linguistics

Why do Chinese characters in anime say -arimasu/-aru ALL the time?

Linguistics professor explains the centuries-old background of the omnipresent anime and manga verbal tic.

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Sometimes Japanese customer service is so good, it’s hilarious

Cashier follows customer’s request to the letter but still gives him the last thing he expected.

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10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why?

The linguistic reasoning may surprise you.

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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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Is this common Japanese phrase for “goodbye” the reason for Japan’s crazy overtime hours?

When you’re leaving the office before your coworkers, you don’t tell them “Sayonara,” you tell them “I’m being rude.”

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Niigata school superintendent resigns over improper use of Japanese word for “you”

The linguistic error was seen as insensitive in light of a horrific situation.

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How often do Japanese people rip silent farts? Survey investigates

Investigation shows generation gap in emissions’ audio levels.

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Japanese Twitter shares the funniest “mysterious Japanese” that they’ve heard from foreigners

Engrish may be funny, but language mistakes go both ways!

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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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Restaurant in Indonesia’s bizarrely translated Japanese menu commands customers to get stabbed

“A little” shanking is requested, but that’s not the only weird thing about the baffling bits of Japanese flavor text.

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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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Tokyo property owner has to put up “Pooping prohibited” sign to combat unwanted dookie deposits

Seriously, no shit.

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Japanese man complains about foreign languages on Tokyo train, Twitter drowns him in kindness

”This is Japan, you know?” he asks, but others want to show him the ways of the modern world.

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Tokyo hotel asks guests to take their used toilet paper with them【Why Does Engrish Happen?】

Translation trouble strikes as hotel ends up making a very awkward request.

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Japanese Internet sad to see the word “chikan” becoming commonly used in English

The country was proud when “emoji” and “anime” became part of English-speakers’ vocabulary. But when the British government uses the Japanese word for “train gropers?” Not so much.

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Does the Japanese word “natsukashii” exist in other languages? Japanese Twitter investigates

Could speaking Japanese expand your range of feelings?

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The thin line between asking a woman why she likes bags and why she likes doggy style in Japanese

Two thin lines, really, and they make all the difference, sloppy texter finds out.

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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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Japan’s second-largest convenience store chain changes service policy for sake of foreign workers

Family Mart relaxes customer service rules in recognition of clerks who aren’t native Japanese speakers, also allows dyed hair.

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