Tag: phrases

Quirks of Japanese: Further Abbreviations, and More Katakana abbreviations

Last time, we started on our trip through the more obscure or unexpected twists and turns of learning Japanese (but not the harder parts; the list of kanji is that way if that’s what you want) with an overview of some abbreviations. This time, we’ll pick up where we left off with one particular example, […]

Wasei-eigo: False Friends in Japanese Image for wasei eigo example

When you live in Japan, from time to time you will encounter words or expressions dropped here and there in casual conversation that might seem familiar, but which you don’t quite understand. These are wasei-eigo (和製英語 — literally “English made in Japan”): pseudo-English words and phrases used in the Japanese language that can actually be […]

Quirks of Japanese: Contractions and Abbreviations Japanese abbreviations and contractions image

Welcome to a new series, where I’ll be walking you through some of the stranger twists and turns of the Japanese language. As languages go, it’s probably the most reasonable one I speak (certainly makes more sense than English), but it’s different enough from most other languages that there are still lots of things to […]

Business Japanese: Answering the Phone – Part 2 Speaking on the phone photo

This is the second part of our step-by-step guide to answering a business phone call in Japanese. In Part 1 we looked at appropriate greetings, how to ask the caller’s name, and how to confirm the caller’s details. In Part 2 we will introduce the language you need to put a caller on hold, how […]

Business Japanese: Answering the Phone – Part 1 Photo for Answering the phone in Japanese

If you work in a Japanese company, at some point a telephone is going to ring in your vicinity. Being able to answer it in a professional and competent manner will both impress your colleagues and help you feel like one of the team.