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Paypal Ordering Option Removed

As of today, The Japanese Cheat Sheet pack is no longer available for direct ordering through Paypal.

Rest assured, the product is not going to disappear! It will still be available on Amazon for years to come.

The reason for this is that I’m moving and starting a new full-time job, so I don’t have time to handle things directly anymore.

Sorry for the inconvenience!


Fall Sale! 30% Off!

Hello everyone! Have you signed up for the JLPT yet? I hope so!

You’ve got just over two months left to study, and I hope you’ll take advantage of this offer to add Nihonshock.com’s cheat sheet pack to your library of resources. (^^)

Offer lasts through October 1st, and you know I don’t do sales too often, so please take advantage of this opportunity.


New cheat sheet! – Cool Japanese

Cool Japanese

It’s been four and a half long years since Nihonshock released its original Basic Japanese cheat sheet, and finally I got around to making another freebie!

Today I’m releasing Cool Japanese, which is less serious than my previous sheets but still packed with lots of great content. I tried to focus on topics that were interesting (even if they were a little obscure or advanced), and including examples that were not only useful but fun to read. Plus, I sprinkled tons of my favorite vocabulary and phrases throughout. The target audience is JLPT level N3-1, but beginners will probably find something too.

There are even a couple Easter eggs in there from Steins;Gate and Fist of the North Star. Can you find them? (^^)

Head over to the Cool Japanese page for the download. It’s 100% free and I encourage everyone to share it with their friends, followers, classmates and study buddies.

Note that this cheat sheet is digital only!!
It is not (and will never be) a member of the printed Japanese Cheat Sheet Pack.

(However, it may (at some point in the very distant future) be a member of a separate set of printed cheat sheets.)


Spring Fever Sale!

Are you guys ready for Spring? I sure am! Let’s celebrate the end of winter and the return of our collective motivation with a cheat sheet sale!

Until March 27, 2014, you can buy the Japanese Cheat Sheet Pack through Paypal for just $20 USD instead of the regular $27, or about 25% off. Regular shipping rates apply (that’s FREE shipping to US addresses, $2 to Canada and $8 for everywhere else). Unfortunately, I can’t offer this sale price on orders placed through Amazon.

If you haven’t noticed, Nihonshock does not daisy-chain special deals like so many other retailers do. Once this sale is gone it won’t be back for quite a while, so be sure to get yours before the sale ends on March 27!


Cheatsheet Pack Re-Release!

It’s been a looooong year (and then some) since the initial release of these cheat sheets. Over this time, I’ve received a lot of excellent feedback and also learned a lot about the boring, financial side of running a business.

One of the things that became apparent to me over that time is that my product needed to go just a little bit further, so that’s what I did. With this release, I’m adding content, and also improving the quality of what I’m already providing.

Here’s what’s new:

  • By popular demand, the Onomatopoeia cheat sheet is now included in the printed set! This brings the total up to 10 sheets.
  • The content of the original nine sheets remains the same, except for some minor adjustments or changes to wording, and corrections to a number of pronunciation guide errors.
  • The sheets now use a slightly thicker lamination, making them just a tad bit firmer and more durable.
  • The outside page margins no longer vary from sheet to sheet (not that anyone else cares, but I think it makes them look more professional).
  • The size of the sheets has been tweaked slightly (mainly a smaller header) so that they fit more easily into the plastic folder which I use to send them. They’re still within a few mm of A4 paper size.

The regular price of the product will be increased from $25 to $27,
which is necessary to compensate for not only the extra sheet and thicker lamination, but also the fact that this whole “running a business” thing is slightly more expensive than I originally planned for. I still think $27 is a bargain when you compare the Cheat Sheet Pack to similarly priced learning materials and I hope you all agree.

The new are scheduled to start shipping on October 18, 2013 and until then I am doing a pre-order promotion for the updated cheat sheet pack. The pre-order price is $20 USD, and if you’ve been following the site you know I don’t do very many sales, so get yours now and spread the word!

I am accepting pre-orders through Paypal only, and have temporarily removed Amazon links from the menu in order to avoid any confusion. However, if for some reason you absolutely can’t wait until October 18, the old Cheat Sheet Pack is still available on Amazon for $25.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED one of the old sets, I am grandfathering you in to the new sets at a price of $15 USD. Please contact me directly and include either the email address you used for the Paypal purchase or your Amazon order ID.


Update to the Numbers and Time digital cheat sheet

Nihonshock just made a minor update to the Numbers and Time cheat sheet (PDF version).

Here are the changes:

  • Updated the final Japanese year (年号) from 2012 (平成24年) to 2013 (平成25年).
  • Added readings for the 14th and 24th days of the month (these days can be optionally read: じゅうよっか and にじゅうよっか)
  • Added 日(にち) to the list of counters which take the reading よ for 4, instead of よん.
  • Corrected the reading for the 10th day of the month from とうか to とおか.

You can get the new file by simply downloading it again from the same link which you received by email at the time of your purchase.

If you’ve used up all your download attempts and the link has stopped working, please contact me using the email address which you used to purchase the sheet, and I will send you the updated one.


New Digital Cheat Sheet: Onomatopoeia

Hello everyone, I hope your Golden Week is off to a good start!

Yesterday Nihonshock made available a brand-new Japanese cheat sheet. The topic of the sheet is Onomatopoeia. Click here to check it out!

The sheet is primarily vocab based, so if you’re interested you’ll also want to check out the accompanying post over on the regular blog.

Since Nihonshock now offers two different digital sheets (plus the free Basic Japanese sheet), there is now a package deal where you can get both “Onomatopoeia” and “Numbers and Time” for $4 USD, as opposed to $2.50 each.

The Onomatopoeia sheet is currently only offered in digital form. It is not a part of the printed set.

Onomatopoeia is a topic that can be hard to find good resources on, and we’re sure you’ll find it useful to have such a large and detailed collection all in one single-page document.

Best of luck with your studies!


Shipping Rate Changes

As you may have heard, the shipping rates charged by USPS increased as of January 27, 2013.

While the cost of USA Domestic First Class mail increased by only $0.02, International First Class mail increased much more dramatically (approximately $1 USD per shipment, in the case of Nihonshock’s cheat sheets).

Therefore, Nihonshock is updating our shipping & handling charges to reflect these new USPS rates. (Sorry)

New Shipping Rates (for a single cheat sheet set)

  • Domestic US orders: FREE (just like before)
  • Canada orders: $2 USD (was free before)
  • All other countries: $8 USD (was $7 before)

End of the world sale extension!

The hippie wackos were wrong! The sun did rise on December 22, with an unfazed human civilization waiting to greet it.

And so, as promised, in celebration of the uninterrupted continuation of human life on our planet, Nihonshock is celebrating by extending the “End of the world” sale through December 28! So get your Japanese cheat sheet pack while the opportunity lasts!

Seize the day! Carpe diem! Learn Japanese now before the real apocalypse comes!



The end is nigh!

The Mayan calendar ends on December 21! Will the Earth convulse in a rage of earthquakes and natural disasters? Will aliens come to destroy humanity and colonize our planet? Will our solar system get sucked into a rogue black hole!?

No one can say for sure what will happen on December 21, so order your cheat sheets now, while there’s still time!!!*

* Note: discounted price only available on purchases through Paypal. Regular shipping charges apply (FREE in US/Canada, $7 everywhere else)

* Note #2: should civilization somehow succeed in enduring whatever eschatological trials await us on our fateful day, Nihonshock intends to celebrate by extending the 20% sale through December 28.

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