linguistics

Call of Duty’s Gundam crossover looks really weird (if you can read Japanese)【Pics】【Update】

Human-sized Gundams fighting on the streets of Tokyo aren’t as strange as some of the signage behind them.

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Kyoto study finds nearly 500 translation errors for foreign tourists, new guidelines released

Kyoto City Tourism Association wants the town to clean up its translation act.

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Anime girl English teacher Ellen-sensei becomes VTuber/VVTUber and NFT

New Horizon star appears in “private English lesson” videos.

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Arrest proves a common Japanese saying about apologies and police

“I’m sorry” doesn’t cancel out “I’ll kill you.”

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Foreign English teachers in Japan pick their favorite Japanese-language phrases【Survey】

Ironically, number-one pick is something many foreigners in Japan hate hearing too.

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Shohei Ohtani called liar after saying he met fan who caught home run ball, but it might be a Japanese translation error

Video shows Japanese language quirk and translation snafu might be hurting the baseball star’s image.

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Japan’s new “painful sadness” snacks are a deliciously mysterious linguistics lesson【Taste test】

Happy Turn swerves into a new form, Tsuratan.

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McDonald’s Japan made two almost identical commercials, with one tiny, touching difference【Vids】

A taste, and words, to remind everyone of home.

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New book teaches Japanese people English to help out foreign travelers

Publisher wants to help make it easier to help.

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What’s it like living with an unusual name in Japan? We talk with a super-rare Mr. Heianzan

This Okinawan singer has a last name so rare, only 1 every 90,000 people in Japan have it! 

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Calling accused rapist a “piece of shit” is not slander and is legally OK, Tokyo High Court rules

High Court has no time for this shit, tosses out defamation suit.

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Japanese convenience store’s Spicy Tuna rice balls might not be what foreigners or locals expect

But they might like them anyway.

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Japanese government to make first change to romanization spelling rules since the 1950s

So long, Sibuya!

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Sumikko Gurashi origin book gets English/Japanese bilingual release, great for language learners

An adorable way to start reading Japanese, or just to spend some more time with the lovable Sumikko Gurashi cast.

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Official Tokyo Marathon T-shirts get recalled for English spelling mistake

Things started off OK, but didn’t finish quite right.

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Japanese university globalizes with fall start date, governor wants English as official language

Says Japan will “continue to decline” without greater globalization.

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International-hit candy Hi-Chew adds English to in-Japan logo, makes it bigger than the Japanese

America’s second-most popular Hi-Chew flavor will also make its in-Japan debut.

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Why do Japan’s noisy-gulp drink commercials exist, and are they gross?【SN24 reader survey】

We asked your opinions about this long-standing, big-gulping tradition.

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Japan has a set phrase for the crazy busy feeling we all get at the start of the year

If you’re shocked that January is almost over, Japanese has a phrase for that.

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Japan’s Kanji of the Year for 2023 reveals the worries of Japanese society

A single character says a thousand words.

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