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.
It’s celebration time!
Put on your party hat and go wish someone a happy birthday—in Japanese!
…But wait a minute, are you sure you know how to?
Japanese is a language that places emphasis on relationships and politeness.
Remember the guy who changed his legal name to Captain Awesome?
Or the little girl with the name “Moxie CrimeFighter?”
Those are pretty bizarre names.
…But guess what?
漢字（かんじ) — kanji can form extraordinary names, too!
Have you ever found yourself struggling to end your sentences with a bang?
Like a “bang” that screams “I’m a grammar guru?”
Or perhaps you’ve been listening to native Japanese speakers’ sentences and realize that you hear a certain word …
If you’ve ever been stuck on the crowded trains of Tokyo, you know the relief of being offered a seat (though it rarely happens!).
So when somebody is nice enough to give your aching legs a rest, what would you …
Unlike written English, which uses a mere 24 letters, kanji is made up of 2,000 commonly used characters.
As a Japanese language learner, mistakes are totally understandable, but can be nonetheless embarrassing—especially when a few missed strokes can …
A few years ago when I was learning Japanese at an intermediate level I visited Japan and happened to pop by a convenience store.
I bought some fried chicken, known as 唐揚げ (からあげ), and took it to the cashier and …