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2024.05.18

保護中: [Limited Sharing] I’ll tell you Ohanasi Kagawa’s secrets stealthily.

I would like to tell you Ohanasi Kagawa's secrets only to those who have answered the questionnaire. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer Ohanasi Kagawa's limited-time survey. We will continue to improve Ohanasi Kagawa based on your feedback. And as a benefit to those of you who have filled out the questionnaire, I would like to quietly share with you some of Ohanasi Kagawa's secrets. Aki, the founder of Ohanasi Kagawa, writes this blog, and sometimes when I attend events as a participant, people ask me, "How did you create Ohanasi Kagawa? Why did you decide to start Ohanasi Kagawa? I am often asked many questions about Ohanasi Kagawa. So this time, I would like to share the story behind Ohanasi Kagawa, from the creation of Ohanasi Kagawa to what you might think, "Oh, really? I hope you will enjoy this article to the very end. Please do not tell this story to anyone else. Q1: How did Ohanasi Kagawa come to be? First of all, I would like to answer the most frequently asked question, "How did Ohanasi Kagawa come to be? Ohanasi Kagawa is now held online, but it was originally held locally. It started in September 2018 in Kagawa, Japan, where I, Aki, am from. To begin with, what made me decide to create it, I myself quit my job at the age of 23 at the time and was studying English while saving money to enroll in college in the United States. I won't go into details, but while I was learning English, I wanted to speak more English with people from other countries. So I looked for a place in my hometown, Kagawa Prefecture, where I could speak English with people from overseas. However, no matter how much I looked on the Internet, went to international exchange centers, or walked around town, I couldn't find a place where I could speak English with people from overseas. In cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, there are many opportunities to interact with people from overseas, but in a rural area like Kagawa Prefecture, it is difficult to find a place where you can get to know people from overseas and speak English with them. I was at a loss as to what to do. I gave up on the idea that unless I studied abroad, I would never be able to have an environment where I could use English. I was already feeling frustrated about that. One day, I came to know that an acquaintance of mine was frustrated because, like me, she wanted to speak English with people from other countries but had no such opportunities. There are others who are struggling with the same problem as I am. No matter how hard I look for it, I cannot find the environment I want. If it doesn't exist, let's create it!" With this decision, I launched Ohanasi Kagawa, which brings together people from overseas living in Kagawa Prefecture and enables them to interact with Japanese people in the form of a language exchange. Q2: How did Ohanasi Kagawa spread online? Actually, Ohanasi Kagawa will be held for the 173rd time on May 18, 2024. Ohanasi Kagawa events have been attended by over 3,000 participants from more than 50 countries, but aren't you wondering how Ohanasi Kagawa has spread so widely online? Actually, Ohanasi Kagawa, which was launched in Kagawa Prefecture, was closed once in 2019 because I was enrolling in a college in the United States. However, it was during my study abroad in the U.S. that the COVID-19 pandemic occurred. I, Aki, was living in an apartment in the US at the time, and suddenly all my classes went online because of the COVID-19, and international students were almost kicked out of the US, which was quite hard to deal with. I was forced to stay at home and do my assignments. Aki was into meditation at the time, and while meditating, an idea came to me! The idea! I thought, "Why don't I hold the Ohanasi Kagawa event online? So I held Ohanasi Kagawa online for the first time with only 5 participants, including myself haha. Still, it was new and fun, so I posted the event on the event board to try to get more people to attend. The next day, I was surprised to see that more than 30 people had signed up to participate! I thought, "Maybe there is a huge demand for this? I asked my housemate who was living in the same apartment at the time about it, and the online Ohanasi Kagawa event began to expand. If it weren't for COVID-19, I would have never thought of holding an online event, but I was able to have hope that because it was online, we could connect Japanese people with people around the world who were learning Japanese. Q3 : Ohanasi Kagawa holds its events for free, but how does it cover its running costs? Ohanasi Kagawa has always organized its events for free. We will probably continue to hold events for free in the future. (Of course, we may charge for some optional things, though…) It might sound like fine-sounding talk, but the reason is that I hope to create a society where young people who want to learn English and people like myself in the past who wanted to interact with people from other countries but didn't have the money can interact with people from other countries easily and safely. Of course, Life is not easy. Ohanasi Kagawa's expenses include personnel costs, Remo platform, website, advertising, and so on. At first, we had to make do with our own pocket money, and support from participants, and sponsors, but there was a limit to what we could do, and many times we were driven to the point where we could not continue Ohanasi Kagawa events due to lack of money. It was also getting hard to spend days just asking for support money from the participants. With a desire to get out of that situation, we decided to start a crowdfunding campaign, reached our goal of 2 million yen, and used the funds to start our own business. Now we run an online Japanese language school and an English language school, and we are able to run Ohanasi Kagawa with the profits generated from these schools. I am keenly aware that money is necessary to do what I want to do, and we are working hard to create a good service. Q4 : The idea of Ohanasi Kagawa was actually born from ・・・ Ohanasi Kagawa events are mainly one-on-one, with people taking turns speaking in Japanese and English to exchange languages, right? The service was actually modeled after a particular service. I haven't said much about it, so this is a bit of a backstory, but the concept of "Machicon" Local matchmaking meetup was used as a model. For those of you who have never been to a "Machicon", let me briefly explain. Men and women who are looking for love and marriage gather at a single venue or restaurant, and with their profile cards, they have a short one-on-one conversation. Then, when they have talked with everyone, they have free time to talk with the person they are looking for. Yes, you may realize. This is just like Ohanasi Kagawa, isn't it? When I was in my early twenties, I was into "Machicon", and I loved it. I have tried not to say too much about it because people are often surprised or laugh when I say this, but I believe that new ideas are born when existing things are combined with existing things like this. Unfortunately, Aki was once scolded by his girlfriend when she found out that he went to a "Machicon" haha. Did you feel a little bit closer to me? (^-^;) Q5: Why "Ohanasi" in Ohanasi Kagawa is " si" and not "Ohanashi"? I get asked this question a lot. Why Ohanasi and not Ohanashi? Is it just a mistake or is it a design choice? Of course, I know the alphabet, and I know that "shi" is correct. But when I first started thinking about whether to use Ohanasi or Ohanashi, I thought to myself, "Isn't shi kind of bad looking? I also thought that the Apple logo of Steve Jobs, whom I admire and respect, is not a perfect apple, but has a hole in it, right? It seems that people have a habit of looking at imperfect things rather than perfect things. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether this is by design or by accident, but I really feel satisfied with myself that I'm actually getting people's questions, and that I'm getting their attention haha. I want Ohanasi Kagawa to be a place where anyone can feel free to make mistakes. Don't you think that the name of Ohanasi Kagawa is a good representation of that desire? Q6: What can you see in the Ohanasi Kagawa logo? You must be a big fan of Ohanasi Kagawa if you have taken notice of the Ohanasi Kagawa logo! I like the Ohanasi Kagawa logo a lot myself, but first of all, can you tell which temple or shrine you see? The answer is Konpira-san, Konpira Shrine, which is the representative shrine of Kagawa Prefecture! It is a shrine with a very long staircase of 1,368 steps. There are many stores along the stairs, and it is a fun and festive place to visit when you are in Kagawa Prefecture. And the moon-like thing on top of the Kompira-san looks like the moon or a speech mark. You can clearly see the image of a place to talk. The logo also includes cherry blossoms, which represent Japan well. It is also green, the main color of Ohanasi Kagawa, and isn't it cute? If you want, we will make original T-shirts again! haha Q7 : What future vision does Ohanasi Kagawa have? I would like to talk about the future that Ohanasi Kagawa envisions. Ohanasi Kagawa's final goal is to become a platform where people can practice the language they are learning comfortably and easily whenever they want to practice English or Japanese. It will also be a place where Japanese people and people around the world who love Japan can easily and safely connect and support each other. I am not going to go into specifics, so this is a bit abstract. However, I feel that there are many people in the world who are studying Japanese, who love Japan, and who want to build relationships with Japanese people, and it is a waste that there is no place where these people and Japanese people can easily and safely connect with each other. To use an example, Hikoboshi, the Herdsman, and Orihime, the Weaver, are in search of each other, but they are not connected because there is no bridge for them to come closer to each other. Ohanasi Kagawa wants to be a bridge that brings people in Japan and around the world closer together. We believe that this will make Japan and the world a better place. We hope that you will think that we are working to make such a society a reality every day. Summary What did you think? We hope that you have learned some unexpected secrets about Ohanasi Kagawa and have come to love Ohanasi Kagawa even more. Ohanasi Kagawa will continue to improve its services to better serve you, so please let us know if there is anything that concerns you! Thank you for your continued support.

