linguistics

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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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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The simplest, most direct way to protect your umbrella from being stolen in Japan

Sometimes, a not-so-gentle reminder is all it takes to make sure your belongings continue to be yours.

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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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