Japanese language

Getting Over the Language Barrier

Before I left on my two month trip to Japan the #1 question I got from people back home was, “do you speak any Japanese?”. No, unfortunately, I do not. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me from taking an opportunity to work abroad. I tried to prepare by using language learning apps,…
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A Fun Guide to Mastering Japanese Numbers in Kanji!

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)? Although most people are able to memorise the numbers after a few practices, the true test is being able to…

The meaning of “Daijoubu”: How and When to Use It

During your trips to Japan, you will, of course, hear people all around you speaking Japanese. Common words and expressions you may encounter include “kawaii” (cute), “samui” (cold), “atsui” (hot) “ne!” (a tag question meaning “isn’t it?”, “aren’t you?”, etc), arigatou (thank you) and “mata ne” (see you), and more. Have you ever come across…

30 Things to Do in Tsukiji, Home to the Biggest Fish Market in the World, in 2019

Head south of Tokyo Station and the chic Ginza district towards Tokyo Bay and you will arrive in a small area called Tsukiji. This neighbourhood, easily accessible from either Tsukiji Station or Tsukijishijo Station on the metro, is most famous as the home of Tsukiji Market, the world’s largest fish market. With its proximity to…

20 Interesting ”Japanese-Made” English Words That Are Useful To Know

There are a lot of things that you can only see in Japan. They have the famous washlet toilet seats (Yes, the Super Toilet!), the affordable and unique capsule hotels, and the wide variety of unique Kit Kat flavors all over the country. But, guess what? There are also things that you can only hear…
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New visa statuses! New policy! Permanent residency is now possible?!

The Japanese Government is proceeding with the revisions of the Immigration Control Law in order to welcome more foreign workers. A proposal has been established within the year and by 2019, April, a new system might be added. New proposal. New visas! jp.fotolia.com/ The Immigration’s control law is quite old; it came into effect in…

3 Interesting Japanese Phrases That Have Different Meanings in Tokyo and Osaka

We all know that the two famous cities of Japan, Tokyo and Osaka, are totally different when it comes to food, language, and so on. When you start learning Japanese, the first dialect people like to point out as different is “Osaka-ben” aka “Kansai-ben.” People often say that Osakans are a bit more chilled out,…

Do You Know These 8 Words and Phrases That Mean “Sorry” in Japanese?

In an extremely polite society where people feel comfortable apologizing for causing even the slightest inconvenience, learning how to humble oneself is very important when studying the Japanese language. Did you know that there are several ways of saying “sorry” or “excuse me” in Japanese? Each word or phrase has a slightly different meaning, and…

Do You Know These 5 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Autumn?

When the long and humid summer finally comes to an end in Japan, the leaves change color and temperatures start to cool down. The cries of the cicadas cease, jackets and thick blankets are taken from storage cupboards, and kotatsu tables are set up in households all over the country. Autumn, or fall, is the…

Do You Know These 7 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Summer?

Summer in Japan begins in June and lasts all the way up to September, and depending on where you are in the country, it can either be a sticky and humid season or a pleasantly cool respite from the colder months. Hokkaido and Aomori prefectures, for example, enjoy bright sunshine and warm weather, whereas cities…