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2023.09.30

WHY「”ぜひ”気をつけます」is INCORRECT/ Advice to Japanese learners

Hi I'm Satomi. I am a Japanese teacher. Sometimes, my students use "ぜひ" incorrectly. In this article,I want to explain how to use "ぜひ" correctly. QUIZ1:Which is correct ? 1.(  )、来年は 日本へ来てくださいね。  a.さあ  b.ぜひ 2. 私はパーティーがきらいです。(  )行きたくないです。  a.ぜったい  b.ぜひ 3. A「これは私が作ったおにぎりです。食べますか?」 B「おいしそうですね!(  )食べます!」  a.ぜひ  b.もちろん QUIZ1:Answer 1. ぜひ、来年は 日本へ来てくださいね。  Definitely please come to Japan in the next year. 2. 私はパーティーがきらいです。ぜったい行きたくないです。  I never want to join a party because I don't like it. 3. A「これは私が作ったおにぎりです。食べますか?」 B「おいしそうですね!もちろん食べます!」  A"Why don't you eat the onigiri I made?"  B”It looks good. Of course I'll eat it!” Do you know how to use "ぜひ" correctly? How was the quiz? Did you know these differences? Please don't feel nervous if you were not able to answer correctly. Let's review how to use "ぜひ" with me! The rules you should know to use "ぜひ" correctly The most important thing is not the meaning, but how to connect with verbs.So, I want to explain about it more clearly from now! "ぜひ" never connect with "ます form" Some Japanese learners might make the mistake that "ぜひ~ます” use together. Of course, "ぜひ" means "certainly", "definitely", but you can't use "ぜひ~ます" to only emphasize your feeling. The point is that "ぜひ" emphasizes your desire or request. Let's look at the sentences! ”ぜひ~てください” and "ぜひ~たい"…request and desire Let me show you these sentences. ①ぜひ、来年は 日本へ来てくださいね。ーDefinitely please come to Japan in the next year. ②来月の結婚式に、ぜひ参加したいです。ーI really want to join your wedding party in the next month. In Japanese language, ①"Vてください" means "your request to others". Also, ②”Vたい” means "your desire". On the other hand, if you would use "ぜひ" and "ます" together... ①*ぜひ、来年は 日本へ来ますね。?ーDefinitely you come to Japan in the next year. ? ②*来月の結婚式に、ぜひ参加します。?ーI really join your wedding party in the next month. ? You know, even if you make sentences in English like ①* and ②*, they don't make sense, right? In short, "~ます" doesn't express the meaning of "your request" and "your desire". The reason why you can't use "ぜひ" and "ます" together. QUIZ2:Review 1. 明日、(  )ミーティングに参加します。  a.かならず b.ぜひ 2.明日(  )お祭り(おまつり)に参加したいです。  a.たぶん b.ぜひ 3(  )日本へ旅行に行くかもしれません。  a.ぜひ  b.たぶん 4.(  )一緒に日本へ行きましょう!  a.ぜひ b.たぶん 5.姉は私の友だちに「(  )私の家に遊びに来てくださいね。」と言った。  a.ぜひ b.とても QUIZ2:Answer 1. 明日、かならずミーティングに参加します。 ーI will definitely attend the meeting tomorrow.  a.かならず b.ぜひ  ★Point★ ✕”ぜひ~ます” 2.明日、ぜひお祭り(おまつり)に参加したいです。 ーI would love to attend the festival tomorrow.  a.たぶん b.ぜひ 3.たぶん日本へ旅行に行くかもしれません。 ーI might travel to Japan.  a.ぜひ  b.たぶん★Point★ "たぶん~かもしれない" means "perhaps". 4.ぜひ一緒に日本へ行きましょう! ーLet's go to Japan together!  a.ぜひ b.たぶん★Point★ "~ましょう" means "let's ~". In Japanese language, "~ましょう" express "you suggest/request doing something with someone". So you can use "ぜひ~ましょう" together as well. 5.姉は私の友だちに「ぜひ私の家に遊びに来てくださいね。」と言った。 ーMy sister said to my friend, "Come and visit my house".  a.ぜひ b.とても Do you understand how to use "ぜひ" in Japanese conversation? I want to suggest you to use it as soon as possible before you will forget it. “Ohanasi Kagawa” hosts free online language exchange events. The events are held six times a month, and you can find a language exchange partner who is a native Japanese speaker! Instead of teaching English, you will be matched with a Japanese person who wants to learn English. Interaction with a language exchange partner is very important for developing real communication skills in learning Japanese, and since we switch the language we speak for 15 minutes at a time, even beginners may find it easy to participate. ぜひ Ohanasi Kagawaに 参加してみましょう! 【For Japanese Learners】 Limited to 10 people Free Consultation & Japanese Lesson We are organizing a free Japanese language consultation & free Japanese lesson for Japanese learners. “Even though I’m studying Japanese, I can’t speak it.” “I don’t know how to study Japanese.” “I’m worried that I can’t see any progress.” Our Japanese Language Learning Counselors would be happy to listen to the concerns of such beginner- or intermediate-level Japanese language learners and advise them on how to learn Japanese and solutions that suit their needs. ※Due to the limited time of our Japanese Language Counselors, we limit the number of participants to 10. We at Ohanasi Kagawa are currently hosting an online Japanese-English language exchange event on weekends.However, we have noticed that there are many people who want to participate but are not confident enough in their Japanese to do so. We are holding this free Japanese language study consultation in the hope that we can help Japanese learners find hints to help them move forward.You can book through the calendar below, and we will send you a link for the free counseling by e-mail.If you’d like to take a Japanese lesson, you can take it for free during this time. Book a fee counseling and trial lesson>>

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2023.09.15

【Nihongo-Level ★★☆☆】How to use these similar meaning verbs correctly

Japanese Learners might make a mistake? Hi I'm Satomi. I have taught Japanese to foreigners for more than 4 years. I realized some of them might make a mistake even if they are intermediate students.Today, I want to explain how to distinguish them. Quiz Choose the appropriate verb. aゆでる bたく cむす dにる 1.こめを (  )。2.パスタを(  )。3.肉まんを(  )。4.カレーを(  )。 *I'll show you these answers at last! Introducing the way of using them ごはんを たく たく(炊く・TAKU) :To add water, soup stock, seasonings, etc. to food and heat to moisten it. After cooking is complete, no water is left behind and the food absorbs the moisture and becomes fluffy. ※Caution "たく" rarely used in eastern Japan except for "cooking rice". On the other hand, in Kansai, the word "たく" is used to describe "boiling in water that has been completely filled with water". たまごを ゆでる ゆでる(茹でる・YUDERU) :To heat the food through to the center. Not to flavor with any seasonings except for salt. (Sometimes salt is added to boiling water.) ぎょうざを むす むす(蒸す・MUSU) :Indirect heating of food by placing it in steam. さといもを にる にる(煮る・NIRU) :To put ingredients in water, broth, or other liquid to heat and season. ※Caution The difference from "ゆでる" is that not only the cooked food but also the broth is served together. Example sentence 米を たく。/ 米(こめ)=rice ごはんを たく。/ごはん =rice パスタを ゆでる。/パスタ=pasta 野菜を ゆでる。/野菜(やさい)=vegetable 肉まんを むす。/肉まん(にくまん)=manju (steamed bun) with meat filling プリンを むす。/プリン=pudding カレーを にる。/カレー=curry 魚を にる。/魚(さかな)=fish スープを にる。/スープ=soup Answer of Quiz 1.こめを (たく)。2.パスタを(ゆでる)。3.肉まんを(むす)。4.カレーを(にる)。 Check the Post @Instagram Wouldn’t it be a great way to practice if you could try using the grammar we learned today in a real conversation with Japanese friends? How to put yourself in an environment where Japanese is used a lot. 1.You can ask your questions face to face outside of lessons!2.You can discuss with English learners through writing whenever you want!3.You can find language partners safely! https://youtu.be/2MT9VCaSmCw?si=0sTxy4-qZ25UaDNe Do you want to put yourself in an environment where Japanese is used a lot? Please check our website if you would like to experience a new way to learn Japanese.

