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6 Japanese Animated Movies to Bring Your Learning to Life

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Do you love watching movies as much as I do?

It’s one of the best ways to relax after a long day and get sucked into another world.

Japanese books, video games and films are well-known for extravagant world …

50+ Useful Words and Phrases for Daily Life in Japan

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You’ve studied hiragana and katakana.

You’ve drilled those tricky grammar rules.

But what if you just want to ask for your check at a restaurant, or get that cute person’s attention at the bar?

Sometimes when we’re studying …

9 Famous Japanese Singers and Groups for Light-speed Learning

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How many times a day do you hear music when you’re out and about in Japan?

Convenience store jingles.

The chime before the train door slides shut.

Restaurant music.

Music is a huge part of Japanese life and culture.

This …

6 Reputable Japanese Courses You Can Take Online

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So you’ve decided that you want to learn Japanese. Brilliant! You may have just changed your life forever!

The only problem is that if you’re a massive introvert like me, the notion of going out and actually talking to

6 Times When Male and Female Gendered Language Is Used in Japanese

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My boss was chatting to one of our Japanese coworkers, when suddenly our coworker started laughing.

“I’m sorry,” she spluttered. “But your Japanese is so girly.”

I had to smother a laugh. My boss is a heavyset, six-foot-two British …

32 Cool Japanese Loanwords We All Use in English

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I wrote a haiku about shamisen music while cuddled up in my futon eating teriyaki chicken.

Japanese words are everywhere in the English language, and being able to identify them enlightens you to a base knowledge of Japanese that you …

Journal On! 9 Journal Challenges for Creative Japanese Writing Practice

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Have you ever mentioned that you’re learning Japanese and subsequently had someone thrust a kanji-covered abomination in your face, asking you to translate it?

For most beginner learners of Japanese, the writing system is, by far, the most intimidating thing …