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    What is Omae wa mou shindeiru’s meaning?

    Do you like memes? Do you like things that come from Japan? Well if you said yes to both of those questions, then get ready because today’s post will answer the question “what is Omae wa mou shindeiru’s meaning?” The first thing you should know is that this is a Japanese phrase. Hence, the reason I’m going over it here on my website dedicated to helping you learn Japanese. The other thing that you should be aware of is that the line comes from a pretty well-known, and old anime. Of course it does, right?! Well, let’s begin! What Does the Phrase Mean? Alright, so what I would like to…

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    The Best Japanese Music in 2018

    I have been listening to a lot of Japanese music this year, as I imagine most of you have as well. I wanted to share my own personal thoughts and opinions of the best Japanese music in 2018. I’ve compiled a list of seven Japanese bands, artists and musicians that are really freaking good! Check out the list below, learn a little bit about each one and their type of music, and then check out the YouTube video that I’ve selected of one of their songs. And as a final note before we begin, I wanted to let you know that I created a walk through on how to learn…

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    How Many Words Do You Need To Be Fluent In Japanese?

    One of the most popular teaching approaches that language learning companies are using these days is one the focuses heavily on acquiring a large vocabulary. So how many words do you need to be fluent in Japanese? It’s a good question to ask because it can give you a solid language learning goal to work towards achieving each and every day. I think that in order to come to a satisfying answer, we have to take a couple of things into consideration. I’m going to talk about a few things when it comes to the number of words people know, and then draw a conclusion that can help you in your studies.…

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    What is the Japanese National Anthem? Learn it Now!

    With the Tokyo Summer Olympics coming up in 2020, you’re no doubt going to be hearing the Japanese national anthem a lot. If you’re like me and live outside of Japan, then you’re probably not very familiar with it. Just what is the Japanese national anthem? The name of Japan’s national anthem is 君が代 (きみ が よ) which translates as “His Imperial Majesty’s Reign” in English. It gets played at the kinds of events that you would expect, such as graduation ceremonies, sporting events, etc. If you can read sheet music, then you’ll be able to play it from the featured picture at the top of this post. But if not, then…

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    Which is More Important, Spoken Japanese or Written Japanese?

    | Image credit: stockunlimited 1&2 | Learning Japanese can be quite a task. Not only do you have to learn the native sounds for the audible portion, but you also have to learn what all those symbols mean for the visual side of things. Should you only focus on one at a time? If so, which is more important, spoken Japanese or written Japanese? I’ve heard it both ways from people, and their arguments were pretty solid. One thing we all agree on at the end of the day is that you will want to learn both at some point. But having thought about the differences between the two sides of…

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    Japanese Commercials Are Weird, But Man Are They Good!

    | Image credit: Georges Seguin (Okki) | How many of you like to watch commercials? None of you? Me neither, unless it happens to be for a video game I’m currently interested in. Those commercials are rare to say the least. But the other day I was on YouTube and found a channel of just Japanese Commercials! I was like, what the heck? Let’s check them out and see if the are any good. Needless to say that I was pretty blown away at just how ridiculous and amazing they are! Here are the biggest things I noticed when watching Japanese commercials and why you might want to start doing so…

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    What is a Daruma Doll? And How Do You Use it?

    Have you ever seen those little red dolls with only one eye filled in? Have you ever wondered why they’re such a big deal in Japan? Well my friends, they are called Daruma Dolls and they can make your wish come true! Just what is a Daruma Doll and how do you use one? I’d like to tell you all about it! There’s a specific method you use with the 達磨 (daruma) when you want to make a wish for good health or success in during the year. And the doll you decide to choose can change depending on the particular color of it as well. But why? I’ll tell you…

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    What are the Japanese Zodiac Signs and Their Respective Animals?

    We all have a zodiac symbol, right? I was born in late April so mine is Taurus (The Bull). But people over in Asia use an alternate zodiac system that most Westerners aren’t familiar with. In fact, even the various Asian countries use different animals from each other! So what are the Japanese zodiac signs and their respective animals? Well I’m gonna’ give you their names and the order that they appear in! In addition to that, I’ll also show you their zodiac symbols (kanji) since they are different from the normal ones used for each animal in written Japanese. Then it gets pretty interesting when we dive into the different things…

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    What is Goku’s Symbol? Learn The Meaning in Japanese.

    If you’re a fan of Dragon Ball Z, or any of the other Dragon Ball shows, then you’ve no doubt seen Goku’s iconic orange and blue clothing with a Japanese symbol on them. What is Goku’s Symbol? You will learn the meaning in Japanese in this article! One thing before we get started that you might find interesting is that the type of clothing Goku wears is called a 着 (gi) which is a lightweight two-piece garment that is used when engaging in martial arts. Usually the word 着 (gi) is tacked onto a type of martial arts. For example, 柔道着 (jūdogi) is the clothing worn for judo and 空手着…

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    What is Doraemon? Everything You Need to Know.

    If you’re a fan of manga, anime, or anything else from Japan, then you’ve most likely come across a strange, blue creature who goes by the name Doraemon. What is Doraemon and why is he such a big deal in Japanese culture? To sum it up in a single sentence, he’s kind of like the Micky Mouse of Japan. He started off as a manga back in the late 60s and grew in popularity to the point where over 100 million copies of the manga have been sold! Of course, when something becomes that popular, it spreads like wildfire into other forms of media as well. Besides the original manga,…