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12/16/01 - Particles: To
The functions of particle "to" include complete listing, accompaniment, quotation, and so on. 

12/09/01 - Japan's New Royal Baby
On December 1st 2001, all of Japan was overjoyed at the birth of a girl to Crown Princess Masako

and Crown Prince Naruhito. The baby was named Princess Aiko.

11/25/01 - Before You Buy a Japanese Dictionary
A dictionary is the essential tool when learning a language. There are many dictionaries to choose from. I will give you some tips to find the dictionary for your needs.

11/18/01 - Yoji-Jukugo (4)
Yoji-jukugo are idiomatic expressions made up of four kanji characters. Learn some yoji-jukugo tha

t express the tactics or one's attitude when playing games, or trying something.

11/04/01 - Sentence Ending Particles (2)
Learn more about sentence ending particles. 

10/21/01 - Sentence Ending Particles (1)
In Japanese, there are many particles that are added to the end of a sentence. They express the speaker's emotions of doubt, emphasis, caution, hesitation, wonder, admiration, and so on.

10/14/01 - Expressions Used in Letters
The difference between written language and conversational language in Japanese is much greater than in English. Learn some set expressions used in formal letters. 

10/07/01 - Japanese for Travelers: Getting Around
Do you plan to go for a trip to Japan? Learn some useful expressions before you go. Speaking the language of the country your visiting makes the trip more fun!

09/30/01 - Conversation Openers and Fillers
In conversations, openers and fillers are used quite often to smooth communication. Let's learn about frequently used openers and fillers.

09/23/01 - Body Part Expressions: Head
There are many expressions including head in Japanese. Let's take a look these words, phrases and proverbs.

09/16/01 Particles: De
The functions of particle "de" include place of action, means, materials, and so on. 

09/09/01 Particles: Ni
The Particle "ni" has quite a few different functions such as indirect object marker, location, direction, time, and so on. 

09/02/01 Particles: O and No
A particle

is a word that shows the relationship of a word, a phrase, or a clause to the rest of the sentence. We will look at the functions of the particle "o" and "no".

08/26/01 Onomatopoeic Phrases (3)
Japanese is filled with onomatopoeic phrases, the words that describe sound or action directly. We will take a look at onomatopoeic phrases related hunger, eating, taste and so on.

08/19/01 Symbols of Japanese Summer
August is the hottest month of the year in Japan. Not only is the temperature high, so is the humidity. This week we will look at symbols of the hot Japanese summer. 

08/12/01Yoji-Jukugo (3)
Yoji-jukugo are idiomatic expressions made up of four kanji characters.

Learn some yoji-jukugo that can be used as tattoo designs.

08/05/01Shopping at Department Store
Japanese department stores are much bigger than their North American counterparts, and you can buy almost anything there. Let's learn useful expressions for shopping. 

07/29/01Proverbial Flowers
There are quite a few Japanese proverbs including flowers.

Let's take a look at some of the expressions, and learn flower vocabulary.

07/15/01All About Radicals (3)
This is the last lesson about radicals. We will take a look at the common radicals that take the "ashi", "tare", "nyou" and "kamae" position.

07/08/01All About Radicals (2)

We will take a look at the common radicals that take the "tsukuri" and "kanmuri" position.

07/01/01All About Radicals (1)
A radical is a common sub-element found in different kanji characters.

Radicals express the general nature of the kanji characters. If you memorize some of the important radicals, they will help you to figure out the meanings of many kanji!

06/24/01The Number Seven 
It seems that every culture has lucky numbers and unlucky numbers. Seven appears to be a universally lucky or holy number. Find out how the number seven is used in the Japanese language. 

06/17/01Expressing One's Thoughts 
When expressing one's thought, feelings, opinions, ideas and guesses, "~ to omou (I think that ~)" is frequently used. Find out more. 

Each language has different ways for counting objects. Japanese uses a variety of counters, often

based on the shape of the object. Find out more. 

06/03/01The Extended Use of the Verb "Suru" 
The verb "suru (to do)" has many extended uses that occur quite often.

05/27/01Specificity of Japanese Verbs 
Some Japanese verbs are more specific when describing actions than English verbs. We will have a look what verbs are used to describe "to wear" and "to play".

05/20/01Soccer Vocabulary  
Are you a soccer fan? Can't wait for the World Cup to start next year? Let's warm up your soccer vocabulary in time for the World Cup!

05/13/01Particles: Wa VS Ga
Particles are probably one of the most difficult and confusing aspects of Japanese sentences. The two most confusing seem to be "wa" and "ga". 

05/06/01Trends in Baby Names

Baby names are like mirrors to reflect the times. Let's have a look at the transitions in popular baby names and recent trends. 

04/29/01Japanese Baby Names

about naming conventions and the meanings of Japanese names. There are links to explore thousands of Japanese baby names. 

04/22/0150 Popular Kanji (3)
Kanji might be hard to learn, but it is also a fun part of the Japanese language.

Learn the kanji characters for the words you like!

04/15/01Yoji-Jukugo (2)
Yoji-jukugo are idiomatic expressions made up of four kanji characters

. Learn yoji-Jukugo including the kanji character for "one". 

04/08/01Talking on the Phone
Let's learn common expressions used on the phone

. Don't be intimidated by phone calls. Practice makes perfect!

04/01/01All About Adjectives
There are two types of adjectives in Japanese. Japanese adjectives differ from their English counterparts. Find out more.

03/25/01Learn From Movie Dialogues (2)
Here is another lesson with movie dialogues. If you recognize the scenes of the movies from the lines, you must be a movie junkie!

03/18/01Learn From Movie Dialogues (1)
Have you ever wondered how the movie dialogues are translated into Japanese? Want to know the phrases that you can actually say or hear in daily conversation?

03/11/01All About Verbs
Verbs forms are considered to be difficult to learn. The good news is the system itself is rather simple, as far as memoriz

ing certain rules.

03/04/01Proverbial Fish

Fish are closely related to Japanese culture. There are quite a few expressions and proverbs including fish in Japanese. Find out more.

02/25/01Hinamatsuri (Doll's Festival)
Hinamatsuri (Doll's Festival) is held on March 3rd. This is a day to pray for young girl's growth and happiness. Find out more.

02/18/01Expressions of Ability
Ability and potential can be expressed by two different ways. Find out more.

02/11/01Talking About Love
Learn how to say, "I love you" in Japanese. You will also learn some expressions including the word "love".

02/04/01Is Red the Color of Love?
What is like Valentine's Day in Japan? You will also learn Japanese conception of the color of red, and how they use it in their culture.

01/28/01Visiting Someone's Place
Japanese seem to have many formal phrases for certain actions. Learn some common expressions you are likely to use when visiting Japanese homes.  

01/21/01The Year of the Snake
It is the year of the snake! The Japanese use animal zodiac symbols like the Chinese. You will learn expressions including snake. 

01/14/01Movie Titles in Japanese (2)
We will have another look at translated movie titles. 

01/07/01Movie Titles in Japanese (1)
Western movies are popular in Japan. When the titles are translated into Japanese, they are sometimes turned into totally different titles from the ones in English. Find out more.

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