LANGUAGE

5 most common uses of Wasei Eigo (or Japlish)

Wasei Eigo lacarmina.com/ Just like an American would sometimes use certain famous Japanese words like “anime” or “sushi” in an otherwise English conversation, Japanese people also use various English words in their everyday speech. That doesn’t mean, however, that all of the “English” words and phrases that they incorporate into their conversations are used correctly.…

Why are the Japanese always sorry for something?

Sumimasen – this is a Japanese word meaning “I am sorry” or “Excuse me”, which we always keep saying to one another. If you have been to Japan, you might wonder why people always apologize. I, for instance, say “sumimasen!” more than 10 times a day (I’m not exaggerating), but I don’t always mean it…
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Japanese Onomatopoeia: How many words do you know?

Like in English, Japan has its own onomatopoeia called giongo (擬音語). Words, which phonetically imitate the sound that they describe, are not rare things. In Japanese though, the range and variety is so wide, that onomatopoeia is even divided in two categories, giongo (擬音語)) and gitaigo (擬態語). Whereas giongo is mainly describing sounds of things,…

3 phrases you have to know in Japan!

3 phrases you’ll hear everywhere in Japan When visiting Japan, you will probably bring some phrasebooks which teach you some basic Japanese phrases such as Konnichiwa(hello). However, there are many peculiar phrases that are hard to explain in another language. If you know these phrases, your trip to Japan or your Japanese studying might get…

Dogs say “wan-wan”: Animal Sounds in Japanese!

pipii.co.uk/ Same as traditional festivals and behaviour reflect the country’s culture, so does language and the words that are chosen to express different things. Just as women used to say, that they “need to powder their nose”, when they wanted to go to the toilet, instead of naming it directly, Japanese too, have an euphemism…

Learn Japanese with these Adorable Children’s Songs!

A fun way to learn a foreign language is through songs. Modern songs are often made with difficult lyrics and vocabulary, and a nice way to start is singing children songs. Generally, shorter and easier – perfect for beginner students of the Japanese language! If you can read Hiragana, try to concentrate on the left…

Learn more about Kanji–make your trip even more interesting!

item.rakuten.co.jp/ You know, if you study about the culture or history before you visit a country, your trip is always going to be more interesting. And here’s why kanji is interesting when coming to Japan. Kanji 漢字 flickr.com/ Kaniji, literally means “characters from Han China” are Chinese characters used in Japanese. Kanji is one of…

The magical word “Daijobu”, what does it really mean?

Have you ever heard of this word spoken by the Japanese? If so, you might be wondering what the word really indicates. This word is used in various situations, an take on various meanings and is one of the most widely used Japanese words. So how is it used? “Daijobu Desu” jp.fotolia.com/ We say “daijobu”…

Knowing easy Japanese makes your travel better!!

Visiting a foreign country and not being able to communicate can be frustrating. You might be scared of situations where you need to express yourself, but can not. Japanese have improved their English ability in the past 10 years, but if you happen to get to some rural area or just pass along someone who…
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