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Compound Sentences (て-form、から、ので、のに、が、けど、し、~たりする)

In this section, we will learn various ways to combine multiple simple sentences into one complex sentence. For example, we will learn how to chain separate sentences together to express multiple actions or states. In other words, if we have tw... More... 1 Comments

Check your results from the 2009 JLPT (Levels 1-3)

So, like the title says, not a scant 2 days has passed since the JLPT has finished, and already the testing materials and answers are up on the net. While I am not a fan of those sites that try to publish the questions and answers BEFORE the tes... More... 22 Comments

The Question Marker (か)

Questions in polite form The question marker is covered here because it is primarily used to clearly indicate a question in polite sentences. While it is entirely possible to express a question even in polite form using just intonation, the qu... More... 29 Comments

Site Upgrade: Let there be Gravatars!

Look at me ma, I'm Gravataring! So, you might have noticed that the icons of all the Top Ranking Users on the right side of the page are all CRAZY-looking! I got tired of the plain little faceless avatar guy that was there previously, and figu... More... 39 Comments

Addressing People

Not only is it important to use the right type of language with the right people, it is also important to address them by the right name. It is also important to address yourself with the proper level of politeness. Japanese is special in that ... More... 23 Comments

Polite Form and Verb Stems (~です、~ます)

Not being rude in Japan The Japanese we have learned so far is all well and good if you're 5-years old. Unfortunately, adults are expected to use a politer version of the language (called 丁寧語) when addressing certain people. People you will pr... More... 19 Comments

Flashcard Software: Let's Version up!

Whether you've already noticed or not, we've updated our Flashcard reviewing application, and added a whole bunch of new features and options! What's Changed We've switched the main software from Flash over to an original AJAX-based solution whi... More... 42 Comments

紅葉 Kouyou Fall Foliage in Japan

In Japan, autumn is a special season in many ways. There is a Japanese saying that “Autumn is the time to enjoy sports, art, reading and food.” As this saying shows, autumn is a time when Japanese people relax and recuperate from the long and sw... More... 31 Comments

Hacking the JLPT: How to pass the Reading Section

Today we're going to look at one of the sections that has historically given people the most difficulty: the Reading Section, and look at a few tricks on how to pass it more easily. For all of its issues, the JLPT is considered the definitive sca... More... 27 Comments

Hacking the JLPT: How to pass the Kanji Section

Today we're going to look at one of the sections that has historically given people the most difficulty: Kanji, and look at a few tricks on how to pass it more easily. For all of its issues, the JLPT is considered the definitive scale for Japanes... More... 24 Comments

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