Japanese language

Foreigner says he wants to learn Japanese because he loves manga, real reason is what he hates

Heartbreaking encounter spells the end of foreign fan relying on translations.

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How do you say “Happy New Era” in Japanese?

With the imperial Heisei era over and the Reiwa period just beginning, this is the phrase to use.

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“We wasted so much time in English class” — Japanese Twitter user points out major teaching flaw

One simple chart could have made all the difference.

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Minds blown by wire art that shows transition to from old Japanese era to new【Video】

This creative depiction of Japan’s new era will play tricks on your mind and your eyes.

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Four new era names the Japanese government rejected before deciding on Reiwa

The era of orderly peace could have been the era of vast glory instead.

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Twitter users say Japanese Prime Minister’s name is hiding in the kanji for Japan’s new era name

The new era name doesn’t have any of the kanji characters for “Shinzo Abe,” but some people saw the politician’s name all the same.

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Japan announces new era name, Reiwa, but what does it mean and why was it chosen?

Prime Minister explains rationale behind decision and compares people of Japan to flowers, but not cherry blossoms.

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End of the Heisei Era: Japanese government to announce new era name on 1 April

Japanese netizens pitch in with guesses on what it might be.

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Monkey Majik and Taiiku Okazaki team up for bilingual Japanese-English track【Video】

What lyrics do you pick out from this funky tune?

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How to write “sakura” in Japanese (and why it’s written that way)

There’s a beautiful reason why the kanji for cherry blossoms looks the way it does, and remembering it makes the character a snap to write.

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Poop Campus now accepting students to learn Japanese kanji through steaming piles of fun

The Internet just got a whole lot crappier.

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Ariana Grande stops learning Japanese following backlash over her “7 Rings” BBQ grill tattoo

People in Japan now fear Grande hates their country and their language.

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Remember: Japanese kombucha is nothing like American kombucha

It’s a tale of two kombuchas as Mr. Sato tries a canned kombucha imported from the U.S. that startles his taste buds and blows his mind.

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Hugh Jackman says good morning to Japan in Japanese, makes fans swoon【Videos】

Wolverine actor owes much of his fame to his handsome face and bulging muscles, but it’s his heart and his voice that are captivating fans.

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Instant karma on the streets of Japan as jackass motorcyclist shows the essence of “dasai”【Video】

Come for the twist ending, stay for a useful Japanese vocabulary lesson.

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There’s no need to care about our staff, because they’re foreigners, says Japanese maid service

Vague phrasing and fuzzy logic leads to swift backlash.

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The most popular Japanese baby names of the past 30 years, from Sakura to Shota

Meanings show hope for bold boys, beautiful girls in list of the most popular names of the Heisei era.

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Why do Chinese characters in anime say -arimasu/-aru ALL the time?

Linguistics professor explains the centuries-old background of the omnipresent anime and manga verbal tic.

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Sometimes Japanese customer service is so good, it’s hilarious

Cashier follows customer’s request to the letter but still gives him the last thing he expected.

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10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why?

The linguistic reasoning may surprise you.

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