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, …

A for Effort! 7 Fun Japanese Quizzes to Skyrocket Your Skills

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Remember when you were a kid in school and the teacher would announce, “Quiz tomorrow!”

You felt your stomach drop, right?

If you were like many of us, you knew that meant tons of studying mixed with anxiety about passing.…

It Is, I Am and More: Solving the Mystery of the Meaning of Desu

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Have you ever found yourself struggling to end your sentences with a bang?

Like a “bang” that screams “I’m a grammar guru?”

Or perhaps you’ve been listening to native Japanese speakers’ sentences and realize that you hear a certain word …

Say Thank You Like You Mean It! 20 Phrases for Saying Thank You in Japanese

thank you in japanese

If you’ve ever been stuck on the crowded trains of Tokyo, you know the relief of being offered a seat (though it rarely happens!).

So when somebody is nice enough to give your aching legs a rest, what would you …

The Ultimate Kanji Flashcards to Kick Your Kanji Up a Notch

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Unlike written English, which uses a mere 24 letters, kanji is made up of 2,000 commonly used characters.

As a Japanese language learner, mistakes are totally understandable, but can be nonetheless embarrassing—especially when a few missed strokes can …

The More the Merrier! Master the Plural in Japanese with Simple Grammar Techniques

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“Do you like reading manga?”

First of all, yes! I do.

But why do we ask people if they like reading “manga” and not “mangas”?

I’ll give you a hint: It’s the same reason we call them emoji and not

Japanese Reading Practice: Cozy Up with These Fun Resources for Beginners!


Do you remember the moment you decided to learn Japanese?

I’ve always been a fan of Japanese media, but I began and abandoned learning the language on and off for years.

I didn’t get serious until I wanted to read …