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Shadowing: Let’s Speak Japanese! Series Review – Learn to Speak Your Way Out of the Shadows

You’re deep in conversation with a friend, a co-worker, or maybe a kaiju. You understand everything being said, nodding along and doing the good ol’ aizuchi. A brilliant response or comment is forming in your mind. You open your mouth to speak…and fumble, stammer, get flustered. What comes out is nothing at all like you imagined. As a result, the kaiju grows bored and promptly decides to eat you. Your last thought is, I should’ve practiced more with those Shadowing: Let’s Speak Japanese! books.

Sometimes we know exactly what we want to say, but don’t know when or how to say it.

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How Learning a Foreign Language Helped My Social Anxiety

I don’t speak as well as I write. My inability to speak in a clear and eloquent manner derives from my social anxiety. My blunders are spurred on by intense fear to say something, anything, if only to take the weight of social responsibility off my shoulders. In friendships, in work settings, in college, I have failed the spoken English language.

Then I started learning Japanese, and I gained a whole new perspective on my anxieties.

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5 Tips on Finding the Perfect Omiyage for Your Japanese Host Family

A brown present with a red bow

Finally! You’re going to study abroad in Japan, the land of cat cafes, Studio Ghibli, and sumptuous cuisine. If you’re like most students, you’ll be staying with a host family to experience daily life in a Japanese home. You want to make a memorable first impression when meeting your host family — a good memorable first impression, not a bad one, like taking your shoes off and stepping on the floor of the genkan in your sweaty socks, much to the chagrin of your host parents (I speak from experience here). No one wants to have only horror stories to tell friends and family. This is where omiyage comes into play.

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