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2023.09.03

Beginner’s Guide to Online Japanese Language Learning Resources

What resources are available for learning Japanese online? There is so much information out there that it is hard to know which one to use. In this article, we will introduce online Japanese learning resources for beginners and explain in detail how to learn Japanese effectively. We will show you how you can take advantage of the benefits and convenience of online learning and learn Japanese at home or at your own pace. Through this guide, beginners can get a well-rounded start to online Japanese language study and improve their Japanese language skills with confidence! Why You Need Japanese Language Learning Resources Understanding the importance of resources in learning Japanese is essential. From beginners to advanced learners, effective resources can help Japanese language learners learn more smoothly and efficiently. This section will explain the features and benefits of various resources, including online courses and language apps. We have also compiled specific advice on how to choose and utilize the resources. Learn grammar and vocabulary and improve your listening and speaking skills through the variety of materials and exercises provided by Japanese language learning resources. Types of Learning Resources and How to Use Them There are a variety of free Japanese language learning resources available to beginners. Below is a list of specific types and how to use them! ・Online dictionaries:Online dictionaries are useful for quickly checking the meaning and usage of Japanese words and phrases. For example, online dictionaries such as Weblio and Jisho allow you to get detailed information by simply typing a word in the search box. ・Phrasebook:Resources with phrases commonly used in everyday conversation can be useful for practical practice. For example, a Japanese conversation book or an everyday phrase book can help you learn expressions and cultural knowledge that you can use in your daily life. Once you have memorized the phrases, you can practice using them in real life. ・Voice learning service:Use audio learning services to improve your Japanese pronunciation and listening skills. For example, by listening to free audio content provided by NHK World Japan and other Japanese language resource sites, you can become familiar with accurate pronunciation and natural rhythm. The key to taking advantage of these resources is to first select the appropriate resource for your learning goals. For example, if you want to look up words, use an online dictionary; if you want to practice daily conversation, use a phrase book. Also, when using audio learning services, it is important to develop the habit of listening to them regularly. When utilizing the resource, actively review the usage and example sentences and practice so that you can use them in real conversations and contexts. Regular continuity is important, so it is important to make it a habit to work on it a little bit each day. Enjoy learning Japanese by freely combining and utilizing resources according to your own learning style! Let's take advantage of learning sites and apps for beginners! From here, let's take a look at learning sites and apps for beginners! - "JLPT Sensei" is an online Japanese language course that helps you learn basic grammar and expressions for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). With a wealth of free resources available, you can deepen your understanding of grammar through visual lessons and exercises. You can learn at your own level, from beginner to advanced. The most effective way is to work on example sentences and exercises as you go through the lessons in the course. - "Duolingo" is an application that allows you to learn Japanese like a game. Through short lessons and quiz-style exercises, you can learn Japanese grammar and vocabulary. The application is designed to be easy to use and easy to keep up with. You can track your progress and study points, so you can check your performance and progress as you go along. The most effective way to use the app is to work on it a little bit each day to ensure continuous learning. - "Easy Japanese" is a website that offers Japanese reading materials adjusted to the level of beginners. Through short articles and stories, you can train your Japanese reading comprehension skills. The text is simple and easy to understand, and the use of kanji is limited, making it easy for beginners to tackle. An effective way to use the site is to select articles on topics that interest you and practice them repeatedly to improve your comprehension of the text. Also, keep active learning in mind by summarizing your problems and opinions after reading! Interact with native Japanese speakers online! Next, we have compiled a list of ways to interact with native Japanese speakers online! - "Ohanasi Kagawa" hosts free online language exchange events. The events are held six times a month, and you can find a language exchange partner who is a native Japanese speaker! Instead of teaching English, you will be matched with a Japanese person who wants to learn English. Interaction with a language exchange partner is very important for developing real communication skills in learning Japanese, and since we switch the language we speak for 15 minutes at a time, even beginners may find it easy to participate. - You can join Japanese conversation clubs on online platforms such as "Meetup" and "ConversationExchange". In these clubs, you will have the opportunity to speak Japanese in a group setting. By participating in regular online events and video chat sessions, you can communicate with native Japanese speakers and learners of Japanese! Group conversations will help you improve your practical conversational skills in a large group setting. - Online services such as "iTalki" and "HelloTalk" allow you to have one-on-one video chats with native Japanese speakers. These services allow online lessons and language exchange with certified native speakers. Through video chat, you can practice your Japanese and receive feedback in real time! With one-on-one sessions, I can have a customized learning experience that meets my individual needs and learning goals. How to motivate yourself to continue studying Japanese From here, we will introduce how to motivate yourself to continue learning Japanese for a long period of time. Let's consider goal setting, study plans, self-reflection and feedback! Goal Setting and Study Plan Goal setting and learning plans are important for effective learning. Specific goal setting based on SMART provides clear direction and motivation. Visualizing the achievement of your goals will make it easier for you to realize your progress. Setting realistic and achievable goals will also increase the effectiveness of your learning. Setting deadlines will help you manage your learning progress and promote focused learning. When creating a study schedule, it is important to find the times of day when you are most focused and incorporate learning into those times. By setting aside a set amount of time for study, you will be able to achieve continuous learning. Estimate the appropriate amount of time for your study and create a specific schedule. It is also important to incorporate appropriate breaks. Goal setting and a study plan can help with self-discipline. Having clear goals and a specific schedule will maximize the effectiveness of your learning. Also, following through on your plan will help you stay motivated. Be flexible and adjust your plan to fit your learning style and time usage! Self-reflection and getting feedback Self-reflection and feedback from others play an important role in improving learning outcomes. Create a learning log to visualize your learning progress and conduct self-analysis. You can also receive feedback from online tutors and language exchange partners to help you identify and improve your learning weaknesses. Together, these elements will help you find effective learning directions and promote your growth! Incorporate regular self-reflection and feedback from others to ensure that you are learning effectively! Continue learning while having fun Finally, here are some tips to help you continue your Japanese language study while having fun ∙ Watch Japanese movies and dramas to improve your listening skills and learn about Japanese culture and expressions. ∙ Listen to Japanese music and podcasts to learn natural phrases and pronunciation while relaxing. ∙ Improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills by reading content written in Japanese (manga, novels, news articles, etc.). ∙ Enjoy learning by using Japanese language study materials related to topics and activities that interest you. ∙ Join a study group or community to learn together and motivate yourself. By following these tips, you can enjoy and continue learning Japanese. Take full advantage of the online resources listed above while deepening your learning at your own pace! 【For Japanese Learners】 Limited to 10 people Free Consultation & Japanese Lesson ↑Click to the website! We are organizing a free Japanese language consultation & free Japanese lesson for Japanese learners. “Even though I’m studying Japanese, I can’t speak it.” “I don’t know how to study Japanese.” “I’m worried that I can’t see any progress.” Our Japanese Language Learning Counselors would be happy to listen to the concerns of such beginner- or intermediate-level Japanese language learners and advise them on how to learn Japanese and solutions that suit their needs. ※Due to the limited time of our Japanese Language Counselors, we limit the number of participants to 10. We at Ohanasi Kagawa are currently hosting an online Japanese-English language exchange event on weekends.However, we have noticed that there are many people who want to participate but are not confident enough in their Japanese to do so. We are holding this free Japanese language study consultation in the hope that we can help Japanese learners find hints to help them move forward.You can book through the calendar below, and we will send you a link for the free counseling by e-mail.If you’d like to take a Japanese lesson, you can take it for free during this time. Book a free counseling and trial lesson >>>

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2023.09.02

Japanese Calligraphy Classes Online: Open a New Door to Art!

