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Japanese Words You Can’t Translate to English

Like any other languashes, in Japanese, there are certain words and phrases that cannot excactly be accurately translated in English. Because of this, it may feel frustrating to capture the right emotion for a specific situation, even as something as saying Ganbatte to wish for someone else to keep it up, when in reality Ganbatte […]
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How to Say “I’m Sorry” in Japanese: Sumimasen, Gomenasai and 14 More

Learn the complex art of apologizing in Japanese.
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Where to Find Japanese Language Exchange Event

In this article, we share the top 10 Japanese language exchange events held in Tokyo. At the bottom of the page, we have a bonus section for those living outside of Tokyo and in the Kansai region.
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Our New Online Course Website is Launching Soon!

We're excited to announce that we are redesigning out our online course website, and we can't wait for you to see it once it launches!
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Where to Find Tech Meetups in Tokyo

Check out the best tech meetups in Tokyo. Going to tech meetups in Tokyo is a great way to broaden your network, break into Japan's tech industry and possibly make new career opportunities.
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Coto’s 2023 Intensive Course Price Update

From January 2023, we’ll be introducing a new pricing plan for our Japanese intensive courses. These adjustments let us hire new instructors and give students more lesson availabilities.
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5 Things to Do in Japan This September for Silver Week 2022

Take a day trip and spend your silver week with all the fun things to do around Japan.
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Momiji 2022: Best Spots to Admire Autumn Leaves in Japan

Guide to finding the best autumn leaves spot in Japan and how to plan your momiji hunting.
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Keigo (敬語) and Tameguchi (タメ口): Guide to Casual and Polite Japanese

Japanese casual and polite language varies greatly in relationships depending on how well people know each other and whether each party agrees to be treated in the way they are.
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5 Ways to Get to Know Mountain Day (山の日) 2022 in Tokyo

Created as a day to honor and give thanks to the blessings of the mountains, Mountain Day (Yama no Hi) was officially announced in 2014. Here's what the holiday is about, and how you can celebrate it in Tokyo.
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Ehon (絵本): 8 Fun Japanese Picture Books for Kids

Japanese picture books, or ehon (絵本), are great tools for kids to learn Japanese. They’re packed with the right balance of cute graphics, dialogues, Japanese sentences and an entertaining storyline. The illustrations can become contextual cues for children,
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Our Favorite Japanese Learning Resources: August 2022

Fun fact: every week, Coto team gathers together to talk about their favorite Japanese learning resources. It could be anything from podcasts, J-vlogs, and new Japan-based TikTokers to newfound digital dictionaries and Japanese language blogs.  We have to say, squinting under the sun, sweating and exclaiming, “Atsui desu ne!” ten times in an hour was […]
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