Let’s Dance: Using the Volitional Form of Japanese to Make Suggestions


I’m about to explain the Japanese volitional form to you and once I’ve finished this post let’s reward ourselves by going out to eat 石狩鍋 (いしかり なべ) — Ishikara Nabe, a super delicious hotpot dish from Hokkaido.

Actually, I’m …

Horse Around with 40 Japanese Animal Words All Learners Should Know


We talk about animals a lot more than we realize.

We have our lion’s share of animal idioms, we give humans animal characteristics and we gush about our pets.

Maybe you watch adorable cat Vine compilation videos online. If …

All Aboard the Skillful Train: Chat to Learn Japanese with 7 Free Apps


Do you feel naked without your phone?

Are you always compulsively scrolling down your social media feeds?

If you’re a social butterfly with a digital inclination who loves to interact with people online, we’ve got great news for you: you …

12 Japanese Punctuation Marks to Put Some Pep into Your Writing


Have you ever wondered what that weird little circle is at the ends of Japanese sentences?

Are you lost in the sea of parentheses and brackets sprinkled into the Japanese text on websites and social media?

What do all

5 Tips to Learn Japanese with Videos, No Matter What Interests You


Videos have become a part of just about everyone’s life.

Whether we’re scrolling through YouTube, binging a Netflix show or absorbing the latest political news through social media, we watch videos pretty often.

Thirty minutes a day on average, …

The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Typing, from Installing Keyboards to Using Them


When’s the last time you went a full day without typing something?

Typing is practically second nature to us these days.

We’re texting, writing essays, working online gigs, exchanging ideas and sometimes (or a lot of the time) having arguments …

Katakana Words for Learning Loanwords and Addressing Americanisms


When you first started learning Japanese, you were probably taken aback by all the different writing methods the language boasts.

Who wouldn’t be a little overwhelmed? After all, English has one alphabet. One!

It can be pretty daunting to …