Want to Become Fluent in Japanese? 6 Stones You Can’t Leave Unturned

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Japanese fluency demands around 2,200 hours of study time—that’s six years if you study for an hour a day.

There’s no way around it. You need to make Japanese a daily habit.

Otherwise, you won’t be prepared when someone drops …

The Zodiac Signs in Japanese: Discover the Animal Within!

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Did you know that the word “zodiac,” in its original etymology, translates to “circle of little animals?”

It’s a cute image to imagine, but what’s the real deal with all that zodiac business around the end of the year?

If …

Creepy Crawlies and Culture: 21 Insects in Japanese and How to Talk About Them

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“Wow, that’s huge!”

I remember thinking this when I saw a cicada for the first time in the countryside of Japan. It was a hot summer day in the mountains of Nagano, and I was poking this dead cicada to …

Celebrate Japanese Christmas! Fun Facts and Essential Vocab for a Meri Kurisumasu

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The holidays are finally here! Gather around the Christmas tree for some Kentucky Fried Chicken and cake!

Wait a minute… KFC and cake?

That’s right, Christmas in Japan is a bit different than what you may be used to.

There …

Asking for Directions in Japanese: Find Your Way to Fluency with These 35+ Words and Phrases

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It was a cold night in Hiroshima and I was lost.

I had embarked on my first international trip by myself at the green age of 19 a few days prior.

Now, I was on the wrong bus in the …

Spring into Fluency with the 4 Seasons in Japanese

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Summer has hit Japan and I can feel my insides boiling already.

The summers here (especially in Kyushu, the southernmost island) are famously humid. They’re uncomfortable, to say the least.

But, they’re also helpful. Let me show you why!

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