8 Great Tips to Improve Your Conversational Japanese by Inferring Subjects

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Let’s indulge ourselves for a bit.

Japanese learners have it rough.

We’ve got to learn multiple character sets: hiragana, katakana, and kanji.

We’ve got words that look reassuringly familiar but actually mean something else.

And we need

8 Basic Japanese Phrases: A Survival Guide for the Newcomer

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Traveling Japan without knowing Japanese is not for the faint of heart.

It is challenging to navigate Japan without at least knowing some basic survival phrases.

Street names are written in incomprehensible squiggles.

You don’t know the name of …

6 Tips to Rock Your Japanese Job Interview

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Interviewing in your native language can be nerve-wracking enough.

Now you’re staring down the barrel of your first Japanese language interview.

In Japan, interviews require more than Japanese language skills, they require familiarity with Japanese etiquette and customs.

After learning …

5 Steps to Instant Japanese Immersion Without Leaving Home


Learning Japanese is pretty hard.

After all, you have to learn thousands of kanji, get the hang of seemingly simple loan words and learn the meaning behind aizuchi.

If only you could pop around the corner and visit

Learn Japanese With Manga in 6 Simple Steps

7 Tips Learning Japanese Manga

I was on a train from Narita Airport to Tokyo when I noticed that everyone seemed to be staring at me.

Why all the stares?

I was reading manga.

The Japanese people sitting in front of me were absolutely fascinated …

10 Useful Ways to Say Goodbye in Japanese

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We all know how to say “goodbye” in Japanese. Right?

Believe it or not, Japanese people don’t walk around saying “sayounara.”

Sorry to burst your bubble.

Sayounara (さようなら ) is the direct Japanese equivalent of goodbye, but is …

10 Spooky Japanese Superstitions That Will Totally Freak You Out

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Did you ever hopscotch over sidewalk cracks because someone told you: “step on a crack, break your mother’s back”?

Who comes up with these things? There’s no doubt about it – our superstitions are kind of silly.

But don’t laugh …