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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...

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...

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