LANGUAGE

5 Widely–Used English Words that Originated from Japanese!

We know that the Japanese have Romaji and tons of literal English translations in their language. Also, there are quite a lot of Japanese loan words in English such as Bento, Manga, Tsunami, Hentai, Ramen, Soba, Bonsai, Origami, Karate, Kamikaze and so on. But the list below would amaze you even more by how some…

Several Warning Signs You Will See in Japan

Need to adjust foreign land shopping.hobidas.com/ Being in a Foreign Land involves big adjustment not only for food, shelter, transport system, but mainly for the way of living itself. Whatever reason you have for visiting Land of the rising Sun, You might as well take note some of the important warnings visible on the road,…

A little about Japanese language

The difficulties of going abroad or entering a new country don’t end with getting your passport and visa. Knowing basic things such as manners, traditions, and, of course, some language is needed. The language normally being the most important, because it would serve you as a weapon to go through everyday communications with different people,…

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…
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