Tag Archives: Japanese

14 Mistakes Tourists Make in Japan

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Japan is a terrific place to visit, and one where the local population is generally fairly tolerant of cultural faux pas made by foreigners, known in Japanese as gaijin-san.   There are 14 common mistakes, however, that are easily avoided when in Japan.  A little bit of cultural knowledge can go a long way at fitting(…)


Top 10 Japanese Songs To Dance To

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Music is often called the universal language. It bridges cultures and reaches all, with melodies and harmonies that can both soothe and excite the soul without understanding a single word of what is being sung! There are various different musical genres in Japan, with traditional sounds, dance, J-Pop, indie, and all other types of music,(…)


10 Japanese Movies You Should Have Seen Already

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Japan has created many excellent movies, spanning almost every genre. A major craze to emerge from Japan was anime – animated movies.  Anime is incredibly popular in Japan, and was later unleashed on the world, creating a unique and intriguing form of movie. Manga also comes from Japan. With so many great movies to choose(…)


Stolen and Morphed: English Words in Other Languages

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We all know that English is chock full of loan words – we’ve stolen words from just about every language there is, from German to Hindi. However, it’s also no secret that other countries haven’t been impervious to the influence of the English language. Not all too long ago it would have been incredibly hard(…)


Which languages are the hardest to learn?

Last month I posted about some great language infographics. Now I have another to share. People often say that one language is harder to learn than another. Currently I tell people that Spanish is hard because in class we are learning verb conjugations! I tend to think a tonal language such as Mandarin would be(…)


Does being bilingual mean you see the world in a different way?

The answer is yes, according to a new study at Newcastle University, England. Bilingual people think differently to monolingual people, according to researchers, with language use making the difference rather than proficiency. The study looked at Japanese and English speakers and tested their colour perception – useful because of the variation in ways different languages(…)