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Writing a Japanese Address on a Postcard

  1. - Postal symbol, preceding postal code
  2. 107-0052 - Postal code, composed of 7 numbers
  3. 東京都 - Prefecture (県, ken), with the exception of Tokyo (都, to), Hokkaido (道, do) and Osaka/Kyoto (府, fu)
  4. 港区 - Municipality, city (市, shi), village (村, mura) or ward (区, ku). Here it is Minato ward.
  5. 赤坂 - Area. Here it is Akasaka.
  6. 3丁目4-4 - City district (丁目, chome), city block (番地, banchi), bldg/house number (号, go)
  7. ジョン シナ - Recipient’s name. In Japan the last name precedes the first name and is often followed by a honorific suffix like San (さん) or Sama (様), corresponding to Mr. or Ms.

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How to Learn Japanese with Video Games?

Do you remember holding your first Game Boy? Do you remember the “Golden Age” of Japanese video games? I bet it was the reason to start learning Japanese in the first place for some of us. And you are here reading this article, so you probably have a keen interest in video games!

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If you are learning Japanese and you do like video games, this is perfect. By knowing how to read Hiragana and Katakana, and with a bit of foundation in Japanese grammar, I have the pleasure to announce that you unlocked a new achievement: Playing video games to practice Japanese!

After a long day of work or school, sitting down at your desk with an other textbook might be the last thing you want to do. It is a way more fun to use our entertaining audio and video podcasts related to everyday life topics, but video games could supplement your studying. It would be misleading to say any video game can teach you Japanese, but as a supplement of JapanesePod101.com, it appears to be a legitimate and fun tool to study.

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Nowadays, more and more games offer you the opportunity to change the language settings to be in Japanese, they are not region locked or requiring to buy a Japanese system anymore. From Animal Crossing to Final Fantasy, choose a game, and check those tips for studying by playing!

1. Choose a genuinely fun game. It’s your chance to have a good time while learning. It shouldn’t be a chore! Take your time and go easy, you don’t want to get bored quickly or to suffocate because learning too much at once. You don’t need to stop and look up for every single word or kanji you don’t know. If you can understand the meaning of the sentence through the context, you can go on, otherwise you will get bored really quickly.

2. Start with a game you are familiar with. It will make it easier to know the framework of the story and understand the context. Try to avoid horror games, you could assimilate negative emotion from the game to studying. It would be difficult to learn Japanese while associating it to the sensation of fear!

3. Take notes while playing game. When you face unknown expressions, just pause the game, and write it down on your notebook. Once you are done playing, use a dictionary and look up each of the words. Learn those new words among other things you are already studying. As the same vocabulary words are often used over and over again, your list might get shorter and shorter.

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4. Enable Japanese subtitles. It will help you to identify unknown words and kanji. It will be useful as far as you’re using a dictionary while you play. If you prefer to play with English subtitles make sure you are not only focused on subtitles but also on the Japanese voices. If you realize you are only reading English, better switch everything to Japanese or it won’t be of any help.

5. Make real-world friends. A lot of games offer you the opportunity to connect with people online while playing online. Depending on the game, it could be “learn or die”, you won’t be able to go further if you are not able to communicate with other players. You will meet people sharing the same interest. Just plug in your headset and enjoy conversing with native speakers, which will improve your speaking and listening skills. While playing online and through forums and gaming community, you can get the benefit of immersion.

If you don’t have the resources required to play but you really want to learn Japanese with video games, there is a solution for you: YouTube. Today is the golden age of “Let’s Play” videos on the platform, video showing game walkthroughs. Those video offer you some gameplay clips with audio commentaries by the gamer explaining every step. It can a great listening practice, a native speaker addressing to the viewers in an everyday life Japanese, sometimes using some slang you won’t find in any textbooks! Risa’s adventure videos can also be an alternative full of cuteness and a good material to improve your level! Here is the reason why you should learn slang if you want to become fluent!

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The 10 Day Hiragana Challenge

September either sounds like back to school or end of holidays. Getting back to work? Well, that’s usually harder, but if the summer didn’t get rid of your motivation to learn Japanese, then you’re about to start on the bleeding edge thanks to:

The 10 Day Hiragana Challenge

The “Challange” is quite simple: within 10 days you’ll be able to perfectly READ and WRITE all Hiragana. That’s all you’ll need to master one of the three alphabets of Japanese language.

