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Japanese Language Proficiency Test Boot Camp Podcast by Clayton MacKnight

Japanese Language Proficiency Test Boot Camp Podcast

by Clayton MacKnight

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Every week the JLPT Boot Camp podcast delivers tips, tricks and advice on how to pass the test. Are you struggling to pass the N1? Wondering what exactly is on the N3? I go over all things you need to know to do your best on all the tests. From N5 to N1, I've got you covered.


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JLPT BC 167 | Learning to take Breaks

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Sep 16, 2015


This last month has been pretty rough on me to be honest. There was a lot of last minute planning for my vacation. And of course, right when you want to go on vacation, everything seems to need extra attention. More work to do at work. More fires to put out. I havenít had as [Ö]

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JLPT BC 166 | What a Rat Experiment might Tell us about Japanís Population Problem

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Sep 02, 2015


When I first moved to Japan loved the city. It was nice and compact and everything is in one place. As long as you are a decent walk away from a train station you can get anywhere pretty easily without the use of a car. If you needed to buy anything that canít be found [Ö]

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JLPT BC 165 | Speaking Practice with FluentU

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jul 29, 2015


Iíve always found summer to be a more active time. Despite the oppressive heat and humidity we have here in Japan, I still think the increased sunlight and ability to walk around the house in a lot less clothes just makes me do something more than keeping my nose in a book. People always ask [Ö]

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JLPT BC 164 | Youíll always be an Outsider in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jul 15, 2015


I grew up in white bread America where the corn grows high and hills donít. I spent most of my time in a city of a mere 10,000 where everybody knew each other (and who was doing what to who). It was not uncommon to go downtown to run some errands and run into a [Ö]

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JLPT BC 163 | Chatting it Up

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jun 24, 2015


Itís a story youíve heard several times Ė we donít talk to each other like we used to. Because ya know, back in the good ole days we used to chat it up with our neighbors and everybody knew everybody right? It was always better back then. But these days, we tend to ignore each [Ö]

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JLPT BC 162 | 5 Things to Know to Become an Ukiyo-e master

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jun 10, 2015


Ukiyo-e, if you are not familiar,† is a Japanese art form that was popular from 17th century† to 19th century Japan.† It basically consists of woodblocks used for mass production of pictures.† Ukiyo means floating world, and e means picture, so they were literally ďpictures of the floating world.Ē† They generally depicted daily life, landscapes, [Ö]

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JLPT BC 161 | Doing it the Hard Way

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, May 27, 2015


In school, I always had a hard time paying attention in class.† The teacher would lecture away and we were suppose to be taking notes, but to be honest I could never proper filter out what was important and what wasnít.† Half the time I left the class knowing that I had listened to something [Ö]

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JLPT BC 160 | BSing in Japan, Honne vs. Tatemae

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, May 13, 2015


A few years back, I was working at a school and we were trying to arrange a farewell party for one of our fellow teachers.† One teacher found a great Indian restaurant that wasnít too far away from the school.† It seemed like a great place.† It had a big room to accommodate everyone and [Ö]

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JLPT BC 159 | Analog vs. Digital

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Apr 29, 2015


Iíve been taking it pretty easy with my studies recently due to some re-prioritizing of my time. Iím chugging away on Hirugao and Harry Potter but Iím giving myself a little more time to digest things. I felt a bit rushed of late trying to get through study sessions and Iím finding that is not [Ö]

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JLPT BC 158 | Divorce in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Apr 15, 2015


I should start off by saying that Iím not getting divorced.† Iím still happily married and probably will be for the foreseeable future.† Some of my fellow expatriates and Japanese friends havenít been so lucky though. Which, to my naive self, seems a little surprising.† Donít get me wrong, I come from a divorced family [Ö]

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JLPT BC 157 | Back to jDramas

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Apr 01, 2015


Iíve been spending (or wasting depending on how you look at) with keeping my streaks up on Memrise. I think it is great to have that daily goal, but I have busy days and not so busy days and it can make it hard to keep up with keeping a good streak going. This has [Ö]

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JLPT BC 156 | The Realities of Living in a Foreign Country

