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Avoid unnatural Japanese - Don't blindly accept Google Translate results!

Online translation tools can be really helpful while learning Japanese – but don’t rely on them too much! Ayumi Nagatomi, one of JCMU’s Japanese language instructors in Hikone, discusses why over-reliance on these resources can lead to students producing very unnatural Japanese. 592 more words


3 Fun Ways to Learn a Language

In my new video I’m sharing my top 3 tips to make language learning a bit more exciting and colourful, and to help you memorise vocabulary and grammar easier. 25 more words


But... ga!: Understanding how to use the particle "ga"

Japanese particles can be really confusing for non-native speakers – and often times the more you learn, the harder they become to figure out! Minoru Aizawa, JCMU’s Japanese Language Coordinator in Hikone, talks about the Japanese particle  354 more words

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Similar to Thanksgiving in the U.S.? - New Year's in Japan

Thanksgiving passed just a couple of weeks ago, and Christmas is just around the corner. While these holidays are also celebrated in Japan, New Year’s is the largest holiday of the season for most Japanese people! 558 more words

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Writing E-mails in Japanese

Ever wonder about what etiquette to follow while writing an e-mail to a Japanese person? Ayumi Nagatomi, one of JCMU’s Japanese language instructors in Hikone, discusses quick tips on the “do”s and “don’t”s of composing messages in Japanese. 226 more words

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Nursery rhymes - language learning tips

It’s been a while! I’ll be taking TOPIK I in a few months – probably April. I decided now that I’ve finished university and no longer have Korean classes to work towards, I should set myself a language learning goal to stay on top of things. 437 more words


Preparing for an interview in English - 5 steps

Recently I have had many requests asking me how to prepare for interviews in English, so in this post I’m giving 5 simple steps which will improve your interview skills immediately. 322 more words

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