Japanese Practice


This blog exists to help those who are learning Japanese at a beginner or intermediate level. The kinds of posts you will see from this blog will vary, but you can expect all of them to be related to the Japanese language or culture.

Please feel free to make requests or ask questions~ I'm always glad to help.

Also, please remember that I myself am still learning, so I am sorry if I ever make mistakes. Please correct me when I do.

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Aah~ ✿! The sakura season is finally here  (*^ワ^*)/ 

Here’s a simple infographic that we made about how sakura are classified, based on this article by japan-guide.com :http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2011_species.html 

Are you going sakura-viewing any time soon? We’d love to see your cherry blossom photos (please share them with us ♥)! Let’s see if we can classify them using this infographic~ (*‿*✿) 



Art by littlemisspaintbrush

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Cherry blossoms in full bloom on a rainy day at Yoyogi Park in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan. [Tokyo cherry blossoms video here]

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AP Japanese Kanji


For any of you taking the AP Japanese exam this year (or just interested in learning some kanji), I’m working on a set of flashcards in Quizlet for the 410 kanji you need to know. Here’s the link if you want to practice with it. http://quizlet.com/39770526/ap-japanese-kanji-in-progress-flash-cards/ (It’s still in progress, by the way)

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Gambarou Tohoku | Ayumi by syahril  on Flickr.

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alone in the snow (Housen-in temple, Kyoto) by Marser on Flickr.

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Snowfall in Tokyo by anatolia_jp (busy weekend) on Flickr.

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I’m feeling afraid (Kyoto) by Marser on Flickr.

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Boys Love High School

A quick video about a BL cafe in Tokyo! 

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Cold winter day in Osaka by sanmai on Flickr.

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reitasnoseband ASKED:
Hi! I'm going to take the AP Japanese exam this year (and I see you've taken it) and I'm really nervous because I've never learned Japanese in a classroom setting--I've only studied by myself. Can you give me any advice on what the exam will be like, what I should study, how I should go about taking the test, etc.? Thanks!

Ah yes of course! I’d be happy to help ^^

Well, when I was getting ready for the exam, I purchased this book in hopes of getting a feel for the exam. I was also really nervous about the exam (even though I had taken four years of classes at my school) but practicing with this book made me feel a lot more confident. For some reason, the Amazon reviews of it make it out to be awful and useless…I guess I did see some mistakes here and there, but nothing so major that I would advise against investing in it. The listening practice audio files were helpful because many of them were legitimately challenging and forced me to really focus. 

In the preface of the book, it covers the exam’s general format with some  tips for the different sections. So basically:

  • There are 20 different potential exam subjects (only one for will be covered on the exam though). The topics are: 1. Self, Family and Friends, 2. Daily Life, 3. Leisure, Hobbies, and Sports, 4. Home and Community, 5. Cities, Towns, and Villages, 6. Nature and the Environment, 7. School and Education, 8. Clothing, 9. Communication and Media, 10. Technology, 11. Work and Career, 12. Rites of Life, 13. Festivals and Annual Events, 14. Transportation, 15. Weather and Climate, 16. Food, 17. Shopping, 18. Body and Healthy, 19. Travel, 20. Japan and the World
  • There are six main sections to the exam, which are: Listening (multiple choice questions), Reading (multiple choice questions), Writing (typing, text chat), Writing (typing, compare and contrast article), Speaking (conversation), Speaking (cultural perspective presentation)

I feel that the book was around the same level (maybe a just a little easier) of the actual exam, so going through it is excellent practice. In the cultural presentation practice section, it provides one page of cultural background notes on each of the 20 topics. Even if you don’t have time to do everything in the book, just reading through them is very insightful. 

I’ve noticed that the difficulty of the exam heavily depends on the topic you end up with. The year before I took it, the topic was Nature and the Environment, which covered material the AP class of that year at my school had yet to cover (since it was the very last chapter of the textbook), so everyone did quite poorly. However, I got really lucky and got Travel for my exam, so even the students in my class who (forgive me, I’m a little judgmental, but) normally would have not passed the exam based on our practice activities in class did alright. 

Also, if you’re not doing it already, practice typing in Japanese!! You have to be able to type well so you can answer the written sections within the time constraints. 

And my AP class was using this textbook that year and I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s very well written and an excellent resource that you will find yourself referring back to even after you’re done with it (or at least that’s what I’ve been doing lol). 

When it comes down to it, just study as much as you can and DO NOT stress yourself out so much that you go absolutely nuts. Just pace yourself with your studying, and if you didn’t get to cover everything you wanted before the exam, don’t worry about it. It’s best to just be confident in your abilities, and do your very best to fully answer all the questions. And if you’re taking the exam and it’s going well, don’t get cocky and screw up at the end!! (like me T__T) 

Anyway, I hope this helps. If you ever have more questions, please feel free to ask!! I’m always happy to help (: I hope you do well! 

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