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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…

Goroawase: Wordplay to Remember Dates the Japanese Way!

It is amazing how helpful rhymes can be when trying to recall dates. For instance the English mnemonic rhyme, “thirty days hath September, April, June and November…” allows us to recall easily how many months within a year have fewer days. In Japan, children also use the phrase nishi muku samurai (the samurai looking west)…

Warning! ’Numbers and Counting in Japanese’ will make your head spin!

One of the most confusing and difficult parts in learning the Japanese language is learning how to count and saying numbers. In English, we simply say one, two, three and so on for cardinal numbers. One apple, three bags, two cars. We say first, second and third and so on for ordinal numbers, and that’s…