Archive | Japanese Vocab and Grammar

Spring into Fluency with the 4 Seasons in Japanese

seasons in japanese

Summer has hit Japan and I can feel my insides boiling already.

The summers here (especially in Kyushu, the southernmost island) are famously humid. They’re uncomfortable, to say the least.

But, they’re also helpful. Let me show you why!

“Happy Birthday” in Japanese: Your Guide to Celebrating Like a Native

happy birthday in Japanese

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.

That …

To Each Their Own! Your One-stop Guide to Nanori in Japanese

nanori

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!

And …

Days of the Week in Japanese: Beyond Time and into Space

days of the week in japanese

Do you like mythology?

Love etymology?

Are you fascinated by astronomy?

Or perhaps, all of the above?

If you answered yes, yes and yes—then you’re going to like what we’ve prepared for you!

As you’re about to find out, …

It Is, I Am and More: Solving the Mystery of the Meaning of Desu

desu meaning

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 …

Say Thank You Like You Mean It! 20 Phrases for Saying Thank You in Japanese

thank you in japanese

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 …

The More the Merrier! Master the Plural in Japanese with Simple Grammar Techniques

plural in japanese

“Do you like reading manga?”

First of all, yes! I do.

But why do we ask people if they like reading “manga” and not “mangas”?

I’ll give you a hint: It’s the same reason we call them emoji and not