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Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Music: https://www.purple-planet.com ​ ​About Nihongo Master Podcast A podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by NihongoMaster.com, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.…
 
Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Music: https://www.purple-planet.com ​ ​About Nihongo Master Podcast A podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by NihongoMaster.com, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.…
 
How do you say "I begin..." in Japanese? It's as simple as ABC! This is part one of three of "the parts of the cycle of life", as podcast host Azra would like to say — it begins, it continues, it ends. Tune in to this week's Study Saturday for your bite-sized grammar pointer! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Yo…
 
Season 7 is all about matsuri, or festivals! There are hundreds of thousands of festivals in Japan, based on season, religious practices, and just for fun! Tune in to our first episode for a glimpse into the matsuri culture in Japan! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Music: https://www.purple-planet.com …
 
Our finale episode features a very special guest: Ellie Fox! In this season recap, we discuss our experiences on working in Japan, job hunting, visa sponsorship, and Japanese language ability for working in Japan! There's even a Q&A section where we answer the questions that you submitted to us about Japanese work culture and working in Japan! Star…
 
Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Music: https://www.purple-planet.com ​ ​About Nihongo Master Podcast A podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by NihongoMaster.com, an e-learning site focused on helping learners at every level master the Japanese language.…
 
You cant work in Japan without a working visa — find out how to get one in this episode! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Music: https://www.purple-planet.com ​ ​About Nihongo Master Podcast A podcast for Japanese culture enthusiasts and language learners. Brought to you by NihongoMaster.com, an e-learn…
 
Not sure what to say in a Japanese job interview? We get it. Japanese is tough on its own, let alone when it's used in a formal, official setting. We give you a run-through of a basic one here in this exclusive Study Saturday episode! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Music: https://www.purple-planet.com…
 
Interviews are tough, let alone in a different language. And with Japanese culture being very prominent in the business environment, we've gotta add that into the interview as well. Here are three major tips to acing that mensetsu! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Music: https://www.purple-planet.com ​ …
 
Have you tuned in to our first part of basic keigo? Well, the second part of basic keigo is here! As part of our language series, Study Saturday, we break down the humble form in Japanese polite speech! Keigo is crucial in the work environment in Japan. And while it can be quite scary to get into it, it's not that hard. Here we break it down simply…
 
Etiquette is a huge part of Japanese culture — do you know Japanese business etiquette? The world of business in Japan can be quite the culture shock, and in this case, it might cost you... Don't let that happen! Prep in advance! We've got you covered with this episode! Here are 4 aspects you should know! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website…
 
There's always a positive and negative in everything — in this episode, we look at the pros and cons of working in Japan! Sometimes, your fantasy of working in The Land of the Rising Sun isn't actually reality. So before you jump into it, we'll shed some light on the situation. Of course, everyone's experience is different. Don't let this stop you …
 
If you're planning to work in Japan, keigo is extremely crucial. However, it can be quite daunting. Not to fret, this episode is the first of two parts breaking down the basics of keigo. Our first part discusses sonkeigo, the honorific form, and we have examples of where and how you can use them in conversation. Start Learning with Nihongo Master! …
 
We know that the Japanese have a rich and unique culture, and that affects how they think and act at work. For some of us, this change might be a bit of a working culture shock, but this episode will assist you in planning ahead and knowing what to expect when you start your working life in Japan. Decipher the Japanese working mindset with us in th…
 
In the previous Study Saturday, we looked at the passive form. This week, we’ll look at its counterpart: the causative form. Figure out its meaning — causation or permission — how to conjugate it and use it in daily and work conversations in this episode of Nihongo Master’s language series! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Insta…
 
Finding a job is hard enough, let alone in a different country. We’re giving you some job-hunting tips to find a sweet position in Japan for you! Even if you know which industry you want to apply for, with resumes perfectly polished, there are some Japanese job portals that aren’t as in plain sight as we think. Whether it’s getting the help of a re…
 
The passive form is significant in Japanese language, but the conjugation can be a little tricky. We break it down easy for you in this Study Saturday episode! And as part of our Season 6's "Working in Japan" theme, our roleplaying scenarios and examples are tweaked to accommodate that, without compromising examples for everyday usage too. Study Sa…
 
Welcome to Season 6: Working in Japan! Our first episode highlights the best jobs to take on as a foreigner in The Land of the Rising Sun! This season, we'll look at everything you need to know about working in Japan — work culture, jobs, job hunting, visa situation, and more. We kick it off with the best and common jobs as a foreigner here. Start …
 