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Mar 18, 2015


There seems to be a small subsection of the expat population in Japan, that likes to shower the world with negativity and tell you about how horrible it is to live in Japan.† Some of them came over seeking the easy profits and seemingly easy lifestyle of teaching the language that they grew up natively [Ö]

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JLPT BC 155 | Intensive Reading and Memrise Update

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Mar 04, 2015


Iíve been trying to keep my studying pretty steady over the last couple of months and not really piling on and changing anything. This has a lot to do with me just having way too much going on for me to focus on going in a different direction. Iím also not entirely sure where to [Ö]

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JLPT BC 154 | Big Hero 6 vs. Baymax

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Feb 18, 2015


A couple of weeks back I had some free time to take my family to Baymax (US title: Big Hero 6).† It is a cute little movie about a boy, named Hiro, who befriends his brotherís robot and ultimately goes on to fight the bad guy and save the day with his trusty team of [Ö]

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JLPT BC 153 | The Inevitable Catch Up Phase

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Feb 04, 2015


December in Japan is always unbelievably busy. There is the Christmas/Bonenkai party season. Then, you have New Yearís cards to design and write. And finally, the big cleaning where you throw out as much of the old as you can to make way for the new. Then after New Yearís, you have your first visit [Ö]

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JLPT BC 152 | 5 More Things I Wish Japan Had

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jan 14, 2015


Last month, I ranted on about 5 things that I think Japan could import from other countries. One thing that I missed on that list, and this list as well, is a work-life balance. Japan definitely doesnít have anything resembling a work-life balance, and with the recent belt tightening, it has only gotten worse. Iíve [Ö]

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JLPT BC 151 | Vocab Bulking through Reading

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Tue, Dec 30, 2014


I celebrated Christmas a little early again this year. The 23rd is a holiday here in Japan. (Itís the Emperorís Birthday). It is the one day that we officially have off and get paid for it, so it tends to be the day my family and I celebrate Christmas. Yes, I know it is a [Ö]

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JLPT BC 150 | 10 Things I really Wish Japan Had

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Dec 17, 2014


Japan has a lot of great things to love about it. There are convenient train systems, relatively low crime, and 24 hour vending machines. These all make life extremely nice for us all, but if I may Iíd like to add some tweaks that might make it a little better. And of course these are [Ö]

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JLPT BC 149 | The Harry Potter Method

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Nov 26, 2014


It has been an incredibly busy couple of weeks. I was incredibly busy with Halloween and the little one. †We were actually able to go trick or treating twice. †Trick or treating is not yet a standard thing to do in Japan but we always arrange a small trick or treat event in our neighborhood [Ö]

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JLPT BC 148 | Living in Groups in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Nov 12, 2014


At one time, I used to teach an English class to some public servants. And it being a government sanctioned event, everything had to start incredibly early, 8am to be exact. This was not a normal time for me to be up and around, needless to say the life of an English teacher usually doesnít [Ö]

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JLPT BC 147 | How to Learn Japanese Particles

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


It has been an incredibly tough month for me. I had some more medical issues I had to deal with. Nothing serious or life-threatening just incredibly time consuming. We are also running into some family issues that are taking up a lot of time. Again, nothing serious, but just time-consuming for me and my wife. [Ö]

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JLPT BC 146 | Travel to Matsuyama with Me

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Phew, that was a bit of a long train ride. It seems like Matsuyama is such a long way from most of the major cities in Japan. And it really feels like it too. I heard there are around 500,000 people here, but it is a pretty sleepy town. Itís good to get away from [Ö]

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JLPT BC 145 | The Only Constant is Change

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Sep 24, 2014


I used to be a huge Garfield fan growing up. I read all his comics and thought that they were the best. For my 8th birthday, my parents even made me a Garfield shaped cake and decorated it perfectly. I had a stuffed Garfield toy that I dragged with everywhere I went. It was my [Ö]

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JLPT BC 144 | The Top 5 People that Stay in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Sep 10, 2014


For a lot of people, living abroad is a temporary thing. Most come for a year or two to work, or to go to school.† Then, they hightail it back to their home countries to start their Ďrealí lives.† Or some family emergency pops up, and they hop a plane home.† Or some simply freak [Ö]

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JLPT BC 143 | More Fun More Reading

