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    Japanese Grammar Research: Particles: の “no” Nominalization

    For a detailed Japanese grammar update today, I’ve been working through All About Particles by Naoko Chino for the second time, taking notes about Japanese particles. てにをは tenioha (Japanese particles) are the super important glue of Japanese sentence structure that point out the “who’s doing what” or “what’s being done”. These have the ability to completely change the meaning of a sentence, even though they’re typically only a syllable or two long. Japanese particles are rules-aplenty, as each particle can have a number of different uses depending on your scenario. While I’m focusing on teaching you heroes the basics, every other resource I come across seems to have additional information…

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    How to Type Furigana for Kanji in Word

    Up until just recently, I figured out how to type furigana for kanji in Word using the Phonetic Guide. And let me tell you, JRPG Japanese never looked so clean…! (* ̄▽ ̄*)ブ I’m so glad I was able to find a way to make my book readable for Japanese learners of all levels. This way, I don’t have to type all phrases twice, once with kanji, and once with only katakana/hiragana… That would’ve been ugly. We learn as we go. I figure, hey, if it took this long for me to figure out, maybe some of you heroes out there could use a quick Microsoft Word tutorial, too. Learning this process…

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    Learning Teachable Japanese Grammar

    Has this ever happened to you, dear heroes and Japanese language learners? Scenario #1: You’re in middle of conversation in a second language when an unfamiliar/familiar(?) Japanese word pops into your head. You don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but you decide to use it anyway.  You’re either totally correct, almost there, or completely off. But that’s fine! Chances are, even if you WERE completely off, you might have been searching for a word that’s similar-sounding anyway! In other words, you’ve HEARD that word somewhere before, but maybe you just don’t know how to use it. Scenario #2: You’re texting a friend in Japanese. You’re constructing all the right…

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    JRPG Japanese: Planning the Story’s Main Flow

    You can’t write a book without a bit of planning first. If I didn’t have the main flow of JRPG Japanese: A Language Learning Adventure! figured out, writing the actual book felt impossible from the get-go, with all the random ideas just floating around on .txts, .docxs, and notepad scraps around my desk… Being a textbook, JRPG Japanese’s main goal is teaching Japanese. However! Considering my lesson ideas all revolve around your standard JRPG dialogues and scenarios, I couldn’t NOT write a plot! Writing the story’s sequence came in two main stages for me as I tried grasping the 8-bit RPG plot. 1. Making a list of dungeons The first…

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    JRPG Japanese Character: Ken

    Greetings, heroes! I am sooooo excited for this progress update, because today is the day! The day I introduce you to JRPG Japanese: A Language Learning Adventure!’s lead character, Ken! Ken: A new JRPG Japanese character appears! These past few weeks, I’ve been working on characters’ design drafts with my illustrator, shugulupsketches. Though we have a few other character rough drafts figured out, we’ve ultimately decided on showcasing Ken to you all, since we’ve pretty much got him aallll figured out by now. Ken’s design Ken’s design was inspired by many of my favorite game protags. We were inspired by the rugged, peasant look that Rudy from Wild Arms and…

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    Japanese Adjective Use – How to Use Yabai!

    First off, Happy 令和 Reiwa Era, everyone!! It was a great 平成 Heisei, but starting 5/1/2019, we’ll see what the future brings~ Let’s start with just a giant mass of common adjective vocabulary. 日本語 Romanji Meaning Adjective Category 暑い Atsui Hot (weather) i-adjective 熱い Atsui Hot (to the touch) i-adjective 暖かい Attakai Warm (weather) i-adjective 寒い Samui Cold (weather) i-adjective 冷たい Tsumetai Cold (to the touch) i-adjective ずるい Zurui Tricky, sneaky i-adjective 鈍い Noroi Slow, laggy i-adjective 固い Katai Hard i-adjective やわらかい Yawarakai Soft i-adjective 遅い Osoi Slow i-adjective 早い Hayai 1) Fast 2) Early i-adjective 小さい、小っちゃい Chiisai, Chicchai Small, little i-adjective 大きい Ookii Big i-adjective 綺麗、美しい Kirei, Utsukushii Beautiful…

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    7 Very Helpful Apps for Japanese Language Learning

    1. JED for Android JED is my first go-to as a Japanese/English dictionary, and honestly, I don’t know where I’d be without it. While it barely takes up any space on my phone (about 5MB), it is also offline, meaning it doesn’t need any internet access for use (other than updates) and its lookup speed is super quick. Which already makes it top Weblio in my book. Another feature that really makes this app stand out, in my opinion, is its ever-convenient tag feature, which lets me create decks of vocabulary words that I save and look up for later reference. I’ve got decks for JLPT, for questions I plan…

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    JLPT Resources For Studying Japanese

    For the Japanese language learners who hunger for things to study from, I got you covered. Quick navigation: JLPT Textbooks Mobile Apps Web Brower Dictionary Newspapers JLPT study materials by publisher Quick note: I’d hate to be the person that says this, but remember, when possible, try to get the most updated versions of these materials, since the tests themselves, too, often change. So if you’re buying on Amazon or eBay or other second-hand sites, you might want to check the publication date, just in case. Jリサーチ J risaachi (J Research) – The 完全模試 kanzen moshi (complete mock exam) books are the perfect resource as an all-around test mockup. They…