Author Archive | Em Casalena

5 Japanese Grammar Checkers to Get You Over That Learning Hump

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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 …

Type to Learn: The 5 Best Japanese Keyboards for Android Devices Students Will Love


You know that feeling when you’re trying to find that perfect app and nothing quite does the trick?

You might shrug ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and say it just can’t be helped.

Wait, what’s that? You happen to be looking for an awesome

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

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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 …

36 Japanese Weather Vocabulary Words to Know, Come Rain or Shine


Whether you’re a spring bunny or a polar bear, there’s one aspect of the weather everyone can agree on: it makes a great ice-breaker.

Awkward silence? Mention the storm coming in.

Not sure what to say on the phone to …

Nice to Meet You! How to Introduce Yourself in Japanese Politely and Casually


Introducing yourself in English is usually pretty straightforward.

It goes something like this:

“Hey there! How are you? I’m Em.”

“Hi Em, I’m Julie. Nice to meet you.”

“Nice to meet you, too.”

A handshake ensues, then small talk.

It …

15 Japanese Dramas with English Subtitles to Binge-watch for Fluency

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Who doesn’t love curling up with a good TV show, some snacks and a cozy couch?

Some of us take it a bit far and turn an hour of “me time” into eight hours of “I need to see …

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 …