Best Japanese Apps for Studying

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Smartphones and their apps can be a source of extreme distraction and procrastination, and are usually the go-to activity when a dull moment arises. But those moments on your commute, lunch break,  or just waiting around can be used to brush up on your Japanese!

Language learning apps are great for squeezing in some study-time on the go; you can study anywhere and anytime, without any heavy textbooks. Get ready to add these apps along with the ones for daily use in Japan, because they will prove to be indispensable in the quest for fluency.

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The 9 Best Japanese Apps for Surviving Japan

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For many people, a smartphone is an integral part of their daily life and a constant companion while traveling. It is one of the most convenient and useful tools for living and traveling in Japan and replaces the need for items like an (expensive) electronic dictionary or paper train schedules; and while they won’t help you become fluent in Japanese, they can certainly help make your daily life easier. The apps listed here are all available in English on the U.S. market. Also, while I’m an iPhone user, I tried to provide an Android alternative to the Apple apps where possible. [Read more…]

Things you need to know about Japanese Addresses

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One of the most frustrating things many foreigners in Tokyo find are the addresses.

In America at least, it is second nature that addresses are based on roads. Each road has a name and the buildings are numbered according to the road. Why would you name specific blocks of buildings? People travel down roads, so they must be named! Even Google Maps makes this assumption so clear:
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