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The 5 Elements in Japanese: What They Mean and Where to Find Them

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“You’re rooted, Brandon.”

A friend from Switzerland told me this one day. She was telling me how I reminded her of solid earth and trees. To her, I was grounded and stable.

Have you ever heard a natural element being

Shadowing Japanese: Super Resources to Get You Shadowing Better Than a Parrot

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Funny word, isn’t it?

I know it always makes me think of a colorful bird and chuckle.

It probably does that for you, too, right?

But do you know that parroting is just another word for shadowing, …

Improve Your Japanese Skills: 12 Ways to Study Smarter, Not Harder

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When you first start learning Japanese, it feels like you’re speeding along the freeway, seeing the sights and taking in so much knowledge along the way.

But sooner or later, we all reach a point where we hit a speed

Adventures Awaits: Learn Japanese with the Detailed Guide for Beginners

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You’re about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

Your journey will be fraught with challenges, but it’ll also be filled with excitement.

And perhaps best of all, you don’t need to book a plane ticket and buy …

The MEXT Scholarship: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know


Who doesn’t dream of studying abroad?

You get to travel, see the world, learn new things and meet new people, all while getting an education at a reputable school. If you’re a Japanese language student, what better way to get …

Kanji Mnemonics, or How to Learn Kanji by Picturing Grandma Doing a Headstand

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Nothing could’ve prepared you for this.

Your grandmother, all 93 years of the woman, is balanced upside down on a solid ivory pedestal. Her mouth is at the base of the pedestal and her elbows are swaying back and forth …

Make Japanese Friends Online and Go Beyond Language Exchange


“Blasphemy” is the word Vera chose to describe the fact that I’d only just finished Harry Potter at the age of 24.

The impact of this strong word was notably lessened by the fact that she pronounced it as “blas-PAY-me” …