Is Japanese Hard to Learn? The Honest Truth About Learning the Language


Japanese is a pretty incredible language.

It sounds pretty. It’s a unique language. It has words that don’t even exist in English.

And yet, when some people consider learning Japanese head-on, they quickly get spooked away. It’s no …

Let’s Get Real: 8 Authentic Japanese Resources for Real-world Language Learning


Who doesn’t love browsing Instagram and watching videos?

When you’re relaxing and killing time, there’s nothing better than binge-watching your favorite YouTuber’s videos with a bowl of popcorn in bed.

But instead of spending hours perfecting your makeup game …

12 Tips and Resources to Learn Spoken Japanese and Start Communicating Today


You’re a social butterfly.

You don’t have time to study thousands of kanji or obsess over the use of every Japanese punctuation mark.

You just want to learn how to speak Japanese, so you can get right into …

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 …

Let’s Go to the Zoo! 40 Japanese Animal Words to Liven Up Your Vocabulary


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