As you learn more about Japanese culture, many of you may be interested in learning calligraphy. Even if you don't have to go to Japan. It would be great if you could learn it online. This article describes Japanese calligraphy classes that you can learn online. One of the advantages of online classes is the freedom to learn without being restricted by location or time. What's more, you can learn while communicating directly with the instructor via the Internet. Online calligraphy classes are offered in a variety of levels and styles, allowing students to tailor their learning to their own skill development. This article explores the appeal of online calligraphy classes and the opportunity to experience the world of art from the comfort of your own home. Open a new door and experience the fascination of calligraphy! Explore Japanese Calligraphy: A Journey of Self-Expression Japanese calligraphy is a widely loved art form that pursues self-expression and a sense of beauty. To enjoy calligraphy, it is important to first understand its origins and the art and techniques of calligraphy. Calligraphy is more than just the copying of letters; it is also an expression of the heart and a meditative element. The appeal of calligraphy is that it allows one to quietly express one's feelings and thoughts while using a brush. Therefore, calligraphy can be a window for those seeking self-expression and emotional stability. Japanese calligraphy is not only about the beauty of the characters themselves, but also about writing itself, which is connected to the tranquility of the mind and brings joy as a form of self-expression. By learning the origins and techniques of calligraphy while honing your own sensitivity and expressiveness, you will be able to enjoy a world of deep self-expression through calligraphy. Origins of Japanese Calligraphy Let's look at the origins of Japanese calligraphy! - About the early forms of calligraphy:The earliest forms of calligraphy can be explored through antiques and historical sources. Note the ancient calligraphy styles and techniques found in ancient scripts, paintings, and Buddhist scriptures. These early forms formed the basis for calligraphy and were the foundation for the development of Japanese calligraphy. - Chinese influence:Calligraphy was introduced to Japan from China and developed uniquely in Japan. The techniques and styles of calligraphy introduced from China were incorporated into Japanese culture and developed into a style all their own. Japanese calligraphers have studied the works of Chinese masterpieces and calligraphy masters, and have pursued their own unique expression based on these works. - The influence of calligraphy on Japanese culture:Calligraphy has been deeply embedded in Japanese culture and thought. Not only is calligraphy an art form, but it is also closely related to Japanese literature, poetry, and Zen thought. For example, calligraphy has been valued not only as a means of writing beautiful letters, but also as a means of expressing states of mind and ways of thinking. Calligraphy also plays an important role in daily life. Please take a look at the elements of calligraphy as you become aware of them, as they are widely used as decorations and characters in Japanese homes, shrines, and temples. By understanding these elements, we can explore how calligraphy has become deeply embedded in Japanese culture and thought. Follow the origins and development of calligraphy and understand its place in Japanese art and culture! Calligraphy Techniques Next, we summarized the techniques and skills of calligraphy! In order to create beautiful characters in calligraphy, it is necessary to master basic techniques. - The use of basic tools:Calligraphy requires basic tools such as brushes, ink, and paper. It is important to learn how to use these tools properly, such as how to hold the brush and adjust the density of the ink. - Basic brush strokes:Basic strokes and brush strokes are important in calligraphy. It is necessary to learn basic brush strokes such as vertical lines, horizontal lines, dots, and upward brushstrokes to create balance and rhythm in the writing. - Character composition:Calligraphy requires an understanding of the structure of characters such as kanji and kana. Learn about the origins of the characters, radicals, and stroke counts, and understand the procedures and rules for writing them accurately. Advice from a calligraphy class or instructor can be helpful in mastering these basic skills. You can also use calligraphy reference books and online resources. Through continuous practice and practice, you can create your own beautiful characters! Japanese Calligraphy Classes Online Let's take a closer look at Japanese Calligraphy Classes Online. Learning calligraphy online is a new way to learn a traditional art form in an online environment. Below is a summary of the features, advantages, and disadvantages of learning calligraphy online. - FeaturesLessons and courses are offered on an online platform, allowing students to learn while interacting with remote instructors through video chat and shared documents. Flexible scheduling is also attractive, allowing students to learn at their own pace from the comfort of their own home. You can also replay recorded lessons later, so you can practice and review content at your own pace. - AdvantagesFirst, there is the accessibility. Calligraphy requires few special tools and materials, so you can buy your own supplies and learn at the convenience of your own home. In addition, the online environment allows instructors to provide individualized instruction to each student. This means that you can receive advice and feedback tailored to your own skills and challenges. Furthermore, by participating in online calligraphy courses or group lessons, you will be able to connect with people from all over the world and learn while interacting with people from different backgrounds and cultures. - DisadvantagesFirst of all, it is difficult to fully reproduce the actual feel of the brush and the texture of the paper. In an online environment, there may be certain limitations in learning brush usage and brush pressure. In addition, instructors may be limited in the accuracy of feedback and instruction because it is difficult for instructors to directly observe the student's work and practice progress. Learning calligraphy online offers the opportunity to learn a traditional art form while providing flexibility and accessibility. Although there are disadvantages, you can expand your potential for self-expression through proper instruction and self-practice! Steps to get started with Calligraphy Finally, we will discuss the basic steps for beginners to begin calligraphy. First, we will discuss how to choose the right tools. For your first calligraphy practice, you will need a brush, ink, and paper. Choose a brush and ink suitable for beginners and prepare a special paper for calligraphy. We recommend that you begin your practice by learning basic writing techniques. First, make sure you are holding the brush correctly and in the correct posture. Next, practice basic strokes and pressure control. Start with basic letters and simple shapes and gradually increase the difficulty level. As for how to proceed with practice, continuity and repetition are important. By practicing a little every day, you will become accustomed to the use of the brush and the shapes of the letters. Also, learn precise brush strokes and balance by copying models and reference books. It is also important to review your own work and find areas for improvement. Learning calligraphy for beginners requires months or years of continuous study and practice. It takes a very long time to master basic techniques and brushwork, although it depends on individual progress. It is important to work at your own pace without rushing and to feel your progress as you receive instruction. Calligraphy is an art form that can be continued throughout your life and requires a continuous commitment to improve technique and expression. For a beginner to begin calligraphy, it is important to learn basic tools and techniques, to practice continuously, and to monitor your own progress. We recommend that you set small goals at first and gradually work your way up. By taking the time to practice and enjoy the process, you will be able to acquire beautiful characters and expressive skills! Calligraphy is extremely valuable not only as an art form, but also as a form of self-expression. Experience its beauty and depth through the calligraphy classes offered online. First, you may want to hear from a Japanese speaker who is actually exploring calligraphy, and Ohanasi Kagawa offers language exchange events between English and Japanese learners. They are held online six times a month, so you can participate from anywhere in the world! If you let them know that you are interested in Japanese culture, there are many participants who are happy to teach you. Please check it out! 【For Japanese Learners】 Limited to 10 people Free Consultation & Japanese Lesson ↑Click to the website! We are organizing a free Japanese language consultation & free Japanese lesson for Japanese learners. “Even though I’m studying Japanese, I can’t speak it.” “I don’t know how to study Japanese.” “I’m worried that I can’t see any progress.” Our Japanese Language Learning Counselors would be happy to listen to the concerns of such beginner- or intermediate-level Japanese language learners and advise them on how to learn Japanese and solutions that suit their needs. ※Due to the limited time of our Japanese Language Counselors, we limit the number of participants to 10. We at Ohanasi Kagawa are currently hosting an online Japanese-English language exchange event on weekends.However, we have noticed that there are many people who want to participate but are not confident enough in their Japanese to do so. We are holding this free Japanese language study consultation in the hope that we can help Japanese learners find hints to help them move forward.You can book through the calendar below, and we will send you a link for the free counseling by e-mail.If you’d like to take a Japanese lesson, you can take it for free during this time. Book a free counseling and trial lesson >>>

