Archive | Japanese Vocab and Grammar

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 …

Common Japanese Conjunctions: Proper Use and Mistakes to Avoid


Back in the day, we could get away with speaking like this:

“I want food. I want water.”

“I like stick. I like rock. I can’t decide!”

Fortunately for us, those days are long gone, thanks to good ol’ conjunctions. 

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 …

How to Say “I Love You” in Japanese: 11 Ways to Spread the Love


Love is in the air!

Yell it loud and proud!

Express it with romantic phrases!

Isn’t love wonderful?

Maybe you’re planning to drop the L-bomb to a beloved who speaks Japanese. Or perhaps you simply want to broaden …

How to Say Hello in Japanese: 24 Greetings That Go Beyond Konnichiwa


Human beings greet each other a lot.

We greet our significant others in the morning, our friends and coworkers during the day and new people when we go out to parties or other events.

We greet the people who …

10 Advanced Japanese Words to Memorize for the JLPT N1 and Fluency


You might never need to use the word “defenestration” in a sentence, but it sure is a great word to know, right?

Japanese also has words like this: slightly more difficult and obscure, but definitely good to know.…