• Japanese

    10 Japanese Expressions Found in Light Novels

    One of the best ways to improve your Japanese abilities, and grow your vocabulary, is to read lots of books. For the Japanese language in particular, reading light novels is a very common thing for both natives and learners. Keeping that in mind, I decided to share these 10 Japanese expressions found in light novels. There’s no particular theme or organization to this list, but I ran into them several times while reading, so I figured that they were fairly common ones that would be useful to know in case you decide to read LNs yourself. The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to expressions is…

  • Tactics

    5 Tips for Learning New Japanese Words

    Sometimes learning Japanese feels like it’s the hardest thing in the world to do. Since it’s structured so differently from English, and uses an entirely different writing system, it can end up taking a lot of time and energy to learn. One thing you don’t want to struggle over too much is learning new Japanese words. That’s why I’d like to share my top five tips for learning new Japanese words with you, so that you can learn any new thing quickly, and painlessly as well! Tip 1 – Look It Up In A Dictionary This is the obvious thing to do when you encounter something new, so I wanted…

  • Tools

    What is Anki? It’s The Key To Remembering Japanese Forever.

    If you’ve searched around the internet for ways to learn Japanese, then you’ve no doubt come across people recommending the use of Anki. But what is Anki and what does it do? The basic answer is that it is a digital flashcard program that utilizes spaced repetition for organizing your review sessions. Maybe that explanation doesn’t really clear everything up, but instead creates new questions. So today I’m going to talk about what Anki is, where you can get it, how I recommend you use it, and how it helps you to remember Japanese forever. Here’s the Breakdown on Anki Alright, so Anki is a “digital flashcards program that uses…

  • Japanese

    20 Essential Japanese Phrases For Travelers And Beginners

    Now is the best time to learn Japanese, and today I’m going to give you 20 essential Japanese phrases for travelers and beginners that will allow you to communicate with any native that you meet. Japan’s popularity is exploding. The world just can’t seem to get enough of the great stuff that come out of Japan like the culture, the people, its history, manga, anime, video game, and much more! But forget about things coming out of Japan, people want to get in Japan! The country itself is becoming one of the most desired places to visit for travelers and people on vacation, with April 2018 hitting an all time…

  • Japanese

    The Meaning of noni in Japanese: Basics and Patterns Explained

    Every now and then you learn a piece of Japanese grammar that then begins to appear everywhere you look. I’m going to go into detail on one of those today and explain the meaning of noni in Japanese. The main thing about noni (hereon referred to as のに) is that most books explain one or two of its common usages, which is very useful, but then they leave out some of the larger patterns that のに is involved in. From my own experience, I can tell you that they aren’t always to easiest to track down and learn. That’s exactly why I’ve created this one-stop lesson which aims to give…

  • Reviews

    Japanese from Zero Review: Should You Use This Book?

    If you check out the Amazon best-selling books for learning Japanese, you will almost always see the Japanese from Zero books at the top of the list. I decided to finally get a copy of the first book so that I could see what it was all about. Today I’d like to share with you my Japanese from Zero review, and go over both the content of the book (what it teaches) and also the methods of the book (how it teaches). I’m going to break it down into several sections and explain what I like, or don’t like about them, keeping in mind that this first book is intended…

  • Japanese

    What Does KATA Mean In Japanese? Learn It Here!

    Since the Japanese language is rather limited on sounds, it ends up having a lot of different words that all share the same pronunciation. Basically, there are a lot of different words that are all pronounced as “kata.” So what does KATA mean in Japanese? I’m going to give you several answers that primarily rely upon the kanji that each one utilizes, and also the way that they appear in context. Both of these things are important to recognize in order to fully understand the word’s meaning. Let’s start with the simplest ones first. It Can Mean The Body Part “Shoulder” You’ve got a shoulder, and I’ve got a shoulder…

  • Japanese

    The Ultimate Guide To Learning Japanese Numbers

    One of the most powerful things you can do to improve your abilities in any language is to learn and master numbers. With that end in mind, I have decided to create the ultimate guide to learning Japanese numbers. Granted, this won’t be able to contain every single number possible in Japanese (since numbers are infinite) but will rather take you from absolute beginner in this particular area, to an advanced student who is aware of the necessary information. In order to do so, we’re going to have to lay down some groundwork so that when we actually do get to the numbers themselves, you are ready for them in…

  • Japanese

    How to Say Good Job in Japanese – 5 Set Phrases

    There are many ways to say “good job” in Japanese and they all carry a slightly different connotation, formality, or basic meaning. It’s a good idea to learn them all so that you know how to say good job in Japanese for yourself, and also so that you can understand it when you hear it used from others. Let’s start off with a rather informal way to say it towards people who are close to you, and then progress to more formal situations. Tell Your Friends Good Job in Japanese In order to learn this first phrase, you only need to know two words. The first one is よく which…

  • Japanese

    How to Say Girl in Japanese – More than One Way!

    If you want to learn how to say girl in Japanese, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m not only going to tell you how, but I’m probably going to overload you with all of the different ways to do so too! Unlike English, the Japanese language can be precise (excruciatingly so at times) with the words that it uses. For example, in English we only have the one word for “I” when speaking about oneself. But Japanese literally has dozens! Since this sort of thing happens for a lot of words, including the Japanese word for girl, a lot of the nuances get lot in translations. Until today…