Sakura and Suzuki's Long Distance Relationship

When Suzuki's work suddenly takes him to Okinawa, his budding relationship with Sakura is tested.

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Sakura talks about her hope to visit Suzuki over the upcoming Golden Week vacation.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
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Easier Unread 2.4(885 votes)
Harder Unread 2.7(707 votes)
Suzuki describes his daily life in Okinawa.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
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Easier Unread 2.7(531 votes)
Harder Unread 3.0(445 votes)
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Plans for the Okinawa trip begin to firm up as Sakura spots a deal at the local travel agency.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
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Easier Unread 3.0(290 votes)
Harder Unread 3.2(218 votes)
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Suzuki looks forward to Sakura's visit.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
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Easier Unread 3.0(218 votes)
Harder Unread 3.2(173 votes)
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Sakura announces that she has bought tickets…and presents Suzuki with a difficult decision.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
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Easier Unread 3.0(173 votes)
Harder Unread 3.2(148 votes)
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Excited about Sakura's upcoming visit, Suzuki suggests a side trip.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
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Easier Unread 2.9(76 votes)
Harder Unread 3.2(69 votes)
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Sakura gets to the bottom of the sudden increase in airfare.
Notes: This article features great expressions, such as "to feel cheered up," "to be sold out," and "to rip off."
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Easier Unread 2.8(65 votes)
Harder Unread 3.0(67 votes)
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Suzuki asks about Sakura's work situation...and betrays a bit of insecurity about the architects she works with.
Notes: This episode contains fun colloquial expressions such as "hitting on" someone romantically.
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Easier Unread 2.7(59 votes)
Harder Unread 2.8(62 votes)
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Sakura eases Suzuki's mind and provides more details about her day-to-day work environment.
Notes: This episode has lots of great vocabulary and grammar patterns, such as words for "inviting" someone out on a date, working hard "on" something, and using the -te form to provide a reason.
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Easier Unread 2.9(54 votes)
Harder Unread 3.1(57 votes)
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Suzuki learns that he may have underestimated Sakura's professional talents.
Notes: This episode contains important grammar, including the tricky but very useful 'wake,' and lots of great vocab.
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Easier Unread 2.8(55 votes)
Harder Unread 3.0(47 votes)
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Sakura explains more about her responsibilities at work.
Notes: This episode contains excellent vocabulary, including a word you might hear as a fight is brewing.
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Easier Unread 3.0(51 votes)
Harder Unread 3.3(42 votes)
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Suzuki feels a little left behind but is reinvigorated by Sakura's coming visit.
Notes: This article contains good notes, including an explanation of the use of na as a masculine-sounding replacement for ne.
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Easier Unread 2.6(50 votes)
Harder Unread 2.8(44 votes)
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Sakura looks forward to experiencing Okinawan food.
Notes: This article includes notes about how the verb chigau works and the use of hairu to mean "to fit."
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Easier Unread 2.6(47 votes)
Harder Unread 2.8(41 votes)
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Suzuki reacts to Sakura's choice of swimwear and reflects on the moment when they began their long-distance relationship.
Notes: This article contains good vocabulary and an example of the -te form linking cause and effect.
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Easier Unread 2.9(45 votes)
Harder Unread 3.1(41 votes)
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Sakura shares her experience of the moment the two last saw each other.
Notes: This episode contains notes on interesting grammar points, such as the use of blunt-form questions in musing or realizing to oneself.
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Easier Unread 2.8(41 votes)
Harder Unread 3.0(37 votes)
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Suzuki remembers saying goodbye to Sakura at the airport.
Notes: This episode contains examples of a more colloquial equivalent of the negative -te form, and an expression that means "to feel (a certain way)" or "to have (a certain kind of) experience."
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Easier Unread 3.1(35 votes)
Harder Unread 3.3(32 votes)
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Sakura reminds Suzuki of her martial arts prowess.
Notes: This shorter episode nevertheless contains great vocab related to judo, as well as some interesting expressions such as "to make a move" on someone, and "to have a bad time."
