Archive | Japanese Vocab and Grammar

5 Tokens of Japanese Fortune Telling

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Want to have your fortune told?

Fortune telling is a common practice in many countries, and Japan is no exception.

Perhaps the topic has already come up in conversation with your Japanese language exchange partner, or maybe you’ve seen …

How To Jazz Up Your Japanese With Onomatopoeia


A young pup plays happily in the road. Woof, woof!

Until: Vroooom. Honk, honk!

Screech! Eek!


Bark. Ruff, ruff.


Sounds alone can tell very visual stories, but do you know how to make these sounds in Japanese?

This …

7 Useful Phrases All Japanese Learners Should Know

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It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re talking with your language partner about last week’s episode of your favorite Japanese drama.

You’re thrilled that the conversation is basic enough for you to even try adding some aizuchi in there, polite Japanese

An Introduction to Japanese Chopstick Etiquette


How many times have you heard, “No elbows on the table!” or, “Chew with your mouth closed.”?

Growing up I heard these every single night, so by the time I left my family nest and decided to travel, I was …

How to Order Food in Japanese Without Looking Like a Fool

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I was perplexed.

I’d ordered yakitori.

But what followed was a salad, vegetarian hotpot, and mixed rice with vegetables – and this was a famous yakitori restaurant.

Embarrassed, I ate what I could while wondering where I had gone wrong.…

The Ultimate Japanese Vocabulary List for Soccer / Football

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Like Japanese movies, dramas, and aizuchi, learning Japanese soccer vocabulary is another way to connect with other Japanese speakers.

To start, the nickname for Japan’s team is Samurai Blue (サムライ・ブルー).

Below are some soccer words and phrases …

Aizuchi: A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Grunting Etiquette


Did you know that grunting is a natural part of Japanese conversation?

There’s a lot at stake.

If you forget to utter that “un”, “hai!” or “sou?”, then your silence could be interpreted as lack of interest or even disagreement.…