Japanese Language

2019.09.03
Three Perspectives on Learning Japanese: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion
As three authors from three different countries, we all share one common thread. We’ve all achieved a working knowledge of Japanese, and each of us ha
2019.08.02
10 Japanese Language Tips that Will Make You Sound Fluent
Here you are: you’ve been studying the Japanese language for some time and you’re ready to have conversations with Japanese people. However, the Japan
2019.07.19
Breaking Down (Over) Kanji Part 2: The Two Most Popular Ways to Achieve Japanese Literacy
In the first part of this series, I outlined what it takes to become literate in Japanese, and like a mid-trilogy Hollywood movie, I ended up on a dow
2019.07.05
Breaking Down (Over) Kanji Part 1: An Introduction to the Challenges of Reading Japanese
For upper-intermediate Japanese learners, successfully reading blog posts, newspapers, and magazine articles can feel like winning what I call the "ka
2019.06.26
Going to an Izakaya: 10 Words You Won’t Learn in Japanese Class
Gathering around food and drinks in an izakaya (a Japanese-style pub is an important part of Japanese culture, and you may have heard about nomunicati
2019.06.21
Is there a Rule to Reading Kanji or is it Totally Random?
Are you an intermediate Japanese learner struggling with reading kanji? In this article, I go over a simple but important sound change that occurs whe
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2015.12.20
10 Ways of Saying “I’m late” in Japanese
When you are late すみません、おそくなりました。(Sumimasen, osokunarimashita). I’m sorry for being late. おまたせしてすみませんでした。(O-mataseshite sumimasendeshita). I am sorr