A Japanese Word for June: Tsuyu

Do you believe an umbrella will just do the trick when the rain starts falling? Well, keep that thought in mind, experience the Japanese rainy season, 梅雨(つゆ) , and get......

The Origins of the Japanese Bento

The Bento, from Convenience to Love You would be very mistaken to think that a bento – Japanese packed meal, is merely a quickly prepared meal for busy people. In...

Aizuchi: Active Listening in Japanese Conversation

To master Japanese conversation, you must learn the art of aizuchi: the way to indicate to the speaker that you are listening with attention. Aizuchi covers all the interjections t...

An introduction to Japanese punctuation!

Without punctuation, language is doomed to be ambiguous. And yet, you would be quite surprised to discover that in Japan, punctuation did not exist before the 19th century. Indeed,...

Being lovey-dovey: sweet words for love in Japanese!

– They are so love-love! – What are you saying?! – ラブラブだって! – Ah! You mean lovey-dovey! – Lovey… Dovey? Love is everywhere. Or so you would thin...

Moshi Moshi – Japanese Phone Etiquette

Speaking in Japanese on the phone is a next level challenge for most students. Here’s our handy guide for some key phrases that you need to know.

The many ways to say « I love you » in Japanese

– Tanaka sensei, how do you say « I love you » in Japanese? – Well, let’s see… Learning a foreign language is less about mastering the grammar, the vocabulary,...

Understand Better Keigo: Japanese honorific prefixes O and GO

When learning the Japanese respectful speech called keigo, the attention is often focused on verbs construction and the social relations between a speaker and a listener. However, ...

An Introduction to Japanese Keigo

Whatever the reason you are studying Japanese, we believe at first, you were having fun and you enjoyed writing your first hiragana and katakana. Gradually, you were able to expres...

29 Useful Japanese Business Keigo Words for Work

When you first start studying Japanese it’s very easy to learn the basics of hiragana and katakana right away and with the right Japanese language courses, it’s not har...

How to say no in Japanese?

“Saying no in Japanese is an art” You might say no in Japanese like you would in your own language. But after just a short time living in Japan, one...

Jikoshoukai? How to present yourself in Japanese!

Going to live in Japan? Better prepare yourself with a Japanese self-introduction, jikoshoukai, as you will inevitably have to go through this painful yet, necessary experience. Ye...