Akiko's American Foreign Exchange

Life is a journey.

When fresh-faced Akiko arrives in Seattle on a foreign exchange, she has no idea the twists and turns that await her. Told through Akiko's diary entries with an unpretentious intimacy, this upbeat story will inspire you and capture your heart.

The Easier editions will feel accessible to newer readers, while the Harder editions feature grammar and vocab that will allow more experienced readers to grow. (133 episodes)

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Akiko starts her adventure in Seattle.
Notes: This series is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and incomplete sentences. This episode contains an excellent discussion of using the verb tobu, "to fly," and a discussion of using polite verbs in personal writing.
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Easier Unread 18996
Harder Unread 7955
Akiko prepares to navigate to school.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 8060
Harder Unread 4026
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Akiko muses about the day's successes.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 4330
Harder Unread 2349
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Akiko has her first day of school and realizes she's in for a challenge.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 2549
Harder Unread 1554
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Akiko experiences culture shock over household customs.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 2184
Harder Unread 1419
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Akiko enjoys movie night with her host family.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1948
Harder Unread 1292
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Akiko muses about her new school friends.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1787
Harder Unread 1188
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Going out to see a movie with a school friend leads to a revelation about Akiko's past.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1636
Harder Unread 1120
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A discussion over breakfast leads to reflection on the role of religion in the two cultures.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1566
Harder Unread 1089
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Akiko begins her search for a place to volunteer but hits an early snag.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1502
Harder Unread 1034
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Pizza night with the host family leads to more cultural discoveries.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1400
Harder Unread 984
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After being hit on during her morning commute, Akiko opens up to Ginger about her past.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1382
Harder Unread 944
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Akiko muses about different dating patterns among her fellow exchange students.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1268
Harder Unread 893
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Akiko attends orientation for the Chicken Soup Team.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1209
Harder Unread 859
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The discovery of Green Lake delights Akiko and provides the perfect place to wind down after an exciting week.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1179
Harder Unread 851
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Akiko reflects on her first half month in America.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1135
Harder Unread 821
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Akiko meets the gang during her first day at Chicken Soup Team.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1108
Harder Unread 791
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An opportunity for side income appears.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1080
Harder Unread 766
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Akiko recalls the personal history leading up to her current foreign exchange.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1047
Harder Unread 748
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Akiko begins to make a name for herself at Chicken Soup Team.
Notes: This article is representative of the style of writing you might find in a personal journal entry. It is written in a quick and casual style, featuring mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, and many incomplete sentences.
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Easier Unread 1033
Harder Unread 735
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Her school week finished, Akiko enjoys the simple pleasure of a Friday night picnic with the family.
Notes: This article contains notes about the pattern "X ga ureshii," speech-imitative spellings, and, as always, lots of useful vocabulary.
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Easier Unread 1014
Harder Unread 711
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Akiko enjoys Golden Gardens Park with her host family, but the natural beauty brings up painful memories of the past.
Notes: This article contains important vocabulary and expressions such as "having an affair," and the pattern for saying something is someone's fault.
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Easier Unread 986
Harder Unread 705
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Golden Gardens provides the perfect location to do homework and people-watching at the same time.
Notes: This episode contains patterns for informal questions and commands that might be new to you, plus a few excellent storytelling expressions in the Harder edition.
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Easier Unread 946
Harder Unread 697
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Akiko reflects on the local culture.
Notes: This episode features straightforward grammar and lots of useful vocabulary.
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Easier Unread 925
Harder Unread 685
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Akiko has a stressful moment at her Sunday volunteering gig.
Notes: This longer article is full of vocabulary-building opportunities and interesting annotations.
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Easier Unread 908
Harder Unread 659
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As Akiko begins to feel a cold coming on, she reflects about different bathing habits.
Notes: This episode contains lots of good expressions, such as a good way to speak of feeling "sluggish/dull," as well as a cultural note related to the phrase o-yu wo tameru, "to draw a bath."
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Easier Unread 896
Harder Unread 641
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Akiko looks forward to an upcoming school transfer.
