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How to say ‘See you again’ or ‘Goodbye’ in Japanese? and What does ‘Sayonara’ mean?

In some Japanese phrasebooks “Sayonara” is introduced as ‘Good-bye’. It is not wrong, but Sayonara is not really an ever...
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How do you say ‘Sorry I don’t understand Japanese’ in Japanese?

There are not many Japanese people who can speak English in Japan. So when you are in Japan, you are likely to be talked...
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What does ‘Sugoi すごい’ mean?— Pronunciation and How to Use it

‘Sugoi すごい’ is another killer Japanese word which is used in everyday conversation. Its meaning can be quite varied, and...
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How do you say ‘Thank You’ in Japanese? — Meaning of ‘Arigatouありがとう’ and Pronunciation

You may have heard of this phrase, ‘ありがとうArigatou’ which means “Thank you”. It is one of the most important phrases.
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How do you say ‘I want to kiss you’ in Japanese?

I am not sure how often you have to get verbal permission to kiss somebody, but it is good to remember this phrase.
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What does ‘Onegaishimasu おねがいします’ mean?— when do we use it?

We talked about ‘おねがいします Onegaishimasu’ last time with it meaning ‘please’, but its meanings are not only ‘please’. T...
29.11.2019
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What does ‘Chottoちょっと’ mean?— Pronunciation and How to Use it

‘Chottoちょっと’ is one of the strangest Japanese words. You must remember it because Japanese people use it every day and i...
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What does ‘Daijoubuだいじょうぶ’ mean? — Pronunciation and How to Use it

A couple of months ago I watched a TV series called “Tin Star” on Amazon Prime. It is a British-Canadian crime drama wit...
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How do you say ‘Please’ in Japanese? — Meaning of ‘Onegaishimasu’ and Pronunciation

Japanese people are very polite, so when you want to ask or order something, you may want to say, “(something), please”....
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The reason why Japanese people don’t speak English

Japan seems like one of the most developed countries in Asia. However, you may be surprised that people in Japan don’t r...
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What does ‘Emoiエモい’ mean?— its pronunciation and how to use it

I have lived outside of Japan for more than 10 years, so I am a slow learner of the Japanese newest words. I have to upd...
19.11.2019
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Trading Kanji and Language History between China and Japan

We, Japanese people, share the symbolic characters called ‘Kanji’ (‘Hanzi’ in Mandarin) with Chinese people. Children ev...
19.11.2019
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What does ‘Kawaii’ mean?— its pronunciation and how to use

If you listen to a Japanese conversation, you will often hear the word ‘Kawaii,’ which arguably is one of the most frequ...
19.11.2019
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How do you say ‘Sorry’ in Japanese? — Meaning of ‘Sumimasen!’ and Pronunciation

According to CBC, Canadian people like apologising. I think that Japanese people love apologising too, even more than Ca...
19.11.2019
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I had a haircut in Japan

Medusa is a mythical creature in Greek mythology who has snakes instead of hair. Anyone who looks at her eyes turns into...
11.11.2019
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Super Typhoon is coming to Japan

Every year I come back to Japan around this time of the year, October to the beginning of November, and it is one of the...
11.11.2019
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