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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
It is likely that at some point in your life, you have heard or even started a conversation about what animals sound like in different languages.
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.(…)
Tone is essential to conveying the intended meaning of many words and can often be the hardest part of learning a tonal language.
Considered ‘Japan’s kitchen’ (天下の台所), Osaka is the place to go for food, drinks, and culture, and with a population of around 2.6 million it’s easily accessible by bullet train from destinations like Tokyo. Osaka has a lot of to offer the average tourist and the seasoned traveller, and can serve as a great place to(…)
Tokyo is not only the capital of Japan but I also the most populous metropolitan area in the world. There is no end to things to do in the city. Definitely a top destination for tourists as much as it is a place for business, Tokyo can be a full-on experience as a large developed(…)