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How I chose to continue my Japanese education

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One of my main goals has always been to become fluent in Japanese, but despite all the Japanese courses I’ve taken in college, I still seem to be stuck at the intermediate level. Now I am nearly graduated from college and have finished taking all my Japanese courses. Seeing how expensive it is to go to a language school, I decided I needed a cheaper alternative to continuing my Japanese education. Luckily for me, I recently discovered JapanesePod101.

When I discovered JapanesePod101, I KNEW that I had found what I needed. After browsing through it’s website and signing up for a membership, I noticed that there are some perks compared to taking lessons in a classroom setting.

Here are some of the main perks:

The ability to start a level of your choosing
When registering for classes, whether it be in university or in language schools, typically you’re required to take a placement test, which may misplace you to be in the wrong class. When first taking a placement test for my college, I got held back to a lower class level because I didn’t remember enough kanji, despite being proficient at the grammar and vocabulary. With JapanesePod101 however, the great thing is that you can choose at which level to start, ranging from absolute beginner to advanced. Also, if you feel that your kanji is not good enough at the level you chose to start at, you can always look at the kanji study resources offered on their site, which is what I am doing.

Work at your own pace
Because you’re required to work at the pace your class may set for you and expected to meet deadlines, you may not always be able to retain the information that you’ve learned. JapanesePod101 allows me set my own goals and deadlines and take the time I need to go over the lessons. Whenever I’m too busy to really immerse myself in the lessons, I try to at least have a look at the word of the day feature or at any of the short vocabulary lists they offer. I also take a look at their facebook page where they post fun and interesting content.

Cost effective
You can sign up for the free lifetime account and have a taste of what they have to offer, but by paying to upgrade to the premium account, you can access so much more of their resources. Compared to the hundreds or thousands of dollars one may spend taking Japanese courses, JapanesePod101 is definitely an absolute bargain.

Native instructors
When taking classes outside of Japan, you may not always get to have a native instructor, however with JapanesePod101, I have access to learning from one. To make this even better, one of the features of this site is the option to work one-on-one with an instructor, who can provide feedback. By doing so, I believe it helps with learning to speak Japanese more naturally, rather than using outdated words and phrases that may be used in college textbooks.

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There are other features I found that I also thought were worth noting such as…

Lessons catered towards studying for the JLPT
Passing the exam for at least the JLPT N2 is what I strive for. If you’re hoping to someday be able to work in Japan like me, then you’ll most likely have to pass the JLPT first. JapanesePod101 offers lessons that will help you do just that. There are various audio lessons which include lesson notes for grammar, vocabulary, and kanji. This resource is definitely something I find helpful when I’m studying for the JLPT. For those studying for the N4 or N5, JapanesePod101 also offers practice tests which are free. :)

Kanji flashcards
Kanji has always been my greatest weakness at Japanese. However with JapanesePod101’s kanji flashcards, the number of kanji I know is steadily increasing! By continuing to study these flash cards, I know that I will kill that kanji section of the JLPT. ;)

Video Lessons
Not only are there audio lessons but video lessons as well. Personally, I think it’s more fun by watching the video lessons and also, these videos include subtitles in both Japanese and English to help follow along. The video hosts are very entertaining, making my learning process much more enjoyable.

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So if you ever want to try your hand at learning another language cheap, then JapanesePod101 is definitely the way to go. Ganbatte and don’t give up on your Japanese! After seeing everything that they have to offer, I know that I will continue using their services to help improve my Japanese skills.

Japanese Word of the Day - octopus (noun)

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タコ (タコ) octopus (noun)

八本の足のタコ
はっぽんのあしのタコ
eight-armed octopus

茹だこ
ゆでだこ
boiled octopus

タコ墨
タコすみ
octopus ink

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Japanese Word of the Day - draw (verb)

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描く (かく) draw (verb)

芸術家が絵を描く。
げいじゅつかがえをかく。
The artist draws a picture.

芸術家が絵を描いた。
げいじゅつかがえをかいた。
The artist drew a picture.

芸術家が絵を描いている。
げいじゅつかがえをかいている。
The artist is drawing a picture.

