Common Japanese Mistakes: pronouns kare and kanojyo

Japanese personal pronouns are really hard to get for Japanese learners, as in truth, we rarely use them. Not only “I” 「私・watashi」and “you”「あなた・anata」are ha...

Japanese Slang: Jikochuu 「自己中」

How would you say “ egocentric, selfish, self-centered” in Japanese? Jiko chuu「自己チュー」「自己中」「ジコチュー」! It is a well known fact that Japanese society cares for selflessness and consider...

A Common Mistake in Japanese: ki o tsukete

Have you heard this Japanese expression before? When learning a foreign language, translations can sometimes skip some nuances.  We found out that one of the common mistakes made i...

A Japanese word for August : net tai ya

August’s Japanese word:  Nettaiya ねったいや [ 熱帯夜 ] It is well known that Japanese summer can be unbearably hot and humid, especially during July and August. All day long people....

“I appreciate that!” in Japanese: Tasukarimasu!

Learning Japanese is not always easy, especially when you have to understand some very tricky nuances. When you received help and want to express your gratitude, what should you sa...

A Japanese word for July : natsubate

July’s Japanese word: Natsubate Have you experienced Japanese summer yet? They are very hot and humid! Starting July, temperatures reach such point that you have literally th...

A Japanese word for May: Gogatsu byou

In Japan, a mysterious sickness to a foreign eye appears every year around May. Termed as the May sickness, 五月病(ごがつびょう) is not a specific disease per se, but more a disorder create...