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The Ultimate Guide to the AP Japanese Exam

Bento Fotography / Moment / Getty Images With its intense level of difficulty, many students are left wondering if it’s worth taking the AP Japanese exam and how to prepare for it.  If you’re one of those bright students interested in studying the Japanese language and culture, there is no better way to demonstrate your mastery than taking the AP Japanese Language and Culture (AP Japanese) exam.   In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the taking the ex

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Japanese Vocabulary: More Than 100 Ways to Express Yourself!

Eriko Koga / Stone / Getty Images It's important to be able to express yourself in any language, and learning to express yourself in Japanese can help you communicate more effectively with native Japanese speakers. Here, Washington, DC language teacher Taro T. teaches you some words, phrases, and Japanese vocabulary to express your emotions...  Japanese culture is what anthropologist Edward T. Hall might call a high-context culture. In a high-context culture, you don't have to say much in

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The Japanese Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Kanji

EujarimPhotography / Moment / Getty Images When you're studying Japanese, you will learn new vocabulary, grammar, and writing systems. Now that you've been introduced to hiragana , it's time to talk about kanji. Here, Brighton, MA Japanese teacher Karou N. shares some effective study tips to help you learn kanji... In Japan, there are three written systems: hiragana, katakana and kanji. Of these, kanji is by far the most complex.  However, it is also the most important to learn if yo

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15 Japanese Vocabulary Words for Travelers

Are you traveling to Japan in the near future? If so, it's important that you learn some basic Japanese vocabulary words.  Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling to communicate with locals. In this blog post, we will provide a list of 15 essential Japanese vocabulary words for travelers.  We hope you find it helpful! What Are the Most Used Japanese Words? There are many vocabulary in Japanese words associated with travel, and some of the most commonly used are listed belo

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