Blog Entry, General

JET Program

I’m going to Japan!!! I’ve been accepted into the JET Program!

This post is a brief overview of what the process for applying to JET was for me. It’s not the same for everyone but I will put a more detailed post about the process and what I used to prepare later on.

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Japanese Idioms to Live By [#1]


A year or two ago, I found an old post on Tofugu about a specific type of Japanese idioms called Yojijukugo (四字熟語). These idioms contain only four characters and probably relate to a story. I think it would be interesting to go through one of these idioms at a time, analyze it a little bit, and see how it relates.

Until then! ありがとう。 また後で!

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Language, writing

The Japanese Writing Systems


Since this a collection of all of my Japanese language and culture knowledge, I thought I should probably start with the writing systems in order for those who don’t know how to read Japanese can gain a bit more understanding for when start posting writing practice. I will try to go over each writing system briefly in this post and go into more detail in separate posts shortly.


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Language, lists, Resources, writing

Word Lists


A few days ago, my sister sent me a link to a post on Tumblr called “625 words to know in your target language.” I found it interesting and decided to use it for this blog as one way to group up words that are required knowledge to get by with Japanese. Therefore, I am going to try and make a post about each of these lists for Japanese. I’m not sure if all of them will apply but I will address those when I get to that list. If there are some words that you can think of that can either apply to one of these lists or if you have an idea for a new list, please let me.

I have included a link to my source for this list at the bottom of the page.


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General, Language, Resources, Tips

Masterlist of Study Tools and Resources

I will be using this post a collection of the resources I have used, including links to where you can find them and will hope to write a more in-depth analysis on each at a later date. This list is not complete and will be added to in the future or I will write another if there is a need. I am also interested in other tools that I haven’t used yet so if there is a tool that you use and I haven’t included, please feel free to let me know and I will try it out!

Until then! ありがとう!また後で!

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General, Language, Practice, Updates


今日は!「ベンキョウ・ブログ」へようこそ! ジェスです。よろしくお願いします。

Hi! My name is Jess and welcome to Benkyou Blog! Thank you for joining me!

As the creator of this blog, I hope to use this as a way of collecting and spreading my knowledge of everything related to Japan in one place. This is my way of studying more individually outside of the classroom. If you would like to know more about a particular topic, please let me know and I will research and share my findings as soon as possible.

This is my first attempt at an actual blog and will gladly take any comments, criticisms, ideas, etc. As I am just starting out, I will try to write a post every day and try to cover as many different subjects and keep the blog balanced.