From Tuesday, the 6th of September we will release one video per day during 10 days on our YouTube channel, to give you all the resources and tips to learn those Japanese characters. Every day from the 6th to the 15th, Risa will teach you the secret to easily learning 46 hiragana in 10 days.

Don’t miss any video of this upcoming series and not only you’ll know the basics of Japanese pronunciation but you’ll be able to identify a lot words used in everyday life. It’s your best way to get started learning Japanese!

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10 Best Responses to “How Are You” in Japanese

Hi Japanese Learner, how are you? This is one of the most common question used in everyday life. There are many possible responses to this question and various tons to use.

You must learn those different ways to respond because one answer may fit better, and having a greater range of expression is a sign of fluency. With this Japanese lesson, Risa will teach you the 10 best responses to “How Are You” in Japanese. Here we go!

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Watashi wa genki desu.
I’m fine.

Daijōbu desu.
I’m okay.

Nemui n desu.
I’m sleepy.

Zekkōchō desu.
I’m great.

Chōshi ga I’m feeling bad.
Warui desu.

Ii kanji desu.
I feel good.

Warukunai desu.
I’m not bad.

Okagesama de.
Thank you for asking.

Māmā desu.
I’m feeling so-so.

Bochibochi desu.

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3 Reasons Why Playing Games Helps You Learn Japanese Faster

Discover 3 ways that Japanese learning games and video games can help you learn and master Japanese faster, retain more, and enhance your language skills.

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Can You Learn Japanese Using Games?

Yes, Japanese learning games and even video games can help you learn and master Japanese faster and improve overall comprehension. Research studies have concluded that video games enhance traditional learning methods and make mastering a new language like Japanese fun and exciting. Without the firm foundation in grammar and vocabulary provided by conventional learning programs, however, you will not be able to learn Japanese with games alone. But when you combine the solid educational foundation like you’ll get at JapanesePod101 with the benefits of Japanese learning games, you learn faster and retain more than with traditional learning alone.

Let’s now take a look at three of the biggest benefits of using video games to learn Japanese:

Video Games Help Improve Linguistic Skills and Cognitive Development

When combined with a solid foundation in vocabulary and grammar, video games help students improve reading, comprehension, and even speaking skills. The results are even more pronounced in struggling students. According to a recent national survey, more than 78% of teachers noted that learning games, even video games, were effective in helping struggling students compensate for learning gaps in their traditional studies.

So how do Japanese learning games, or even video games, help students improve their linguistic skills and cognitive development? The key is practice, practice, and more practice!
Learning games and video games naturally require the integration of several linguistic skills including reading, listening, speaking, and even writing in some games. And by removing the fear of making mistakes so common in students in traditional classroom settings, students are free to practice the language and further develop their linguistic and cognitive abilities in the process.

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Learning Games/Video Games Provide In-Context Learning

Students naturally learn faster and comprehend more when they are forced to use the information often and in real-world situations, even the fake ones created by Japanese learning games and video games. Essentially, this is immersion-based learning or contextual learning very similar to what one experiences when living abroad and being forced to interact with people in another language. So by providing both context and constant feedback, video games allow students to actually use the knowledge they gain in classrooms or conventional study to learn and master Japanese or any new language faster.

Japanese Learning Games Make Studying Fun and Alleviate Stress

Homework, quizzes, tests, and even in-class assignments can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety in students, particularly those who may be struggling to keep up. This stress and anxiety can actually derail a student’s progress and cause them to feel isolated from their more successful peers. But video games and even most learning games are the great equalizer because they help alleviate stress, increase social engagement, and yes, even help students have fun while learning Japanese or any new language.
In fact, research recently published in The Washington Post shows a wide range of health benefits from video games and learning games including the fact that they:

  • Help Reduce or Alleviate Symptoms of Depression
  • Help Reduce or Alleviate Symptoms of Insomnia
  • Help Alleviate Transitory Stress Symptoms
  • Scientists have indeed discovered that not only can you learn Japanese or any new language faster thanks to video games, they can also provide a wide range of potential health benefits as well. However, learning languages through video games alone is not really a feasible alternative to progressive, structured learning like you find in classrooms or programs like JapanesePod101.

