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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...

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...

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