子供達は幼稚園のクラスで絵を描いたり、塗ったりしている。
こどもたちはようちえんのクラスでえをかいたり、ぬったりしている。
The children are drawing and painting at kindergarten class.

その芸術家は、筆で中国の文字を描いている。
そのげいじゅつかは、ふででちゅうごくのもじをかいている。
The artist is drawing Chinese characters with a writing brush.

イラストレーターに、絵を描くように依頼しました。
イラストレーターに、えをかくようにいらいしました。
I asked the illustrator to draw me a picture.

絵を描く
えをかく
draw a picture

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Japanese Word of the Day - basketball (noun)

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バスケットボール (バスケットボール) basketball (noun)

男子と女子がバスケットボールをしている。
だんしとじょしがバスケットボールをしている。
The boys and girls are playing basketball.

男性がバスケットボールをしている。
だんせいがバスケットボールをしている。
The man is playing basketball.

バスケットボールは裏庭でも国際アリーナでも、どんな場所でもプレーすることができる。
バスケットボールはうらにわでもこくさいアリーナでも、どんなばしょでもプレーすることができる。
Basketball can be played anywhere from backyard hoops to international arenas.

大学のバスケットボール
だいがくのバスケットボール
college basketball

バスケットボールをする
バスケットボールをする
play basketball

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Japanese Word of the Day - light bulb (noun)

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電球 (でんきゅう) light bulb (noun)

電球が切れたら、変えてください。
でんきゅうがきれたら、かえてください。
Change the lightbulb when it burns out and goes dark.

白熱の電球
はくねつのでんきゅう
incandescent light bulb

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Japanese Word of the Day - blonde hair (noun)

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ブロンド (ブロンド) blonde hair (noun)

その女性の髪はブロンドです。
そのじょせいのかみはブロンドです。
The woman has blonde hair.

ブロンドの髪の女性
ブロンドのかみのじょせい
blonde-haired woman

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Japanese Word of the Day - Saturday (noun)

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土曜日 (どようび) Saturday (noun)

私は毎週土曜日に、五時間、家事をする。
わたしはまいしゅうどようびに、ごじかん、かじをする。
I do housework every Saturday for five hours.

土曜日に予定がない
どようびによていがない
no plans for Saturday

土曜日の夜
どようびのよる
Saturday night

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Japanese Word of the Day - rooster (noun)

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雄鶏 (おんどり) rooster (noun)

雄鶏が辺りを見回しながら、鳴いている。
おんどりがあたりをみまわしながら、ないている。
The rooster crows while it glances around.

その雄鶏が鳴くと、私は起きる。
そのおんどりがなくと、わたしはおきる。
When the rooster crows, I will wake up.

鳴いている雄鶏
ないているおんどり
crowing rooster

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Japanese Word of the Day - change (verb)

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変える (かえる) change (verb)

カメレオンは、自分の色をオレンジ、緑、黄色に変えました。
カメレオンは、じぶんのいろをオレンジ、みどり、きいろにかえました。
The chameleon changed its color to orange, green and yellow.

彼女はリモコンで番組を変えています。
かのじょはリモコンでばんぐみをかえています。
She is changing the channel with the remote control.

起業家は、自分達のアイデアで世界を変えます。
きぎょうかは、じぶんたちのアイデアでせかいをかえます。
Entrepreneurs change the world with their ideas.

会議の進行によって、時には、予定を変更することも大事だ。
かいぎのしんこうによって、ときには、よていをへんこうすることもだいじだ。
At times it is necessary to revise a schedule as the meeting goes on.

仕事を変える
しごとをかえる
change an occupation

予定を変更する
よていをへんこうする
revise the schedule

原稿を改訂する
げんこうをかいていする
revise a manuscript

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Japanese Word of the Day - jellyfish (noun)

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クラゲ (クラゲ) jellyfish (noun)

クラゲが、水の中を漂っている。
クラゲが、みずのなかをただよっている。
The jellyfish are bobbing in the water.

クラゲが海を泳いでいる。
クラゲがうみをおよいでいる。
The jellyfish is swimming in the ocean.

透明なクラゲ
とうめいなクラゲ
transparent jellyfish

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