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Top 15 tips to remember words when learning Japanese

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Hey Japanese learner!

We recently gave you some shortcuts to learn Japanese.
In your journey to become fluent and conversational in less time that is needed to say “Gotta catch ‘em all”, we will this time give you the Top 15 tips to remember words!

1. Use repetition: reading, writing and speaking words over and over again.

2. Associate words with drawings, pictures and funny scenes.

3. Try to use the language routinely in the context of daily life.

4. Reading as much as possible, especially the newspaper, helps you to remember words.

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5. Learn about the roots of words and how different words are related to each other.

6. Speak as often as possible with native speakers.

7. Categorize new words with other related words that you already know.

8. Be persistent in practicing everyday by talking to your family or your dog, even though they don’t understand you.

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9. Say words out loud so that you can actually hear them.

10. Associate new words with words that sound similar in your native language.

11. Listen to songs and memorize the lyrics.

12. Often watch TV or YouTube videos that are designed for young children.

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13. Associate new words with stories, games or movies.

14. Try to use the new word in a simple sentence so you learn whole phrases, not just individual words.

15. Try to think in Japanese, so it becomes natural to your thought process.

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Must Know Golden Week Vocabulary

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Golden week is almost here! In few days it will be the beginning of the Golden week, the longest public holiday in Japan.

It’s an exciting moment for a lot of people as it’s the period for some time off and to fully enjoy Spring. Here is the list of Top Words you need to know for your holidays!

1. Traffic jam

渋滞 (じゅうたい)

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2. Warm

暖かい (あたたかい)

3. Golden Week holidays

ゴールデンウィーク

4. Chimaki

ちまき

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5. Constitution Day

憲法記念日 (Constitution Day)

6. Kashiwamochi

柏餅 (かしわもち)

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7. Greenery Day

みどりの日 (みどりのひ)

8. Children’s Day

子供の日 (こどものひ)

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9. Trip abroad

海外旅行 (かいがいりょこう)

10. Doll for the Boys’ Festival in May

五月人形 (ごがつ にんぎょう)

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11. Traveling

旅行 (りょこう)

12. Koinobori

鯉のぼり(こいのぼり)

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    The Top 10 Japanese Words & Phrases For Going On A Date

    The Top 10 Words You'll Need For A Date!

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    Summer is here and love is in the air! But are you going to be able to go on that date with that special someone… who only speaks Japanese?!

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    1. I love you.
    あなたの事を愛しています。(Anata no koto o aishite imasu.)

    2. You’re so beautiful.
    君はとても美しいよ。(Kimi wa totemo utsukushii yo.)

    3. To be dumped (v)
    振られる (furareru)

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    4. To get excited romantically (v)
    キュンキュンする (kyunkyun suru)

    5. I think of you as more than a friend.
    私は、友達以上としてあなたのことを考えている。(Watashi wa, tomodachi ijō to shite anata no koto o kangaete iru.)

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    6. To go out with (v)
    付き合う (tsukiau)

    7. I’ve got a crush on you.
    私はあなたに一目惚れした。(Watashi wa anata ni hitomebore shita.)

    8. To feel jumpy (v)
    そわそわする (sowasowa suru)

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    9. To tell someone your feelings (v)
    告白する (kokuhaku suru)

    10. We were meant to be together.
    私たちは一緒になる運命だったんだ。(Watashi-tachi wa issho ni naru unmei datta n da.)

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    P.S. If you are in a really lovey dovey mood, check out some of these related word lists!
    1. The Must-Know Words For Falling In Love
    2. 15 Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
    3. Must-Know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
    4. Must-Know Words For White Day In Japan
    5. The Top 10 Conversational Phrases In Japanese

    Top 10 most famous Japanese Food

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    1. おでん。- Oden.

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    2. しゃぶしゃぶ。- Shabu shabu

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    3. 天麩羅。- Tempura.

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    4. 寿司。- Sushi.

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    5. 焼き鳥。- Yakitori.

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    6. 牛丼。- Gyudon.

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    7. 蕎麦。- Soba.

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    8. 餅。- Mochi.

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    9. 納豆。- Natto.

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    10. おでん。- Oden.

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    The Top 10 Words You’ll Hear In Anime!

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    Hey Listeners!

    Are you a big fan of anime? Then this is the list for you!

    There are thousands of different words that are spoken in anime these days. Too many to count. However, there are certain words that have a funny way of showing up in many different series! Today, you’ll learn the top 10 words that you’re sure to hear while watching your favorite anime shows!

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    1. Kawaii (かわいい)
    Definition: Cute, Adorable

    This is a word that is constantly used in Japanese culture. It basically describes anything that can be seen as cute, such as a stuffed animal or a pretty dress!

