Japanese language

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

Because apparently three plus two equals morphophonology.

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The nominees for Japan’s 2019 buzzwords are here, include “#KuToo”, “Cashless” and “Paprika”

The candidates for the top ten catchphrases that defined Reiwa’s first year are here! Who knew bubble tea could be a verb?

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Video of each Japanese hiragana getting “measured up” is oddly cute and satisfying【Video】

How tall is your favorite hiragana?

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Typhoon warning from NHK Japan “to all foreigners” causes controversy online

There’s a fine line between kindly simplifying the Japanese language and offensively dumbing it down for foreign readers.

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How to tell Japanese’s two most confusing, nearly identical characters apart from each other

Katakana is supposed to be the easy set of Japanese characters to learn, but there’s a huge exception.

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Mongolian professor says Japan’s name for Mongolian barbecue, “Genghis Khan,” is disrespectful

Mutton dish is commonly known by name of Mongolian historical figure instead of its original name.

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How should a guy say “I” in Japanese? Japanese women give their opinions【Survey】

Women have some strong opinions on which of the many Japanese words for “I” a guy should use when talking about himself.

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Some thoughts on Netflix’s Evangelion anime translation controversy: Like, love, and eating d***s

Evangelion’s original English scriptwriter has some harsh words for people complaining about translation choices, but also a pretty good point.

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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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