Hello, Mouse-chan! Japanese Nicknames and 5 Common Ways to Create Them


Do you have a nickname?

Your friends might call you one thing after an incident you wish everyone would forget already.

Maybe your family calls you something else entirely, and no one knows why or how it got started.

Nicknames …

6 Japanese Software Immersion Programs to Learn in a Flash


Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

There is something about a ticking clock that really builds the tension.

This might be why so many action flicks feature the protagonist diffusing a bomb that literally has a ticking clock attached to it.

If …

10 Beautiful Japanese Words That Will Become Your New Favorites


The particular smell of a breeze in late autumn.

A deep love for books that dips into the philosophical.

Daydreams and nostalgia.

Words have the power to evoke all those feelings.

And in Japanese, there are words for all the …

How to Learn Japanese in a Month (Protip: It Takes a Lot of Hard Work)


You’ve probably seen blog titles like this before.

“Get Fluent in an Hour!”

“Learn 5,000,000 Kanji in Two Days!”

“Absorb the Knowledge of an Ancient God in 10 Easy Steps!”

These wild promises are pretty ridiculous.

Mostly because there’s

Common Japanese Conjunctions: Proper Use and Mistakes to Avoid


Back in the day, we could get away with speaking like this:

“I want food. I want water.”

“I like stick. I like rock. I can’t decide!”

Fortunately for us, those days are long gone, thanks to good ol’ conjunctions. 

So Bad They’re Good: 15 Japanese Puns Sure to Make You Groan


“I’ll never date another apostrophe. The last one was too possessive.”

Ha! Get it? Did you laugh or groan?

I bet you groaned.

But you have to admit: Puns are funny because they’re just so bad.

Whether they come from …

Read, Write, Repeat: Japanese Hiragana Practice for Beginners


A, B, C, D, E, F, じ…

Wait one minute. What just happened there?

It looks like a little bit of hiragana sneaked in.

A little bit of hiragana is good but if you want to read and speak Japanese, …