Notes: This shorter article should be mostly straightforward, with perhaps one or two new vocabulary items.
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Easier Unread 878
Harder Unread 640
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Ginger gives Akiko some friendly advice on balance.
Notes: This episode contains good examples of vocabulary one might use to speak of introspection.
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Easier Unread 859
Harder Unread 640
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Akiko reflects on her childhood choices.
Notes: This episode contains great examples of what an admonishing parent sounds like.
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Easier Unread 857
Harder Unread 639
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Akiko's earlier conversation with Ginger leads to a day of soul-searching.
Notes: This episode contains a common expression meaning "I don't even know myself," and examples of noni being used in different patterns.
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Easier Unread 834
Harder Unread 643
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Akiko nervously babysits for her host family.
Notes: Several extended annotations help to break down the more challenging sentences in this episode.
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Easier Unread 858
Harder Unread 633
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Akiko rolls up her sleeves and tackles cleaning the house.
Notes: This episode contains interesting cultural tidbits, such as an explanation of a standard way of describing house sizes in Japanese.
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Easier Unread 799
Harder Unread 610
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Akiko gets a lesson in slang from her friends at work.
Notes: This episode has useful notes on the differences between chanto and kichinto, the two different ways to use takusan, and a reminder on how to say that one "should not do" something.
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Easier Unread 788
Harder Unread 612
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Her first month behind her, Akiko looks forward to the next stage of her study-abroad.
Notes: This episode contains great school-related vocabulary, such as words for one's score on a test, the verb for "taking" tests, and the name of a common placement test.
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Easier Unread 765
Harder Unread 596
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Akiko does a little reconnaissance on her new school.
Notes: This article contains three different uses of the word kurai, with notes breaking them all down.
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Easier Unread 750
Harder Unread 573
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Akiko's interest is piqued when she learns more about the hiking club from school.
Notes: This episode contains an explanation of why pittari works with the particle ni, as well as an interesting expression relating to enticing opportunities.
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Easier Unread 741
Harder Unread 566
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Akiko gets in touch with the hiking club but encounters a small wrinkle.
Notes: This article contains good vocabulary and grammar related to making arrangements to participate in group activities.
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Easier Unread 727
Harder Unread 554
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A chance find and the kindness of friends make Akiko happy.
Notes: The Harder edition of this longer episode contains several challenging sentences, but the Easier edition should be accessible to most.
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Easier Unread 722
Harder Unread 553
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It's checklist time as Akiko prepares for a hike.
Notes: This episode contains useful grammar, such as an example of omitting the verb of saying or thinking in favor of reporting a simultaneously occurring action, as well as the pattern for invocations ("may such-and-such occur").
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Easier Unread 724
Harder Unread 546
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Akiko meets up for her first hike. But has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Notes: This episode contains an interesting note on the distinction between ni and de with certain verbs such as shuugou suru.
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Easier Unread 701
Harder Unread 550
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Akiko gets acquainted with her fellow hikers en route to the trailhead.
Notes: This episode contains three different uses of the word kurai.
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Easier Unread 676
Harder Unread 532
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Akiko's concern about the hike deepens as she learns about the local wildlife.
Notes: This episode contains useful expressions such as (in the Harder edition) the usual way to say "No one told me that (such-and-such)!"
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Easier Unread 672
Harder Unread 529
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It's go-time as Akiko and company arrive at the mountain.
Notes: This episode contains interesting notes such as one on the difference between two ways of counting objects, and (in the Harder edition) an excellent verb that means "to infer based on another's expressions or actions."
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Easier Unread 653
Harder Unread 521
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Akiko experiences the wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
Notes: This episode contains interesting vocabulary, as well as notes on the difference between ishi and iwa; phrases similar to "one of my friends" in English, and more.
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Easier Unread 648
Harder Unread 511
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The group progresses up the mountain.
Notes: This fun episode contains great vocabulary like "direct sunlight" and "for the time being."
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Easier Unread 638
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The group comes to a crossroads and must make a decision.
Notes: This episode contains an interesting discussion of viewpoint within indirect quotations.
