Archive | Japanese Vocab and Grammar

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

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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

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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

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“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

How to Say Friend in Japanese: From BFFs to Business Associates

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With 130 million Japanese speakers on the planet, it would be surprising if you didn’t know one or two of them.

If you’ve been studying Japanese for any length of time, you’ve likely gotten to know at least one native …

Agree to Disagree: How to Say Yes and No in Japanese

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Think about the last time you agreed or disagreed with someone.

Without much thought, you may have given a non-verbal answer, such as giving a thumbs-up or shaking your head in disapproval. You may have even given a one-word answer …

Pretty Please! The Guide to the Japanese Te Form

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Please listen up!

Are you trying to sound more natural in Japanese?

Then it’s time to tackle the Japanese 〜て (te) form.

If you’ve heard Japanese spoken beyond the most basic constructions, then you’ve probably heard the form many times.…

Beyond Watashi: A Quick Guide to Saying “I” in Japanese

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Who are Atashi, Boku and Ore? Did I forget these characters’ names?

That’s what I thought when I first started watching subtitled anime. I felt lost. Characters were using a variety of terms to refer to themselves …