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    The Limitations of Learning Languages Through Video Games

    While great supplemental learning tools, video games and even more formal learning games are simply no substitute for structured learning programs for two reasons:

  • Learning Games Not Designed to Provide a Foundation in Grammar or Vocabulary: Without the foundation provided by structured Japanese learning (classroom or online), video games or even language learning games only teach specific phrases and concepts. Now within the context of the video game, these phrases and concepts make sense but most would have little practical value in the real world.
  • Lessons Are Not Structured or Progressive in Nature: Structured learning requires students to be provided with basic building blocks of knowledge (like grammar or vocab lessons) that are then expanded upon in a progressive fashion until mastery. Video games and even many language learning games really only quiz and reinforce what students already know instead of providing structured lessons that can be built upon for future learning.
  • Japanese learning games and even video games are great supplemental tools to help students learn and master a language faster. Scientific studies and recent research reveal that video games can help contextualize formal lessons from structured learning, enhance linguistic skills, alleviate stress, and even provide a wide range of potential health benefits. However, learning languages through video games (even learning games) has limitations and is no substitute for structured lessons that provide a firm foundation in vocabulary and grammar.

    JapanesePod101 is the world’s most advanced online learning system with more than 2500+ HD video lessons created by real Japanese instructors. With more than 500 million lesson downloads and 10,000’s of success stories, JapanesePod101 can provide you with a world-class foundation in vocabulary and grammar.

    Combined with Japanese learning games, our cutting edge online language system can propel you to mastering the language faster, more easily, and at far less expense than traditional classroom instruction.

    How to Cook Delicious Chicken Teriyaki While Learning Japanese

    Do you like chicken teriyaki? If so, this blog post is perfect for you. In this lesson, you’re going to learn an easy way to cook delicious chicken teriyaki while learning Japanese. Check out 鶏のテリヤキのレシピ (Tori no teriyaki no reshipi; chicken teriyaki recipe) below! Make sure to listen to the audio lesson and review the words and phrases too!

    Cook Chicken Teryaki While Learning Japanese

    Listen to our Japanese audio lesson - How to Make Japanese Teriyaki Chicken!

    1. What’s teriyaki?

    Teriyaki (テリヤキ) is one of the most well-known and popular cooking methods in Japanese cuisine. Fish or meat (or other types of ingredients) are marinated in sweet soy sauce and then grilled or broiled. We can write teriyaki in kanji (照り焼き), hiragana, or katakana.

    2. Ingredients (材料; Zairyō)

    • One piece of chicken (鶏肉1枚; Toriniku ichi-mai)
    • Fifty milliliters of soy saucee (しょうゆ50cc; Shōyu gojū-cc)
    • Fifty millliters of vinegar (酢50cc; Su gojū-cc)
    • Thirty grams of sugar (砂糖30グラム; Satō sanjū-guramu)

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    Let’s make Japanese chicken teriyaki! Do you have your ingredients? So let’s begin making it.
    (Tori no teriyaki o tsukurimashō! Aairyō wa arimasu ka. Dewa, tsukuri hajimemashō.)

    3. How to Make Simple Teriyaki Sauce & Chicken Teriyaki

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    1) Mix together the soy sauce, the vinegar, and the sugar.

    • しょうゆと、酢と、砂糖を混ぜてください。
    • Shōyu to, su to, satō o mazete kudasai.

    2) Keep mixing until the sugar dissolves.

    • 砂糖が溶けるまで、混ぜ続けてくださいね。
    • Satō ga tokeru made, mazetsudukete kudasai ne.

    3) Next, put the mixture and the chicken in the pan. Then turn on the heat.

    • 次に、鍋にたれと鶏肉をいれます。それから、火をつけてください。
    • Tsugi ni, nabe ni tare to toriniku o iremasu. Sore kara, hi o tsukete kudasai.

    4) When it’s boiling, turn down the flame. Let it cook for ten minutes.

    • お湯が沸騰したら、火を弱くしてください。10分間煮てください。
    • O-yu ga futtō shitara, hi o yowaku shite kudasai.