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2023.09.01

Master Japanese Dictation from Home: Online Tools and Apps

Are you looking for a way to learn Japanese dictation? To improve your Japanese dictation, online tools and apps that allow you to easily practice at home can be helpful. This article introduces various online tools and apps to help you master Japanese dictation from home. By using these tools, you will be able to acquire accurate stroke order and letter shapes, and learn how to write beautiful Japanese. In addition, we will explain in detail the advantages of the online environment, such as the ability to practice at home in your own free time, the abundance of teaching materials provided, and tracking your progress. We will also introduce tips and tricks to help you improve your Japanese dictation skills while having fun, so please refer to this article and start effective Japanese dictation practice from home! The reason why you need online Japanese dictation practice? So, why do you need online Japanese writing practice? Online Japanese writing practice offers freedom and convenience. You can study at home, on the go, or anywhere else, and you can proceed at your own pace. Another attraction is that a wide variety of teaching materials are provided, allowing you to practice according to your own level and goals. What's more, because of the progress tracking feature, you can check your learning progress and grades in real time. This allows you to acquire accurate stroke order and letter shapes while increasing your motivation. Take advantage of online Japanese dictation practice for effective learning. Advantages of Online Japanese Dictation Practice Below is a summary of the advantages of online Japanese dictation practice! - You can practice anytime, anywhere:The biggest advantage of online practice is that you can practice at your own convenience and at your own free time. You can study at your own pace, whether it is late at night or early in the morning. This is a very important point for continuing your Japanese study. - Access to a variety of teaching materials:The online platform offers a wide variety of teaching materials at different levels, from beginner to advanced. You can use a wide range of textbooks and exercises according to your level and goals. If you have given up because there is no Japanese language school in your neighborhood that matches your level, please try making effective use of the online platform. - Tracking your progress:Online practice allows you to track your progress in real time. You will receive accurate feedback and progress reports so that you can identify your areas of strength and challenges, and take concrete actions to improve. Some are judged by a machine, but there are also many opportunities to get feedback from actual Japanese speakers. Find the method that works best for you. Effective Online App to Practice Japanese Writing So, what kind of apps can actually help you learn Japanese writing effectively? Here we will explain how to use effective online apps to practice Japanese dictation. We will explain the different types of apps and how to use them, and see how you can get the maximum benefit from them! Best Apps for Learning Japanese You are probably wondering about the best apps for learning Japanese, right? Below are 3 effective online apps for learning Japanese. - AnkiDroid: An app in flashcard format AnkiDroid is a flashcard-style application, ideal for learning Japanese words and phrases. You can create your own original set of cards and study Japanese words and grammar points repeatedly. The app tracks your learning progress and adjusts the frequency of questions according to the level of difficulty. You can also share the card sets you have created. The app is flexible in its use, so you can customize it to suit your own purposes! - HelloTalk : Interactive learning app HelloTalk is a language exchange application. It provides an interactive learning environment for language learners. If you set your target language to Japanese, you can communicate with and receive feedback from native Japanese speakers through chat! Voice messaging and video chat features are also available to help you practice your listening and speaking skills. - Japanese Kanji Study: Stroke order learning tool app Japanese Kanji Study is an application to support learning kanji. When studying Japanese, there are probably many people who get stuck on kanji. This app provides exercises to learn stroke order, readings, and meanings of kanji. Users can first check the stroke order of the kanji and then check the reading and meaning of the kanji with practice questions. It also saves individual study records and tracks users' progress so that they can feel their own growth. Each of these apps effectively supports Japanese language learning through their own unique learning methods. When utilizing an app, choose the appropriate app for your learning goals and level, and be sure to keep continuous learning and active participation. It is also important to take advantage of the app's features and settings to customize it to your own learning style. How to use the Japanese Writing Practice Worksheets This section details how to effectively use the Japanese Writing Practice Worksheets and how to incorporate these tools into your study plan. Worksheets are a useful tool for memorizing letter forms and stroke order accurately. Below, we will provide specific ideas and tips on how to use the worksheets and introduce strategies for improving your Japanese dictation skills. Effective practice using worksheets You may be wondering, "Why do we use worksheets in the first place? There are three advantages of worksheets. 1.Worksheets allow you to practice basic letters and words. It helps you to remember the letter shapes and stroke order well.2.Worksheets can be used to practice stroke order. Correct stroke order is very important to maintain letter shapes. You can learn the correct stroke order through the worksheets.3.While looking at the worksheets, students practice writing letters freehand. This will strengthen your memory and help you develop a natural writing style. Let's take a look at how to use the worksheets effectively. To thoroughly practice correct stroke order and letter shapes, it is important to start with simple letters and words. Freehand practice that emphasizes stroke order and balance is also effective. Furthermore, you can use worksheets to adjust the spacing and balance of letters to develop a beautiful writing style. How to use the worksheets:1.Download and print the worksheet. At first, we recommend starting with basic letter and word practice.2.In practicing stroke order, follow the letters on the worksheet to practice the correct stroke order. Repeated practice will help you acquire the correct stroke order!3.In freehand practice, write the letters freely while looking at the worksheet. The key is to focus on natural writing style rather than accuracy, and to aim for smooth brush strokes. Next, we will discuss how to incorporate these worksheets into your own study plan. First, it is important to choose the appropriate worksheet for your level and goals. If you are a beginner, start with basic letter and word practice and gradually increase the difficulty level. It is also important to establish a regular practice schedule and practice a little each day. By concentrating on practicing even for a short period of time, you will be able to learn more effectively! There are many advantages to online Japanese dictation practice, aren't there? The advantage is that you can learn at your own pace and practice using a variety of resources. We think that practicing using apps and worksheets is a great way to improve your Japanese dictation skills in an efficient manner. As you continue your dictation practice, you may want to actually ask questions to Japanese speakers! Ohanasi Kagawa offers language exchange events between Japanese and English learners. They are held online six times a month on weekends, so you can participate from anywhere in the world! If you are interested in exchanging with Japanese speakers, please check it out! 【For Japanese Learners】 Limited to 10 people Free Consultation & Japanese Lesson ↑Click to the website! We are organizing a free Japanese language consultation & free Japanese lesson for Japanese learners. “Even though I’m studying Japanese, I can’t speak it.” “I don’t know how to study Japanese.” “I’m worried that I can’t see any progress.” Our Japanese Language Learning Counselors would be happy to listen to the concerns of such beginner- or intermediate-level Japanese language learners and advise them on how to learn Japanese and solutions that suit their needs. ※Due to the limited time of our Japanese Language Counselors, we limit the number of participants to 10. We at Ohanasi Kagawa are currently hosting an online Japanese-English language exchange event on weekends.However, we have noticed that there are many people who want to participate but are not confident enough in their Japanese to do so. We are holding this free Japanese language study consultation in the hope that we can help Japanese learners find hints to help them move forward.You can book through the calendar below, and we will send you a link for the free counseling by e-mail.If you’d like to take a Japanese lesson, you can take it for free during this time. Book a free counseling and trial lesson >>>

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2023.09.01

Latest Online Resources to Improve Your Japanese Listening Practice While Having Fun for 2023

