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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…

Take Your Japanese to the Next Level With These 5 Top-Notch TV Shows

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 key is practice, but the secret…

Find Out the Meanings of These 5 Common Internet Slang Terms Used in Japan!

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. You may have come across some…

’Sweeten’ Up Your Japanese Vocab with ’Betsubara’: Our Separate Dessert Stomach

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 means “separate stomach”. It’s the place…

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…
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