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


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 …

The Japanese Future Tense, or How to Fake It


Welcome to the future, where everyone drives a flying car and spends summer vacation on a different planet.

Or maybe not. What do I know? I’m not a fortune teller and I have no idea what the future holds.

I …