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In Japan, each region has a different dialect. The Osaka dialect or Kansai dialect are really famous, so some of you may already know about those. But do you know any words in the Hokkaido dialect? Hokkaido also has a unique dialect. movie-times.tv/ There are many travelers who visit Hokkaido...

Do you have a Japanese girlfriend or Japanese boyfriend? Learn these words to express your feelings to them! You can also use some of these phrases to impress the Japanese men or Japanese women you are not with (yet) but are interested in being with! 1. Suki Desu twitter.com Suki desu literally...

Numbers are one of the most important things to learn when living abroad. Without them, how could you shop, understand your salary, or most important, exchange phone numbers with a new friend (or potential date)? tofugu.com/ Although most people are able to memorise the numbers after a few practices, the true...

Studying Japanese can be quite a daunting process, but help is never far away. Japan’s ageing population has many retired teachers among their ranks who are happy to take a Japanese language student under their wing and give weekly lessons for next to nothing. Usually, these community type lessons...

It is amazing how helpful rhymes can be when trying to recall dates. For instance the English mnemonic rhyme, "thirty days hath September, April, June and November..." allows us to recall easily how many months within a year have fewer days. In Japan, children also use the phrase...

Ordering food can be a pain if you don’t speak the local lingo. Sure, you can point and click, but in the end you just may find yourself with something undesirable on your plate. Worse yet, be whisked away to the ER due to an emergency allergic reaction. These...

Do you know that every year the Japanese Proficiency Society chooses a kanji to be the "Kanji of the Year"? They choose 10 characters which represent the event of the current year best and then do a poll through a national ballot where the kanji with the most votes...

As we head towards the end of 2015 it is time for the announcement of the 50 nominees for the Word of the Year, done by large Japanese publisher Juyu Kokumin Sha. Every year during November, the publisher selects a set of terms which have made an impact on...

It is no surprise that Japan has a very deep affection for problem solving and quizzes. Two of the most famous Japanese puzzles--the Sudoku and Kakuro--has even made other countries' people hooked as well. Quiz shows are also ubiquitous among TV shows. Many tests have been designed also in...

Before you travel to Japan, you should know that most Japanese people do not use English often. It may not because they aren't any good at speaking English, but because they aren't confident enough to communicate with tourists in English. bbc.com/ Therefore, you might struggle to communicate with restaurant waiters...

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