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Japan is not an English-friendly country. Rarely do the words on menus at restaurants which are not large chains have an English translation. In that case, you may have a hard time ordering your food unless there are pictures of the food shown on the menu. Therefore, it's helpful...

If you're a foreigner living in Japan, the language barrier is an obvious and difficult obstacle that you will come across. Even if you have been here for years and have studied at a Japanese language school or even went to University or College, there will always be a...

In English, we "put on" just about everything. We put on our hats. We put on our pants. We put on our glasses and shirts and jewelry. All of this "putting on" can make getting dressed in English a little boring. Getting dressed in Japanese, on the other hand,...

Learning Japanese is hard. It takes a long time to slog through all the characters, learn thousands of new words and reprogram your brain to think in a totally new way. Sometimes it seems like you’ll never make it out of the textbook and into the real world. The...

The Internet certainly has its own lingo. Even among the English online users, there is Internet slang that has been created that is unfamiliar to those who do not use the Internet often. The same goes for the Japanese users who have also created some slang on the web....

In English, we have the phrase "there's always room for dessert." In Japanese, there's a word for the room - "betsubara". Betsubara is made up of a combination of the kanji for "separate" (別, "betsu") and "stomach" (腹, "hara", or "bara" with dakuten in this case), so it literally...

You have all heard the phrase ‘konnichiwa’ which can be used to mean hello or good afternoon. You may want to know about other ways to say 'hello' or 'hi' in Japanese. This article will teach you 4 other words and phrases that you can use to simply greet...

In the English-speaking world, Japanese is famous for being a difficult language to learn. One particularly challenging aspect is that English and Japanese just don’t match up. While many concrete words like eat or vegetables are easy to look up, sometimes the dictionary can be unclear, or downright deceiving....

Japanese is a historically difficult language to learn. Early European priests who came to Japan to convert the Japanese to Christianity, called Japanese "the Devil's tongue". After spending nearly 10 years living here, and studying the language, I can understand their sentiment. Today I would like to share 5...

Hello future fluent Japanese speaker! So you've learned katakana, mastered hiragana, and studied your way through an introductory textbook like Genki or Minna no Nihongo. What's next? It's time to start reading native Japanese materials. But what to read? Children's books are boring and just looking at the pages...

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