Mastering Upper Intermediate Grammar

124 Lessons • 1 Day, 11 Hours, 56 Minutes
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1
Spare Me the Japanese Negativity!
Learn about the negative markers -zu and -nu
20 Minutes • Audio
2
Fate Works In Mysterious Ways in Japan
Learn about the sentence expressions ni, sa, and wa
18 Minutes • Audio
3
I Hope That's the Last Bear Attack in Japan
Learn about the usage of dake, nomi, and kiri
17 Minutes • Audio
4
Japanese Bears Only Attack Because They're Hungry
Learn about the usage of the Japanese words koso and -ba koso
15 Minutes • Audio
5
You Might be Transferred to China Even If You Speak Only Japanese
Learn how to use the Japanese words sae, sura, and made
19 Minutes • Audio
6
It's Complicated in Japan
Learn how to use the the Japanese suffix -ppoi and the auxiliary adjective rashii, meaning "-ish" or "-like
18 Minutes • Audio
7
Follow This Fundamental Japanese Rule
Learn how to use the Japanese suffixes -teki, -fū, -sei, -kei, and -ka
21 Minutes • Audio
8
Murderous Tendencies are Revealed in Japan
Learn how to use the Japanese suffixes -gachi and -gimi, which both indicate tendency
18 Minutes • Audio
9
A Japanese Lesson That's Filled With Useful Tips
Learn how to use the Japanese suffixes -darake, -mamire, and -zukume
18 Minutes • Audio
10
A Sightseeing Trip to a Japanese...Factory
Learn how to use the Japanese words ten and men, meaning "in terms of"
20 Minutes • Audio
11
Set Tongues Wagging with these Japanese Expressions
Learn some set expressions that use the word 舌 (shita), meaning "tongue"
22 Minutes • Audio
12
Should you Take a Gift to the Japanese Research Lab?
Learn about the usage of the auxiliary verb beki, meaning "should"
17 Minutes • Audio
13
It Might be Hard to Pass This Japanese Exam
Learn the difference in usage between the Japanese auxiliary verbs -nikui, -zurai, and -gatai, all meaning "difficult to"
17 Minutes • Audio
14
Is There Any Possibility of You Passing This Japanese Exam?
Learn the usage of the Japanese auxiliary verb -eru or -uru
15 Minutes • Audio
15
In Short, This Lesson Will Teach You Japanese Paraphrasing
Learn the Japanese expressions that we use for summarizing or rephrasing what someone else has said, such as ii kaeru to, tsumari, yōsuru ni, and so on
15 Minutes • Audio
16
What Does Neck Positioning have to do with your Fortunes in Japan?
Learn some set expressions that use the Japanese word 首 (kubi), which means "neck"
20 Minutes • Audio
17
People Probably Wouldn't Vote for the Bonbon in the Japanese Election
Learn the usage of the Japanese auxiliary verbs -mai and -yō, which express the speaker's conjecture
21 Minutes • Audio
18
I'd Rather Be Safe than Sorry During an Earthquake in Japan
Learn the usage of the adverbs mushiro and kaette, which mean "rather"
21 Minutes • Audio
19
In Your Opinion, are Ugly Japanese Vegetables Safe to Eat?
Learn useful expressions for stating your opinion, such as omowareru, iu made mo nai, and to iu yori wa
19 Minutes • Audio
20
Ever Been in an Absolutely Unbearable Situation in Japan?
Learn three similar Japanese phrases: tamaranai, shikata nai, and naranai
18 Minutes • Audio
21
The More You Know, the Harder the Decision in Japan
Learn the usage of ni shitagatte, ni tsurete, and -ba -hodo in Japanese
21 Minutes • Audio
22
Getting Caught in a Japanese Lie
Learn the usage of -to dōji ni and totan in Japanese
21 Minutes • Audio
23
Being Right and Wrong At the Same Time in Japanese
Learn the usage of to tomo ni and to narande in Japanese
21 Minutes • Audio
24
Make Sure you do a Decent Job of Reading Those Japanese Instructions
Learn the difference in usage between roku ni -nai and roku na -nai in Japanese
19 Minutes • Audio
25
This Big Japanese Secret is for Your Ears Only
Learn some set Japanese expressions that use the word 耳 (mimi), meaning "ear"
19 Minutes • Audio
26
Japanese You Need Just in Case
Learn about talking about hypothetical situations
15 Minutes • Audio
27
A Mouthful of Japanese Expressions
Learn about using idioms with the word "kuchi" meaning "mouth"
15 Minutes • Audio
28
Is this Japanese Unlike You?
