask for directions to the bathroom correctly? Are you …

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