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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

Answers from our users:

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

Who’s your favorite Japanese musician?

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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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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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P.S. Get Your Daily Dose of Japanese with 1-Minute Mini-Lessons
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.

Click here to check out the Daily Dose of Japanese Calendar.

日本語であなたの名前は何ですか。 What’s your name in Japanese?

What's your name in Japanese?

名前 (namae): name

Answers from our users:

  • ケイテリン、でも私は小春が好きです。小春と呼んでください。
  • My Japanese name is ケイト・キング (Kate King).
  • My Japanese is Riho (里穂).

What’s your name in Japanese?

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P.S. Get Your Daily Dose of Japanese with 1-Minute Mini-Lessons
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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忘れ物を探しているんですが。 I’m looking for something I lost.

I'm looking for something I lost

Please keep an eye on your belongings! But, if you do lose something, use today’s phrase!

  • 忘れ物を探しているんですが。 (Wasuremono o sagashite iru n desu ga.) - I’m looking for something I lost.
  • いけない!お財布を忘れた! (Ikenai! O-saifu o wasureta!) - Oh no! I forgot my wallet!

P.S. Get Your Daily Dose of Japanese with 1-Minute Mini-Lessons
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.

Click here to check out the Daily Dose of Japanese Calendar.

誕生日は、いつですか。 Do you know how to answer this question?

Do you know how to answer this question?

誕生日 (tanjōbi): birthday

Here is how to ask about someone’s birthday:

  • 誕生日は、いつですか。When is your birthday?

Here are some ways to answer this question:

  • 8月22日です。It’s August 22nd.
  • 5月30日です。It’s May 30th.
  • 9月3日です。It’s September 3rd.

When is your birthday?

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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.

Click here to check out the Daily Dose of Japanese Calendar.

お気に入りの趣味は何ですか。 What is your favorite hobby?

what is your favorite hobby?

趣味 (shumi): hobby

Here are some hobbies from our users:

  • Learning languages.
  • Running while listening to JapanesePod101.
  • Shashin o toru koto desu ka? Ii desu ne!!

What is your favorite hobby?

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P.S. Get Your Daily Dose of Japanese with 1-Minute Mini-Lessons
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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バス停を探しているんですが。 I’m looking for the bus stop.

I'm looking for the bus stop

This is a very useful phrase if you want to use the public transportation in Japan:

  • バス停を探しているんですが。 (Basutei o sagashite iru n desu ga): I’m looking for the bus stop.

Before you get on the bus, you should make sure that the bus goes where you want to go:

  • すみません。このバスは[place name]に 行きますか。(Sumimasen. Kono basu wa [place name] ni ikimasu ka.) - Excuse me. Does this bus go to [place name]?

P.S. Get Your Daily Dose of Japanese with 1-Minute Mini-Lessons
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.

Click here to check out the Daily Dose of Japanese Calendar.

何歳ですか。 Do you know how to answer this question?

Do you know how to answer this question?

何歳ですか。 (Nan-sai desu ka?): How old are you?

Here are some ways to answer this question:

  • 18歳です。 - I’m 18 years old.
  • 25歳です。 - I’m 25 years old.
  • 60歳です。 - I’m 60 years old.

How old are you?

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P.S. Get Your Daily Dose of Japanese with 1-Minute Mini-Lessons
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.

Click here to check out the Daily Dose of Japanese Calendar.

5 Ways To Improve Your Japanese Speaking Skills

5 Ways To Improve Your Japanese Speaking Skills

Speaking is usually the #1 weakness for all Japanese learners. This is a common issue among language learners everywhere. The reason for this is obvious: When language learners first start learning a language, they usually start with reading. They read online articles, books, information on apps and so on. If they take a class, they spend 20% of their time repeating words, and 80% of the time reading the textbook, doing homework or just listening to a teacher. So, if you spend most of your time reading instead of speaking, you might get better at reading but your speaking skills never grow. You get better at what you focus on.

So if you want to improve you speaking skills, you need to spend more of your study time on speaking. Here are five tips to help you get started:

1. Read out loud
If you’re listening to a lesson and reading along, read out loud. Then re-read and speed up your tempo. Do this again and again until you can speak faster. Try your best to pronounce the words correctly, but don’t obsess about it. Read swiftly, emote and put some inflection on the sentences. Reading aloud helps to train the muscles of your mouth and diaphragm to produce unfamiliar words and sounds.

Read out loud!

2. Prepare things to say ahead of time.
As you may know from experience, most learners run out of things to say. But, if you prepare lines ahead of time, you won’t be at a loss for words in conversations. This will help you not only to learn how to say the words, but how to say them in the right context. A good way to prepare yourself before conversations is with our Top 25 Questions Series, which teaches you how to ask the most common conversational questions, and how to answer them, in Japanese:

Click here to learn the top 25 Japanese questions you need to know. .

