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Beginner Lesson S2 #56 - A Cozy Christmas

Tue, 25 Dec 2007 09:30:47 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! In Japan, Christmas is a romantic holiday for couples. For Tokyo couples, it’s usually spent on a quiet date. But some couples choose to stay in a hotel or take a 1 day trip outside of the city (if they’re lucky enough to get the day off!!). Today [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #55 - Vacation in the Library

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:30:01 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Today’s lesson features a highly motivated student (maybe a little too motivated). He’s asking his teacher for some advice. So we’ll learn how to use shita hō ga ii to give advice and suggestion. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave us a post! Download [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #54 - The Grass Next Door

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:30:24 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! A husband and wife are comparing their shibafu (lawn) to the neighbor’s. No matter how hard they try, they just can’t seem to keep up! We’ll take a look at using -te mo… -te mo construction to mean “no matter how much, no matter how hard” as well [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #53 - Permission to Marry Your Daughter 3

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 09:30:25 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Last week things were looking up for our young couple. The girl’s very strict father looked like he was about to say yes. But today he’s got a few questions for his future son-in-law. We’ll continue looking at causatives this week. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #52 - Permission to Marry Your Daughter 2

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:30:51 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Today we continue our story with our young couple begging for permission to marry. Last week things didn’t go so well for them. Hopefully they’ll have better luck this time! We’re continuing our look at the causative and we’ll also cover using -nakereba nai or -nakereba ikenai to [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #51 - Permission to Marry Your Daughter 1

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:30:05 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! In Japanese society, meeting a girlfriend’s father for the first time can be a harrowing experience, especially in a traditional family. In today’s dialog we have a young couple who is asking dad’s permission to marry and this particular otōsan is a really scary guy! This is part [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #50 - A Guilty Gamer

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 09:30:06 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Today a kid is playing video games before he finished (gasp!) his homework. His mother is non-too thrilled about the situation and willing to go to extreme measures to get the kid off the couch. Our grammar point is nai uchi wa, used to similar to English [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #49 - Your Japanese is Great!

Tue, 06 Nov 2007 09:30:45 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! It’s one of the most commonly heard compliments for foreigners in Japan: Jōzu desu ne! Whether it’s true or not, depends on the situation but in today’s conversation, it’s definitely true! We have two grammar points today: nakanaka… nai and shi hajimeru. Also we’ll introduce a sophisticated [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #48 - Guys’ Night Out 5 - Behind the Scenes

Tue, 30 Oct 2007 09:30:14 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! At last our infamous maid series comes to an end. And what a long, strange trip it’s been. We’ve looked at various politeness levels, from slang to humble forms. And we’ve gotten some cultural insights too. Don’t miss the Premium Combined Dialog to bring the whole story [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #47 - Guys’ Night Out 4 - Behind the Scenes

Tue, 23 Oct 2007 09:30:25 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! The maids are back with a vengence! Today they are continuing their conversation about the 2 guys who are always saying “moe.” We’ll continue looking at gender-specific informal styles, so pay attention to the female speech patterns used by maids. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #46 - Guys’ Night Out 3 - Behind the Scenes

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 09:30:35 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! It’s the long awaited return of the Maids!!! This time we’re getting the maids’ perspective. Our customers were really having a great time at the Maid Bar. Is it the same for our maids, Miki-chan and Mimi-chan? Our grammar point is n dakedo and a slang [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #45 - Swimming Suit!

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 09:30:51 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! In today’s lesson, a young couple is planning a trip to the beach. But the girlfriend needs to buy a new swimsuit so they rush to the department store to find something good. Our grammar point is ~ no hō ga, which, in this case, is used to distinguish [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #44 - Watch Repairs

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 09:45:22 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! What’s the time? It’s time to get shūri (repairs). What are we getting repaired this time? Udedokei! (a watch!) Our grammar point is using no ni to express purpose or aim. We’ll also discuss using the subject marker ga to clarify the meaning of kakaru. [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #43 - Kitajima: A Yakuza Exposed! 2

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 09:30:57 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Today our Hello Kitty-obsessed yakuza are continuing their conversation about their favorite kyarakutā shōhin (character goods). Again, we’re looking at male speech patterns and social hierarchy. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave us a post! Download AudioDownload Lesson NotesDownload Kanji Close-UpDownload ReviewDownload DialogDownload Premium Learning [...]



Beginner Lesson S2 #42 - Kitajima: A Yakuza Exposed! 1

Tue, 18 Sep 2007 09:30:55 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! In today’s conversation we have two yakuza members who are talking about Hello Kitty (bet you didn’t see that one coming). We’re continuing our look at masculine forms of Japanese, particularly those found in anime and manga. Of course, you’ll hear this on the streets too. Our [...]