Author Archive | Sami Nicholas

Build a Strong Japanese Core Vocabulary from Your First 100 to Beyond 6,000

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The first time I walked into a コンビニ (こんびに) — convenience store in Japan, I was greeted with an enthusiastic いらっしゃいませ!, a phrase that I assumed must mean “hello.”

I began repeating the word back to cashiers when I entered …

Learn Japanese by Reading: 20+ Guided Reading Suggestions for Eager Students

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Struggling to begin reading in Japanese? So did I.

In fact, my first attempt at reading a real book was a complete failure.

I’d gone out to eat Ramen with a friend after class. We stopped at a bookstore on …

The Etiquette and Format of Japanese Email Writing

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“… I think that your Japanese is good enough to understand how you should address a professor. Please reword this email before I forward it to the department head.”

This is the last sentence of an email I received after …

Let’s Dance: Using the Volitional Form of Japanese to Make Suggestions

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I’m about to explain the Japanese volitional form to you and once I’ve finished this post let’s reward ourselves by going out to eat 石狩鍋 (いしかり なべ) — Ishikara Nabe, a super delicious hotpot dish from Hokkaido.

Actually, I’m …