Months in Japanese is a little confusing. There are three ways to say month which are がつ Gatsu, つき Tsuki, and かげつ Kagetsu. The difference is as follows. がつ (月 in Kanji) Gatsu … for the name of each month (January, February, etc.) つき (月 in Kanji) Tsuki … for counting months with traditional Japanese […]
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Learning Japanese is difficult! That’s how you may be feeling no matter how long you’ve been studying. It is true. Learning any language is a challenge, and Japanese may be one of the most challenging ones because we have three different writing systems. Recently, I’ve received emails from a few students who are frustrated with […]
There are many ways to say Thank You in Japanese just like many other languages. In English, they say Thanks, Thank you so much, I appreciate it, etc. Likewise, the ways to thank people in Japanese can be different depending on the situation or people you are thanking. Here are what we will discuss in […]
Recently I’ve been asked about the spelling of Konnichiwa in Hiragana. Is it こんにちは or こんにちわ? Which is correct and why? The answer is こんにちは with は (Hiragana HA) at the end instead of わ (Hiragana WA) although the phrase is pronounced “KonnichiWA.” Why? Because the WA in this particular phrase is a particle (Topic […]
What is TE form? TE form is one conjugation form of Japanese verb. People use TE form to create various expressions in Japanese. Once you master TE form, it will greatly expand your Japanese communication skills. How Do I Use TE Form? What do I mean that TE form is used to create expressions? […]
Let’s learn some common Japanese phrases in this lesson! Before I introduce those phrases, let me talk about speech styles. We Japanese differentiate speech styles depending on who we are talking to. We have Formal speech and Informal speech. Native Japanese people, when they are little, first learn the Informal speech because this is […]