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6 Japanese Yojijukugo You Should Know

Do you experience setbacks and frustration while learning Japanese? When you forget to see the progress that you’re making and losing motivation, let go of the grammar and th...

And Japan’s Buzzword of 2016 is kamitteru!

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 ...

Study Tips to Pass JLPT N3

So you’ve worked through most of ‘Minna no Nihongo’, gloriously passed JLPT levels N5 or N4 and mastered the basic grammar needed to order your favourite sushi. Y...

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

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...

Quick Guide: Express Your Emotions in Japanese

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 ...

Three Japanese Scary Spirits You Should Know About

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...

A Japanese Word for September: Typhoon

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...

The Japanese Silver Week, a Rare Five-Day Break

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...

How to Use your Japanese Air Conditioner Remote

Master the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer with our cool kanji guide.

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

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...

Quick guide: Japanese words for computers

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...

How to go to the doctor in Japan?

Have you been to the doctor in Japan? Are you afraid not to be able to explain your condition in Japanese? Being sick in Japan is one stressful experience if you are not...