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Learn Basic Kanji for Shopping in Japan

Food shopping is fun, but a challenge if you can’t read the lingo. Here are a few great Kanji to help you get the most out of your food budget, and avoid disastrous mistakes in the kitchen. Write them down. Print them out. Copy the Kanji to your phone to better help yourself out with…

5 Effective Ways to Help you Learn Japanese!

Whether you started on a whim, or it was your life dream, learning Japanese, as enthralling and challenging as it might seem, is never a light task to achieve. The three writing systems, the huge amount of characters you have to memorize, the different levels of speech politeness, the douon igigo 同音異義語 or homophones, make…

Practice Reading Japanese With These Great Specialized Books!

Learning Japanese can be difficult, especially when it comes to reading. This is because the Japanese language uses 3 different alphabets, sometimes even all in one sentence. These three alphabets are called hiragana – ひらがな, katakana – カタカナ, and kanji – 漢字. Hiragana was invented as a way for women to write, while the men…

10 Japanese Words with Adorable Meanings!

Certain languages have been known around the world to have stereotypes in terms of intonation, words, and even the accompanying verbal language. For example, the German language is seen as gruff and has strong nuances with many “ach” growling sounds. The French language has been called unintelligible and likened to talking while having one’s mouth…

Let’s Understand the Japanese Around Us

Every foreigner coming to Japan will surely encounter the same one difficulty. It is being unable to read the sign boards and documents available in Japan since most places have only Japanese boards, brochures, etc. which will be written only in Japanese kanji. Most common tourist sites or airports surely have the English version of…

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),…

Knowing easy Japanese makes your travel better!!

Visiting a foreign country and not being able to communicate can be frustrating. You might be scared of situations where you need to express yourself, but can not. Japanese have improved their English ability in the past 10 years, but if you happen to get to some rural area or just pass along someone who…

Learn Japanese the smarter way

For those who are interested in Japanese culture the decision to learn the language is an easy one. However, putting this into actual practice might sound rather difficult. So how should one get started? There are some ways to ease this task. jp.fotolia.com/ Indulge in the culture jp.fotolia.com/ Learning something could not be easier when…