Japanese Study

Getting to Know the Japanese New Year

Unlike China and Korea, which still follow the old calendar, Japan celebrates New Year according to the the modern calendar. The celebration is considered to be a more important ev...

Saying Goodbye in Japanese: Can it only be さよなら (Sayonara)?

Using さよなら (Sayonara) to express Farewell Casual Conversations In Formal Context… Not meeting for a while… Using さよなら (Sayonara) to express Farewell One of the first wo...

Counting Numbers in Japanese

Numbers from 1 to 10,000 Above 100,000 Over 100,000,000   Japanese Numbers are fairly simple. It advances on a base ten system, so you’ll be able to use the numbers...

Translating 頑張る / 頑張って (Ganbaru/Ganbatte) into English

Article written by our contributor Jason Cohen. He has a master’s degree in Japanese language and worked in a variety of unique fields as a multi-cultural consultant and as a translator. Jason will explain to us the differences between Japanese and English in his point of view.

Using Wakarimasen (わかりません) vs Shirimasen (しりません)

Learning the Nuances Practice & Examples Going Further… Did you know that both “wakarimasen” or “shirimasen” can be used to say “I don’...

Japanese Slang: Dotakyan (ドタキャン) Suru for Pulling out Last Minute?

When you are learning a foreign language, studying slang is a funny way to deepen your vocabulary. Not only will you speak more fluently but you will sound more like a native speak...

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