linguistics

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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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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