Why Saying “I Want to Learn Japanese” Won’t Help You and How to Set Good Goals


I became a vegetarian in high school but that all changed about two days after arriving in Japan. I realized that it would be a sin to spend an entire year in the country without trying sushi, so I did.…

Umm… 12 Japanese Filler Words That Are, That Is, Super Useful

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How often do you say “like” when you’re speaking to a friend? What about “um”?

These little space-fillers are called filler words, and they’re extremely useful for maintaining the flow of a sentence.

So, as a Japanese learner, you may

Kanji Mnemonics, or How to Learn Kanji by Picturing Grandma Doing a Headstand

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Nothing could’ve prepared you for this.

Your grandmother, all 93 years of the woman, is balanced upside down on a solid ivory pedestal. Her mouth is at the base of the pedestal and her elbows are swaying back and forth …

11 Top-notch Japanese Translators for Language Learners


Let’s be honest with ourselves here: Sometimes, we’re all a bit lazy.

We cancel plans to go out because we have a couch, a blanket, Netflix and a cat waiting for us after work.

We text somebody who’s literally in …

Japanese Present Tense to Discuss Current Happenings with Confidence


Boy do we have a gift for you—a Japanese one, to be precise.

We’ll be teaching you how to use the present tense in Japanese!

What, did you think we’d give you a お土産(おみやげ)— a charm often bought as …

Learn the Japanese Language Online with 10 Remarkable Resources

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Who needs a classroom, anyway?

If you want to learn the Japanese language but don’t want to spend the gas and tuition money to go to a traditional Japanese class, you’re not alone.

What’s better than learning a new

Japanese Phonetics and the Power of Pronunciation

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Let me set the scene: Japanese class, second semester. Small university in the middle of nowhere. A meter of snow.

The semester had just started, so my 10 classmates and I were arranged in horseshoe formation around the teacher, who …