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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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大きな顔をする To Look as if one is important

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大きな顔をする To Look as if one is important

  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LESSON SHEET WITH MP3s Said when someone is overly proud (and the speaker thinks that he should be more humble). Literally, “to make one's face large.” Having a large face means people are more likely to take notice of you. 彼はまだ新入社員なのに、もう大きな顔をしている。 kare wa mada shin nyuu sha in na noni, mou ookina kao wo shiteiru. Although he's still a new employee, he sure acts like a big shot. 彼 kare—he まだ mada—still (only a new employee) 新入社員 shin nyuu sha in—new employee [lit: 新 shin (new); 入 nyuu (enter); 社 sha (company); 員 in...

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Learning Katakana with the "Amazing" Japanese Phrases iPhone App

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Learning Katakana with the "Amazing" Japanese Phrases iPhone App

Here is an excellent question from a user of our Japanese Phrases iPhone app: Dear Japanshop, Through your amazing app JPhrases have I been able to learn Hiragana. Thank you for that. Yesterday, however, I started with Katakana and a question instantly arose and I was wondering if you could please help me understand this better. With the Katakana character for 'a', the same vocabulary word was presented as in Hiragana: 'aa', meaning 'ah!'. However, the other 4 characters from chapter one only had examples that said 'sounds like eye', for example. My question here is actually two-fold. First: does...

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VERY VERY IMPRESSED: Learn Japanese Phrases for FREE on your iPhone or iPad

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VERY VERY IMPRESSED: Learn Japanese Phrases for FREE on your iPhone or iPad

This review is a little old, but I just saw it today.  "I was blown away by the amount of content this free app has to offer!" Yes, exactly--originally, this free version was to have a few hundred sound files. But I kept adding until it had OVER 700 sound files of words and sentences in many categories perfect for beginning level students of Japanese. All FREE for your iPhone or iPad. Click here for the FREE Japanese Phrases app.   But you want more? How about 2,700 sound files and hundreds of added lessons on grammar, kana, and kanji? Normally,...

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