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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.
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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.
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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 for others. In Japan, you often hear the expression “muri shinai de”. Broadly speaking, the phrase means “don’t overdo it” or “take it easy”. The expression shows that you care about […]
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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 only in manufacturing but also in service industries. This includes retail, transportation and even education. As long as the starting block is a solid one, […]
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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 event than Christmas and as such, many companies and public facilities have about a week long holiday from the end of the year to around Jan 1st […]
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Saying "Goodbye" in Japanese: Can it only be さよなら (Sayonara)?

How Can I Say “Goodbye” in Japanese? Are you using Sayonara to say “goodbye” in Japanese? It may not mean quite what you think…Using さよなら (Sayonara) to express FarewellCasual ConversationsIn Formal Context…Not meeting for a while… Using さよなら (Sayonara) to express Farewell One of the first words that you will learn when studying Japanese is さよなら (sayonara), […]
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Counting Numbers in Japanese | Count in Japanese from 1 to 100 Millions

Click Here to join our 30 day challenge to learn Hiragana Contents: Counting from 1 to 10,000 in Japanese Japanese numbers above 100,000 Numbers in Japanese 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 by learning 1 to 10 and then learning […]
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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.
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Using Wakarimasen (わかりません) vs Shirimasen (しりません)

  Learning the NuancesPractice & ExamplesGoing Further… Did you know that both “wakarimasen” or “shirimasen” can be used to say “I don’t know” depending on the situation? Take a look at the examples below to find out when to use each phrase! Learning the Nuances “Shirimasen” can be used to simply convey that you don’t […]
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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 speaker. Moreover, slang gives you an interesting point of view on society.  Introduction Definition Examples of Usage Introduction If you have been to Japan and met […]
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