Japanese language

11 different ways to say “father” in Japanese

Otou-san is just the tip of the paternal iceberg.
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Two incredibly important phrases to remember when shopping in Japan

Japan is known for its excellent customer service, but being an excellent customer is important too.

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Japanese prime minister accidentally asked about government’s massive “Robbery Campaign” budget

Politician from opposing party criticizes Shinzo Abe for official project, but the true crime is a linguistic one.

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Ridiculous Japanese TV program says English pronunciation is to blame for coronavirus spread【Vid】

Yes, “This is a pen,” but this is definitely not the reason Japan has fewer coronavirus cases.

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Japanese company puts up signs banning one specific style of intercourse, for coronavirus safety

Inadvertent prohibition makes the new normal feel even stranger.

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Japanese TV show’s misheard lyrics segment puts a hilarious twist on Western songs【Videos】

Killing in the name of…split the chicken nuggets, dad?!?

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Japanese Twitter user misses joke, stresses that “beati dogu” is not traditional Japanese culture

Samurai tradition stresses the importance of horse and rider as one, but this canine contest is completely for comedy.

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Disney knows what yokai are, teaches Japanese vocabulary word to Donald Duck【Video】

Kappa and kasa obake are among the creatures menacing Donald and his feathered friends.

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Manga artist makes rare move of taking paternity break, some wonder if he was actually a woman

Come for the heartwarming story of a famous artist actually getting time off to spend with family, stay for the weird Japanese linguistics lesson!

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The three ways to say “love” in Japanese, and when to use them

Because there are many different kinds of love.

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Do you need to apologize when using a credit card in Japan?

Online commenters have a strong reaction to textbook’s advice, but there might be another angle to consider.

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Laugh and learn! Japanese language school for foreigners teaches real Japanese with manzai comedy

Tokyo language school shows students a kind of Japanese you won’t find in textbooks, but that you’ll definitely want in your skill set.

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The Japanese you learn at school vs the Japanese used in Japan【Video】

Twitter user has something to say about the language they don’t teach you in textbooks.

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Keyboard app shares most common emoji by country, Japan’s are completely different from others

A case of cultural differences or linguistic ones?

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Does Comiket need to revise its booth code system for foreigners who don’t understand Japanese?

Fan thinks Japanese linguistic stubbornness is limiting the potential audience of Japan’s artists and creators.

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Free “Language Learning with Netflix” extension makes studying Japanese almost too easy

Works for lots of other foreign languages too!

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Canadian learns to speak proper Japanese by becoming comedian, pouring tea for his master

Katsura Sunshine brings a fresh look to a 400-year-old style of Japanese comedy.

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How to respond to Japanese people saying “I don’t speak English” when you’re speaking Japanese?

A cutting comeback from a Japanese-proficient foreigner leaves one man with a permanent emotional scar, but there are softer ways to make your point too.

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Japan announces Kanji of the Year for 2019, and it was really the only logical choice

One topic dominated conversations in Japan this year, and now it’s officially the most significant single kanji character of the past 12 months.

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First-grader’s math test accidentally turns into treatise on confusing Japanese linguistics

Because apparently three plus two equals morphophonology.

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