There’s always the plus and minus side to living in any new country — what is it for Japan? Listen to podcast host Azra’s experience and insight into her life in Japan, plus a special Q&A section where we answer your submitted questions! In this finale episode as well, we recap some of the topics we discussed in Season 5: Life and Living in Japan. …
 
If you have any dietary restrictions — whether it's vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free or lactose intolerant — we've compiled a list of words and phrases for making special requests when dining in Japan! Learn how to ask what’s in a dish, request ingredients to exclude and substitute in a dish! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Faceboo…
 
If you’re familiar with our first “Japan on A Budget” episode in Season 4 about travel, we have a Japan life version! If the cost of living in Japan is what’s stopping you from living your best life here, then you have nothing to worry about. Cutting down cost when living in The Land of the Rising Sun is 100% possible! In this episode, we look at 5…
 
This week’s Study Saturday episode is so simple, it’s ONLY going to take a few minutes. There are only a handful of ways to say “only” in Japanese, and this episode of our language series breaks down 4 of the most commonly used ones, along with some roleplaying scenarios exemplifying them! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instag…
 
Want to know how to start your life in Japan? There’s a lot of nitty-gritty, but we’ve simplified it into 5 steps! Living life in Japan is fun and all, but it’s not without its work. Everything from the preparation to the integration, we’re covering them all in the most efficient yet fun way possible. Tune in to this episode for your quick run-down…
 
The grammar point we’re going to learn today is an absolute MUST for anyone serious about Japanese... Did you see what we did there? There are more than a few ways to express “must” and “have to”, and this Study Saturday episode will break it down nice and easy for you! You definitely HAVE TO give this language series episode a listen to learn! Sta…
 
In this episode, as part of the “Life in Japan” theme, we chat about an interesting aspect of life in Japan: the socialising culture. Some of you might be thinking, “how hard can socialising be?” Podcast host Azra soon realised it’s like stepping into a whole other social universe! When you move to a country that has a completely opposite approach …
 
This is the second part of helping verbs grammar, where we cover te ageru, te kureru and te morau. We combine a verb with another to give the sentence even more context. Similar to the first part, it’s a concept that’s unique to the Japanese language: giving and receiving. The Study Saturday language series aims to bring bite-sized grammar pointers…
 
This list of fun locally loved activities is a sneak peek at the kind of life you can live in Japan! What is considered a fun, once-in-a-lifetime activity on your holiday isn’t something you’d do week after week when you’ve settled down here. Podcast host Azra lists a few ways to have fun like a local, everything from cheap thrills to evening excit…
 
Podcast host Azra is joined by Cyber Bunny in this special episode about life in Japan! Travelling to Japan and living in Japan are two very different experiences. It’s not until you’ve gone through them both yourself that you see what they are. In this special episode, podcast host Azra and Cyber Bunny, who both are living in Japan, exchange their…
 
This week’s Study Saturday is the first of two parts on helping verbs! Helping verbs give context to sentences by combining a verb with another. It’s like saying, “I’m going to the store...and coming back!” We’re looking at te iku (ていく) and te kuru (てくる) for the first part of helping verbs! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Insta…
 
In these next few minutes, we’re taking a look at our choices of housing in Japan! The place you settle down in is going to be your base for everything. So you’ve got your new job contract or school acceptance letter, and booked your one-way flight ticket. Put aside the dozen other things you gotta prepare and focus on this one: finding the right p…
 
Find stuff easy or hard to do? Let’s learn how to say that in Japanese in this week’s Study Saturday, our podcast language series! Everything from expressing doing something that’s hard to something that’s easy — we’re going to break it down step-by-step for you. On top of that, we practice the new grammar language with a few roleplaying scenarios!…
 
What are some of the most surprising culture shocks you can experience in Japan? Here are the 5 we shortlisted! Nothing can really prepare you 100% for the things you experience first-hand in Japan. Experiencing culture shock in Japan is not a particularly surprising thing — it’s even more surprising if you don’t. Despite having a grasp of the Japa…
 
The first Study Saturday episode of Season 5 discusses how to express decision making with ことにする, にする and ことになる. For example, podcast host Azra decided to move to Japan three years ago. Follow us on our Season 5 journey with the theme “Living in Japan”! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube Music: https://ww…
 
Welcome to Season 5’s theme: Living. We’ll look at everything there is to know about life in Japan. You can look forward to episodes discussing about culture shock, Japan life lessons, and even ones like a rundown on how to settle down in the Land of the Rising Sun. Today, we’re kicking this season off with 3 pros and 3 cons of living in Japan – ju…
 