Learn about talking about actions that are contrary to that person's nature
15 Minutes • Audio
29
Watch Your Japanese Get Better and Better!
Learn about understanding train announcements
16 Minutes • Audio
30
Sniff Out the Best Japanese Phrases!
Learn about using idioms with the word "hana" meaning "nose"
13 Minutes • Audio
31
It's Your Responsibility
Learn about using the word "sekinin" which means "responsibility"
14 Minutes • Audio
32
You're Not Finished Until You Read This!
Learn about expressing that an action is completely finished
16 Minutes • Audio
33
A Match Made in Heaven
Learn about expressing that one thing is the best match for the other
13 Minutes • Audio
34
In Terms of Japanese Lessons, This One's Awesome!
Learn about expressing one's opinions
13 Minutes • Audio
35
Nice Legs!
Learn about using idioms with the word ashi, meaning "legs" or "feet"
18 Minutes • Audio
36
It's One Thing After Another!
Learn about expressing a situation where one thing happens right after another
15 Minutes • Audio
37
You Better Have a Good Reason!
Learn about expressing a conclusion one has reached
16 Minutes • Audio
38
You'll Never Guess What Happened!
Learn about explaining a situation using "wake"
17 Minutes • Audio
39
A Lesson Made Just For You!
Learn about making reservation for a hotel
15 Minutes • Audio
40
This May be Impossible, but...
Learn about calling for help in an emergency situation
15 Minutes • Audio
41
Don't Rush It!
Learn about talking about some impossibility or difficulty
16 Minutes • Audio
42
How's Your Stomach Feeling?
Learn about using idioms with the word "hara," which means "stomach"
13 Minutes • Audio
43
We Can't Rule Out Any Possibilities for Japan!
Learn about expressing one's opinion
18 Minutes • Audio
44
Can You Become a So-called Japanese Expert?
Learn about expressing one's opinion
17 Minutes • Audio
45
Are You Ready to Buckle Down and Learn Japanese?
Learn about using idioms with the word "koshi" meaning "hip"
16 Minutes • Audio
46
All Your Efforts in Japan Will Be Worth it!
Learn about using the word, "kai" which means "worth someone's efforts to do something"
19 Minutes • Audio
47
Make an Impressive Japanese Wedding Speech!
Learn about making a speech at a wedding ceremony
16 Minutes • Audio
48
Talk About Emotion in Japanese: I Feel Sorry for Him!
Learn about using the word, "jō"meaning "emotion"
17 Minutes • Audio
49
After This Review, Japanese Will Be Easier!
Learn about reviewing past grammar points
16 Minutes • Audio
50
This Japanese Review Has All the Right Ingredients!
Learn about reviewing past grammar points
18 Minutes • Audio
51
Don’t Let This Japanese Lesson Go to Your Head!
Learn a variety of Japanese expressions that have to do with the head and mind and actions you do with both
18 Minutes • Audio
52
Sink Your Teeth into This Japanese Lesson!
Learn common Japanese expressions that use the Japanese word that means "tooth"
17 Minutes • Audio
53
Japan Truly Has The People's Court
Learn how to use a conjunction to place a restriction on what came before it
17 Minutes • Audio
54
Tipping the Japanese Scales of Justice
Learn how to form a polite request in Japanese
8 Minutes • Audio
55
Do You Understand What I'm Telling You In Japanese?
Learn how to use certain phrases that you'll find handy in business situations
18 Minutes • Audio
56
There's No Chance You'll Find This Japanese Lesson Boring!
