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The Ultimate Test For Language Enthusiasts – Kanji Kentei

It is no surprise that Japan has a very deep affection for problem solving and quizzes. Two of the most famous Japanese puzzles–the Sudoku and Kakuro–has even made other countries’ people hooked as well. Quiz shows are also ubiquitous among TV shows. Many tests have been designed also in order to test your knowledges of…

Japanese 101: No Better Place to Start Your Mission to Fluency!

Are you interested in learning Japanese? Have you been dreaming of speaking Japanese fluently one day or watching anime without referring to the subtitles? Guess what? We have something in common! Learning a new language can be challenging sometimes but if you have the passion, speaking in Japanese will be a piece of cake for…

Filling Forms in Japan: a Short Guide

While in Japan, you will surely come across situations where you need to fill out some form in a bank, post office, library, when registering a new telephone or Internet connection or such. It will be difficult to figure out the words in a form if it is purely in Japanese. But there are some…

Master 20 Basic Japanese Kanji by the time you Finish this Article!

Approximately 2,000 kanji are needed to read a newspaper. While Japanese children learn them during primary school, junior high and high school, foreigners struggle the most when trying to learn them as adults. After finishing the first year of primary school, Japanese students have already studied 80 of the “kyoiku kanji” (教育漢字 = education kanji),…

An Introduction to the Japanese Language

One of the most difficult languages to learn is Japanese. Unlike English which has only twenty-six (26) letters, Japanese has three different sets of characters. Hiragana, Katakana and the dreaded Kanji. Hiragana jp.fotolia.com/ Hiragana is the basic of all the Japanese writing systems one must master to learn the language, consists of forty-six (46) characters…

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,…

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

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 Kaniji, literally means “characters from Han China” are Chinese characters used in Japanese. Kanji is one of the four…