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12 Key Phrases for Getting By in Japan

Whether you're visiting for the first time or staying for a while, these simple phrases can help you get around in Japan without getting lost—or lost in translation!

Poop Kanji Drill Lets You Review in the Loo

The Poop Kanji Drill books are an awesome way to study Japanese. And with this new toilet paper, you can keep studying even while in the restroom.

5 Japanese Phrases to Know at Work

'Gomen' and 'kudasai' are great for travelers and students, but if you’re going to be successful and happy working in Japan, you’ll want to know these phrases as well!

7 Tricky English to Japanese Translation Fails

Communicating in a foreign language isn't just a matter of translating what you want to say word for word. If you do, you might end up conveying a completely different meaning than your intended one!

How to Apply to Japanese Language School

So you're ready to take the plunge and learn at a Japanese language school! What's the process like and where do you start? We're here to help.

How to Text Like a High School Girl

Japanese is a multi-faceted language, with many differences in how the language is written and spoken. The ubiquity of smartphones has created a whole new category of strange slang, which is especially popular among high school girls!

How to Navigate a Japanese Air Conditioner

A handy guide to navigating all of the complicated settings on a Japanese air conditioner—trust us, when summer heats up you'll be glad you read this!

Necessary Japanese Jargon for Dating Apps

Dating apps are getting more popular Japan, as it gives people easier access to find dates and meet new people. Just like everything else in Japan, there's lots of jargon hiding the true meaning. Here are some common terms we've decoded for you.

A Special Hidden Message about Staying Home

On May 6, Gifu Shimbun ran a full-page editorial encouraging their readers to stay home. Artfully executed, the message in the graphic ad is only legible from a distance. Can you read it?

Apps and Platforms to Help You Stay Connected

From video chats to virtual worlds, stay connected and have fun with friends and family while staying home.

Learn Japanese with These 4 Instagram Accounts

Learning Japanese has never been easier with the help of these four fun Instagram accounts geared toward key aspects of Japanese study!

10 Onomatopoeia Terms You Need to Know

Whether you're a first-time visitor to Japan, a current resident or simply studying the language, if you want to impress your friends with some Japanese try out these incredibly useful onomatopoeia expressions!

Living in Japan with Little to No Japanese

Moving to Japan without knowing Japanese may seem like a fool's errand, but we assure you that you're not alone! We're here to show you how easy it is to survive in Japan, even with little to no Japanese language ability.

Essential Japanese Words for Weather Warnings

Understanding what is happening in an emergency is very important, but the Japanese terms for natural disasters and dangerous weather can be confusing! This easy guide is a handy cheat sheet to help you stay safe and be able to make smart decisions.

Learn Japanese Through the Craziest Video Ever

With the help of ladies in kimono, sumo wrestlers and schoolgirls in fox masks, you too can learn to speak the distinct dialect of Japanglish.

Studying Japanese at Home

A lot of language learners have had their educational plans disrupted by the COVID-19 epidemic. But that doesn't mean that your Japanese learning has to come to a halt!

Get to Know Japan’s Top 10 Buzzwords of 2019

The candidates for the top ten catchphrases that defined Reiwa's first year are here. Who knew bubble tea could be a verb?

10 Useful Kanji for Everyday Life in Japan

The top unique aspects of Japanese culture and their kanji counterparts.

'Itadakimasu!' Basic Japanese for Dining Out

Japan has an almost overwhelming amount of delicious food to choose from when dining out, but the language barrier can be intimidating. With these helpful phrases for navigating Japanese restaurants deciding what to eat will be the hardest part!

How Many 'Kanji' Should You Learn?

Studying 'kanji,' Chinese characters used in Japanese, can be time-consuming and difficult for many learners. The sheer amount of characters is intimidating—combine that with multiple readings, and it's hard to know where to start! We're here to help.

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