    2. Sugoi (すごい)
    Definition: Amazing, great

    You’ll often hear this word when a character is surprised or impressed! It can convey the same meaning as “amazing” or “superb.”

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    3. Senpai (先輩)
    Definition: Someone who is your senior, most commonly at school or in the workplace

    In many shows, the main character often has an older friend. This leads to the frequent use of this word. The popular phrase “Notice me, senpai!” also plays on the frequent use of the word.

    4. Baka (ばか)
    Definition: Idiot, stupid

    Usually used in a playful manner, this word is used to describe someone as “dumb” or “an idiot.” This is usually said in an attempt to poke fun at the main character.

    5. Oniisan (お兄さん)
    Definition: Older brother

    The anime shows of today feature an abundance of older brothers, so this is one that’s sure to come up quite often. It is almost always used by the little sister character in the show.

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    6. Daijōbu (大丈夫)
    Definition: Okay, good

    Often used in a way similar to the phrase “it’s going to be alright,” this word essentially means “okay” and is frequently used when a character is trying to cheer someone else up!

    7. Imōto (妹)
    Definition: Younger sister

    Many shows feature a younger sister character, hence the popularity of this word.

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    8. Tomodachi (友達)
    Definition: Friend

    A simple word meaning “friend” or “friends.” This is quite common, since of course, anime is filled with lots of friendship!

    9. Ureshiii (嬉しい)
    Definition: Happy, glad

    You’ll often hear this word when a character is extremely happy or relieved! For example, it is often used when a character thinks that someone is angry with them, but then finds out otherwise.

    10. Otaku (おたく)
    Definition: Someone who is obsessed with something, usually referring to anime/manga

    This is a common term that is usually applied to fans of anime, manga, and even video games.

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    3 Tactics For Boosting Your Japanese Listening Skills at JapanesePod101

    3 Tactics For Boosting Your Listening Skills

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    When it comes to listening to and understanding Japanese, most beginners struggle. They hear the few words they know. And the rest just fly in one ear and out the other. Does this happen to you too?

    In this post,  you’re going to learn about 3 tactics that are guaranteed to sharpen your listening comprehension skills!

    1. Try Our Listening Comprehension Series

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    This is a complete lesson series dedicated purely to testing and improving your listening skills. You can find all of the videos from this series in the “Bonus Video Lessons” section of our site! In the video lesson, you’ll hear a dialogue in your target language. Then, you’ll be asked to answer a question about the dialogue to check if you understood the sentences. There are no translations except for the subtitles, so everything you hear is in your target language!

    2. Review The Dialogue Again And Again

    Review The Dialogue Again And Again!

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    Most learners listen to a listen and simply move on, but by reviewing it again, you make sure that you fully understand what you hear. The key to fully understanding a dialogue is to review it over and over again. With our audio lessons, you get the dialogue track so you can listen to the conversation without distractions.

    3. Read Along With Our Line-By-Line Feature

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    With these 3 tactics, you’re sure to improve your listening comprehension skills and get one step closer to your language learning goals! Try it out and let us know what you think!

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    Did you know 食べ物 (tabe-mono) means Food?

    Did you know 食べ物 (tabe-mono) means Food?

    Here are the words picked by Risa:

    • お菓子 - sweets
    • 豚肉 - pork
    • ご飯 - rice

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    Did you know ふく (fuku) means clothes in Japanese?

    did you know ふく (fuku) means clothes in Japanese?

    Here are some words picked by Risa:

    • ズボン trousers, pants
    • 半袖 short-sleeved
    • 長袖 long-sleeved

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    好きな日本のミュージシャンは誰ですか。 Who’s your favorite Japanese musician?

    Who's your favorite Japanese musician?

    (dare): who

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    • HYDE and GACKT
    • ONE OK ROCK
    • Utada Hikaru, AKB48, and UVERworld!

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    あなたを、もっともよく表現している日本語の形容詞は何ですか。 What’s the Japanese adjective that represents you the best?

    What’s the Japanese adjective that represents you the best?

    形容詞 (keiyōshi): adjective

    Answers from our users:

    • Kakkoii
    • かわいい
    • 楽しい

    What’s the Japanese adjective that represents you the best?

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    The Daily Dose of Japanese is a Calendar that gives you new, 1-minute lessons every day. Why? Because learning a little every day is easy, strengthens your habits and motivation and you improve your Japanese over time. Lessons range from culture and holidays to grammar, slang, phrases and more. Find it in the Japanese Resources menu or in the Quick Links menu on your Dashboard.

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