Author Archive | niko

A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Internet Slang

a beginner's guide to japanese internet slang

You message your Japanese friend: Who are you tutoring tonight?

To which they respond: jk.

Hold up.

So the tutoring was a joke? Your friend could possibly be free tonight after all?

Or are these someone’s initials? Why didn’t you …

Learn Japanese with Books: 6 Fail-proof Steps to Reading in Japanese

learn japanese with books

You just walked into Kyoto International Manga Museum.

There are rows upon rows of shelves decorated in colorful collections of just about every manga series imaginable.

In a second that’ll all be yours.

…just as soon as you can …

10 Awesome Japanese Dictionary Apps to Read and Define Anything

10 must-have japanese dictionary apps

Two tourists and a German Shepard walk into Ueno Park.

Where’s the punchline? There isn’t one, expect for the fact that neither tourist can determine if the sign at the park entrance “犬の出入禁止” (いぬの でいり きんし) reads, “No Dogs Allowed.”…

A Useful Guide to Japanese Phrases That Will Make You Sound More Humble

useful japanese phrases to sound more humble

Hey there, Big Shot. Yeah, you.

You can read hiragana and katakana. Heck, you can even read kanji without skipping a beat.

You know all the essential polite phrases necessary for daily conversation.

Your Japanese skills are improving …

16 Best Apps for Learning Japanese Like a Boss

Best Apps for Learning Japanese

Take a break from crushing candies, flinging birds with slingshots and killing zombies.

Your smartphone is your unlimited access pass to the world of Japanese language learning.

Discover the smart in smartphone by downloading some awesome apps for learning Japanese.…

10 Spooky Japanese Superstitions That Will Totally Freak You Out

10 bizarre japanese superstition

Did you ever hopscotch over sidewalk cracks because someone told you: “step on a crack, break your mother’s back”?

Who comes up with these things? There’s no doubt about it – our superstitions are kind of silly.

But don’t laugh …

The Ultimate Guide to Learning Hiragana and Katakana

write hiragana katakana

Can you read this message?


Well, did you do it?

If so, you are ready to learn to write in Japanese! (The message says “I am sad because you cut my sharp pencil in half on Sunday!”).

Learn to …