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The Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Name Correctly in Japanese

Japanese is a language that looks beautiful when written down. Calligraphy is a popular art celebrating the beauty of the Chinese-originating characters, kanji. Written Japanese is an art form itself, and it’s fun to be able to write characters and words you know. This article gives a complete guide to writing your own name in…

Navigating Japan: Can Using Trains in Japan Make You Smarter?

If you’ve been frequenting Japan’s well-established railway network, you’ll come to notice that a lot of the exit signs use cardinal directions (north, east, south, west) rather than relative directions (left, right, forward, backward). Cardinal directions are difficult to remember for many of us. It would take time to pick up hints and signals to…

3 Great Reading Practice Materials for Intermediate Japanese Learners

When learning Japanese, it is crucial that you keep using what you’ve learned all the time, else you will oftentimes find yourself forgetting things. One of the best ways to relax and also practice Japanese is to read, whether it be a book, manga, or the news. However, as an intermediate student, it can be…

Have Fun and Enjoy Learning Japanese in These 2 Japanese Language Schools In Tokyo

For many years, the number of Japanese people who are learning English in Japan has continued to increase. Although it can be a challenge for them to master the language, new and innovative ways to improve learning are always being developed. The same can be said for the increasing number of foreign people who are…

Learning Japanese? Here Are 5 Online Courses for Different Japanese Learners!

If you’re a Japanese language learner, the chances are you already know what Memrise is and have been using it or a similar software. But for those unaware, Memrise is what is known as a “spaced repetition learning” website, meaning that it will quiz you periodically on the things you’ve learned, with more regular testing…

Edutainment – 4 Fun Ways to Practice the Japanese Language

After deciding to study Japanese it doesn’t take long to realize that it takes a lot of determination and dedication to progress with it. There are many different methods and platforms for those looking to learn Japanese and spice it up with a bit of entertainment to keep you going! Luckily there are several fun…

Struggling to Learn Japanese? Check These 3 Handy Japanese Learning Apps Out!

It’s great when languages (like Japanese) are offered as a school/university elective, and this definitely helps establish a learning foundation you can build upon. But what about those that didn’t get this opportunity or have only just decided to start learning Japanese? Yes, I’m sure you’d be able to find an independent Japanese language school,…

This Language Game Makes Learning Japanese a Doddle!

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 this around and turn learning…

5 Japanese Onomatopoeia Words That DON’T Express Sounds!

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 American comics are filled with “Bam!”s…
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