Author Archive | Em Casalena

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 …

8 Authentic Japanese Resources for Learning the Language Naturally


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 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 …

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 …