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Easier Unread 617
Harder Unread 486
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The beautiful Snow Lake beckons to Akiko.
Notes: This episode contains a nice example of wa being used to name and evaluate several options in turn.
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Easier Unread 597
Harder Unread 471
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Akiko is enthralled with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest as the group continues to Snow Lake.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, such as words for "mysterious" and "Great Nature," as well as an extended note on a way of creating and using ad-hoc descriptions of colors.
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Easier Unread 583
Harder Unread 468
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The group makes it to the lake.
Notes: This chapter contains fun vocabulary, such as a way to call something "funny," an expression that refers to a "growling stomach," and a word for "serious" that literally means "real sword."
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Easier Unread 573
Harder Unread 469
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Akiko is spellbound by a magical scene at the lake.
Notes: This wonderful episode contains important vocabulary and notes, such as one on why certain verbs, such as kooru, "to freeze," appear in their progressive forms to mean a current state.
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Easier Unread 587
Harder Unread 478
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As the group sits down to eat, Akiko's lunchbox becomes something of a sensation.
Notes: This episode contains an extensive breakdown of different ways of talking and writing about "chicken."
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Easier Unread 581
Harder Unread 476
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The group begins their return.
Notes: This article contains great vocabulary, like the words for "nap" and "to slip/slide," and interesting notes, as always.
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Easier Unread 570
Harder Unread 462
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The group makes their way down the mountain.
Notes: This episode contains descriptive vocabulary like a word that means "scattered here and there" and one that means "overly optimistic."
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Easier Unread 561
Harder Unread 460
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The group helps Amanda with her knee.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary, such as a verb that means "to accept as a satisfying explanation" and one that means "to give a piggy-back ride."
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Easier Unread 548
Harder Unread 455
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As the group nears the end of their journey, Akiko reflects.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary such as "wireless radio (e.g., walkie-talkie)" and "underestimate," as well as a note on how the tense of the verb that comes before toki can affect meaning.
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Easier Unread 548
Harder Unread 456
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Akiko parts ways with the group back in Seattle.
Notes: This episode contains fun vocabulary like words for "discovery," "to be suited to something," and "various/scattered."
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Easier Unread 564
Harder Unread 437
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Ginger asks whether Akiko didn't forget something on the mountain.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary, such as "sunscreen" and "marks" left behind by something.
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Easier Unread 636
Harder Unread 446
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Akiko relates her stories of adventure to Ginger and Scott.
Notes: This episode has fun vocabulary like "tales of adventure" and "fulfilling," as well as interesting notes, as always.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 552
Harder Unread 446
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An unexpected phone call surprises Akiko on her first day of classes.
Notes: This episode contains dramatic dialog and lots of great vocab, such as a word that means "at this late stage."
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Easier Unread 572
Harder Unread 451
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As Akiko hurries off to school, she reflects on the phone call.
Notes: This episode contains good examples of the nante of surprise or disdain, a note on the word katte, and lots of great vocab, as always.
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Easier Unread 551
Harder Unread 427
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Akiko recalls a fateful event from last year.
Notes: This emotionally charged episode features a good example of a heated exchange, with breakdowns of patterns that commonly occur in such discussions.
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Easier Unread 544
Harder Unread 417
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Akiko relives a confrontation with her husband.
Notes: This episode contains great examples of "heated Japanese," grammar and expressions you're likely to hear in an argument.
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Easier Unread 539
Harder Unread 420
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Akiko and her husband have different ideas about their roles in the relationship.
Notes: This episode contains more good examples of "heated questions," speech contractions, and a special use of dakara that means "I just said this five seconds ago."
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Easier Unread 534
Harder Unread 416
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Akiko makes a decision.
Notes: This episode has a note on a potentially tricky use of tonikaku, as well as lots of interesting vocabulary words and expressions, as usual.
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Easier Unread 507
Harder Unread 416
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Akiko collects herself and tackles her first day at college.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary, such as the word for "to encourage."
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Easier Unread 499
Harder Unread 410
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Akiko has an interesting encounter while waiting in line.
