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Prototype Lessons #3 - Words of the Week for November 1, 2014

Throwback Thursday
Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Our Word of the Day widget is a listener favorite, and now we've made it even better! In each lesson, you'll hear the Japanese words and phrases from the week's Word of the Day widget, plus sample sentences. Join us for Japanese Words of the Week! In this lesson, you'll learn the words and phrases introduced in the week ending November 1, 2014. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources. Leave us a message while you are here!

Advanced Audio Blog S6 #13 - Japanese Musicians - Imawano Kiyoshiro

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! As you're enjoying a rock concert in Japan with some friends, the singer suddenly yells out in Japanese, "We all love each other, right?" When he finishes speaking, the crowd goes into a wild frenzy of applause and yelling that lasts for several minutes. After the show is over, you comment to your friends in Japanese about how strongly the crowd responded to this expression of sentiment. But apparently, the vocalist was merely paying homage to another, more popular Japanese singer-songwriter. In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese "King of Rock," Kiyoshiro Imawano. We will explain how he got his Japanese nickname and share many more interesting facts about his life in Japan. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember—this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!    
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Intermediate Lesson #81 - My Tokyo Travelblogue - Day 23

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Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Agnes is still sick, but she felt well enough to stop by the office. But no sooner than she can say "ohayō gozaimasu," she's told the shachō wants to see her in his office. Is he angry because she blew it on Gori's project? Will he fire her for being late to the presentation? Will Yūsuke also be in the office ready to yell at her for hanging up on him the other night? We'll be looking at yojijukugo, which are 4 kanji idiomatic compounds derived from the Chinese Classics! They're a great way to impress your friends and look erudite. After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave us a post!

Premium Lesson #21 - SS17: Lost Property

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Learning Practical Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! You're in Japan. You lose your wallet. There's ¥15,000 and your ID in it. What do you do? Panic? Of course not, because you studied this lesson! After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave us a post! 。

Particles #17 - Find Everything You’re Looking for with Japanese Particles O and Ni!

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Whenever you decide to go somewhere new in Japan, it always becomes a hassle. Your spouse won't go anywhere in Japan unless you've printed out the correct Japanese map as well as directions for the most direct route to your destination. Even so, half the time you end up lost, because your spouse just seems to prefer to ignore the directions and travel the back roads through Japan. This time, though, your spouse vows it will be different, saying in Japanese, "We're all set to go to this new place that just opened on the other side of town. I know exactly where it is!" You reply in Japanese, "Great, dear. I printed the directions from the website anyway just in case." Your spouse says in Japanese, "Wonderful, but we won't need them. This time I'm confident about where we're headed." You've heard similar sentiments in Japanese from your spouse before, but you smile and nod confidently. Sure enough, thirty minutes later, you still haven't arrived at your Japanese destination (though the Japanese directions say you should have been there within fifteen minutes). Still, you stay mum, just waiting for the inevitable Japanese expletives to come spilling from your spouse's mouth... Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Japanese Particle lesson will teach you how to use particles to give directions in Japanese. Even though this lesson will help you tell someone precisely where to go in Japanese, consider adding some extra time to your schedule just in case! Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there! ・