3. Use shadowing (repeat the dialogues as you hear them).
Shadowing is an extremely useful tool for increasing fluency as well as improving your accent and ability to be understood. Shadowing helps create all the neural connections in your brain to produce those words and sentences quickly and accurately without having to think about it. Also, as mentioned in tip #1, shadowing helps develop the muscle memory in all the physical parts responsible for the production of those sounds. Depending on what your primary and target languages are, it’s quite likely that there are a lot of sounds your mouth just isn’t used to producing. Shadowing can be done, for example, when watching TV shows or movies or listening to music.

Each one of our lessons begins with a dialogue. Try to shadow the conversation line by line, and you’ll be mastering it in no time.

Click here to for a FREE taste of our Absolute Beginner series!

4. Review again and again.
This is the key to perfection, and we can’t emphasize it enough. Most learners don’t review! If you review and repeat lines again and again, you’ll be speaking better, faster and with more confidence.

Review again and again

5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES!
You’d be surprised by how many people try to avoid talking! The more you speak, the faster you learn – and that is why you’re learning Japanese. Practice speaking every chance you get: whether it’s ordering coffee, shopping or asking for directions.

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理解することはまあまあできるけど、話すのは難しい!
Understanding is alright, but speaking is hard!

Hi, my name is Noemi and this is what I have been saying for over a year whenever someone asks me about my level in Japanese.

I have tons of learning books, and I think they are all good but just too heavy to carry. My Japanese friends are helping me, but it is impossible to remember everything they are teaching me, especially in a more casual context. I also took Japanese classes for 2 years, and those are generally a great option, but not so much for my wallet.

In other words: I was stuck at my let’s say lower intermediate level and this needs to change. I am in Japan now, so it’s time to learn.

Basically, what I need is something light and inexpensive that allows me to learn at my own pace.

I started using JapanesePod101. I was afraid I would give up, but I have now been learning by myself for a few weeks and I enjoy it!

The three main reasons I like learning with JapanesePod101 are:

1. Audio Lessons
Commuting in Japan or anywhere in the world can be quite long and boring. I am getting tired of my iTunes playlist so I’ve decided not to waste my time and listen to those lessons while I’m in the subway.
What about when I don’t have any data in the subway? It doesn’t matter, because if I download the lessons I can listen to them anywhere at anytime!
I can always check the script if there are words I couldn’t catch or kanji I am wondering about.
I am not only learning Japanese, but also about important cultural points, which is really important to me in such a unique country.

You can find them here:
http://www.japanesepod101.com/index.php?cat=Introduction

2. The Grammar Bank
Grammar has always been my nightmare – in English, German, and even my native language French.
Of course, this is also my biggest problem in Japanese and the reason I can not talk fluently for more than 20 seconds. “Grammar” is therefore the first word I looked for when I signed up to JapanesePod101.
Filters can be used to study grammar points by JLPT level, category, series, and more. For each item, there are examples in both romaji and kana. Audio and explanations are also available. The Grammar Bank is an extremely useful tool for everyone struggling like me with grammar. I promise you that you will progress!

But first of all, you should check this introduction to grammar:
http://www.japanesepod101.com/japanese-grammar-introduction/

3. The Practice Tests
Checking my progress and realizing I am actually learning new grammar points, words, or kanji is one of the most important things overall.
I can make my own statistics and it actually helps me to set weekly objectives, which maintains my motivation to learn.
I like printing sheets to practice my kanji or check if I can finally reach that JLPT4 level.

There other points that I really appreciate as well:

  • If you don’t like wasting your time on complicated websites or waiting forever for a confirmation email, well JapanesePod101 is amazing, because everything is simple and fast.
  • Do you have a question? Just ask it and a JapanesePod101 staff member will answer you!
    The vocabulary. Although it’s not what I am currently focusing on, there is a 2,000-word dictionary, with examples, that you can study by subject.
  • You can easily find what you are looking for. The website is well organized by subject, level, JLPT or alphabetical order. You won’t do the same lesson twice ;)
  • It is very entertaining. As I mentioned, I am learning new vocabulary and grammar points, but at the same time, I am discovering more about Japan.
  • Kanji learning. They are my second biggest nightmare and as they are just everywhere in Japan, it’s very frustrating to understand only 20% of them. JapanesePod101 is helping me to increase this percentage though ;)
  • I am still learning, and I will keep you updated on my level in a few weeks, but I can already feel progress. This is at the same time very exciting and challenging.
  • There are other points I could talk about, but I think that everyone who is learning Japanese or wants to learn will find what they need on JapanesePod101.

    Learning languages doesn’t only look good on a resume, I believe it makes us richer too, so if you are interested in learning Japanese, definitely check JapanesePod101 out!

    Click here:
    http://www.japanesepod101.com/