Notes: This episode contains a reminder about the use of the word kuru with verbs of speech, and a note about a pattern that you can use with any verb to mean it is comfortable to do that verb.
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Easier Unread 492
Harder Unread 406
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Akiko meets with her student advisor.
Notes: This relatively straightforward episode nonetheless contains interesting vocabulary.
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Easier Unread 551
Harder Unread 413
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Akiko gets a pleasant surprise.
Notes: This article contains useful vocabulary like words for "insurance," "used (books, cars, etc)," and more.
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Easier Unread 486
Harder Unread 396
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A fellow student approaches Akiko with a proposition.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary, such as the words for "homework," "textbook," and more.
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Easier Unread 497
Harder Unread 392
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Akiko considers Forest's idea.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary related to the study of language, such as words for "vocabulary word," "grammar," and so on.
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Easier Unread 477
Harder Unread 395
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Akiko experiences a beautiful moment as she continues to prepare for classes.
Notes: This episode contains a note on how to create strings of days of the week, like "Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 477
Harder Unread 405
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Akiko reflects on her priorities.
Notes: This episode contains a breakdown of the potentially tricky word o-tagai, plus great vocab, as always.
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Easier Unread 487
Harder Unread 389
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Two familiar faces cheer Akiko up.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary and interesting discussions, such as one about the difference between two ways of saying you feel impressed.
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Easier Unread 477
Harder Unread 380
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Akiko discovers that sometimes studying a foreign language can bring you to the highest highs...and the lowest lows.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, like a phrase that means "to keep up (with a class, etc)" and a word that means "a repeating cycle."
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Easier Unread 498
Harder Unread 378
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Akiko gains a new friend in class.
Notes: This episode contains a useful breakdown of the difference between two words that mean "class."
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Easier Unread 484
Harder Unread 376
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Akiko proposes a mutually beneficial arrangement to Forest.
Notes: This episode contains useful notes on how to use the words tetsudau and egaku.
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Easier Unread 464
Harder Unread 378
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Forest and Akiko have their first study session together.
Notes: This episode contains several thought-provoking notes, including one in the Harder edition regarding why a common "incorrect" usage of zenzen might not be so wrong after all.
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Easier Unread 460
Harder Unread 374
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Akiko is surprised by Forest's feedback on her Japanese tutoring.
Notes: This episode contains a note about the origins of the familiar term to ka as well as a breakdown of three different verbs related to talking.
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Easier Unread 454
Harder Unread 372
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Akiko gains confidence at school.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, like "used (items for sale)" and "keep up (with class, etc)."
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Easier Unread 484
Harder Unread 371
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Forest makes an intriguing offer.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that can mean both "to consult" and "to look up in" a dictionary.
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Easier Unread 447
Harder Unread 362
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Akiko reacts to Forest.
Notes: This episode nicely demonstrates real-life variations on two textbook patterns.
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Easier Unread 445
Harder Unread 365
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Akiko gives more thought to Forest's proposal.
Notes: This episode contains a useful expression that means "by means of X" or "through X," as well as an example of a slightly unusual reading of a common character.
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Easier Unread 444
Harder Unread 360
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As she approaches the midway point in her first quarter, something surprising happens at school.
Notes: This episode features fun vocabulary such as a word that means "brazenly/confidently."
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Easier Unread 433
Harder Unread 365
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Akiko makes new discoveries as she tackles figure drawing.
Notes: This episode contains a review of two ways of reading the word for "draw" and how to know when to use which.
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Easier Unread 442
Harder Unread 360
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Akiko begins to feel excited about new possibilities.
Notes: This enjoyable episode contains fun expressions like "to float into one's head" and "to wonder."
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Easier Unread 448
Harder Unread 362
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Akiko reflects on what this new opportunity means to her.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the difference between two words that mean "a sound," as well as a reminder about loanwords that are similar to English words.
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Easier Unread 420
Harder Unread 338
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Time flies when you're in the zone.
Notes: This episode contains a note on why the word mazu often appears with wa.
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Easier Unread 415
Harder Unread 333
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Akiko rushes to share her work with Forest.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the use of the word hou to mean a roughly defined area.
