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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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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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1.私は元気です。
わたしはげんき。
Watashi wa genki desu.
I’m fine.

2.大丈夫です。
だいじょうぶで。
Daijōbu desu.
I’m okay.

3.眠いんです。
ねむいんです。
Nemui n desu.
I’m sleepy.

4.絶好調です。
ぜっこうちょう。
Zekkōchō desu.
I’m great.

5.調子が悪いです。
ちょうしがわるいです。
Chōshi ga I’m feeling bad.
Warui desu.

6.いい感じです。
いいかんじです。
Ii kanji desu.
I feel good.

7.悪くないです。
わるくないです。
Warukunai desu.
I’m not bad.

8.おかげさまで。
Okagesama de.
Thank you for asking.

9.まあまあです。
Māmā desu.
I’m feeling so-so.

10.ぼちぼちです。
Bochibochi desu.
So-so.

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Japan exclusive rarest Pokemon! Pokemon Go finally released!

After having been delayed many times for different reasons, the mobile-gaming sensation, Pokemon Go, is finally released in its home country: Japan! Are you already on your way to be the very best like no ever was? After reading this post you’ll discover the rarest Pokemon in Japan and you’ll learn how to be the ポケモンマスター (“Pokemon Master”) in Japanese!

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From rumoured release to multiple delay, the mythical creature franchise, Nintendo has been keeping us waiting without official launch date for weeks. “When will it finally come out in Japan? Isn’t it Nintendo home country!?”. But after painfully watching Pokemon Go being released all over the world, Japanese residents finally get the chance to be back on track!

Pokemon Go users have taken the streets with their smartphones in order to catch’em all and train their creatures for battles! The mobile game is the perfect excuse to communicate with players you cross paths with. You definitely need to know how to introduce Yourself in Japanese.

Whether you want to challenge them or just share the location of the wild Pikachu you saw behind the station, learning the Most Used Japanese Phrases will help you to face all situations!

No more chat! People in Japan are already crazy about Pokemon Go and play it while having lunch with friends!

一番になりたい ? You want to be the very best? To be a good Pokemon trainer is all about charisma! You should start working on a cool trainer posture! But watch out, you may have a look before on Japanese gestures and their meaning to avoid any embarrassing pose!

Commuting, lunch break, night walk… all perfect opportunities for you to capture Pokemon! But it was while walking to the office, listening to a podcast about Japanese superstitions, that I encountered the rarest Pokemon ever, to be seen in Japan only!

If the legend is true Risamon can be seen time to time on JapanesePod101 YouTube channel for funny lessons. Our advice if you want to optimize your chance to capture it, is to follow the dedicated Risamon Learning Path available here. And at the end of the road you may realize you will able to hold a conversation in Japanese!

For you Japanese learners, here are 3 phrases you’ll need to know today:

  • Gotta Catch ‘Em All!
    全部捕まえてやるぜ!
    Zenbu tsukamaete yaru ze!

  • I wanna be the very best!
    一番になりたい!
    Ichiban ni naritai!

  • My dream is to become the pokemon master.
    私の夢はポケモンマスターになること。
    Watashi no yume wa Pokemon masutā ni naru koto.

    Next week we’ll publish here the Top 20 phrases you must know to be the best Poke Master!

  • How will learning Japanese make you rich?

    The chance to speak with other people in their native tongue and the love for a culture can be all the motivation you need to learn 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!

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    1) If you have language skills beyond your colleagues who just speak English, and if your company needs those skills to open new markets or reach new customers, you are much more valuable than other employees. A lot of people are getting big raises for this reason.

    2) You can make some extra money with your language skills as a teacher. You can work for yourself, give private lessons at night after school, or work on weekends. Language companies are often looking for freelancers to help with clients who are relocating. You will make more money than being a waiter/waitress or doing some baby-sitting. Alternatively, you can enjoy the comfort of teaching languages from home via Skype, even if the rates are a bit lower.

