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The Ultimate Test For Language Enthusiasts – Kanji Kentei

It is no surprise that Japan has a very deep affection for problem solving and quizzes. Two of the most famous Japanese puzzles–the Sudoku and Kakuro–has even made other countries’ people hooked as well. Quiz shows are also ubiquitous among TV shows. Many tests have been designed also in order to test your knowledges of…

Japanese 101: No Better Place to Start Your Mission to Fluency!

Are you interested in learning Japanese? Have you been dreaming of speaking Japanese fluently one day or watching anime without referring to the subtitles? Guess what? We have something in common! Learning a new language can be challenging sometimes but if you have the passion, speaking in Japanese will be a piece of cake for…

News Web Easy: A News Website to Improve Your Japanese Skills!

“I have studied Japanese for many years, but still do not understand when listening to NHK. What should I do?” Does this question sound familiar to you? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. In fact, having learned Japanese for a few years does not mean that we can communicate like a native.…

Living with a Japanese Host Family: The Major Benefits

It has been a norm for Japanese language schools to offer accommodations for international students from all around the world. In fact, they provide a lot of selections to choose from!   If the students have a limited budget, they can opt for a dorm or sharing a flat, however, if they have enough money…

Essential Tips to Help You Prepare for the JLPT

We have all been there— signing up for the JLPT, buying a couple of study books, but then getting so tied up with work we forget to put in any hours of study. Before we know it, the test day arrives and we end up hoping our hands magically guide our pencils to the correct…

Got Food Allergies? How to Navigate Japan’s Food Paradise

Having an allergy to a certain food item can be very difficult. It can be tricky finding food you can eat when packaging and labels are written in your own language! Things can be even more difficult when you are visiting another country, especially if that country is Japan. Kanji can be tricky to learn…

Studying Japanese through Anime: Effective or Not?

It may not hold true to all. But watching anime has undeniably become one of the reasons why many people came to appreciate and love Nihongo (Japanese language). But it’s a whole new different story when one watches anime shows as a sort of supplementary learning for studying the language. We call it ACTIVE watching.…

How to be Successful in your Job Search in Japan!

Jobs in Japan may include: Administrative/Clerical positions, Business and Sales, Engineering and Technology, Teaching English, or labor works such as working in a factory, pretty much the same types of jobs available in your own country. Finding employment in Japan can be easy or hard for some. The following list might be a common-sense no-brainer…

Tips on Using 3 ’Cute’ Japanese Words That You Will Hear Daily in Japan!

Have you heard the sound of Japanese chatter? When you hear it, you will notice some repetitive words. For many foreigners, these repetitive Japanese words sound cute. Actually, most of my friends who studied Japanese, often use these repetitive words, such as wakuwaku or dokidoki. Also, for many Japanese people, they find the sound of…

Japanese Particles Women Should Avoid Using

As a rule of thumb in Japan, the use of tough sounding ending particles in informal speech are only exclusive to men. Today, the expectations on women with respect to speech have relaxed as reflected in the J-pop culture such as manga, anime, and drama. However, some Japanese are still conscious about the use of…