Japanese Study

Japanese Slang: “nanpa suru”, “gyaku nan 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...

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...

Common Japanese mistake: you = anata

Japanese is not always easy to use, especially when it comes to sentence’s subject. A sentence in English always requires a subject, but that is not the case in Japanese. In....

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

It is well known that Japanese summer can be unbearably hot and humid, especially during July and August. All day long people will drag themselves from building’s shadow to t...

“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...

The Ins-and-Outs of Arigatou, thank you in Japanese

Pay particular attention to the situation for which you have been thanked and you will gradually develop a greater sensitivity to how the expression “thank you” is properly used in Japanese.

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 refer to yourself in Japanese.

In Japanese there are three ways to refer to yourself. In this article we will learn how to differentiate between the three methods and which one is best for you to use.

How do you translate yoroshiku onegaishimasu into English?

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu (よろしくお願いします) is one of those quintessential Japanese words that is highly ingrained into the culture but very difficult to translate to English.