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Welcome to the World of Japanese Onomatopoeia!

“My stomach went peko peko.” Does the word “peko peko” rings a bell? If you are studying Japanese, you probably would have come across this word as a cute way...

All About Japanese Calligraphy

If you are troubled by Kanji study, why don’t you take a break with brushes and ink? The Japanese calligraphy is without doubt a relaxing way to enjoy reviewing ideograms....

A Japanese Word for June: Tsuyu

Do you believe an umbrella will just do the trick when the rain starts falling? Well, keep that thought in mind, experience the Japanese rainy season, 梅雨(つゆ) , and get......

The Origins of the Japanese Bento

The Bento, from Convenience to Love You would be very mistaken to think that a bento – Japanese packed meal, is merely a quickly prepared meal for busy people. In...

Improve Your Conversation Skills with Ending Particles Ne and Yo

When studying Japanese, one of the first ending particles you learn is ka (か). This acts as a question marker and turns the whole sentence into a question. It’s one of...

Aizuchi: Active Listening in Japanese Conversation

To master Japanese conversation, you must learn the art of aizuchi: the way to indicate to the speaker that you are listening with attention. Aizuchi covers all the interjections t...

An introduction to Japanese punctuation!

Without punctuation, language is doomed to be ambiguous. And yet, you would be quite surprised to discover that in Japan, punctuation did not exist before the 19th century. Indeed,...

Being lovey-dovey: sweet words for love in Japanese!

– They are so love-love! – What are you saying?! – ラブラブだって! – Ah! You mean lovey-dovey! – Lovey… Dovey? Love is everywhere. Or so you would thin...

Moshi Moshi – Answering the Phone and Japanese Phone Etiquette

Although our students love having an opportunity to practice their Japanese skills, one of the biggest challenges is always answering the phone. In person conversation is a great w...

The many ways to say « I love you » in Japanese

– Tanaka sensei, how do you say « I love you » in Japanese? – Well, let’s see… Learning a foreign language is less about mastering the grammar, the vocabulary,...

Beautiful Japanese honorific prefixes o and go!

The beauty behind the Japanese honorific prefixes o and go お水 Omizu Water ご家族 GoKazoku Family When introducing the Japanese respectful speech called keigo, the attention is often f...

An Introduction to Japanese Keigo

Are you ready to jump into Japanese keigo? Whatever the reason you are studying Japanese, we believe at first, you were having fun and you enjoyed writing your first hiragana...