Learn how to say that something is impossible in Japanese
19 Minutes • Audio
57
Give Me Your Best Japanese Advice
Learn how to give someone advice in Japanese
7 Minutes • Audio
58
I'll Get Back to You in Japanese
Learn about using business Japanese
18 Minutes • Audio
59
Thank You for Doing Business with Us in Japan
Learn about writing business e-mails
17 Minutes • Audio
60
What Do You Think about My Japanese Proposal?
Learn the common Japanese phrases you'll use during proposal phases and we'll also teach you the Japanese words you can use to tell someone (hopefully not your spouse
18 Minutes • Audio
61
When I Offered My Japanese Proposal, They Applauded
Learn how you can say something happened in Japanese when someone else did something
19 Minutes • Audio
62
Subject to Your Agreement, We Have a Japanese Deal!
Learn Japanese expressions you can use to reach a conditional arrangement
18 Minutes • Audio
63
You Don't Have to Shoulder the Burden of Teaching Me Japanese
Learn helpful Japanese expressions that relate to the Japanese word meaning "shoulder"
16 Minutes • Audio
64
I Made a Mistake While Speaking Japanese, So I Need to Save Face!
Learn colloquial expressions using the Japanese word meaning "face"
17 Minutes • Audio
65
How Much Do You Appreciate the Japanese Yen?
Learn how to offer a tentative assumption using a certain Japanese adverb
18 Minutes • Audio
66
I Expected Something to Happen in Japan, But Not This!
Learn how to express that something is unexpected in Japanese when compared to something else
15 Minutes • Audio
67
Tell Me How Good You Are in Japanese!
Learn a number of Japanese expressions that use the Japanese word meaning "arm"
19 Minutes • Audio
68
Did You Get What You Asked for in Japanese?
Learn certain expressions using the Japanese word meaning "body"
16 Minutes • Audio
69
I Cannot Agree with Your Japanese Opinion
Learn how to say that something might happen or that you might do something in Japanese
21 Minutes • Audio
70
There's No Point in Complaining Now in Japanese!
Learn how to say that something is "useless" or that "there is no point" to doing something in Japanese
16 Minutes • Audio
71
You're as Sneaky as a Japanese Cat
Learn many expressions that use the Japanese word for "cat"
19 Minutes • Audio
72
Are the Japanese Bugs in Your Stomach Making You Angry?
Learn several expressions that use the Japanese word meaning "bug"
18 Minutes • Audio
73
Even If You Plan Your Japanese Vacation Carefully, Something Will Come Up!
Learn the Japanese phrase that means "even if"
17 Minutes • Audio
74
There's No Way I Can Do Any More Japanese Work!
Learn how to say that something is not possible due to a bad situation in Japanese
13 Minutes • Audio
75
If You Come to Japan, Everything Will Be Fine
Learn how to solve a problem in Japanese
16 Minutes • Audio
76
Moving In Japan - The First Big Step 1
Learn about saying "something is not so — as [noun]"
19 Minutes • Audio
77
Moving In Japan - The First Big Step 2
Learn about explaining apartment equipment
20 Minutes • Audio
78
Moving In Japan - The First Big Step 3
Learn about asking to confirm something
20 Minutes • Audio
79
Life Styles of the Japanese Rich and Famous
Learn about formal way of saying "please let us do something"
18 Minutes • Audio
80
Moving in Japan - Preparing for the Big Day
Learn about calling a moving company to ask for an estimate
16 Minutes • Audio
81
Moving In Japan - Settling In
Learn about explaining the meaning of information one has just received
20 Minutes • Audio
82
Moving In Japan - Meeting the New Neighbors
Learn about saying "hello" for the first time to one's neighbors after moving to a new place
18 Minutes • Audio
83
Earthquake
Learn about describing where an earthquake occurred and how big it was
17 Minutes • Audio
84
Finding a Job in Japan 1
Learn about understanding a job advertisement
14 Minutes • Audio
85
Finding a Job in Japan 2 - I Need Some Advice
Learn about making an appointment for a job interview
14 Minutes • Audio
86
Finding a Job in Japan 3- Read this to Land your Dream Job
Learn about talking about one's strengths at a job interview
17 Minutes • Audio
87
Finding a Job in Japan 4 - Learn to Ask Politely
Learn about expressing one's opinion
14 Minutes • Audio
88
Eye-popping Japanese Expressions
Learn about expressing that one does something for someone's sake
14 Minutes • Audio
89
Battle of the Classes 1 - Bring on the Sophistication
Learn about providing information that is hearsay
14 Minutes • Audio
90
Battle of the Classes 2 -This will Never Happen in Japanese!
