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3 Great Reading Practice Materials for Intermediate Japanese Learners

When learning Japanese, it is crucial that you keep using what you’ve learned all the time, else you will oftentimes find yourself forgetting things. One of the best ways to relax and also practice Japanese is to read, whether it be a book, manga, or the news. However, as an intermediate student, it can be…

Learning Japanese? Here Are 5 Online Courses for Different Japanese Learners!

If you’re a Japanese language learner, the chances are you already know what Memrise is and have been using it or a similar software. But for those unaware, Memrise is what is known as a “spaced repetition learning” website, meaning that it will quiz you periodically on the things you’ve learned, with more regular testing…

Struggling to Learn Japanese? Check These 3 Handy Japanese Learning Apps Out!

It’s great when languages (like Japanese) are offered as a school/university elective, and this definitely helps establish a learning foundation you can build upon. But what about those that didn’t get this opportunity or have only just decided to start learning Japanese? Yes, I’m sure you’d be able to find an independent Japanese language school,…

This Language Game Makes Learning Japanese a Doddle!

Let’s face it, learning a language requires a lot of time, memorizing and practice. It’s no surprise that many of us associate language-learning with long, boring study sessions in drab classrooms with tests and exams to boot. Well, worry no more! The Learn Japanese to Survive! series aims to flip this around and turn learning…

5 Japanese Onomatopoeia Words That DON’T Express Sounds!

As we all know, onomatopoeia, or words to explain sounds, varies depending on the language. For example, a dog says “bark” in English while it says “wan” in Japanese. Given the wide range of variety, onomatopoeia is a reflection of the culture of a country. Interestingly for Japan, while American comics are filled with “Bam!”s…

6 Katakana Words that Probably Make No Sense to English Speakers

Katakana is that wonderful part of the Japanese language that makes you feel rather uncomfortable when pronouncing an English word in a way that just feels wrong. But as most Japanese learners will know, not all katakana words came from English. Some of them are entirely Japanese creations, and some come from other foreign languages.…

Learn These 20 Modern Japanese Slang Terms and Impress Your Friends

Are you an intermediate or fluent Japanese speaker? Do you want to impress your Japanese friends with modern slang expressions in your everyday conversation? Today, we are introducing 20 of the frequently used modern Japanese slang terms that you might have heard from your Japanese friends or might have read online and in magazines. fluentu.com/…
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