Japanese Study

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...

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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