Japanese Slang: Nanpa Suru and Gyakunan Suru

Picking People up? Where did the Word come from? Usage Examples When you are learning a foreign language, studying slang is a funny way to deepen your vocabulary. Not only will you...

Common Japanese Mistakes: Pronouns 彼 (Kare) and 彼女 (Kanojo)

「彼」Kare and「彼女」Kanojo 「私」Watashi Japanese Personal Pronouns are really hard to get for Japanese learners. In truth, we rarely use them. Not only “I” 「私・watashi」and R...

Common Japanese Mistakes: Using あなた (Anata) to refer to “You”

Contents: Subject Omission Referring to more than 2 People… Why should I avoid using あなた (Anata)? Subject Omission Japanese is not always easy to use, especially when it come...

Japanese Slang: Being Egocentric/Selfish/Self-centered in Japanese, 自己中 (Jikochuu)!

Describing someone as Egocentric, Selfish or even Self-centered… Derivation of the Word 自己中 (Jikochuu) In a Formal Context…   Describing someone as Egocentric, Sel...

Common Japanese Mistakes: Using 気を付けて (Ki o Tsukete)

Ki o Tsukuete! Meaning of 気を付けて (Ki o Tsukete) When to use 気を付けて (Ki o Tsukete)? What does 気を付けて (Ki o Tsukete) Mean? Have you ever heard of this Japanese expression before?......

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: 助かります (Tasukarimasu)!

Expressing Gratitude What is 助かります (Tasukarimasu)? Usage Examples Being more Respectful Expressing Gratitude Learning Japanese is not always easy, especially when you have to under...

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...

Coto’s events in August

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events Go for Lunch! Kagurazaka area ランチツアー! 神楽坂 Wednesday, August 5th 12:30-13:50 in Kagurazaka If....

Summer(夏) Photo Contest!

Coto Japanese Academy’s Summer Photo Contest is BACK! All you have to do to take part is to post a picture of your experience during Summer in Japan and you...

Coto’s coming event in July

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events Go for Lunch! shabushabu/sukiyaki ランチツアー!しゃぶしゃぶ/すき焼き Have you ever tried Japanese beef (wagyu...

Coto’s coming events! in June 2015

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events Cooking class 料理クラス Monday, June 8th 12:40-13:55 in Coto Japanese Academy Oshi-zushi Did......