Japanese Study

Japanese Essentials: How to Ask a Question

If you want to know more about the person you’re with, it’s time to learn how to ask a question in Japanese.

Japanese Essentials: How to Introduce Yourself in Japanese

Learn how to easily and quickly introduce yourself in Japanese in this handy article.

Japanese Essentials: How To Talk About Things You Like

A great way to make a new friend is to share about your interests and things you enjoy. Being able to talk in Japanese about things you like will get...

Japanese Essentials: Ordering a Pint or Can of Beer in Japan!

A key language lesson to learn in Japan is how to order beers at a restaurant!

Coto Academy 3 Year Anniversary Special!

At Coto we’re very excited about our upcoming 3rd year anniversary! As a big thank you to all our current and potential new students we are pleased to announce a...

Booking a Mystery Ski Package in Japanese

Can you believe we’re already in February? The winter season has well and truly settled in, but for those of you wanting to get out and ski or snowboard, there...

Valentine’s Day In Japan: Get Around All The Chocolate

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is all about women giving chocolate to men, a strong tradition going back to the 50s. What’s more, chocolate is given not only to lovers but a...

Quick Guide: Commonly Used Terms related to Sumo Wrestling

Spectating a Sumo Match Sumo Terminologies Sumo Techniques   Spectating a Sumo Match Every year on the first Sunday of February, our students and the Coto Japanese Academy tea...

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

Studying for the JLPT N3? After working through ‘Minna no Nihongo’, gloriously passing JLPT levels N5 or N4 and mastering the basic grammar needed to order your favouri...

Japanese Slang: 空気読よめない (Kuuki Yomenai)? Reading the Air?

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...