Learning Japanese in Japan: Where and How to Start


You’ve made up your mind: You’re going to Japan.

Fantastic! I couldn’t recommend a better step for continuing your studies.

We’ve said it before: Immersion is the key to fluency, and if you go to Japan to learn Japanese, you’re …

5 Easy Ways to Practice Speaking Japanese Every Day


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Japanese teleprompter following you around?

If you ever forgot how to say the word you’re looking for or were unsure how to connect your thoughts, there it would be, feeding you perfect Japanese …

How to Tell Apart Similar Kanji, Plus 20 Examples


Remember what kanji looked like before you knew any Japanese?

A pile of practically identical shapes, right?

After learning the basics of the language, you probably started seeing some differences—but it can still be incredibly easy to be fooled …

29 Genius Japanese Idioms That All Learners Should Know


Have you ever come across an odd Japanese phrase that just makes… no sense whatsoever?

You think you understand what all the individual words in the phrase mean—but that meaning doesn’t seem to mean anything.

This is a ridiculously common …

The 12 Best Blogs in Japanese About Travel, Food, Culture and Lifestyle


Sugar, spice and everything nice.

That’s what Japanese lifestyle blogs are made of.

Well, that plus mouthwatering food photography, street fashion inspiration, recipes for lovely culinary creations, offbeat home decorations, cool gadgets and DIY everything.

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Ready for Takeoff? 129 Japanese Travel Phrases to Study on Your Flight to Tokyo


Many people like to say that it’s easy to travel in Japan.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s relatively easy, but not for the reason people think.

Japan is a gorgeous country inhabited by helpful and friendly people, but English …

11 Top-notch Audiobooks by Famous Japanese Writers


If there was a contest for “the most challenging written language in the world,” Japanese would easily win it.

It has three scripts, thousands of characters and infinite spelling variations that frustrate the best efforts of would-be readers.

Being …