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

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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

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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 …

Learn Japanese 21st Century Style: 4 Viral Japanese Memes That’ll Boost Your Fluency

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The internet: It has the power to make silly videos go viral, to spread celebrity gossip within a matter of minutes and lets us chat with people on the other side of the world.

Whether you’ve realized it or not, …

The 5 Elements in Japanese: What They Mean and Where to Find Them

elements in japanese

“You’re rooted, Brandon.”

A friend from Switzerland told me this one day. She was telling me how I reminded her of solid earth and trees. To her, I was grounded and stable.

Have you ever heard a natural element being

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, …

Shadowing Japanese: Super Resources to Get You Shadowing Better Than a Parrot

shadowing japanese

Parroting.

Funny word, isn’t it?

I know it always makes me think of a colorful bird and chuckle.

It probably does that for you, too, right?

But do you know that parroting is just another word for shadowing, …

A for Effort! 7 Fun Japanese Quizzes to Skyrocket Your Skills

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Remember when you were a kid in school and the teacher would announce, “Quiz tomorrow!”

You felt your stomach drop, right?

If you were like many of us, you knew that meant tons of studying mixed with anxiety about passing.…