Book recommendation: 初級が終わってから始めよう日本語敬語トレーニング (Keigo book)


こんばんは。。Today was a tired day teaching from 2pm to 7pm, but i enjoy it alot. I get to meet different people and it’s really good for me. Earlier on, i received a request from someone in HWZ asking about a recommendation for a Keigo book. So here it is.

Title of book: 初級が終わってから始めよう日本語敬語トレーニング
ISBN number:978-4-87-217-612-4

This book teaches you Keigo based on topics like visiting, inviting people, apologizing, tele-conversational skills, etc etc.

Some images from the book.


Hi everyone, would like to say thank you to each and every individual who spent your time to read my blog. 150 views in less than 1 day!
It’s really very encouraging for me starting out as a small career and i just received a very touching email from one of the students who is trying to self study Japanese by himself and is searching for methods to self study.

I humbly ask that if you could help to let everyone know about the existence of this website and hopefully we can all learn Japanese together. (^_^)



おはようございます。Would like to dedicate this song to all my friends and readers of my blog out there. While listening to this song, i recalled that i used this song for my friend’s birthday last Jun. I wrote a small flash video for him to tell him that the future holds many unknown things to come. Time flies so fast, it’s almost 1 year plus since i know him and his fiancee. It was used as the theme song for フリーター、家を買う.

I hope this song will also encourage readers who have been trying hard to pass N1 and N2 exams to not stop trying. =)

Good book for recommendation: マンガで学ぶ日本語上級表現使い分け100

Like to recommend this book because i think it’s a very good book. It’s generally meant for those people who are in N1, N2 or N3 level and is interested to find out more about similar grammar.
This time round, i’ll like to share about 「つつある」 and 「一方」 . Enjoy. (^_^)

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My scary yet precious Japanese library

Below are some pictures from my scary yet precious Japanese library. I strongly believe that for a student to excel in Japanese language studies, the teacher has the responsibility and the part to play to assist the student to get good materials. Of course, having good materials does not mean you will pass JLPT. It all boils down to yourself. If you work hard, you will see the fruits of the labour. For all readers info, for each book, i spent about 3-4 hours reading through the book and ensuring that the books are good enough to be used by any individual. =)

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Why Learn Japanese?

Student: Can, i wanna study under you and pass JLPT. A lot of my friends say you teach very well and guarantee pass in JLPT.

My answer to him:
In my class, of course i teach you how to pass JLPT, because my mindset is the same as the examiners who set the questions.But ask yourself, what was your first purpose of studying Japanese? To pass JLPT? To understand the language? To know the meaning of the song that your favorite artist sings? What i feel is most important is to be able to speak. To be able to speak, you need a lot of courage. I hope through my lessons, i would be able to help you develop a passion for Japanese, not just understanding the language, but also through the language, understand more about the people, why are they like that. I think most people would not think like me. (^_^)

When i was about to quit my 4k job as a Japanese IT helpdesk engineer, I asked myself would i be able to command such a high salary given a Diploma (i was given quite a high salary due to my speaking skills, i joined the company with no JLPT 2 certificate, the interviewer who was one of the senior directors in Japan was impressed that i could speak Keigo/ultra polite language of Japanese (usually even JLPT N1 cert holders have difficulty in Keigo) )? True, i do not now. But i feel to be able to share with my students about Japan and Japanese makes me happy and i am glad that i have made the choice. I guess for now, i will not go back into IT line but i hope i can be more of someone who is there to help Japanese learners and learn along with them. =)

Like what my student said about me…

Instill Passion instead of just transferring knowledge
Can believes in instilling passion for the language instead of purely teaching the technical aspects of the language. He introduces interesting areas and cultures of Japan which he saw and experienced on his trips there. He also introduces the Japanese songs and trends to instill the passion in the language.

Cool Japan


「Cool Japan」は日本のクールなことに関する番組です。いい番組ですから、ご覧ください。
Everybody, what do you guys know about Japanese?
Cool Japan is a program regarding Japan’s cool stuff.
It’s a good program, do watch it.
The topic this time is Japanese language. (^_^)



皆さんは悲しい時、この歌を聞いてください。 気持ちはよくなると思います
Hello everyone, what will you do when you are sad,
Yesterday night, there were some things that happened, i was a bit sad.
I recalled about Shimokawa Mikuni’s Kanashimi ni Makenai De (Don’t lose to Sadness) and listened to it.
After that, i became better.

When you are sad, listen to this song, you will feel better.

集結の園へ By: 林原めぐみ



Everyone, do you know this singer by the name of Hayashibara Megumi?
She often sing theme songs for anime.
This time, please listen to the theme song for Neon Genesis EVANGELION, Shuuketsu no sono e

New Conversation Class starting 17th March

Conversation Class will start as usual, even though i only have 1 student.

Starting Date: March 17th Sat 9-11am
Cost: $30 (1 student), $25 (2 students), $20 (4 students)
Max class size: 4
Location: town area
Pre-requisite: At least 1 year of Japanese studies (can be self study)
Free Trial lesson is available. Contact me for details.

What will we be doing
-Intonation & Accent
-Self Introduction
-Describing days/time/etc
-Types of speaking styles
-Forming simple sentences
-Forming complex sentences
-Watch drama to learn how the people speak