Are you looking for ways to improve your Japanese listening skills? This article will introduce you to the latest 2023 online resources to help you with your Japanese listening practice methods. By the end of the article, you will be able to enjoy a variety of online, app, podcast, and other media methods for Japanese listening practice! Online Resources for Improving Listening Skills First, here are some of the latest online resources for improving your Japanese listening skills. Why are online resources important? - Latest Online Resources for 2023 We will pick up resources for beginners through advanced learners! Why Online Resources are Important for? There are many benefits to using online resources to improve your Japanese listening skills. For example, you will have the opportunity to listen to Japanese with a variety of accents and become familiar with regional pronunciation and intonation. In addition, the online resources are available at any time, allowing for regular practice. Furthermore, they cover a wide range of topics and are useful for listening to real conversations and information. Specific ways to use the resources include selecting and listening to audio content by region, practicing listening regularly, and incorporating listening practice on topics that interest you. As you practice these methods, you will consistently improve your listening skills. The Latest Online Resources for 2023 Here are three recommended online resources for Japanese listening practice in 2023. - NHK News Web Easy is a listening practice application recommended for beginner to intermediate level learners. It uses simple news articles and audio to help students improve their Japanese listening skills. - LingQ uses audio and text at the same time to strengthen listening and reading skills at the same time. - JapanesePod101 is a podcast-style audio lesson that improves your listening skills through real conversations in Japanese. Use these resources according to your own learning style and goals to improve your Japanese listening skills. Listening Practice Using the Best Apps Next, we will introduce the best apps to improve your listening skills. - Advantages of Using Apps for Listening Practice- Latest Listening Practice Apps for 2023 Apps offer the convenience of practicing anytime, anywhere, so make the most of them! Benefits of Practicing Listening with Apps Practicing Japanese Listening with Apps has the following advantages. First, it is highly flexible, allowing you to practice listening on the move. Second, there is an interactive learning experience unique to apps, allowing you to practice your listening skills in practical situations. Furthermore, the customizable learning experience allows you to tailor your practice to your level and goals. Take advantage of these benefits to improve your listening skills effectively! The Latest Listening Practice Apps for 2023 Here are three of the latest apps for Japanese listening practice in 2023. - Lingodeer (iOS / Android): This app specializes in learning multiple languages including Japanese. It offers listening practice through real conversations. Listen to audio as you progress through the lessons and repeat dialogs and sentences to improve your listening skills. - HelloTalk (iOS / Android): A language exchange app, HelloTalk allows you to have real-time audio conversations and exchange voice messages with native Japanese speakers. Improve your listening skills through communication with native speakers. - NHK World Japan (iOS / Android): A variety of Japanese language content is offered, including news, documentaries, and entertainment. You can listen to real-time news and past programs, and learn accurate pronunciation and natural expressions in Japanese. Subtitles and commentary are also available within the application, allowing you to check your understanding as you learn. While listening to audio content, acquire practical listening skills through repeat practice and participation in conversations. With regular practice and active engagement, you can improve your Japanese listening skills! How to Practice Effective Japanese Listening Practice with Podcasts This section introduces the effectiveness of listening practice through podcasts and specific ways to use podcasts. - Benefits of Listening Practice Through Podcasts- Latest Podcasts for Listening Practice in 2023 Benefits of Practicing Japanese Listening with Podcasts Practicing Japanese listening with podcasts offers the benefits of real-life Japanese language learning and a variety of topics. Podcasts improve listening skills by providing an opportunity to learn natural Japanese expressions and cultural nuances through real conversations. They cover a wide variety of topics, so you can choose the areas that interest you while you study. In addition, podcasts can be listened to on-demand, so you can study anytime and anywhere, including while traveling or waiting for a flight. Easy access to the podcasts via smartphone or tablet increases learning continuity. Listening to podcasts on a regular basis will help you improve your realistic Japanese usage, accent, vocabulary and expressions. Choose topics that interest you and build your confidence through listening practice. The Latest Podcasts for Japanese Listening Practice in 2023 Here are the latest podcasts for Japanese listening practice in 2023. We will explain the features, usage, and evaluation of each podcast. Spotify's podcast feature offers Japanese podcasts in a variety of genres and can be customized to your personal interests and level. Easy-to-use features include offline playback, playlist creation, and playback speed adjustment. Improve your Japanese listening skills and expand your knowledge of Japanese culture and language through podcasts. - JLPT stories https://open.spotify.com/show/4uyAnsK1FigkQzYHOXgyJy - The Real Japanese Podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/1gQ0ZdFpTOqiyLeOaCCn6U Bilingual News is a free podcast on iTunes. News topics are covered in both Japanese and English, and are discussed by two hosts, one speaking primarily in Japanese and the other in English. Listening to the Japanese portion improves your listening skills and exposes you to real-world conversations on a variety of topics. The bilingual format also allows you to check your understanding by referring to the English portion. https://bilingualnews.jp/blog/ Nihongo con Teppei is hosted by Teppei-san, a Japanese teacher, and focuses on natural everyday conversation. Teppei-san covers interesting topics, interviews guests, and provides explanations in an informal and friendly atmosphere. The episodes help students improve their listening skills and acquire useful expressions commonly used in everyday life. https://nihongoconteppei.com/ In this article, we have detailed the use of Japanese listening practice applications and podcasts. Make the most of these resources to improve your Japanese listening skills! If you want to test your skills in actual Japanese conversation, I recommend Ohanasi Kagawa's online language exchange events. It is held 6 times a month on weekends for free, so if you are interested in talking with Japanese speakers, please check it out! 【For Japanese Learners】 Limited to 10 people Free Consultation & Japanese Lesson ↑Click to the website! We are organizing a free Japanese language consultation & free Japanese lesson for Japanese learners. “Even though I’m studying Japanese, I can’t speak it.” “I don’t know how to study Japanese.” “I’m worried that I can’t see any progress.” Our Japanese Language Learning Counselors would be happy to listen to the concerns of such beginner- or intermediate-level Japanese language learners and advise them on how to learn Japanese and solutions that suit their needs. ※Due to the limited time of our Japanese Language Counselors, we limit the number of participants to 10. We at Ohanasi Kagawa are currently hosting an online Japanese-English language exchange event on weekends.However, we have noticed that there are many people who want to participate but are not confident enough in their Japanese to do so. We are holding this free Japanese language study consultation in the hope that we can help Japanese learners find hints to help them move forward.You can book through the calendar below, and we will send you a link for the free counseling by e-mail.If you’d like to take a Japanese lesson, you can take it for free during this time. Book a free counseling and trial lesson >>>

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2023.08.25

【Nihongo-Level ★☆☆☆】Can you use Japanese grammar “Vてから” correctly?

