Building vocabulary is the key to success in language learning. How are you learning and remembering your Japanese vocabulary? Today, I want to share with you some tips to remember vocabulary that worked for me as an English learner and for my students as they learned Japanese. 1. Use Japanese vocabulary in context You can […]
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Do you know this Japanese song – Sukiyaki Song? The original title of the song in Japanese is 上を向いて歩こう（うえをむいてあるこう）”Ue o muite arukou” by Kyu Sakamoto. ⠀ The Sukiyaki Song “Ue o muite arukou” was released in 1961 in Japan. It reached the top of the Billboard charts in the US in 1963.⠀ This is such […]
Have you learned all the Katakana letters? Great! Then, now it’s time for Katakana reading practice. There are certain spelling rules that exist only for Katakana words. Let’s learn them so that you can read Katakana words smoothly. What’s the “bar ー” for? You may sometimes see a Katakana word with a bar like this. […]
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 […]
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 […]