linguistics

TV audiences in Japan surprised to see “Pikachu,” “Raichu” as members of U.S. Olympic team

Siblings look to electrify the badminton competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Nihon? Nippon? What’s the correct name for “Japan” at the Tokyo Olympics (and in general)?

Japan, the country so nice they named it twice?

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The strange part of Japan where “grilled chicken” doesn’t always mean “chicken”

This yakitori bowl is suspiciously lacking in tori.

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Giant misspelling in rice field art warms Japan’s heart, so farmers decide to roll with it【Video】

Mistake took months to be noticed, but it’ll be sticking around.

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Bukkake udon gets a new name in the U.S.A. from Marugame Udon

Traditional Japanese noodle dish now has a codeword-style moniker.

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Extra-meaty yakiniku burger makes us feel seriously old with its Japanese slang

This burger is both maji and gachi.

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English conversation school in Japan has clever reminder that students don’t have to be perfect

But is there such a thing as too much confidence?

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Street Fighter II characters appear in Japanese English textbook, drawn by famous designer

Cosplayer conversation in junior high text features cameos by World Warriors.

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Why do kids in Japan use those large leathery “randoseru” school bags?

A trend a century and a half in the making.

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GOOSSHUSSHU! Hitachi has an insane onomatopoeia troubleshooting guide for its washing machine

Thanks, Hitachi…we think…

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How do you pronounce “Among Us” in Japanese? Simple question has linguistically deep answer

Is “A-MOng Us” or “A-MAng Us” the victor?

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The extremely violent backstory of how to write the word “take” in Japanese

Commonly used kanji’s components don’t make a lot of sense nowadays, but once upon a time…

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Drink like an ox, eat like a horse! Five Japanese idiomatic phrases to celebrate Year of the Ox

From the relatable to the amoo-sing, there’re idioms for Japanese language learners of all skill levels.

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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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