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Aug 20, 2014


Iíve recently been really mixing up my studying to try to do some more things. I can never seem to keep my motivation up for passing the test between these lulls in action of between taking the test and getting the results back. So, Iíve turned to doing a lot more fun and interesting studying [Ö]

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JLPT BC 142 | Convenience in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Aug 06, 2014


My wife and I had just arrived in Paris for our honeymoon. Due to our flight being delayed, we were about 2 hours later than we originally planned. We were both fairly hungry, but it being a strange place we werenít familiar with, we couldnít find a place to eat. My wife, exasperated, said ďArenít [Ö]

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JLPT BC 141 | Post Test Slump

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jul 23, 2014


About a week ago, I went up to Kyoto University to take the test again at their somewhat poorly cooled facility. I covered my first impressions before earlier, but in general I felt more confident about the test.† Iíve started to take test day a little less seriously, which seems to be helping with my [Ö]

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JLPT BC 140 | Top 10 things to do in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jul 02, 2014


This post is a continuation of last monthís top 10. #80991982 / gettyimages.com 5. Purikura This is one of those things that most people probably donít know about outside of Japan, but can be the source of †a lot of good times with friends and significant others. If you havenít heard of what purikura is, [Ö]

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JLPT BC 139 | Getting Closer to the July Test

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jun 18, 2014


With the July test just around the corner, Iíve switched off all of my Ďfuní studying which is a bit depressing. Iíll basically be reviewing and really perfecting everything before the big day. Itís still frustrating because I really donít have the time to do as much studying as Iíd like to. Iíve had to [Ö]

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JLPT BC 138 | Top Ten Things to Do in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jun 04, 2014


10. Karaoke Box or Clubs Karaoke boxes or clubs as they are sometimes called are practically everywhere in Japan.† If you are downtown, all you need to do is walk a few blocks at night and you will inevitably bumping into someone handing out tissues advertising for Karaoke. And they are not just for singing [Ö]

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JLPT BC 137 | Bulking Up on Vocabulary

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, May 21, 2014


We are now moving into the final stretch before the July test.† Iíve switched a lot of fun studying into more aggressive drilling and practicing vocabulary and grammar.† I think it is important to get into that mindset of answering questions.† One of the necessary evils about a test is that the test makers have [Ö]

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JLPT BC 136 | My Greatest Adventure

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, May 07, 2014


Living and working in Japan for a few years, you get to have a lot of adventures. Living abroad in general just encourages you to go out and experience life. For example, I never used to travel alone before coming to Japan, but I did plenty of it once I got it here. It is [Ö]

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JLPT BC 135 | Adding Grammar and Vocabulary Back In

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Thu, Apr 24, 2014


Iíve got a good start on the first book of Game of Thrones (??????). It has been a lot of fun because I really like that particular story. I think there are a lot of people that will probably find it way too difficult to struggle through. For me though, it is interesting to see [Ö]

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JLPT BC 134 | How to Marry a Japanese Woman

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Apr 09, 2014


Iíve been married now for 5 years. This is after dating my wife for about 3 years before we got married, so we have been together for a grand total of about 8 years. It has been a sometimes interesting, often times fun, occasionally difficult mix of situations. And because of this, I inevitably get [Ö]

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JLPT BC 133 | Beware of the Yellow Sand

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Mar 26, 2014


You were probably advised when you were very young to not eat the yellow snow. What about yellow sand? Itís that season again in Japan, and we are again being blessed with the wonderful dirty, gritty sand from our neighbors here in Japan, coating everything in a nice uneven blanket of yellow that seems to [Ö]

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JLPT BC 132 | Making Good Progress

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Mar 12, 2014


I have finally finished off the two elementary school level books that I had lying around the house. They were novelizations of ďToy StoryĒ and ďSurfís UpĒ that I had picked up awhile ago. These novelizations tend to be pretty easy reads for N2/N1 level. I could get through about 10 to 12 pages in [Ö]

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JLPT BC 131 | The Smell of Coffee in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Feb 26, 2014


When I first came to Japan, I was, like so many others, fascinated by the vending machines. I mean there are vending machines absolutely everywhere in Japan. And they will vend absolutely everything from soda to fried noodles. One of them that I saw sold bouquets of flowers, which could come in handy for that [Ö]

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JLPT BC 130 | Adding in a Little Fun

