LANGUAGE

‘Engrish’: 3 English Mistakes Most Japanese People Make

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 said instead was, “religion as a…

6 Incredibly Useful Japanese Phrases That English Needs to Adopt!

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 “karaoke,” “ninja,” and “emoji.” To my…

Behind the Characters: The Perfect Guide to Use Katakana

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 does katakana fit in? It may…

What Makes Japanese Such a Difficult Language to Learn?

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 discuss how to handle this student…

5 Important Words to Learn and Remember for Japanese Summer

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 first time in Japan and…

Check Out 7 of the Best Podcasts to Learn All About Japan the Fun and Easy Way!

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 few of my favorites. Language 1.…

Struck Speechless? Then Learn How to Use these 4 Great Japanese Conversation Fillers!

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 granted as universal. 1freewallpapers.com/ Ara also…

New to Kanji? Here Are Some Useful Characters to Help You With Japanese Menus!

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 to learn some of the Japanese…

Keep up with Japanese Teenage Conversations with these 3 Slang Terms!

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 point where you scratch your head…
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