    5) Turn it over and let it cook for another ten minutes.

    • ひっくり返して、また10分煮てください。
    • Hikkuri kaeshite, mata juppun nite kudasai.

    4. Japanese Vocabulary and Phrases

    Biling Water

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    • テリヤキ (teriyaki): teriyaki
    • 経つ (tatsu): to pass (time); V1
    • 煮る (niru): to cook, to boil, to simmer;V2
    • 沸騰 (futtō): boiling
    • (nabe): pot, saucepan
    • 溶ける (とける): to melt, to thaw;V2
    • たれ (tare): sauce, dipping sauce
    • (su): vinegar
    • しょうゆ (shōyu): soy sauce
    • ひっくり返す (hikkuri kaesu): to turn over, to upset;V1

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    In this lesson, you will learn how to use hajimeru, tuzukeru, and owaru in Japanese. The conversation takes place in a home economics class at school between a Japanese teacher and some students. The teacher is speaking formal Japanese to her students. The students are speaking formal Japanese with their teacher and informal Japanese to each other. We will also discuss Japanese cooking teriyaki style.
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    3 Reasons Why Successful Students Learn Japanese In the Car

    Not only is it possible to learn Japanese in your car, there are 3 great benefits that will help you master the language faster and with less effort.

    With everyone so pressed for time these days, it might seem like a daydream to believe that you could learn Japanese in your car—but it’s not! Thanks to a wide range of new technologies and resources, learning a language in your car is easier than ever. Not only is it easy to learn a language while driving, there are actually a number of benefits, especially if the lessons are part of a structured learning program like JapanesePod101. Here are three specific benefits to learning Japanese or any other new language in your car.

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    1. Transform Downtime into Progress

    How much time do you spend commuting to and from work? Learning a language in your car transforms your commute time into tangible progress towards your dream. So instead of being stressed over how much time you are “wasting” on errands and daily commutes, you can decompress and have some fun while you learn Japanese in your car!

    2. Daily Exposure Leads to Passive Learning

    Practice makes perfect and learning a new language is no different. The daily exposure you get when you learn Japanese while driving helps improve listening comprehension, pronunciation, and of course helps build vocabulary and improve grammar. Don’t worry: You don’t need to memorize everything as you listen in Japanese while driving. Just having continuous exposure to a foreign language helps you improve your vocabulary, learn faster, and ultimately retain more through passive learning.

    3. Learning While Driving is Fun

    Learning a new language does require a serious commitment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! When you learn Japanese in your car, you get to take some time away from the PC or smartphone and immerse yourself in the language instead of just “studying” it.

    Plus, there are a number of “fun” activities that you can do and still learn in your car, such as:
    - Singing Along with Japanese Songs
    - Playing Word Games or Trivia
    - Just Listening Along and Seeing How Much You Can Pick Up and Understand

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    Yes, you can learn a language while driving and have loads of fun doing it. Now let’s take a look at some specific things you can listen to while driving to help you learn a new language.

    BONUS: 3 Ways to Learn Japanese in Your Car

    -Listen to Podcasts: Typically designed to focus on one topic or lesson, podcasts are a great way to learn a language while driving. Unfortunately, podcasts are rarely at the same listening/comprehension level as the language learner so listeners may not get their full value. But at JapanesePod101, our podcasts are created for every skill level so you don’t waste any time on material that isn’t relevant or suited to your exact needs.

    -Sing Along to Japanese Songs: Remember, just immersing yourself in a language can create passive learning and improve your pronunciation. Plus, with JapanesePod101, you can sing along and memorize the lyrics, and then look the words up and add them to your personal dictionary.

    -Playing Word Games or Trivia: There are audio games available online that you can download to any media device and listen to on your commute. Although we recommend this option for more advanced users, games are a fun and productive way to learn Japanese in your car because they require listening and comprehension skills.

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    You won’t recognize or understand every word you hear in a Japanese song, podcast, or game—but that’s ok. The daily repetition and immersion in the language leads to passive learning that gradually increases your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. And the greater your foundation in grammar and vocabulary, the more you’ll understand and learn from the audio lessons, podcasts, or whatever you listen to while learning Japanese in your car.

