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Let's face it, learning a language requires a lot of time, memorizing and practice. It's no surprise that many of us associate language-learning with long, boring study sessions in drab classrooms with tests and exams to boot. Well, worry no more! The Learn Japanese to Survive! series aims to flip...

As we all know, onomatopoeia, or words to explain sounds, varies depending on the language. For example, a dog says "bark" in English while it says "wan" in Japanese. Given the wide range of variety, onomatopoeia is a reflection of the culture of a country. Interestingly for Japan, while...

Katakana is that wonderful part of the Japanese language that makes you feel rather uncomfortable when pronouncing an English word in a way that just feels wrong. But as most Japanese learners will know, not all katakana words came from English. Some of them are entirely Japanese creations, and...

Are you an intermediate or fluent Japanese speaker? Do you want to impress your Japanese friends with modern slang expressions in your everyday conversation? Today, we are introducing 20 of the frequently used modern Japanese slang terms that you might have heard from your Japanese friends or might have...

Learning a foreign language as an adult is not impossible. However, it can be quite daunting especially because during your 20s or even during your teens, your brain may not be as efficient in soaking up knowledge as it once was when you were a child. Also, if you're...

Anyone learning a new language makes a lot of mistakes. For example, I once tried to talk about religion with a Japanese friend. I wanted to talk about, "religion as a spiritual experience." The Japanese word for spiritual is "reiteki" but I misspoke and said "seiteki." So what I...

If you spend time learning Japanese (or any other language for that matter), you will soon realize that there are some words or phrases that don't translate well into English. Of course, there are many Japanese words that have already been adopted into English because of this, such as...

Japan’s writing system is probably the first thing that boggles the mind of an English speaker when they start learning Japanese. The forbidding kanji express meaning in the form of nouns, verbs, and adjectives, while the curvy hiragana fill in the gaps with word endings and grammatical functions. Where...

Before coming to Japan I studied in an institution that provided 6-12 week language learning programs in over 100 different languages. There was a story commonly told of a student who was studying Spanish and was having a hard time and wanted to quit. The teachers met together to...

With June coming to a close and the summer solstice passing, the official summer in Japan is just getting started! Since Japan has four seasons, the terms that are often used during each period are very different and the summer season, of course, is no exception. If it is your...

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