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Understand Better Keigo: Japanese Honorific Prefixes お and ご

Introduction Rules of Japanese Honorific Prefixes Frequent Expressions Japanese Polite Prefixes When learning the Japanese respectful speech called Keigo, the attention is often focused on verbs construction and the social relations between a speaker and a listener. However, Keigo covers more than set expressions and situational examples, and in particular Japanese uses Honorific Prefixes. Most of […]
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An Introduction to Japanese Keigo

Japanese Keigo: Honorific Form, Humble Form, Conjugation & More Whatever the reason you are studying Japanese, we believe you were having fun and you enjoyed writing your first hiragana and katakana. Gradually, you were able to express yourself and to hold a steady casual conversation in Japanese. Well. That was at the beginning. As you […]
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29 Useful Japanese Keigo Phrases to help you out at Work

Learn 29 Japanese Business keigo words to communicate with your Japanese co-workers. If you're working in Japan, this quick list of will be handy.
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Golden Week Intensive Special Japanese Course – 2021

Golden Week Intesive – Special 5 Day Japanese Conversation and Business Writing Courses Wondering what to do for this year’s Golden Week?  If so, we at Coto Academy have some exciting news for you – Our Special Golden Week Intensive Courses! When? May 3-7, 2021 (5 days) Where? Online or In-person – it’s up to you! Why? […]
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Beginner Japanese Phrases – Easy Travel Japanese to Help You in Japan

Before we get started, be sure to watch the video above and subscribe to our Youtube channel! Are you planning on traveling Japan soon, but you don’t know any Japanese?  Or are you looking to learn some beginner phrases that can help you get around in Japan? Then this blog is right up your alley, […]
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How to Use こと in Japanese | 4 Different Uses of This Japanese Word

Do you know how to use the Japanese word こと (koto)?  Maybe you have seen the word used in a textbook for the JLPT – or you may have heard it used in a Japanese conversation.  Let’s learn how to use こと in Japanese!Actually, the word こと has several different uses in both Japanese speaking […]
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Japanese Grammar: Using the Passive Voice in Japanese | Passive Verb Conjugation

Did you know that the Japanese language makes far more use of passive language and passive verbs than English?  Read about how to use Japanese passive voice in this article!If you are new to studying Japanese – or maybe you are at a more intermediate level – this blog post will be of use to […]
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How to Say "I think" in Japanese – Giving Your Opinion

How do you share your opinion in Japanese? What are the do’s and don’ts? In this blog we will teach you a simple way to share your opinion in Japanese. But before we teach you what you can say – we want to share some advice for how to use this vocabulary. Don’ts: In a […]
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Japanese Insults: Insults and Being Rude in Japanese

Japan has a reputation for being an extremely polite and formal country. On the surface the culture seems very hospitable – but what about when it isn’t? Like any other language, there are Japanese insults and ways to be rude in Japanese. This article is primarily concerned with helping Japanese learners avoid being rude or […]
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Golden Week Intensive Courses (ONLINE) – Japanese Conversation and Business Writing – Apply by 5/1

This year due to COVID-19 we will be offering several online special intensive courses. With a variety of different levels – you can take the opportunity to improve your Japanese conversation. And for those that are already working in Japan – you can polish your Japanese business writing. Learn more about the available intensives below […]
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Ultimate Guide to Japanese Business Emails!

Have you enjoyed the previous guides? Here’s another guide on how to write a Japanese business email! It is important to know how to write Japanese business emails if you are considering to work in a Japanese company. Through writing a business email, you are able to establish a relationship and business communication with your […]
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Japanese Slang Used by Young People – 若者言葉 Wakamono Kotoba

What is Wakamono Kotoba? (Japanese Slang used by Young People) Is there such a thing as Japanese slang? In Japanese, the phrase for words and expressions that young people use is known as 若者言葉(Wakamono kotoba). It literally means “words of the young people”. The concept is like a form of Japanese slang but differs in […]
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