Japanese Kanjis for Colors

Japan has four seasons. The color of the landscape changes along with the season. Autumn is a mix of Red, Brown, Grey, Green, Yellow, Purple etc. Winter has a White color, while Spring brings again a mix of colors of Pink, Yellow, Red, and Purple….

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Grouping of Kanji by Shape, Will it Help?

I have been attempting to arrange and group the 常用漢字 (JOUOU Kanji) according to their shape, structure etc. Some of my friends described this exercise as cumbersome. They asked if there is any logic behind doing this. Japanese children learn Kanji by writing them repeatedly….

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Is it Possible to Pass JLPT Level N2 in Less Than 3 Months?

Here is a good news to share; I passed JLPT N2 !! やっと日本語能力試験N2級に合格したよ!! After two and a half months of literally vigorous and focused study that started from April 14, 2018, to June 23, 2018, at JLPT Academy, I took the N2 exam on July 1,…

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Learn to Write and Remember Numbers in Japanese Kanji

Learning Japanese Kanji is one of the toughest areas in the process of Japanese language learning, especially for Non-Chinese foreigners in Japan. Kanji has its origin in China and hence for Chinese people, that toughest part of the learning is discounted heavily. I have been…

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Japanese language proficiency test

Approaching towards the end of three years living in Japan, taking Japanese language proficiency test (JLPT) gave a good understanding of the level of Japanese language so far I have acquired by attending the lessons and daily interactions with Japanese people. The test site was…

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Tokyo Dialect

At OVTA, throughout 10 classes we were taught for using the polite way of speaking Japanese. This is by using the ‘masu’ form, for e.g.: arimasu (inanimate things have), imasu (animate things have), gozaimasu etc. We were told to use the masu form during conversation…

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Japanese Language is difficult !

Japanese language has the reputation of being one of the most difficult language to learn. The cumbersome writing system that combines around 2000 Chinese Kanji characterss with native Japanese syllabaries – Hiragana and Katagana, makes the Japanese not so easy to learn for foreigners. Hiragana…

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