Japanese Study

Colors in Japanese – How to Use Japanese Color Words

In Japanese, the words for specific colors are used differently depending on their parts of speech. Having two sets – one set is the Japanese – the other being a...

Student Tips – Little Ways to Practice Japanese Everyday

In this Guest Post – Teresa Tak, Japanese Language learner will give us some tips on how to practice Japanese everyday.

Meaning of Japanese Kanji Characters in Emoji

Did you know that Emoji actually comes from Japanese? In Kanji, it is written as 絵(E)文(Mo)字(Ji), which literally can be translated into “Drawn Language Character”. For ...

Learning Japanese Fast – The benefits of taking Japanese classes in a small group

There are several benefits of studying Japanese in a small group setting. Learn about what makes our Japanese lessons different in this blog.

11 Common Japanese Phrases Using the Word “気” – Ki

What is “気” – Ki “気(ki)” literally means “gas” of “air”. In Japanese culture, it is believed that “気” is a form of...

Japanese Slang Used by Young People – 若者言葉 Wakamono Kotoba

What is Wakamono Kotoba? (Japanese Slang used by Young People)   In Japanese, there is a phrase for words and expressions young people talk, that is 若者言葉(Wakamono kotoba). It ...

How to express ability in Japanese – How to say “I Can” or “Cannot” do something

When expressing something that you can or cannot do in Japanese, you may use the following pattern: V+ことができます (Verb + koto ga dekimasu) “can do (something)…. V+こと The first p...

Make Changes to Your Dinner Reservation in Japanese – Add Table Plan / Change Dates / Late for Reservation / Cancel Reservation

In Japan, whether you are going to have dinner in a restaurant, getting a haircut at a hair salon or staying in a hotel, you can will need to make...

How to Get Connected When Traveling in Japan – Sim Card, Pocket WiFi, Mobile Phone Rental

Traveling in Japan can be a great experience – but because of the language barrier – it is a great idea to make sure you have an internet connection. In...

How to Say – Can I return or exchange this Item in Japanese – Video Guide

Shopping in Japan as a tourist or a short term resident can be daunting – especially if you don’t know how to communicate with staff in Japanese. This guide will...

How to play Rock Paper Scissors in Japanese – じゃんけん (Janken) – Handy Illustrated Guide

In Japan, “rock paper scissors” is referred to as “じゃんけん”(Janken). Although it is called different names in different places, the rules of the game are the ...

Top 100 Basic Japanese Words

Have you learned hiragana and katakana? Now you can step up your Japanese learning game by taking on some basic vocabulary. We have selected the top 100 Basic Japanese words...