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5 Great Japanese Kids’ Cartoons to Level Up Your Japanese

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Tuning into popular TV shows and anime programs seems like a natural way to improve Japanese language skills.

However, jumping in head first can be overwhelming.

You may have tried watching something, only to catch the gist of a few …

An Easy Guide to Learning Japanese with Magazines


Japanese magazine covers look like colorful explosions of bubblegum, cartoons, makeup and airbrushing.

I mean, have you seen ’em?

It’s really no wonder that, in Japanese cities, you’ll see many people pressing their noses into the front windows of convenience …

The Essential Guide to Learning Japanese with Children’s Picture Books

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What was your favorite picture book when you were a kid?

Chances are, you still remember it pretty well. You can probably recite a few choice phrases from it. Maybe even the whole story.

You may not realize it, but …

5 Essential Tips to Make the Leap from Beginner to Intermediate Japanese

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Are you a beginner in Japanese?

Do you want to go up to the intermediate level?

Sure, who wouldn’t?

It sounds great but…

…what does being “intermediate” even mean?

The definition of specific proficiency levels is hotly debated in the …

50 Japanese Baseball Vocabulary Words for Hitting a Conversational Home Run


There’s no denying Japan’s passion for baseball (野球 – やきゅう).

It’s a major part of Japanese culture.

The National High School Baseball Tournaments have become a yearly ritual.

Hundreds of thousands of Japanese gather in front of the TV and …

Learn Japanese Through Music: 5 Modern Karaoke Classics

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Our brains latch onto music effortlessly.

This means that even if you can’t carry a tune, you can benefit from learning Japanese music.

By singing a Japanese song, you will absorb vocabulary and natural sentence structure without even trying.

Not …