Author Archive | Ilija Božić

5 Super Spots for Japanese Speaking Online and Getting Chatty with the Locals

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I’m wktk!

No, that wasn’t a typo. That was me trying to sound hip by using some Japanese internet slang.

Being “wktk” means being excited. Isn’t that cool?

Okay, so maybe using cool slang isn’t all that exciting.

But …

Japanese Present Tense to Discuss Current Happenings with Confidence


Boy do we have a gift for you—a Japanese one, to be precise.

We’ll be teaching you how to use the present tense in Japanese!

What, did you think we’d give you a お土産(おみやげ)— a charm often bought as …

The Japanese Future Tense, or How to Fake It


Welcome to the future, where everyone drives a flying car and spends summer vacation on a different planet.

Or maybe not. What do I know? I’m not a fortune teller and I have no idea what the future holds.

I …

Learn the Japanese Past Tense with the How to (and How Not to) Guide


You can’t rewrite the past…

But you certainly can write about it! Checkmate, wise old proverb!

However, in order to do so, you must first master using the past tense.

Learning a foreign language usually begins with learning its …

Common Japanese Conjunctions: Proper Use and Mistakes to Avoid


Back in the day, we could get away with speaking like this:

“I want food. I want water.”

“I like stick. I like rock. I can’t decide!”

Fortunately for us, those days are long gone, thanks to good ol’ conjunctions. 

Learn Anime Vocabulary: 3 Beginner-friendly Ways to Learn Japanese from Anime


Choose a topic. Any topic.

Science? There’s an anime about that.

Introverts? Yep, there’s an anime about those.

A girl who turns tiny and literally becomes her crush’s right hand? You’d better believe there’s an anime about that

5 Japanese Translation Exercises to Push Your Skills Beyond Their Limit


Daft Punk has some excellent life and language learning advice in their popular song:

“Work it harder, make it better, do it faster, makes us stronger.”

It’s a four-step process:

Step one: Work hard.
Step two: Get better.