    3) Take advantage of your language skills by translating documents or websites for companies or people. Interpreters and translators are among the top five fastest growing occupations!

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    4) “Time is money.” If you’ve been learning the Japanese language, when traveling to Japan you will be able to optimize your stay. Having the ability to communicate will open cost effective doors: you’ll quickly find what you seek, travel faster, find the best prices…

    Low costs, High return on Investment
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    In 2014, The Economist showed that for somebody making $30,000 annually, learning a language would increase their income by about $600 per year. Once you factor in compounding, it could mean nearly an extra $70,000 in the bank by retirement.

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    Top 10 Language Learning Strategies

    Top 10 Language Learning Strategies

    Learning a new languages is not always such an easy task. So many methods, techniques and resources are out there, and it’s difficult to find what suits you best.
    In this post we’ll tell you about 10 proven simple learning strategies to help you boost your language skill in a fun easy way.

    1. Listen and read along to understand Japanese better - When you listen to any Japanese audio, try following along with a transcript of the audio while listening. All of our audio and video lessons and accompanied by a lesson transcript and lesson notes so that you don’t miss any point. Listen to the lesson, read along with the transcript and get a better, deeper understanding of what you are listening to.

    Click here to start learning Japanese from the beginning with our Absolute Beginner series!

    2. Record your voice and compare your pronunciation with native Japanese speakers.

    3. Download dialog tracks and listen to the Japanese conversations.

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    4. Repeat the phrases that you hear out loud again and again.

    Language learning strategy!

    5. Review old lessons to master them completely - sign up at www.japanesepod101.com for a free life time account, and get weekly Throwback Thursday lessons – a free random lesson every Thursday. We will send a free random lesson from the past directly to your email inbox.

    6. Improve your listening skills by reviewing each line of the conversation with the Line-by-Line Audio tool.

    7. Stay motivated by tracking your learning progress with the Dashboard - Want a guaranteed, step-by-step way to learn Japanese – without getting lost or wondering what to learn next? We take you by the hand and guide you, lesson by lesson, until you reach your Japanese goals. We’ll guide you from zero to fluency!

    8. Read lines slowly at first. Then re-read and increase your speed.

    9. Set small and measurable learning goals with a deadline. - Need help setting up your goals? Check out this list, of the top monthly goals our users set up for themselves!

    10. Try harder lessons to challenge yourself and improve faster - If our Absolute Beginner lessons are too easy for you, try Beginner lessons, Intermediate lessons and even Advanced-levl lessons!

    Japanese Slang Part III

    Japanese Slang III

    Taking the time to understand slang and informal speech will boost your communication and language skills, and save a whole lot of confusion. Slang will allow you to use language in a current, useful way. No amount of time in class can prepare you for the contemporary nuances you’ll be faced with when you put your language knowledge to practical use out in the real world.

    In this post, we’ll cover common slang nouns that are used every day in Japan!

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    1. エクステ (ekusute) - hair extensions

    hair extensions

    短い髪の毛にエクステをつけると長く見える。
    Mijikai kaminoke ni ekusute o tsukeru to nagaku mieru.
    It makes your hair look longer if you apply hair extensions to your short hairs.

    2. ドタキャン (ドタキャン) - last minute cancellation

    last minute cancellation

    楽しみにしていた約束がドタキャンになる。
    Tanoshimi ni shiteita yakusoku ga dotakyan ni naru.
    The appointment I was looking forward to got cancelled in the last minute.

    Learn how to describe yourself in Japanese!

    3. ドヤ顔 (doyagao) - smug face

    smug face

    すごい事をしてみんなに褒められてドヤ顔する。
    Sugoi koto o shite minna ni homerarete doyagao suru.
    To make a smug face from getting compliments for something great you did

    4. いつめん (itsumen) - usual members

    usual members

    いつめんでご飯を食べる。
    Itsumen de gohan o taberu.
    To eat with the usual members.

