Japanese Study

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...

How to call yourself in Japanese? boku, ore, watashi

This is an outlet of a popular chain of restaurants that sells French cuisine called “Ore no Furenchi” (My French) As French cuisine is generally expensive in Japan, this restaurant aims to provide affordable French cuisine to the mass public by adopting a casual dining style. Thus the use of the more casual “俺 ore” over the more formal “私 watashi” when it comes to the naming of the restaurant.

What is Yoroshiku onegaishimasu?

One day, a Japanese friend of mine with a seven-year-old child asked me the following: “I wanted to say ‘Yoroshiku onegaishimasu for my daughter’ to her English c...

How to Use the Japanese Expression “Muri shinai de”?

Japanese people have at heart to care for others. In Japan you often hear the expression “muri shinai de”. Broadly speaking, the phrase means “don’t over do...

Understanding the word Kaizen is the key to success in Japan!

Do you know the Japanese word Kaizen ? It means improvement. The word is synonymous with quality control at a car assembly line, for example. The concept is widely adopted...

Getting to Know the Japanese New Year

Unlike China and Korea, which still follow the old calendar, Japan celebrates New Year according to the the modern calendar. The celebration is considered to be a more important ev...

How to say goodbye in Japanese “Sayonara”?

What’s the first word you learnt when you first came to Japan? Konnichiwa? Sayonara? “Sayonara” is a standard Japanese farewell. It’s ubiquitous in phrasebo...

Japanese Numbers : How to count?

Japanese Numbers are fairly simple. It advances on a base ten system, so you’ll be able to use the numbers by learning 1-10 and then learning expressions for the digits...

How to translate Japanese word, Ganbatte! Ganbaru! in English?

Article written by our contributor Jason Cohen. He has a master’s degree in Japanese language and worked in a variety of unique fields as a multi-cultural consultant and as a translator. Jason will explain to us the differences between Japanese and English in his point of view.

How to use Wakarimasen vs. Shirimasen

Did you know that both “wakarimasen” or “shirimasen” can be used to say “I don’t know” depending on the situation? Take a look at the exam...

日本語の別れの挨拶といえば、さようなら??

みなさんが日本に来て最初に覚えた日本語は何ですか? この記事を英語で読む こんにちは?さようなら? そうですね。日本語の別れの挨拶は「さようなら」が定番です。 会話本や一般的なテキストにもしっかりと書かれています。 しかし日本で生活しはじめた多くの皆さんが気がついているように、日本人は普段の会話でさようならをほとんど使いません。学校などの下校時などに使われて...

Japanese slang:dotakyan suru

When you are learning a foreign language, studying slang is a funny way to deepen your vocabulary. Not only will you speak more fluently but you will sound more like a native speak...

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