Season 4 is all about travel in Japan – bringing Japan ryoko tips and insights to you virtually while prepping you for your next trip to Japan. This week’s our last episode for the season with the ‘Japan Travel’ theme, and we’re wrapping it up with...Japan On A Budget! In recent years, Japan travel is so popular that it inevitably affects the budge…
 
We’re looking at superlatives today. All the ways to say “the best”, “very”, “super”, “extremely” and everything else in between, we’re covering that in the next couple of minutes. Today’s bite-sized grammar pointer is super easy, ridiculously quick to learn and basically the best for a laid-back study sesh. Podcast host Azra promises you, by the e…
 
We’ll be looking at the various types of unique accommodations you can find only in Japan! What’s the first and foremost thing you consider when planning for a trip? Okay, flights, sure. What’s the second thing? Accommodation! We’ll highlight four: traditional ryokan and minshuku stays, cultural temple lodgings, futuristic capsule hotels and the en…
 
We’re going back to fundamentals, and what’s more fundamental in Japanese grammar than the te-form? This is without a doubt one of the most important conjugations in Japanese grammar. Without the te-form, you won’t be able to really grasp some of the other Japanese grammar. It’s kind of like a level up token – as soon as you master this, you go fro…
 
Aside from sightseeing and eating, what are other Japan travel activities? We give you a shortlist of our favourite quirky ones: themed cafes, purikura, mario go-karting and cosplay! Japan is the land that keeps on giving when it comes to cultural insights and eye-opening history, but it’s no secret that this island nation is full of quirky activit…
 
This episode of Study Saturday covers everything you need to know about giving and asking for permission with “it’s okay to”. In both statement and question form, this grammar language can save you a few minutes of language barrier and miscommunication. Sure, a “daijoubu” can cover most situations, as discussed in our Season 1 Episode 1, but aren’t…
 
Let’s chat about something pretty close to most ladies’ hearts: shopping! Japan is one of the best countries to shop in, with unique styles originating from the country itself and thousands of local shops offering them at various prices. Podcast host Azra will virtually walk you through a shopping experience in Japan, all the while dropping some Ja…
 
Podcast host Azra is joined by @TikTok-er Gino Kei (@heyginosan on Instagram) for a fun chat about Japan travel, Japanese culture and anime — ending it off with a mini-lesson for all! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Music: https://www.purple-planet.com ​ ​About Nihongo Master Podcast A podcast for Japanese cul…
 
We look at how to say “I hope…” or “It’ll be good if…” You know, like I hope this global pandemic goes away soon so we can all go back to normal life and travel again… This week’s Study Saturday episode uses the grammar language of Study Saturday #12 — so tune to that one first if you haven’t! Start Learning with Nihongo Master! Website Facebook In…
 
Goodbye winter, hello spring! As we speak, the beautiful pale pink flowers we all know and love are taking over the landscape of Japan! Since a lot of us aren’t able to visit The Land of the Rising Sun this spring due to the pandemic, podcast host Azra is bringing Japanese spring to you! They’re no ordinary flora — they have quite the background in…
 
We cover some of the basics in this Study Saturday: directions! Podcast host Azra feels like, no matter what stage we’re at in our learning journey, directions are something best to constantly revise. Let’s all agree that this is a key essential in your Japanese language travelling kit. Who knows, there are some directional expressions you don’t re…
 
In this episode, we won’t be virtually travelling to any particular city in Japan but rather focusing on the means of going from one to the other. Transportation in Japan, particularly the train system, has been complimented time and time again to be one of the world’s most efficient. Podcast host Azra said, “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited…
 
This episode of Study Saturday will guide you through all the language you need to navigate through the excessive and insufficient! Podcast host Azra had a few struggles with expressing something’s too much and not enough when she first came to Japan, so she decided to turn her experience into something others can learn from! So if you want to expr…
 
Move aside ramen-ya and kaitenzushi — we’re here for the other unique types of Japanese eateries! If you’ve listened to Season 1’s Episode 6, The Munchies, you’re already caught up with a few highlighted Japanese food. Today, we’re not about that — we’re looking at the types of restaurants you can find here. We’ll touch on the top four unique types…
 
Our 13th Study Saturday guides you through how to express what you “need” in life! In our fifth Study Saturday, which is Season 2’s Episode 10, we discussed how to say “I want”, so it’s only right that we cover needs today. After all, we need to know the difference between what we desire and what we require. And as part of Season 4’s theme, we’ll h…
 
We’re happy to introduce you Season 4’s theme: travel! And to kick it off, let’s look at what should be on your Japan bucket list! This season is all about the biggest thing a lot of us are really dying to do right now but impossible to thanks to the global pandemic: travel. But we’re not going to talk about general travel, we’re talking about Japa…
 
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