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And Japan’s Buzzword of 2016 is kamitteru!

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on December 2, 2016

Every year, Jiyukokuminsha publishing house, known for its annual book of slang, hold a buzzwords competition capturing social, political and entertainment trends of the year. The ...

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Study Tips to Pass JLPT Level N3

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on November 26, 2016

So you’ve worked through most of ‘Minna no Nihongo’. The JLPT levels of N5 or N4 you have gloriously passed, or you have mastered the basic grammar needed to pass...

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Weird Japanese Word: Can You Read The Air In Japan?

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on November 8, 2016

Ever stumbled across the expression “KY” for kuuki yomenai? This Japanese slang is literally translated as “cannot read the air” and jokingly applied to the...

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Quick Guide: Express Your Emotions in Japanese

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on November 2, 2016

How do you express your emotions in Japanese? If you’re learning Japanese, it’s helpful to know how to let other know what you’re feeling. We’ve gathered a ...

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Three Japanese Scary Spirits You Should Know About

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on October 28, 2016

You cannot travel in Japan without hearing at least a story or two about Japanese scary spirits. Are you aware that indeed, Japan is surrounded by a mythology of ancient...

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A Japanese Word for September: Typhoon

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on September 26, 2016

With September coming around, you were relieved to feel the weather cooling down. Or so you believed. As the typhoon season reaches its peak, your perfect kit to go out...

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The Japanese Silver Week, a Rare Five-Day Break

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on September 21, 2016

You might have heard of the Silver Week (シルバーウィーク), an expression coined in 2009, referring to 3 consecutive Japanese national holidays in early autumn. But did you know that the J...

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How to Use your Japanese Air Conditioner Remote

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on September 16, 2016

If you’ve travelled to Japan during the summer, we bet you probably had some difficulty figuring out how your Japanese air conditioner remote works. Picture this scene: you f...

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Japanese Grammar: How To Use rashii, mitai and poi?

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on September 5, 2016

More than once, a Japanese learner will struggle over some grammar points. Among the tricky suffixes, rashii, mitai and poi have confused our students more than once as they convey...

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Quick guide: Japanese words for computers

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on August 19, 2016

How often do you use your computer? If you’re learning Japanese, it’s helpful to know some computer-related vocabulary. These ones are pretty easy since a lot of them c...

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