linguistics

Japanese department store officially apologizes for English poster calling Kyoto the world’s enemy

Takashimaya still seems a little fuzzy on correct English, though.

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Japan announces Kanji of the Year for 2020

The top ten kanji characters reveal a lot about what life was like in Japan this year.

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A whole bunch of capybara videos to help ease your presidential election stress【Videos】

Bath time is only one of many times these critters cuteness can put your heart at ease.

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Japanese student teased for American pronunciation gets sweet revenge on classmates

Heartwarming tale of a boy who grew up to have the last laugh, and get rich off the experience as well.  

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Japanese manners debate: Is it OK to tell your coworkers “I’ve found a new job?”

Pros, cons, compromises, and proverbs to consider when it’s time to say so long.

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How should you respond when a Japanese person gives you a compliment?

You may have heard there’s only one proper phrase to use, but that’s not true.

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Members of pop group Snow Man embarrassed for misinterpreting the word “snowman”

Do you wanna stump a Snow Man?♫♪

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Newest tool to help Japanese people learn English: An all-English isekai light novel

Fantasy tale provides best of both worlds with a story that students both can and will want to read.

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The reason why Japanese students don’t pronounce English properly

Good English pronunciation is less about ability and more about “surrounding eyes”.

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Katsu isn’t curry! Four kinds of katsu, and three delicious ways to eat them【Video】

Embassy of Japan in the U.K. posts video explaining what katsu is and isn’t, and we delve into the non-pork varieties.

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Wait, the Japanese word daijoubu can mean both “yes” and “no?” Why? HOW?!?

Stimulate your mind and your appetite with a four-course meal of Japanese linguistics, culture, and spicy curry.

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Japanese teacher shares surprising reason why the kanji for crow has one less line than bird

Learn how to never mistake the two kanji ever again.

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Busty Japanese brushstroke calligraphy artist shares visual appeal in video series【Videos】

Shuji demonstrations teach viewers how to write names of hit anime series, popular kanji.

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Japanese bag looks like it’s spouting random English, but has an actual message

“You’re reading this, aren’t you?”

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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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A rice by any other name: Japanese Twitter investigates local terms for “serving”

Who knew there were so many ways to describe portioning out rice?

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