learning japanese

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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Test your knowledge of Japanese convenience stores with this katakana puzzle

There’s a trick to this riddle that’s staring you right in the eyes.

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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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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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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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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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The Japanese language has a special honorific suffix just for talking to athletes

Soccer star wants more fans to mind their manners and remember to use it.

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Japanese study tip: Imagine kanji characters as fighting game characters, like in this cool video

Kanji are one of the hardest parts of leaning Japanese, but they’re easier when they have move sets related to their meanings.

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If this adorable Shiba dog can learn to speak a word in Japanese (and he has), so can you【Video】

Yeah, yeah, people say Japanese is a hard language to learn. But Beni shows that even a humble pooch can pick up some vocabulary.

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Japanese government announces stricter requirements for foreigner student visas

New rules aims to close loophole that lets language school students spend as much of the year working full-time as attending class.

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Survey about Japanese teens’ first sexual experience tries to draw line between “love” and “love”

Japanese famously has two ways to say “I love you,” but how different are they?

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Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan? Moon ultra parking edition

Why Does Engrish Happen? is back with a look at what seems to be where Sailor Moon would park her car.

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Japanese Twitter user embarrassed to learn why American friend is studying Japanese, not Chinese

Reason goes beyond just “Because I like Japan.”

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Genius shares the magic phrase to instantly shut down sales pitches in Japan

Four little, and polite, words are all you need to instantly convince a pushy salesman to move along and leave you alone.

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Five magic Japanese phrases to know before starting a job in Japan

Gomen and kudasai are great for travelers and students, but if you’re going to be successful and happy working in Japan, you’ll want to know these.

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Tightening regulations lead to a new code word for schoolgirl-themed porn in Japan

Some complain that the rose doesn’t smell as sweet with its new name.

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What’s funnier and more likely to make you study than poo? How about male pattern baldness?

Can comedians Takashi and Saito-san use their power of alopecia for good, and get kids studying kanji?

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“People who break sakura branches are idiots” – Twitter outcry over cherry blossom accessories

Japanese proverb sternly reminds social media users about an often forgotten way in which cherry blossom trees are extremely delicate.

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Japanese government tells teachers not to be so strict, at least about some kanji radicals

Students rejoice and adults gripe as the government Agency for Cultural Affairs declares some writing “rules” undecided.

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