Japanese language study

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…

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…

How To Study Japanese On The Cheap?

Studying Japanese can be quite a daunting process, but help is never far away. Japan’s ageing population has many retired teachers among their ranks who are happy to take a Japanese language student under their wing and give weekly lessons for next to nothing. Usually, these community type lessons will carry a nominal fee of…

How to be funny in “JaPunese”: 10 Original Japanese Puns!

Japanese comedy is known the world over. Mostly, the international perspective of Japanese comedy centers around ‘owarai’. Owarai is basically Japanese television comedy. This varies hugely but people may be quite familiar with quiz shows, variety shows, and talent contests, which are particularly popular right now! To the west, Japanese comedy may appear quite slapstick,…