Learn about saying that something can't or won't be done
12 Minutes • Audio
91
Battle of the Classes 3 - A Stroll Down Memory Lane
Learn about talking about what used to be
15 Minutes • Audio
92
Just Wait until You Get Your Hands on This!
Learn about using expressions with the word "hand"
13 Minutes • Audio
93
Japanese Superstitions 1: Fact or Fiction?
Learn about saying that something undesirable will happen
13 Minutes • Audio
94
Japanese Superstitions 2: One Japanese Expression You Must Use!
Learn about saying that one has no choice but to do something
12 Minutes • Audio
95
Japanese Superstitions 3: Thanks to this Lesson, You'll Speak Japanese like a Pro!
Learn about expressing thanks when something that someone does has a favorable result
15 Minutes • Audio
96
There is No Better Way to Learn Japanese!
Learn about expressing that someone is the only one to do a certain action
15 Minutes • Audio
97
Critical Japanese Phrases Part 1: Using "In Spite of"
Learn about expressing the idea of "in spite of" or "although"
15 Minutes • Audio
98
Critical Japanese Phrases Part 2: Using "Can Do No Better Than"
Learn about saying that something is the best choice
13 Minutes • Audio
99
Critical Japanese Phrases Part 3: Expressing Certainty
Learn about expressing confidence about something
15 Minutes • Audio
100
We Need a Translator 1
Learn about making a business phone call
17 Minutes • Audio
101
We Need a Translator 2
Learn about holding a business meeting and making a formal request
16 Minutes • Audio
102
We Need a Translator 3
Learn about asking for and giving more detailed information at a business meeting
14 Minutes • Audio
103
We Need a Translator 4
Learn about discussing a business deal
17 Minutes • Audio
104
The Doctor is In 1
Learn about expressing the idea of "the –, the –"
16 Minutes • Audio
105
The Doctor is In 2
Learn about expressing how one feels
16 Minutes • Audio
106
The Doctor is In 3
Learn about expressing the idea that "if someone does something"
21 Minutes • Audio
107
The Doctor is In 4
Learn about explaining which tooth hurts at a dentist
21 Minutes • Audio
108
Cherry Blossom Showdown 1
Learn about stating your opinion without being assertive
23 Minutes • Audio
109
Cherry Blossom Showdown 2
Learn about expressing one's certainty about what he/she is saying
18 Minutes • Audio
110
Cherry Blossom Showdown 3
Learn about expressing probability
20 Minutes • Audio
111
Booking a Ryokan in Shimoda 1
Learn about making a reservation for a hotel room
19 Minutes • Audio
112
Booking a Ryokan in Shimoda 2
Learn about making reservation for a hotel room
14 Minutes • Audio
113
Booking a Ryokan in Shimoda 3
Learn about asking about various services
20 Minutes • Audio
114
Booking a Ryokan in Shimoda 4
Learn about welcoming a guest
21 Minutes • Audio
115
Spend Golden Week in Your Car!
Learn about understanding radio traffic information
21 Minutes • Audio
116
Karoushi - Working to Death 1
Learn about giving the definition of something
17 Minutes • Audio
117
Karoushi - Working to Death 2
Learn about explaining what one can see from a chart
14 Minutes • Audio
118
Karoushi - Working to Death 3
Learn about giving the definition of something
18 Minutes • Audio
119
Karoushi - Working to Death 4
Learn about expressing one's opinion
20 Minutes • Audio
120
A Narrow Escape 1
Learn about expressing one's opinion
17 Minutes • Audio
121
A Narrow Escape 2
Learn about expressing one's opinion
18 Minutes • Audio
122
A Narrow Escape 3
Learn about explaining how something happened
16 Minutes • Audio
123
A Narrow Escape 4
Learn about expressing one's opinion
17 Minutes • Audio
124
Familiar Forecast
Learn how to talk about the weather
19 Minutes • Audio