Author Archive | Em Casalena

An Honest Review of JapanesePod101: Is It Right for You?

If you’ve ever attempted to learn Japanese online, chances are you’ve heard of JapanesePod101. JapanesePod101, by Innovative Language, is one of the most well-known Japanese learning programs out there. It utilizes video and audio lessons, vocabulary lists and more …

Umm… 12 Japanese Filler Words That Are, That Is, Super Useful

How often do you say “like” when you’re speaking to a friend? What about “um”? These little space-fillers are called filler words, and they’re extremely useful for maintaining the flow of a sentence. So, as a Japanese learner, you may …

11 Top-notch Japanese Translators for Language Learners

Let’s be honest with ourselves here: Sometimes, we’re all a bit lazy. We cancel plans to go out because we have a couch, a blanket, Netflix and a cat waiting for us after work. We text somebody who’s literally in …

Japanese TV Apps for Android for All Your Bingeing Needs

Don’t you just wish you could pack your TV and take it with you wherever you go? Oh wait, you can. Android devices have some pretty awesome television apps. This is terrible news if you’re guilty of binge-watching your favorite …

5 Japanese Grammar Checkers to Get You Over That Learning Hump

Learning grammar is always tricky, isn’t it? Even when you were learning your native language growing up, grammar probably presented some serious roadblocks here and there. According to some, Americans still suck at English grammar! If native speakers can’t …

Excuse You: How to Say Sorry in Japanese with 17 Expressions

One of the most important phrases you can learn in any language is a genuine apology. Imagine traveling to a different country and accidentally offending someone or making a small but substantial mistake. It happens! Social norms are so different …

40 Words for Body Parts in Japanese to Drill into Your Head

There’s one thing people around the world will always have in common—we all have fleshy, squishy mammalian bodies. Isn’t that connection beautiful? That being said, we also talk about those bodies constantly, no matter where we’re from. We talk …

Learn Japanese with Romaji and Skip the Kana Confusion

Learning the Japanese writing system can seem as difficult as successfully deciphering a toddler’s drawing: Nothing you have learned this far prepares you for it, and making a mistake can have drastic consequences. Japanese writing looks completely different from English …

5 Websites with Japanese Word Games You Can Play for Free

Who doesn’t love playing a good game? Games provide us with a way to escape from reality and to have some fun during our downtime. But believe it or not, games can also be great teachers. Learning with games—especially …

5 Advanced Japanese Lessons Online for Native-level Fluency

It’s been a long road, but you’ve finally made it. You’re officially an advanced Japanese learner. The journey has probably been a difficult one but ultimately incredibly rewarding. Celebrate! Be proud of yourself! Far too many don’t get to …

Learn Japanese Today with These 10 Fantastic Free Apps

Everything is better when you don’t have to leave the house. Work, food, parties, language learning. So what can you do to minimize your no-pajama-wearing time and still learn Japanese? You might already be learning with courses, classes and …

So Kawaii! 17 Cute Japanese Words That Are Fun to Say

It’s in anime. It’s on Japanese television. Even some of our Western admirers have appropriated it. Yep, we’re talking about 可愛い (かわいい) — “cute,” known phonetically as “kawaii.” Whether you’ve been learning Japanese for years or just have a …