"てform can be difficult to use because of its complex conjugated forms.Can you answer all of the following questions?" Review てform of a Verb + から (~て + から)Vてから means “after doing (verb)…” Quiz1【The conjugation of the てform】 Answer the てform of these verbs. ①彼に (  )から、 会社に行きます。 KARENI (  )KARA KAISHANI IKIMASU. ②毎朝、牛乳を(  )から、運動をします。MAIASA GYU-NYU-WO ( ) KARA UNDOUWO SHIMASU. ③母は、ご飯を(  )から、歯をみがきます。HAHAWA GOHANWO ( )KARA HAWO MIGAKIMASU. ④兄は、運動(  )から、シャワーを浴びます。ANIWA UNDOU( )KARA SHAWA-WO ABIMASU. ⑤家に友達が(  )から、料理をはじめます。IENI TOMODACHIGA( )KARA RYO-RIWO HAJIMEMASU.   Answers and Review for Quiz 1 ①あってから 彼に あってから、 会社に行きます。 KARENI ATTEKARA KAISHANI IKIMASU.ーI will go to the office after meeting him.②のんでから 毎朝、牛乳をのんでから、運動をします。 MAIASA GYU-NYU-WO NONDEKARA UNDOUWO SHIMASU.ーI exercise every morning after drinking a cup of milk.③たべてから 母は、ご飯をたべてから、歯をみがきます。 HAHAWA GOHANWO TABETEKARA HAWOMIGAKIMASU.ーMy mom brushes her teeth after having breakfast.④してから 兄は、運動してから、シャワーを浴びます。 ANIHA UNDOUSHITEKARA SHAWA-WO ABIMASU.ーMy brother takes a shower after exercising.⑤きてから 家に友達がきてから、料理をはじめます。 IENI TOMODACHIGAKITEKARA RYO-RIWO HAJIMEMASU.ーI’ll start cooking after my friends come to my house. Were you able to answer all the questions? Even if you didn't answer everything, please don't feel nervous!Let's practice together! Let’s practice how to conjugate the てform ①あう あう is a verb in group 1.Also, the last Hiragana of あう is “う”.That means that the てform of あう is あって. ②のむ のむ is a verb in group1.Also, the last Hiragana of のむ is “む”.That means that the てform of のむ is のんで. ③たべる たべる is a verb in group 2.Because of that, the てform of たべる is たべて. ④運動する 運動する(する verbs) is a verb in group 3.Since 運動する is a verb in group 3, the てform will be 運動して. ⑤くる くる is a verb in the group 3.That’s why てform of くる is きて. Quiz2【Practice the てform more】 Are you ready to practice てform some more?Please choose the correct conjugation. ①父と(  )から、先生に電話をします。1はなせて 2はなんで 3はなすって 4はなして ②家に(  )から、手を洗ってね。1ついて 2ついって 3つきて 4つくって ③映画館に(  )から、ポップコーンとコーラを買おうよ!1いくて 2いって 3いいて 4いんで ④日本では くつを (  )から、家に入りますよ。1ぬんで 2ぬきて 3ぬいで 4ぬって  ⑤髪を(  )から、モテるようになった。嬉しい!1きて 2きって 3きいて 4きて Answers and Review for Quiz 2 Let’s check the correct answers together. I’ll also explain how to conjugate these verbs correctly! ①4父と はなしてから、先生に電話をします。CHICHITO HANASHITEKARA SENSEINI DENWAWO SHIMASU.ーI’ll call my teacher after talking to my father. はなす is a verb in group 1.Also, the last Hiragana of はなす is “す”.That means that the てform of はなす is はなして. ②1家に ついてから、手を洗ってね。IENI TSUITEKARA TEWO ARATTENE.ーWash your hands after arriving home. つく is a verb in group 1.Also, the last Hiragana of つく is “く”.That means that the てform of つく is ついて. ③2映画館に いってから、ポップコーンとコーラを買おうよ!EIGAKAN NI ITTEKARA POPPUKO-N TO KO-RA WO KAOUYO.ーLet’s buy popcorn and soda when we get to the theater. ※いく is an irregular verb in group 1. The last Hiragana of いく is “く” but it doesn’t conjugate into “いいて” like “つく”.Please be careful with this verb!! The てform of いく is いって. ④3日本では くつを ぬいでから、家に入りますよ。NIHONDEHA KUTSUWO NUIDEKARA IENI HAIRIMASUYO.ーIn Japan, it’s common to enter a house only after taking off your shoes. ぬぐ is a verb in  group 1.Since ぬぐ is a verb in group 1 and the last hiragana is ぐ, we know that the てform of ぬぐ is ぬいで. ⑤2髪を きってから、モテるようになった。嬉しい!KAMIWO KITTEKARA MOTERUYOUNI NATTA. URESHIIーI started to feel more attractive after cutting my hair. ※Make sure to note that there are multiple words spelled ‘きる’ in Japanese.きる(切る:to cut) is a verb in group 1.※It is not in group 2. Meanwhile,  きる(着る : to wear)is in group 2.That’s why てform of 切る(to cut) is きって(切って), and theてform of 着る(to wear) is きて(着て).Make sure to double check which group a verb belongs in when conjugating! A quick wrap-up Did you understand the conjugations of the てform?If you can use it correctly, you might be able to talk with Japanese people like a native speaker!Please don’t forget these rules and review them whenever you forget them. Check it whenever you want to review the conjugation of てform. Check the Reels @Instagram Wouldn’t it be a great way to practice if you could try using the grammar we learned today in a real conversation with Japanese friends? Ohanasi Japanese Language School has 3 differences compared to other schools. 1.You can ask your questions face to face outside of lessons!2.You can discuss with English learners through writing whenever you want!3.You can find language partners safely! https://youtu.be/2MT9VCaSmCw?si=0sTxy4-qZ25UaDNe Do you want to put yourself in an environment where Japanese is used a lot? Please check our website if you would like to experience a new way to learn Japanese.

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2023.08.11

【Nihongo Quiz 】Can you use あげる / くれる correctly?

I think... many Japanese learners cannot use this grammar correctly . How about you? Hi!! I'm Satomi in Ohanasi Japanese Language School.Let's practice あげる and くれる together★ QUIZ1:Which is correct ? 1.私は大好きな彼女にプレゼントを(  )。  a.あげた  b.くれた 2.昨日は私がお酒を飲んだから、姉が車を運転して(  )。  a.あげた  b.くれた 3.友達がさいふを家に忘れたので、100円かして(  )。  a.あげました  b.くれました 4.A「荷物がおもいから、運ぶのをてつだって(  )?」 B.「もちろん、いいよ!」  a.あげる b.くれる QUIZ1:Answer 1.私は大好きな彼女にプレゼントを( a.あげた )。 I gave my girlfriend a present. 2.昨日は私がお酒を飲んだから、姉が車を運転して( b.くれた )。 My sister drove my car because I drank last night. 3.友達がさいふを家に忘れたので、100円かして( a.あげました )。 My friend didn't have her wallet, so I lent her 100 yen. 4.A「荷物がおもい!運ぶのをてつだって( b.くれる )?」 B.「もちろん、いいよ!」  -A "They are so heavy! Can you help me carry them?"  -B "Sure!" How do we use あげる / くれる with correct grammar? The important thing is… the point of view! You can download it↑ How to make a sentence of くれる? How to make a sentence of あげる? QUIZ2:Practice 1.妹が 私に パソコンの使い方を 教えて(  )。  a.くれた  b.あげた 2.妹は 私の友達に パソコンの使い方を 教えて(  )。  a.あげた  b.くれた 3.先生は 私に 面白い話を (  )。  a.してくれた  b.してあげた 4.スタバの店員さんが 私に (  )。  a.笑いかけてあげた  b.笑いかけてくれた 5. A「今日も残業?仕事、(  )?」 B「ありがとう、おねがい。」  a.手伝ってあげようか  b.手伝ってくれようか 6.A「”lmao”ってなに?(  )?」 B「あぁ、それは、"laughing my ass off"で、"超おもしろい"って意味だよ。」  a.教えてくれる  b.教えてあげる QUIZ2:Answer 1.妹が 私に パソコンの使い方を 教えて( a.くれた )。 My sister taught me to use my PC. ※The point of view is 私. 2.妹は 私の友達に パソコンの使い方を 教えて( a.あげた )。 My sister taught my friend to use his PC. ※The point of view is 妹. 3.先生は 私に 面白い話を ( a.してくれた )。 My teacher told me a funny story. ※The point of view is 私. 4.スタバの店員さんが 私に ( b.笑いかけてくれた )。 The Starbucks clerk smiled at me. ※The point of view is 私. 5. A「今日も残業?仕事、( a.手伝ってあげようか )?」 B「ありがとう、おねがい。」  - A "Are you still working today too? Can I help you?"  - B "Thanks, please." ※The point of view is A. 6.A「”lmao”ってなに?( a.教えてくれる )?」 B「あぁ、それは、"laughing my ass off"で、"超おもしろい"って意味だよ。」 - A "What is lmao? Can you tell me what it means??" - B "Oh, it means “laughing my ass off”. It means "so funny"." ※The point of view is A. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.I hope you can use this grammar in your next daily conversation^^

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2023.08.09

Japanese Reading Practice for Beginners for Anime Lovers: Free Online Resource Guide