    Yes, you can learn Japanese while driving because it leads to passive learning via daily immersion in the language. Although you may not understand all or even most of what you hear at first, the exposure helps improve pronunciation, vocabulary, and even grammar over time. Learning a language while driving also helps transform your commute into exciting “exotic adventures” that secretly teach you Japanese in the process. Podcasts, songs, and even games can all help you learn Japanese in your car while eliminating the “boring commute” in the process!

    At JapanesePod101, we have more than 2500+ HD audio lessons and podcasts for every skill level that you can download and use to learn Japanese while driving!
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    August 2016 Recap - Japanese Made Easy

    Hello Learners, and welcome to your Monthly Recap that will make Japanese easier to learn!

    Through this post, you will:
    - Receive your free ebook in PDF form to easily master Top 1500 Japanese Kanji
    - Know the latest update and upcoming features on JapanesePod101.com
    - Catch up with posts and video released this month that you shouldn’t have missed

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    1. New Lessons
    2. Itadakimasu! Super Sushi Ninja Challenge
    3. Current Offers
    4. YouTube Videos You Shouldn’t Have Missed in July
    5. Top Blog Articles in July
    6. JapanesePod101 Corner

    1. New Lessons Top

    - (Beginner) Must-Know Japanese Sentence Structures #4 - Must-Know Japanese Sentence Structures: Asking About Location or Position
    The Sentence Patterns series brings you a great new way to learn Japanese! With this series, you’ll build on your conversation skills by learning the most common and useful sentence patterns in Japanese.
    In this lesson, you will learn how to use the sentence pattern “Where is A?”

    - (Bonus course) Japanese Vocab Builder #54 - Crossing Borders
    Our Japanese vocabulary lists are listener favorites, and now we’ve made it even better! In each lesson, you’ll hear the Japanese words and phrases from the Japanese vocabulary lists. Join us for Japanese Vocab Builder!
    In this lesson, you’ll learn words and phrases for Crossing Borders.

    2. Itadakimasu! Super Sushi Ninja Challenge Top

    We just started the Super Sushi Ninja Challenge on August 2nd, 2016. You will have until Monday, August 8th to send a video of you ordering Sushi in Japanese, in any restaurant serving this dish. Participants all over the world will get a chance to win a box full of Japanese treats!

    Find more details about the challenge and learn how to order sushi in Japanese here!

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    3. Current Offers Top

    - Get the free book in PDF form to easily master 1500 Kanji with your Free Lifetime Account
    You’ll learn how to read, write and understand kanji through an easy, step-by-step method. By the end, you’ll master over 75% of the must-know joyo kanji! In other words, you’ll know MORE words and read and understand a TON more Japanese!

    - Your WTF deal! Get 30% OFF Premium on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday only!
    30% OFF Premium to start speaking Japanese is a big deal. This is why the deal only lasts for 72 hours! Unlock our ENTIRE learning system – ALL audio and video lessons, mobile apps, lesson notes, Premium study tools and more! That’s as low as $7/month and up to $72 OFF for FULL access! Ends 8/5/2016!

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    4. YouTube Videos You Shouldn’t Have Missed in July Top

    Learn the Top 10 Sad Words in Japanese

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    5. Top July Blog Articles Top

    Japanese Honorifics Guide: San, Kun, Chan, Sama and More

    Have you ever felt confused about all those -kun, -chan and -senpai you hear when watching anime?. After reading this post your Japanese will sound more natural as you will learn how to use Japanese honorifics!

    Top 10 Language Learning Strategies

    Learning a new languages is not an easy task. It’s difficult to find one method what suits you best. In this post we’ll tell you about 10 proven simple learning strategies to help you boost your language skill.

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    When learning a new language the money on top is an added bonus, but we will tell you how this hobby can turn into a source of revenue!

    6. JapanesePod101 Corner Top

    Your are more than 396,000 to have subscribed to our YouTube channel, 108,000 to have liked our Facebook page and 18,000 to follow us on Twitter! There is only one word for this: ありがとう!

    Your support is precious and the more engaged your are the further we will take you in your way to Japanese fluency. Like it, talk about it to your friends, grandparents or your goldfish, we have tips to improve memory, don’t worry!

