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    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 50: Conjunctions
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 50: Conjunctions

      Friday, March 22, 2013

       We might not realize it, but we use conjunctions all the time in our conversations. These connector words help make our sentences flow and allow us to add some complexity to our speech. So with that in mind, today's lesson has Erin teaching us some useful conjunctions (or "setsuzokushi") in Japanese. These are just the basics, so feel free to explore more in depth at these useful words between sentences. Start Video
    • Waku Waku Japanese - Language Lesson 48: Tea
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Language Lesson 48: Tea

      Monday, January 7, 2013

      When exploring and learning about Japanese culture, you're sure to run into this one particular drink that is served at almost all meals. It's tea, ocha! In Japan there's even art forms and ways of life devoted to tea such as "Sadou" and "Senchadou" (way of tea). While many of you have probably tried and experienced green tea in it's various forms, here's a lesson to help with any confusion and provide a better understanding of the wide variety of tea there is. So go try out some of these different types of teas and remember their Japanese names!  Start Video
    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 47: How to say NO!
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 47: How to say NO!

      Friday, December 14, 2012

      Today we're going to learn how to say "no!". While many may already know the simple "iie" as the translation of "no", there's often circumstances when simply saying "no" will not suffice. So while we hope you don't have to use these words and phrases often, they can come in handy when needed. They can be seen as somewhat strong in Japanese, so use them only in the right circumstances. Start Video
    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 46: I don't understand
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 46: I don't understand

      Tuesday, December 4, 2012

      As we're all learning Japanese, we're bound to encounter many situations where we just won't understand a word, a phrase or even complete sentences. Even for those fluent in Japanese, there are numerous situations where there's a need to ask for someone to slow down and repeat what they just said or to go over what they meant. This lesson, Erin teaches you these valuable phrases to say when you're in that confused state of not understanding!
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    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 45: My Hometown
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 45: My Hometown

      Wednesday, November 7, 2012

      Let's say you travel to Japan and make new Japanese friends. I'm sure they will be really curious about where you're from, and what it's like there. In this lesson, Erin talks about how to introduce your hometown, and what is wonderful about it. You might even be able to convince your new Japanese friends to come visit you sometime!
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    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 44: Fun Onomatopoeia
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 44: Fun Onomatopoeia

      Thursday, November 1, 2012

      While learning a new language can be a difficult and painstaking process, there are often an abundance of fun new words to learn! Japanese is no exception as it uses very expressive and amusing onomatopoeia called giongo and gitaigo. Ever wondered if there was a word for the sound of your mouth opening and closing when you eat? Well there is! You're sure to find some Japanese onomatopoeia that will become your favorite!
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    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 43: Dress Up
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 43: Dress Up

      Saturday, October 13, 2012

      With the changing of seasons comes the changing of one's wardrobe! To help demonstrate this change of clothing, we're going to play dress up with our very own kisekae ningyou (paper doll)! While the Japanese language does borrow some words for articles of clothing from Western countries, there are a variety of words that even make distinctions on the area of the body the clothing is being worn. So pay close attention and when you're preparing your wardrobe for the cooler temperatures, remember these words!
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    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 42: School
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 42: School

      Saturday, September 29, 2012

      Summer break's over and now we're back in school again! So why not learn some Japanese words and phrases related to school? Although it might not be the most interesting lesson for everyone, a lot of Japanese animes and dramas are set in school, so I'm sure you've heard many of these words before! And these words will be helpful if you ever get a chance to study abroad in Japan. So...happy studying!!
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    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 41: At the Supermarket
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 41: At the Supermarket

      Saturday, September 22, 2012

      I love to cook, but before I can cook I always need to stop and shop at the supermarket! While some food in Japan takes on a similar name to its American counterpart (hamburger - hanbaaga), the majority will have a Japanese name. So let's go shopping at the supermarket and learn names for a variety of fruits, veggies, dairy and meats!
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    • Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 40: At the Beach
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      Waku Waku Japanese - Lesson 40: At the Beach

      Friday, September 14, 2012

      Now that the summer is all but gone and everyone's heading back to school, here's a lesson to reminisce about those summer days spent at the beach! So put on your hiyakedome (sunscreen) and let's go to the umi (beach)!
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