Author Archive | Em Casalena

How to Learn Japanese with Videos: 5 Tips for Success


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 …

Katakana Words for Learning Loanwords and Addressing Americanisms


When you first started learning Japanese, you were probably taken aback by all the different writing methods the language boasts.

Who wouldn’t be a little overwhelmed? After all, English has one alphabet. One!

It can be pretty daunting to …

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 …

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

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 …