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Quick Guide: Learning to express your Feelings and Emotions in Japanese

How do you express your emotions in Japanese? If you’re learning Japanese, it’s helpful to know how to let other know what you’re feeling. We’ve gathered a quick list of essential words that might come in handy. Nevertheless, don’t worry about memorizing too much! Japanese Verbs to Express Emotion Happiness 笑(わら)う – laugh 褒(ほ)める – encourage […]
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Three Japanese Scary Spirits You Should Know About

You cannot travel in Japan without hearing at least a story or two about Japanese scary spirits. Are you aware that indeed, Japan is surrounded by a mythology of ancient traditions and superstitions? Each culture in the world has its own folklore about ghosts and spirits, but Japan can certainly be very proud of all […]
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From Foreign to Home, Inaya's Working Experience in Japan

Inaya moved to Japan in March 2016 to pursue an exciting work opportunity in the Japanese headquarters of a global manufacturing company. “I have always been the kind of person who likes new experiences. When the company in which I did a summer internship offered me a position in their Japanese headquarters, I couldn’t say no!” She was […]
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Coto Japanese Academy Events in November 2016

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are planning the following events in November 2016. Please send your request for participation to info@cotoacademy.com! Lunch Tour in Kagurazaka: Shozantei Thursday, November 2nd Have you ever been to Kagurazaka? It is an enchanting neighborhood located 5 minutes […]
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Challenge accepted: full-time work + intensive course

When Nicolas got the opportunity to work in Tokyo, he jumped at the chance right away since he had always been very fond of Japan.  “The offer was perfect. I was not required to be fluent in Japanese and the overall process was easy. I considered myself very lucky to have found a Japanese company sponsoring […]
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A Japanese Word for September: Typhoon

With September coming around, you were relieved to feel the weather cooling down. Or so you believed. As the typhoon season reaches its peak, your perfect kit to go out is an umbrella, a raincoat, and some good rain boots. A typhoon (台風(たいふう)) is a tropical cyclone with strong winds occurring in the west Pacific while in the […]
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The Japanese Silver Week, a Rare Five-Day Break

You might have heard of the Silver Week (シルバーウィーク), an expression coined in 2009, referring to 3 consecutive Japanese national holidays in early autumn. But did you know that the Japanese Silver Week, in fact, does not occur annually?  The Respect for the Aged Day And… On that day, Japanese pay their respect to the elderly and […]
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How to Use your Japanese Air Conditioner Remote

Master the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer with our cool kanji guide.
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Coto events in October 2016

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are planning the following events in October. Please send your request for participation to info@cotoacademy.com! Lunch Tour in Kagurazaka Thursday, October 6th 12:30-13:50 Each month, there are lunch tours to places just a short walk away from Coto. […]
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Japanese Grammar: Using Rashii (らしい), Mitai (みたい) and Poi (っぽい)

Intermediate Japanese Grammar: らしい, みたい, っぽい Skip to: Rashii (らしい) Mitai (みたい) Poi (っぽい) Review More than once, a Japanese learner will struggle over some grammar points. Among the tricky suffixes, rashii, mitai and poi have confused our students more than once as they convey similar meanings. Do you know how to use them correctly? Let’s go […]
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Quick guide: Japanese words for computers

How often do you use your computer? If you’re learning Japanese, it’s helpful to know some computer-related vocabulary. These ones are pretty easy since a lot of them come from English and are written in katakana, so don’t worry about having to memorize too much! Basic words: Laptop computer: ノートパソコン Desktop computer: パソコン /デスクトップパソコン/コンピュター Keyboard: […]
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Coto Events in September 2016

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are planning the following events in September. Please send your request for participation to info@cotoacademy.com! Lunch Tour in Kagurazaka Thursday, September 1st, 12:30-13:50 at Kagurazaka                         […]
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