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Easier Unread 404
Harder Unread 334
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Akiko wakes up in an unfamiliar place.
Notes: This episode contains several useful medical terms.
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Easier Unread 405
Harder Unread 324
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A friendly doctor explains Akiko's situation.
Notes: This episode contains useful words and phrases like "individual differences" and "CT scan."
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Easier Unread 396
Harder Unread 326
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The doctor continues filling Akiko in on the situation.
Notes: This episode contains a note that explains the very terse style you will see some words written in.
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Easier Unread 386
Harder Unread 320
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Akiko is comforted by a concerned Ginger.
Notes: This episode contains a long breakdown of a short but potentially tricky-feeling sentence.
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Easier Unread 371
Harder Unread 319
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Akiko is finally able to make an important hand-off to Forest.
Notes: This episode contains several interesting notes, such as one on the difference between ukeru and uketoru (in the Easier edition), as well as one on the use of moushi-wake nai as an adjective (in both editions).
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Easier Unread 378
Harder Unread 315
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Akiko settles in for the weekend.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a deceptively complex sentence that includes three parties, none of them explicitly named.
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Easier Unread 358
Harder Unread 311
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Ginger cares for Akiko as Akiko reflects on the day.
Notes: This episode contains an opportunity to review the pattern for naming what you are apologizing for, plus a discussion for a word that literally means "I accept defeat."
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Easier Unread 354
Harder Unread 301
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Akiko adjusts to life with the kidney stone.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the use of tabi ni to mean "every time" something happens and one on the use of hou to divide a continuum into two halves.
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Easier Unread 358
Harder Unread 296
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The entire family shares a moment with Akiko.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a euphemism for using the bathroom.
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Easier Unread 349
Harder Unread 290
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Akiko finally gets the feedback she has been waiting for.
Notes: This episode has great language-learning vocabulary, like "grammar" and "vocabulary."
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Easier Unread 354
Harder Unread 284
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It's midterms week for Akiko and her fellow students.
Notes: The "Harder" level of this episode contains two somewhat special vocabulary words, along with notes that explain how to use them with examples.
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Easier Unread 365
Harder Unread 295
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Forest explains his reasons for wanting to introduce his friend.
Notes: The Harder edition of this episode contains a note on a word that means "living."
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Easier Unread 350
Harder Unread 291
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Akiko hears out Forest's friend as he makes an offer.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the word pittari and another one that means "there isn't (normally) such a good thing."
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Easier Unread 327
Harder Unread 281
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Akiko considers the intriguing offer.
Notes: This episode contains a note about a word that means "the feeling that something is real and a verb it is often used with.
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Easier Unread 333
Harder Unread 288
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As she prepares for her day, Akiko is surprised by an unexpected visitor.
Notes: The Easier edition breaks down a use of na that might initially feel tricky. The Harder edition looks at a suffix commonly used with body parts.
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Easier Unread 334
Harder Unread 280
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The scene at the doorstep develops as a friend appears.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the use of hitori as a suffix.
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Easier Unread 314
Harder Unread 267
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Akiko and the visitor change venues to discuss things.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocab and expressions, such as those for "heartening" and "to ruin."
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Easier Unread 314
Harder Unread 263
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Takuya broaches the topic he has come to discuss.
Notes: This episode contains a note that compares two ways of talking about having an "intention" or "inclination" to do something.
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Easier Unread 309
Harder Unread 267
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Akiko explains how she has grown to a surprised Takuya.
Notes: This episode contains a note on different ways the word for "responsibility" can be used, as well as a nice example of the "noni of lament."
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Easier Unread 315
Harder Unread 257
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Akiko describes what she is looking for--and what she is not--to a fuming Takuya.
Notes: This episode contains an excellent word for conveying remorse, and a comparison of three words related to apologies.
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Easier Unread 309
Harder Unread 254
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Akiko reunites with the gang feeling refreshed.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a way to create extra strong versions of adjectives and a word that means "to look dazed."
