Japanese Study

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

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 comes to ident...

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)

Meaning of 気を付けて (Ki o Tsukete) When to use 気を付けて (Ki o Tsukete)? Meaning of 気を付けて (Ki o Tsukete) Have you ever heard of this Japanese expression before? When learning foreign lang...

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...

The Ins and Outs of Thank You(ありがとう)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 Talk about or Refer to Yourself in Japanese – Boku, Ore, Watashi

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.

Use and Meaning of よろしくお願いします (Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu)

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.

Japanese Expression: How to use the Phrase “Muri Shinai De”

What does “Muri Shinai De” Mean? When can I use it? In Daily Contexts…   What does “Muri Shinai De” Mean? Japanese people have at heart to care f...

Understanding the Japanese Word: 改善 (かいぜん/Kaizen)

Do you know the Japanese word Kaizen? It means improvement. For example, the word is synonymous with quality control at a car assembly line.  The concept is widely adopted not...