    5. 卒アル (sotsuaru) - school year book

    school year book

    思い出の卒アル
    Omoide no sotsuaru
    A school year book with a memory

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    Slang phrases Part II

    Slang vocab!

    Ever since we published our last post about slang adjectives, we’ve been getting a lot of requests for more lessons and videos about Japanese slang vocabulary. As we mentioned, taking the time to understand slang and informal speech will boost your communication and language skills, and save a whole lot of confusion. Slang will allow you to use language in a current, useful way. No amount of time in class can prepare you for the contemporary nuances you’ll be faced with when you put your language knowledge to practical use out in the real world.

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    In this post, we’ll cover common slang verbs that are used every day in Japan!

    1. オールする (ōru suru): to hang out all night

    Hang out all night

    金曜日の夜にオールしました。
    Kin-yōbi no yoru ni ōru shimashita.
    I did hang out all night on Friday night.

    2. パニクる (panikuru): to get into a panic

    Panic!

    どうしよう。パニクる。
    Dōshiyō. Panikuru.
    Oh my god. I’m in a panic.

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    3. 爆睡する (bakusui sure): to sleep deeply

    sleep deeply

    授業中に爆睡しました。
    Jugyō chū ni bakusui shimashita.
    I slept deeply in class

    4. イケてる (iketeru): cool

    cool

    その新しいネクタイかっこいいね!イケてますよ。
    Sono atarashii nekutai kakkoii ne! Iketemasu yo.
    I like your new tie. It’s cool.

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    5. シカトする (shikato suru): to ignore

    To ignore

    都合の悪い言葉が聞こえて、シカトしてく
    ださい。
    Tsugō no warui kotoba ga kikoete, shikato shite kudasai.

    Please ignore when you hear something you don’t want to hear.

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    Japanese Slang Part I

    Do You Know Japanese Slang?

    Slang is an aspect of language that isn’t usually taught in the classroom but is an important part of becoming proficient in any language. A person learning Japanese might attend daily classes. They might study the grammar and the formalities and might even produce complex and coherent sentences. But, take this student out of the classroom and away from the textbooks, and they will encounter a world of language that breaks the rules they learned. Although studying proper Japanese rules is important, slang is unavoidable, no matter what language you’re speaking. In movies and music, conversations and advertising, language becomes less formal and goes less and less “by the rules”. Real-life Japanese is so different from the textbooks.

    Taking the time to understand slang and informal speech will boost your communication and language skills, and save a whole lot of confusion. Slang will allow you to use language in a current, useful way. No amount of time in class can prepare you for the contemporary nuances you’ll be faced with when you put your language knowledge to practical use out in the real world.

    In this post, we’ll cover common slang adjectives that are used every day in Japan!

    1. グロい (guroi) - gross

    Gross!

    グロい映画を見ると、気持ち悪くなる。
    Guroi eiga o miruto, kimochiwaruku naru.
    It makes me feel sick when I watch a grotesque movie.

    2. ちょいむず (choimuzu) - a little difficult

    a little difficult

    ちょいむずで文作るのちょいむず。
    Choimuzu de bun tsukuru no choimuzu.
    It’s a little difficult to make a sentence using “choimuzu”.

    3. まじうざ (majiuza) - quite annoying

    quite annoying

    授業中に注意ばかりしてくる先生、まじうざ。
    Jugyō chū ni chūi bakari shitekuru sensei, majiuza.
    Teachers who try to warn students all the time in class are quite annoying.

    4. イケてない (ikete nai) - not cool

    Not cool

    その組み合わせはイケてないよ。
    Sono kumiawase wa ikete nai yo.
    That cordination is not cool.

    5. はずい (hazui) - quite embarrasing

    quite embarrasing

    静かな教室でお腹が鳴って、超はずい。
    Shizuka na kyōshitsu de onaka ga natte, chō hazui.
    I heard my stomach growling in the quiet classroom, and it was quite embarrasing.

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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.

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    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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