Do you want to enjoy anime and manga in their original Japanese? This article summarizes Japanese reading practice for beginners using free online resources. Read to the end and you will find tips on how to enjoy anime and manga in their original Japanese! Importance and Basics of Japanese Reading Practice First, let's review the importance and basics of Japanese reading practice. - Understanding the Japanese writing system- Understanding Japanese sentence structure Japanese reading comprehension is an important skill, and continuous reading practice is necessary to develop it. Improvement of reading comprehension is essential for understanding information and documents, so be proactive in your practice! Understand the Japanese writing system The Japanese writing system consists of hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana is used to represent basic Japanese syllables, Japanese grammar and particles. Katakana is often used to represent foreign words and sounds, and is used for words borrowed from English and for international terminology. Kanji characters were introduced from China and are used to express meaning. Hiragana consists of 50 syllables, and the basic rule is to memorize the letter corresponding to each syllable. Katakana also represents the same syllables as hiragana, but are written in a different way, so you will need to learn to read and write them independently. Kanji characters are used to express meaning, so it is important to learn how to read these characters and their meanings. Understanding these writing systems will help you read and write Japanese documents. By learning basic reading and writing skills, you will improve your ability to understand and express yourself in Japanese texts. Each writing system has its own learning methods and exercises, so make use of appropriate learning materials and resources. Understanding the writing system is an important step in the foundation of Japanese language learning. Understanding Japanese sentence structure Japanese sentence structure differs from that of English, and understanding its characteristics will help you improve your reading comprehension. First, Japanese sentences are divided into clauses. 文節(Bunsetsu) is a semantic grouping that plays a role within a sentence. It is important to understand the proper reading and intonation of each sentence phrase. In addition, the position of the subject and predicate in Japanese differs from that in English. In English, the subject comes first in a sentence, but in Japanese, the predicate often comes first. By understanding this characteristic and being aware of the position of the subject and predicate, you will be able to correctly understand the meaning of a sentence. In addition, various particles exist in the Japanese language to express the meaning and relationship between clauses. Particles clarify the structure of sentences and clarify the relationship between clauses. By correctly understanding the usage and role of particles, you will be able to accurately grasp the meaning of a sentence. By understanding these elements and recognizing the cohesion of a sentence phrase, the position of the subject and predicate, and the role of particles, you will acquire the ability to interpret Japanese sentences more accurately. Utilize appropriate study materials and resources to develop your knowledge of sentence structure and practical reading comprehension skills. Online Japanese Reading Practice Methods Now, let's take a look at how to actually practice! - Using free Japanese reading comprehension material websites- Japanese Reading Practice Using Smartphone Apps We will introduce some effective ways to practice Japanese reading comprehension using online resources and specific examples of how to use them. Utilizing free Japanese reading comprehension resource sites The web is full of free Japanese reading practice sites. Below we have listed three sites that offer free Japanese reading comprehension materials. We will explain the characteristics of each site, how to use them, and how to make the most of them. 1. NHK News Web Easy Characteristics: This site is provided by NHK and offers news articles in easy Japanese. Usage: Select a news article to read and understand the content. If you find a word or expression difficult, refer to the vocabulary and grammar explanations on the site. How to use: Read through the news a little bit each day to build up your sentence comprehension and vocabulary. You should also practice summarizing sentences and answering questions. 2. Nihongo-Pro Reading Comprehension Characteristics: This site provided by Nihongo-Pro offers exercises to improve reading comprehension. Usage: Choose an exercise for each level, read it, and answer the questions. You can also check the answers and explanations. How to use: Select the appropriate level of questions and practice repeatedly to improve your comprehension and reading skills. You can also practice your speed by answering questions with a time limit. 3. JLPT Sensei Characteristics: This site provides reading comprehension questions for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). There are questions for each level. Usage: Choose a question that matches your level, read it, and answer the question. You can also check the answers and explanations. How to Use: To familiarize yourself with the JLPT exam format, hone your exam skills and techniques by solving practice questions. The goal is to improve your accuracy and speed through repeated attempts. All of these sites offer free and informative materials. Choose materials that match your level and interests, and practice reading comprehension on an ongoing basis. It is a good idea to check your understanding as you read the text and review it by taking notes on words and expressions. You can also deepen your reading comprehension by summarizing sentences and summarizing your own opinions. Japanese reading comprehension practice using a smartphone app Next, we have compiled a list of Japanese reading practice apps that utilize smartphones! Below are three recommended apps. 1. TangoRisto (iOS/Android) is a Japanese reading comprehension training app that uses news articles. It fragments articles and provides quiz-style questions. You can measure your reading comprehension and improve your understanding. You can also choose an article that matches your level, practice repeatedly, and train your speed. 2. JA Sensei (iOS/Android) is an app that provides a wide range of Japanese learning content. It includes kanji and grammar explanations, vocabulary building, reading training, and more. Choose lessons and quizzes according to your level, answer questions as you read the text, and check the explanations to deepen your understanding. 3. Duolingo (iOS/Android) is a multilingual learning platform that also offers reading comprehension practice in Japanese. You will be provided with quiz-style questions to help you understand the meaning of the sentences and choose the correct translation. Learn grammar and vocabulary and improve your reading comprehension skills while completing level-appropriate lessons. These apps are an easy way to improve your Japanese reading comprehension on your smartphone. Choose the one that best suits your level and goals, and continue learning. Try to read sentences carefully and answer questions accurately. In addition to using the application, we also recommend that you actively engage in practical reading such as actual news articles and literary works. Reference books for Japanese reading comprehension From here, we will introduce reference books to improve your Japanese reading comprehension. We will explain in detail the characteristics of each book and how to utilize them. Japanese Reading Comprehension Reference Books for Beginners The following is a list of three reference books for beginners to support Japanese reading comprehension! 1. 『新完全マスター読解 日本語能力試験 N4』"New Perfect Master Reading Comprehension”: Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4" is designed for the JLPT N4 level and aims to improve reading comprehension while acquiring basic grammar and vocabulary. 2. 『読む力が身につく 初級日本語』"Reading Skills for Beginner Japanese" is a material for developing reading comprehension skills at the beginner level based on practical content. Through explanations of grammar and vocabulary, you will deepen their understanding of texts. 3. 『日本語教育能力検定試験(J-TEST)対策読解問題集 初級・中級編』"Reading Comprehension Questions for the Japanese Language Teaching Ability Test (J-TEST)" is a collection of questions corresponding to the elementary and intermediate levels of the J-TEST, and covers a variety of genres of texts. When utilizing these reference books, it is important to understand the characteristics and usage of each book to tackle the questions. Choose the appropriate level of material and develop your ability to accurately understand the meaning and context of the text. In addition, reviewing the answers and explanations while checking the answers and explanations will help you improve your reading comprehension skills efficiently. Continue to practice and review regularly to effectively improve your Japanese reading comprehension! You usually study alone, but sometimes you want to ask questions to Japanese speakers, don't you? Ohanasi Kagawa offers free online language exchange events on weekends. If you are interested, please check out the details. There are many ways to practice reading Japanese. Choose the material that suits your level and practice consistently! 【For Japanese Learners】 Limited to 10 people Free Consultation & Japanese Lesson ↑Click to the website! We are organizing a free Japanese language consultation & free Japanese lesson for Japanese learners. “Even though I’m studying Japanese, I can’t speak it.” “I don’t know how to study Japanese.” “I’m worried that I can’t see any progress.” Our Japanese Language Learning Counselors would be happy to listen to the concerns of such beginner- or intermediate-level Japanese language learners and advise them on how to learn Japanese and solutions that suit their needs. ※Due to the limited time of our Japanese Language Counselors, we limit the number of participants to 10. We at Ohanasi Kagawa are currently hosting an online Japanese-English language exchange event on weekends.However, we have noticed that there are many people who want to participate but are not confident enough in their Japanese to do so. We are holding this free Japanese language study consultation in the hope that we can help Japanese learners find hints to help them move forward.You can book through the calendar below, and we will send you a link for the free counseling by e-mail.If you’d like to take a Japanese lesson, you can take it for free during this time. Book a free counseling and trial lesson >>>

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