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Easier Unread 294
Harder Unread 248
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Back at school, Akiko also pushes forward with the writing project.
Notes: This episode contains great school vocabulary like "final exams," plus interesting notes, as always.
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Easier Unread 296
Harder Unread 237
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Akiko uses her story as the basis for a reading club at school.
Notes: This episode contains interesting expressions such as "to hear my request = to respond positively."
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Easier Unread 292
Harder Unread 229
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Akiko remembers her time working in audio production in Tokyo.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the multiple ways to write the word tsukuru.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 286
Harder Unread 233
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Akiko reflects on the encounters that have led to this moment.
Notes: This episode contains fun vocabulary, such as the word for someone who works behind the scenes.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 282
Harder Unread 219
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As the performance comes to an end, Akiko's audience reacts.
Notes: This episode contains great expressions like "to be on the edge of your seat" and a way of saying something is "deep; profound."
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Easier Unread 284
Harder Unread 216
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Akiko presents an idea she has been working on.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, such as words for "editor," "equipment," "teary-eyed," and more.
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Easier Unread 274
Harder Unread 212
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Akiko juggles end-of-quarter reports and projects.
Notes: This episode contains a few new words such as the ones for "portrait" and "final exams."
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Easier Unread 261
Harder Unread 198
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An unexpected phone call jolts Akiko's nerves.
Notes: This episode contains mostly straightforward vocabulary and grammar. The Harder editions contains several notes on interesting expressions and vocabulary.
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Easier Unread 265
Harder Unread 197
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Akiko has an important conversation.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary, such as an expression that means "to switch the phone to a different person."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 248
Harder Unread 195
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Akiko makes a promise to her grandmother.
Notes: This episode, which contains mostly straightforward vocabulary and grammar, demonstrates that sometimes simple sentences can be the most powerful.
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Easier Unread 247
Harder Unread 190
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An update awaits Akiko as she wakes up the next morning.
Notes: This episode contains notes on several important vocabulary words and patterns.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 245
Harder Unread 183
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An uncertain Akiko thinks about her next steps.
Notes: This episode takes up the word sayo(u)nara as well as the word tengoku.
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Easier Unread 237
Harder Unread 181
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Akiko faces a normal day in a changed world.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the word tsui and our old friend tonikaku.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 233
Harder Unread 175
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Akiko meets someone at school.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a special use of hitotsu and more.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 234
Harder Unread 172
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Akiko continues to talk with Brian.
Notes: This episode contains a cultural note about giving money at funerals, plus a note explaining the tricky suffix -ake, which can mean either the beginning or the end of a period.
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Easier Unread 227
Harder Unread 166
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Akiko prepares to return to Japan.
Notes: This episode contains a note explaining a use of the -te iku pattern that might not be obvious.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 219
Harder Unread 168
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Akiko boards her flight.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the words masaka, ochitsuku, and more.
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Easier Unread 232
Harder Unread 166
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The passenger sitting beside Akiko engages her in conversation.
Notes: This episode contains a breakdown of a tricky expression, plus a note to help remember the unusual reading of a word that means "a fit/an attack."
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Easier Unread 219
Harder Unread 154
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Akiko lands in Japan and reflects on her conversation with the stranger.
Notes: This episode contains a discussion of a phrase with tokoro that could be interpreted in two different ways.
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Easier Unread 205
Harder Unread 148
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Akiko remembers the time leading up to her foreign exchange.
Notes: This episode contains a figurative use of the word katachi, "form/shape."
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Easier Unread 211
Harder Unread 147
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Akiko recalls the wise words of her grandmother.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, as always.
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Easier Unread 200
Harder Unread 136
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Akiko brings us up to speed on the new developments in her life.
Notes: This episode contains interesting vocab and expressions, as always.
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Easier Unread 194
Harder Unread 127
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Sometimes chance meetings can change your life forever.
Notes: This episode contains a review of a use of ue de to mean "upon that foundation."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 165
Harder Unread 115
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Akiko bids us adieu in this touching final episode.
Notes: Includes a message from the author. Thank you for reading on behalf of all of us!
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 188
Harder Unread 119