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4 Alternative Ways to Say Hello in Japan

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 someone. There are several options in…

5 Essential Phrases to Remember that will Help with Everyday Life in Japan!

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. You can study that moyamoya means…

5 Practical Tips to Improve Your Japanese Quickly!

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 methods you can use to learn…

5 Reasons Yotsubato is the Best Manga for Learning Japanese

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 of kanji in a novel can…

Learn These 3 Very Useful Words in Hokkaido Dialect!

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 every year to enjoy the…

Practise These 8 Ways to Express Your Love in Japanese!

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 means “I like…

A Fun Guide to Mastering Japanese Numbers in Kanji!

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)? kanji.jitenon.jp/ As simple as can be. Simply stroke your pen across the paper in a straight, horizontal line. Extra points…

How To Study Japanese On The Cheap?

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 will carry a nominal fee of…

Goroawase: Wordplay to Remember Dates the Japanese Way!

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 nishi muku samurai (the samurai looking west)…

5 Essential Words to Help Your Order Food and Drinks in Japan

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 5 words and phrases will help…
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