The last few months have been a crazy time here at Nihongo Master as we said goodbye to our beloved instructor, Masako. But luckily, we also said hello to our beloved NEW instructor, Aki!
In addition to answering your questions on the site, Aki has also been busy designing our BRAND NEW CLASSROOM! That’s right, since we finished the N4 back in October, we have been working hard on designing lessons for the JLPT N3! With our new classroom comes some BIG changes. The first is that our existing “Advanced” classroom, is now Intermediate. If you thought you were advanced before, now there is a whole new classroom for you to master!
Today is a monumental day! It marks the end of the JLPT N4 on Nihongo Master! That means if you’ve completed our beginner and advanced sections, you should be able to pass the test!
We have also hired a new Japanese instructor who has been busy answering your questions on the site! Since Aki is new, we thought we should introduce her to everyone with a friendly interview.
Where were you born in Japan?
I was born in Wakayama city, which is next to Osaka. Wakayama has a UNESCO world heritage site called ‘Kumano Kodoo pilgrimage route.’
Did you ever live anywhere else in Japan?
I studied in Tokyo and worked there for 3 years after I graduated. I love Tokyo.
Where are you living now?
I am living in Cambridge, UK.
What brought you there?
My husband works for a video game company in Cambridge, UK. Before that, we were living together in Singapore. We decided to move here when my husband received a job offer. I was also excited to make more international friends!
Do you still have family in Japan?
Yes, my parents and brother’s family live in Japan.
How often do you visit?
Once a year. We normally visit Japan in winter, because I like skiing and my husband loves snowboarding. We also get to enjoy Japanese traditional new years’ cuisine which my mother cooks at home.
What made you want to become a teacher?
When I started working overseas (Alaska & Singapore), I realised how many people want to learn Japanese. This gave me the passion to start teaching Japanese language and culture as a native Japanese person. I am also an English teacher, which I believe allows me to clearly explain Japanese language in English.
What’s the one thing you think everyone studying Japanese should know?
Once you learn Japanese grammar rules, you will find Japanese is quite simple. It does not contain many exceptions, unlike English. I like to explain Japanese grammar rules clearly and simply and sometimes compare them to English grammar rules to demonstrate the differences.
If you’re ready to keep learning, then let’s get to it.
Wow! We’ve just NOTICED that we’re finishing the lessons for the JLPT N4 now! Be aware of the exam and keep going!
Some people say that dreams come true if you wish. But “impossible is impossible”! Sometimes, we need to accept the reality.
Friends are priceless. It would make your life happier if you have a friend who you can count on “no matter when” and “no matter where,” isn’t it?
We’ve mastered several useful verbs such as “まつ (to wait)” and “とおる (to pass).” It’s always good to know how to write the useful words in kanji!
When you’re desperate, you may want to pray God even if you are not religious. That is understandable, but you should try hard before you just pray God for help, shouldn’t you?
It is unbelievable that you’ve just finished all the lessons for the JLPT N4! Let’s get this “additional” kanji lesson done before the exam. Then, you’ll be all set!
Remember to visit the Classroom to unlock even more drills to match these new lessons! Soon, you’ll be on your way to becoming a Nihongo Master!
Nihongo Master is Getting EVEN Better!
Don’t worry, all of your favorite Nihongo Master features, lessons, and drills will remain the same. But lots of things will be changing for the better. We just know Nihongo Master will be the best Japanese language site out there! Over the next few weeks will be slowly rolling out:
We’ve upgraded to a new server and are streamlining the entire site to make it faster from top to bottom. Some of these changes have already rolled out, so we hoped you noticed how fast we are!!
A New Homepage
Nothing too big here, just sprucing up the old home page with our exciting new design.
A New Account Page!
The “My Account” page will now be known as your “Dashboard” where you can manage your next lesson, drills, community and group comments, and more. All in one easy-to-navigate space!
Group Posting Notification
Tired of your forum/group comments getting lost forever? Well fret not, we will be releasing a new group notification feature. You’ll now get a notification bubble on your dashboard whenever someone posts in a group you follow! No more posting in a forum only to find out weeks later someone answered you. Getting our groups and forums as active as possible is important to you and so it’s a top priority for us!
Community Question Notification
Just like in a group, if someone answers your question or votes for your answer on a question, you’ll be notified so you can come back and check it out!
You asked and we answered! By popular demand, team sizes will be expanded! We’re still working out the details of larger team scoring and points, but you better start making friends and team up if you haven’t already!
Exciting New Avatars
Tired of Kenichi’s smiling face as your default avatar? We aren’t, because we love Kenichi, but we thought having more avatars would be more fun anyway! New members will be able to choose from a list of avatars when they sign up and existing members can change out their existing avatar with one from the list as well!
A Whole New Classroom!
With the release of our next 5 lessons, we will have completely covered the JLPT N4. That means our new section will focus on the JLPT N3. We’re already busy creating these lessons and we can’t wait to share them with you!
We are never finished making Nihongo Master the best Japanese language site out there. Our community is the most important thing to us….so tell us…
Are there any other changes you would like to see on the site? Let us know! We’re always open to suggestions!
Ask and ye shall receive: Drill Mastery has arrived!
We know lots of users were feeling overwhelmed with the same drills in their dojo again and again. So we have finally released Drill Mastery!