Archive | Japanese Vocab and Grammar

Is It Hot in Here, Or Is It Just This Post About Japanese Pick-up Lines?

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You’ve met someone.

You get butterflies in your stomach when you see them, and you just can’t seem to keep that smile off of your face.

You’re in love!

Maybe you’ve met while gaming with them, or you’ve bonded …

Kick Your Japanese Up a Level with Adjectives: 40+ Words to Master

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Can you describe your world in full color?

Or are you stuck in black-and-white?

Let’s start adding some detail to sentences like 猫です (ねこです — It is a cat) and 男の子はパンを食べます (おとこのこは ぱんをたべます — The boy eats bread.)

With the …

16+ Essential Japanese Gestures, Plus Body Language to Avoid

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Have you ever tried to speak Japanese over the phone?

It’s not any easier than speaking to someone face to face, is it?

In fact, it can be much more difficult.

When you can’t read a person’s face and …

Time Is of the Essence: How to Tell Time in Japanese Today

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期限厳守。(きげんげんしゅ。)

This is an all-important phrase in both English and Japanese, and I’m sure you’re familiar with it in at least one language.

It means “time is of the essence.”

When it comes to learning Japanese, this phrase has

10 Phonetastic Phrases to Help You Crush Your First Japanese Phone Conversation

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The telephone rings.

It’s your native Japanese friend.

At first, you’re psyched that she called you up!

Panic sets in.

Those thousands of Japanese words and phrases you’ve studied become a jumbled mess in your head.

Even after you’ve spent …

Going to Japan? Take This Complete Japanese Phrasebook Along with You

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Japanese speakers don’t always make your life easy.

Whether you’re an advanced learner, a complete beginner or just someone gearing up for a trip to Japan, it’s hard to predict exactly what you might hear (or need to say) …

The Curious Learner’s Guide to Using Japanese Question Words

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How are you?

Where is the train station?

Who framed Roger Rabbit?

No matter what language you are speaking, questions (and the words use to form them) are an essential building block to communication.

It is just not possible …