Author Archive | Ilija Božić

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
Step

Learn Like a Kid: 6 Japanese Music Videos for Kids and Learners

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Ah, those childhood days.

Adventures, games, top-notch “No, you’re stupid!” discussions and so much more fun and joy.

Boy, don’t we all wish we could go back to that time?

We’ve got news for you: you can!

Grab your potties, …

5 Common Types of Japanese Mistakes (and How to Correct Them!)

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It’s a trap!

Yes, you’ve encountered another one of those sneaky little tricksters in the Japanese language.

The ones that lure us learners in every once in a while.

They might be parts of Japanese grammar that seem weird to

Describing Japanese Food: A Tasty Intro to Adjectives

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“Raw” isn’t always a bad thing.

That’s true in Japanese cuisine as well as many other food-based traditions.

But you’d never guess it from hearing Gordon Ramsay yelling the word repeatedly with dissatisfaction.

Ah, the wonderful gift of adjectives