Tag Archives: Japanese

How to Behave at a Job Interview in Japan

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In Japanese culture, there is a lot of emphasis on etiquette and politeness in all spheres of life. Things that you may consider completely normal, like speaking loudly in public, making some noise when eating, or having an overly assertive way of speaking, are seen as rude and disrespectful in Japan, where people are taught(…)


Oscars 2022: Best International Feature Films and What You Can Learn From Them

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. The movie awards season is finally coming to an end. On March 27 2022, the very best of the film industry drive back home with a bunch of Oscars under their arm. While most people will tune in for the movies or the dresses, the Academy Awards is(…)


6 Useful Japanese Phrases for Your Trip!

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Japan is a beautiful place to explore, visit, and work. Depending on your needs, desire, or even length of your stay, it may be incredibly helpful for you to learn Japanese. Japan uses Kanji (adapted Chinese symbols) and Katakana (for foreign words) and Hiragana (used with kanji for almost everything else) and is most definitely(…)


Japanese slang terms used in daily life (Part I)

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The Japanese language can seem very rigid and formal. It is steeped in tradition and strict rules of acknowledgment of social status. These aspects of speaking Japanese can be lost on native English speakers who are not used to these seemingly rigid and unbending codes of linguistic conduct. But one would be very surprised to(…)


Tips to Master the Easiest and Hardest Languages to Learn

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The ease or difficulty involved in learning another language is often a factor in which ones we choose to study. High-school students tend to go with French and Spanish for a reason: because these are easier and take less time to learn than, say Chinese, or Hungarian. But others love tackling the hard ones because(…)


Things to Know if You’re Spending Sakura Season in Tokyo

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There are many fascinating aspects to Japan, but sakura season (or cherry blossom season) is probably one of the most well-known and iconic parts of visiting this country.  Not only is cherry blossom season gorgeous to see, but Spring is an incredibly meaningful time of year in Japan. Come springtime, multitudes of locals and tourists(…)


Top 5 Mistakes Students Learning Japanese Make

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Learning the Japanese language is no more, nor no less difficult, than learning any number of other different foreign languages. Now when it comes to learning a given method that works best for a certain language, the methodologies are as individual as the person(s) who are learning it. One prevailing fact, which is a reliable(…)


Dating in Japan: Express Yourself (& Impress Others) in Japanese

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Japanese dating culture can be a minefield for people who aren’t familiar with the culture. Politeness and cultural hierarchies dictate very specific language to be used (along with certain rules) that should be kept in mind while exploring you romantic interests. Perhaps you’d like to tell your Japanese-speaking romantic interest how you feel? How about(…)


The Top 3 Hostels for a Budget Stay in Osaka, Japan

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Osaka is an amazing city, and with much to see and do while you’re there you might be worried about a place to stay. While accommodation probably won’t be the most expensive part of your trip it will be a good chunk of your budget, with cheaper places starting around 18 USD in the off season.(…)