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Jun 7, 2019study
What Japanese language courses don’t teach you! A literal look at some common Japanese greetings

You pick up your hand luggage, get off the plane and prepare to try out some of the elementary Japanese that you studied back home. Ever since deciding that Japan was where you wanted to go, you’ve been learning Japanese.

Jun 6, 2019study
Japanese Self Study: Mental Foundation

When you’re learning on your own
The single biggest improvement to your quality of life in Japan will be learning Japanese. This cannot be overstated. Yes, you can get by in major cities without it, but the more Japanese you learn the better your life will be.

Jun 5, 2019study
Why study Japanese? Seven fun reasons

Japanese is a fascinating language, but studying it can be a challenge. Whether it’s the complex writing system, the unfamiliar sentence structure, the heavy emphasis on honorifics, or the plethora of particles, there will inevitably be times when you will feel utterly perplexed and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”

Jun 4, 2019study
Why Study Japanese? Seven Serious Reasons

Learning any language requires commitment, but Japanese is harder than most. It is widely accepted that for people who do not have an East Asian language background, Japanese is one of the hardest languages to learn.

Jun 3, 2019study
Learning Japanese: Easier and Harder Than You Think – part 1

Learning a new language is never easy, even with languages as similar as (for example) English and Spanish. Between having nothing in common, and the sheer popularity of picking it up, a lot of strange mystique has wrapped itself around the idea of learning Japanese, often leaving people thinking

Jun 2, 2019study
Learning Japanese: Easier and Harder Than You Think – Part 2

Last time, we went over some of the most common supposed stumbling blocks to learning Japanese: Structure, kanji, and all the people telling you that it just can't be done, as well as how to deal with it. In this article, we'll be following up with a few last tips to get you started.

Jun 1, 2019study
The Days of the Week & the Planets

In this article we are going to look at the names of the days of the week in Japanese. Not only are these names essential beginners’ vocabulary items, but they also provide a good way to learn some basic kanji. Most of the kanji used for the days of the week are derived from pictographs representing the sun and moon and elemental concepts such fire, water, wood, metal, and earth.