    The more you’ll share, the more content and free books we will be able to create for you. Let’s keep it up together!

    Take the Super Sushi Ninja Challenge and Get a Box of Japanese Treats!

    Hi dear Japanese Learners!

    Mastering the Japanese language is a real adventure, but just by being on this page you’re proving to us that you’re not afraid of facing some challenges. You’re a perfect match for the Super Sushi Ninja Challenge!

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    1. What is the Super Sushi Ninja Challenge?
    2. How to Apply for the Super Sushi Ninja Challenge
    3. How to Order Sushi in Japanese
    4. Must-Know Japanese Vocabulary when Ordering Sushi
    5. What is Premium PLUS?

    1. What is the Super Sushi Ninja Challenge? Top

    The goal of the Super Sushi Ninja Challenge is to get you speaking Japanese in a real life situation, so we challenge you to go to a sushi restaurant, or any restaurant that serves sushi, and record yourself ordering sushi in Japanese! Quite simple, isn’t it?

    You will have until Monday, August 8th to send us your video. And because we believe every challenge deserve rewards, participants will receive:

  • An extremely rare Sushi Ninja Badge only Premium PLUS users can earn
  • A chance at winning a box full of Japanese treats!
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    2. How to Apply for the Super Sushi Ninja Challenge Top

  • For Premium PLUS users: You just have to upload your video using the My Teacher chat window.
  • For all other Japanese learners: Email your submissions to plus@japanesepod101.com.
  • We will announce the big winner on Tuesday, August 9th and post the winning video on Facebook and Twitter!

    3. How to Order Sushi in Japanese Top

    Do you know the names of Japanese sushi items? Want to ask for soy sauce?
    Click here to learn the Japanese words you must know before going into a Sushi restaurant!

    Risa teaches you the 5 most commonly ordered sushi items!

    If you need some inspiration, here are some examples from JapanesePod101 team members!

    You can also record yourself ordering sushi like this:

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    4. Must-Know Japanese Vocabulary when Ordering Sushi Top

    When you want to get the attention of the sushi chef, yell out loud…

    When ordering, use the phrase meaning “give me,”….
    〜お願いします(onegai shimasu)

    Also, there are some special counters for sushi!
    〜丁(ちょう) - the counter for the food dishes
    〜貫(かん) - the counter for sushi. That refers to “one ball” of sushi.

    Peter ordered by saying…
    トロサーモン一つお願いします。(Torosāmon hitotsu onegai shimasu.)

    Yuki ordered by saying…
    すいません、ヤリイカ三貫と、中トロ一丁!(Suimasen, yariika san-kan to, chūtoro itchō!)

    Are you up for the challenge? I hope so! Make sure to get it to us by the deadline in order to receive your exclusive badge on My Teacher as well as your chance at winning the box of Japanese treats! So get your cameras ready, learners!

    5. What is Premium PLUS? Top

    Not familiar with the JapanesePod101 Premium PLUS account? Here are the reasons why you should you go for it!

    - Professional Assessment
    All aspects of your Japanese (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) will be assessed by a professionally trained teaching team. You get started on a learning program that will maximize your progress.

    - A Personalized Learning Program
    A tailor-made study plan is designed to suit your needs and take your progress to the next level. The customized self-study program may be just what you need to get over a hurdle and really master this language fast.

    - 1-on-1 instruction
    Got a question that only a native speaker can answer? Our world class Japanese experts are available exclusively to you via our on-site app, My Teacher. You will have direct contact with a dedicated teacher who will promptly answer any question and correspond with you to ensure your Japanese skills improve rapidly.

    Click here to upgrade to Premium PLUS and learn Japanese with a teacher!

    4 Reasons Why Japanese Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

    Learn 4 honest reasons you need Japanese slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

    Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Japanese slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Japanese? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Japanese or any new language.

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    1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

    If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

    2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Japanese Culture

    If you turn on any popular Japanese TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Japanese slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Japanese culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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    3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

    Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Japanese slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

    4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

    We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

    The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

    Learning Japanese slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

    But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

    The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Japanese people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Japanese TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Japanese slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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    So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

    At JapanesePod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Japanese slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

    Japanese slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

    However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
    At JapanesePod101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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