Author Archive | jonathankardashian

Kana, Kanji, Go! Learn to Read Japanese in 3 Steps

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こんばんは!

あなたはこれを読めますか?(あなたは これをよめますか?)

Okay, okay—maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.

You’re coming here to learn Japanese reading, right? So the above might not look like anything comprehensible yet.

But I can assure you that by the time you’re done …

How to Use Japanese Adverbs Masterfully, Excellently, Beautifully

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You ran to the store.

Wait, let’s try that again.

You ran to the store frantically.

Better…

You ran to the unusually empty store quite frantically as the zombies chased you tenaciously.

Now we’re talking.

If you really …

Kick Your Japanese Up a Level with Adjectives: 40+ Words to Master

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Can you describe your world in full color?

Or are you stuck in black-and-white?

Let’s start adding some detail to sentences like 猫です (ねこです — It is a cat) and 男の子はパンを食べます (おとこのこは ぱんをたべます — The boy eats bread.)

With the …

The Curious Learner’s Guide to Using Japanese Question Words

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How are you?

Where is the train station?

Who framed Roger Rabbit?

No matter what language you are speaking, questions (and the words use to form them) are an essential building block to communication.

It is just not possible …

45+ Anime Vocabulary Words for Japanese Newbies

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Let’s be real.

For many of those interested in learning Japanese, it all began with anime.

There’s nothing wrong with that. You’re among friends here.

However, watching anime can be a daunting method for beginners to try to learn by