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    • Daikon ga shiroi wake - Learn from a Story Created: Sunday, April 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Stories are a fun resource to help learn a language. I will introduce the story, "Daikon ga shiroi wake".
    • Nazonazo (1) - Japanese riddles Created: Sunday, April 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Nazonazo (1) - Tooru toki niwa shimatte, tooranai toki niwa hiraiteiru mono wa nani?
    • Easter and Chocolate Created: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Japan has adopted many Western events, but Easter is still unfamiliar to most Japanese and I too didn't know much about Easter.
    • Ookina Kabu - Learn from a Story Created: Saturday, June 29, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      This lesson introduces the story called, "Ookina kabu". "Ookina" means "big" and "kabu" means "Japanese turnip."
    • Valentine's Day in Japan Created: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      In Japan, it is only the women who give presents (mainly chocolates) to men on Valentine's Day. Learn more about the celebrations." itemprop="description">...
    • Golden Week Created: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      April 29th is Japan's National holiday, Showa No Hi. This day leads Japan into Golden Week, a succession of holidays." itemprop="description">> Friday, January 21, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Apologizing is considered a virtue in Japan. Learn some expressions to apologize." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014
      This lesson introduces the story called, " Mizuame no Doku." Here is some useful vocabulary from the story." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
      The Japanese word for February is "ni-gatsu(二月)." Learn some Japanese events in February." itemprop="description">> Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
      2014 is the year of the horse. The Japanese word for "horse" is "uma". There are quite a few expressions including horse." itemprop="description">>
    • Greetings for Special Occasions Created: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
      Learn how to say Happy New Year in Japanese
    • Movie Titles in Japanese Created: Friday, May 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
      Western movies are popular in Japan. When the titles are translated into Japanese, they are sometimes turned into totally different ones. Find out more." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • More About Japanese Ghosts Created: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 Updated: Sunday, December 22, 2013
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    • Japanese Lessons Created: Saturday, August 31, 2013 Updated: Saturday, August 31, 2013
      Learn Japanese - free Japanese language online lessons including kanji, hiragana, katakana, basic lessons, grammar, expressions, audio files
    • Visiting Someone's Place Created: Monday, July 29, 2013 Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013
      When visiting your superior or somebody for the first time, these phrases will be helpful to express your gratitude. Here are some common expressions you are likely to use when visiting Japanese ho...
    • Free Japanese Language Videos Created: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013
      Here is a list of instructional language videos to improve your comprehension. There is also a variety of audio files available on my Japanese Listening Practice page.
    • The Particle "To" Created: Sunday, June 30, 2013 Updated: Sunday, June 30, 2013
      The functions of particle "to" include complete listing, accompaniment, quotation, and so on.
    • What is Haiku - Haiku in Japanese hiragana and kanji Created: Sunday, July 16, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013
      Learn the history of Japanese poem, haiku, and how to write haiku in kanji and hiragana
    • Kanji Lessons - Japanese Writing Systems Created: Thursday, December 08, 2005 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Kanji Lessons - Japanese Writing Systems, Learn about on-reading and kun-reading.
    • Japanese kanji symbol for banzai Created: Saturday, January 21, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      How to write banzai in Japanese kanji: kanji symbol nbsp phrase japanese kanji japanese symbol
    • Japanese phrase of the day (useful Japanese phrases for watching TV) - Nanika omoshiroi no yatteru kana Created: Monday, February 20, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Learn useful Japanese phrases and words through Phrase of the Day lessons - Nanika omoshiroi no yatteru kana (I wonder if there's anything good)
    • Basic Japanese Lessons - Asking the Directions (6) Created: Friday, February 17, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Learn Japanese language with basic Japanese lessons - Kara (connective particle)
    • Japanese phrase of the day (useful Japanese phrases for watching TV) - Rimokon doko ni oitakke? Created: Monday, February 20, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Learn useful Japanese phrases and words through Phrase of the Day lessons - Rimokon doko ni oitakke? (Where did I put the remote contorl?)
    • Japanese phrase of the day (useful Japanese phrases for watching TV) - Sorosoro terebi kaikaeta hou ga ii kana Created: Monday, February 20, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Learn useful Japanese phrases and words through Phrase of the Day lessons - Sorosoro terebi kaikaeta hou ga ii kana (It's time to get a new TV)
    • Hiragana Lessons - How to write hiragana (Colors) Created: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Hiragana Lessons - How to write hiragana (Colors): complete hiragana chart colors of the rainbow lesson archive shiro sound files
    • Kanji Lessons - Japanese writing systems Created: Friday, August 06, 2004 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Kanji Lessons - Japanese writing systems: kanji lessons kanji characters japanese writing lesson archive writing systems
    • Basic Japanese Lessons - Asking the Directions (1) Created: Sunday, February 12, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Learn Japanese language with basic Japanese lessons - Vocaburay and useful expressions from the dialgue, Asking the Directions
    • Basic Japanese Lessons - Asking the Directions (7) Created: Friday, February 17, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Learn Japanese language with basic Japanese lessons - nara (condition) and gurai (approximation)
    • Japanese phrase of the day (Working at the office) - Gamen no misugi de me ga tuskarechatta Created: Monday, February 20, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Learn useful Japanese phrases and words through Phrase of the Day lessons - Gamen no misugi de me ga tuskarechatta (My eyes are tired. I've been looking at this screen too long)
    • Kanji Lessons - How to write basic kanji (fire, water, gold) Created: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013
      Kanji Lessons - How to write basic kanji (fire, water, gold)
    • Japan Quiz – Try your knowledge about Japan and the Japanese language Created: Sunday, September 26, 2010 Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013
      Here are some quizzes that test your knowledge about Japan and the Japanese language.
    • All About Verbs (3) Created: Saturday, April 11, 2009 Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013
      Learn about Japanese verb groups (verb tense), verb conjugation and more.

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