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Family Words and Terms in Japanese Explained

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Family Words and Terms in Japanese Explained

家族 kazoku family お父さん otousan father お母さん okaasan mother 息子 musuko son 娘 musume daughter 兄 ani older brother 弟 otouto younger brother 姉 ane older sister 妹 imouto younger sister 赤ちゃん akachan baby The above lists the most common and useful terms of family relationships. However, it should be noted that there are different words used whether you are talking about your own family or talking about someone else’s family. Japanese also distinguishes between older and younger siblings. TERMS OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIP Japanese has two sets of family relationship words depending on whose family member you are talking about....

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Was $4.49 now .99! Japanese Reader Collection Volume 5: Shitakiri Suzume

Was $4.49 now .99! Japanese Reader Collection Volume 5: Shitakiri Suzume

 Our fifth installment in the Japanese Reader Collection series is on sale at Amazon for only .99!  Japanese Reader Collection Volume 5: Shitakiri Suzume That price won't last long (all other in the series are $4.49). This includes not only the Amazon Kindle version, but also the last page has a download link to get ALL the MP3s for the stories.   GRAB IT NOW FOR .99 AT AMAZON!  

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Pining over the Nostalgic Days of the Denshi Jisho

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Pining over the Nostalgic Days of the Denshi Jisho

I came of age regarding learning Japanese in the mid-nineties. Mangajin was on its way out (I discovered that grand magazine a month before they ceased publishing!) and denshi jishos (electronic dictionaries) were on their way in. Big time. When I finally made it to Japan in 1998, everyone had or wanted one.  You'd see them everywhere. Gaijin at the library with a stack of books and on top of the stack, a denshi jisho. Gaijin at the super market squinting their eyes and looking up ingredients on their dictionary. It was all very fun.  But time consuming. Nowadays, some apps can...

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Beginners, Start Here!

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Beginners, Start Here!

New to Japanese? I bet you are excited and ready to hit the ground running. That's motivation and that's very healthy--until you run out of steam. The good news is, there are ways to avoid that burnout and ways to organize your learning to make the most of your study time. A few points/resources to consider: Realize that learning Japanese is a lifelong journey; a marathon and not a sprint.  Your mindset and keeping motivation up is key. Checkout our blog post here for ways how to do this. Enough about mindset! Let's talk Japanese: Do you know hiragana? We highly...

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How to Create and Maintain Motivation for Learning Japanese

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How to Create and Maintain Motivation for Learning Japanese

Improve your Japanese: Motivation Tips for keeping your motivation for learning Japanese up!   In the mid-90s when I was a bright-eyed and bushytailed new student of Japanese, I was beyond excited. There were times when it seemed like my Japanese was improving by leaps and bounds. Do you know how to say “sushi” in Japanese? Well, I do!  But once I entered the upper beginner stage, I often only saw plateaus; it was just plain hard to open that textbook some days. I'm doomed...  Usually when I found myself disinclined to meet a new kanji, I went shopping for...

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