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Feb 12, 2014


Okay so I officially failed the exam again. I had a bit of a hunch that I wouldnít pass but it is good to get the official results, so I can start planning out how to study this year. I want to make a few changes to how Iím doing things for a variety of [Ö]

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JLPT BC 129 | The Evolution of Japanese Housing

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jan 22, 2014


When you visit a foreign country, the first thing on your list to check out is usually not the houses. After all, they arenít quite as glamorous as 400 year old temples and shrines. But, they can tell you about a place all the same. Houses are very personal for obvious reasons. Where you choose [Ö]

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JLPT BC 128 | Getting Ready for Winter Break

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Dec 18, 2013


So the test is finally over for 2013. I was barely able to get to the test much less put in serious study time the whole month before because I was in the process of moving, which is now thankfully over. Although, there is still a lot more to get setup, Iím finally physically in [Ö]

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JLPT BC 127 | Sex and Lies (about Sex) in Japan

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Nov 27, 2013


There was somewhat recent Guardian article† that got a lot of Facebook love about a month ago. It was essentially the rehashed news report of an annual survey about Japanís sex habits, to put it bluntly. The Guardian did a little more leg work with it and did some Ďon the groundí reporting to fluff [Ö]

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JLPT BC 126 | Boiling Down Japanese Vocabulary

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Nov 13, 2013


Lately, Iíve gotten more and more annoyed at doing vocabulary drills. A lot of this has to do with it getting tremendously boring to do the same thing over and over. But, also because of being at a higher level, it is easy to get two words that have similar meanings mixed up. And there [Ö]

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JLPT BC 125 | City Life vs. Countryside for Expats

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Oct 30, 2013


Japan is known for its cities. If you ask someone to imagine Japan, one of the first things that probably comes up is the scramble walk in Shubuya, where hundreds if not thousands of people cross the street every time all the lights turn red. Or you probably imagine the neon lights of Kabukicho or [Ö]

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JLPT BC 124 | Boiling Down the Grammar

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Oct 16, 2013


After the July test, Iíve been moving toward more natural study methods and keeping my nose out of drill books. I started doing some reading of PHP, a small magazine with short essays that have relatively short essays that have relatively simple themes. I found it to be fairly easy actually. A good magazine for [Ö]

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JLPT BC 123 | Is the Sky Falling in Japan?

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Oct 02, 2013


It doesnít get much mainstream press these days, but Japan has a bit of a debt problem. The national debt will be an estimated 245% of the GDP, which seems simply unfathomable. In order to pay such a debt off, Japan spends something like 23% of its budget on interest payments. And Japan is currently [Ö]

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JLPT BC 122 | Speed Reading Update

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Sep 18, 2013


After the test results last month, Iíve started to rework my studying a little more to get ready for the December test. At this point, I feel like I know the skills I need. I just need to over-learn everything so itís automatic. I feel like that is really what N1 is about, testing if [Ö]

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JLPT BC 121 | Just Call me Mac

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Sep 04, 2013


Your typical full name in Japan is made up of 4 kanji Ė 2 kanji for a first name or given name and 2 kanji for the last name or surname. There are somewhere around 600 or so extra kanji that are used just for names, but names also use common kanji like the most [Ö]

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JLPT BC 120 | Building up Reading

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Aug 21, 2013


Last month, I said I was going to start reading Kazoku Geemu, but I got sidetracked for technical reasons. Apparently, you need a kindle device, or kindle for Android to read the eBook version (Kindle of iOS doesnít work). I donít happen to have either a Kindle device or Kindle for Android at the moment [Ö]

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JLPT BC 119 | City Vision

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Aug 07, 2013


Tokyo and Osaka are two massive clusters of people living fairly close to each other. Tokyo is ranked as the largest metropolitan area by population in the world with about 32 million people, whereas the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area is ranked as the 9th largest with around 17 million people. Itís larger than any American metropolitan area [Ö]

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JLPT BC 118 | Adventures in Translation

Author: Clayton MacKnight
Wed, Jul 24, 2013


One of my original goals when I first decided to study a little harder and take my Japanese to the N1 level was to become a translator. Iím currently teaching English now, and I enjoy it, but translation has always seemed more fun for me because it is like a puzzle you have to solve. [Ö]

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