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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...

I think that podcasts are one of the best ways to learn new things about virtually anything. There are thousands of podcasts available in nearly every language and there are a plethora of podcasts available to teach you more about Japanese history, culture and the language. Here are a...

Love them or hate them, onomatopoeia is an essential part of Japanese. Most, if not all, languages have words that imitate real sounds like plop, whizz, and woof, but Japanese takes it to the next level. Open any manga to a random page, and the background will almost certainly...

One of the best parts of learning Japanese is the chance it gives you to re-program your brain from the ground up. From strange words to alien grammar structures, everything is different. The constant discovery of new aspects of the language regularly highlights things you had previously taken for...

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