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Easier Unread 2.7(32 votes)
Harder Unread 2.7(31 votes)
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Suzuki jokes about needing to be careful around Sakura.
Notes: This shorter episode is packed with interesting vocab and grammar. Be sure to check out both editions for notes on wake, -kke, and more.
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Easier Unread 2.8(29 votes)
Harder Unread 2.8(32 votes)
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Sakura reports on her research into sightseeing in Okinawa.
Notes: This episode contains great conversational devices, like use of tte koto to summarize, and a reminder on how the word mitai ("seeming like") works.
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Easier Unread 2.8(33 votes)
Harder Unread 3.0(31 votes)
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Suzuki reflects on his experiences swimming in the Okinawan sea.
Notes: This episode contains examples of the -te yokatta pattern, which indicates happiness or relief over something that has happened, and the -te oku pattern, which means "to do something in advance; to do in preparation."
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Easier Unread 2.5(31 votes)
Harder Unread 2.6(32 votes)
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The trip fast approaching, Sakura considers what to bring.
Notes: This episode contains a use of sae that means "if only" or "as long as."
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Easier Unread 2.6(16 votes)
Harder Unread 2.8(13 votes)
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Suzuki muses about a key difference between Sakura and himself.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, such as a common colloquial term used by men for their mothers, and a discussion of a use of rashii.
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Easier Unread 2.8(13 votes)
Harder Unread 3.1(12 votes)
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Sakura reacts to a weather-related development.
Notes: This episode contains lots of great vocab and cultural notes.
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Easier Unread 3.0(13 votes)
Harder Unread 3.2(12 votes)
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Suzuki shares a reason for optimism about the typhoon.
Notes: This episode contains fun vocabulary, such as words for a man or woman who can make their own good weather, as well as extended annotations explaining useful patterns and expressions.
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Easier Unread 2.6(14 votes)
Harder Unread 2.9(12 votes)
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Sakura wonders what to do about the typhoon.
Notes: This episode contains more fun vocabulary, such as one of the opposites of the "sunny guy/girl" words from the last episode, plus useful notes, such as one on the word umai.
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Easier Unread 2.7(13 votes)
Harder Unread 2.9(12 votes)
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The weather looks up as Suzuki prepares for Sakura's arrival.
Notes: This episode contains a long note about the masculine sentence enders zo and ze.
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Easier Unread 2.9(13 votes)
Harder Unread 3.1(12 votes)
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Things are looking up as Sakura's departure date arrives.
Notes: This episode contains good practice at describing an itinerary, plus notes on the banzai cheer and an expression that means "it's hard to believe."
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Easier Unread 2.6(13 votes)
Harder Unread 2.8(10 votes)
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Suzuki requests a souvenir.
Notes: This episode contains a fun backstory about a popular airport souvenir, as well as a cultural note about an aspect of humility in Japan.
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Easier Unread 3.1(13 votes)
Harder Unread 3.3(11 votes)
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A minor setback happens as Sakura heads to the airport.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary, such as the word for "traffic jam," plus interesting grammar and cultural notes.
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Easier Unread 2.6(13 votes)
Harder Unread 2.8(10 votes)
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Suzuki recalls his first meeting with Sakura's mother.
Notes: This episode contains a nice review of the "trying to remember" suffix -kke, as well as an approach for responding to the Japanese anti-brag.
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Easier Unread 2.5(11 votes)
Harder Unread 2.7(9 votes)
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Sakura arrives at the airport.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary such as the words for "being on time" for something, a "line" that one would wait in, and "check-in."
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Easier Unread 2.4(12 votes)
Harder Unread 2.5(11 votes)
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Suzuki relates an embarrassing episode from this morning.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the words meshi and kuu which are rough-sounding variants of more polite words.
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Easier Unread 2.7(9 votes)
Harder Unread 2.7(9 votes)
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Sakura recalls a related episode from earlier in their relationship.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, such as words for "uncool," "inside-out," and perhaps a new way to say "funny."
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Easier Unread 3.0(6 votes)
Harder Unread 3.2(5 votes)