Common Japanese Abbreviations – Japanese Vocabulary

Just like Aussies (Australian people), Japanese Abbreviations are also common including their own names to their friend's and family names, store names, vocabulary, expressions and a whole bunch more. As a means to create...

Common Rental Property Terms and Phrases – Japanese Vocabulary

The property rental system is a whole new world of complex terminology in Japanese and so we hope this guide helps to introduce you to some of the basic vocabulary. Rather than scare you...

Japanese Verb Basics

In Japanese grammar, the use of only a single verb in a sentence is grammatically correct. So, Japanese verb basics are an important rule to understand to ensure you express yourself correctly. For example,...
The Sai Kanji of the year 2018

Kanji of the year 2018 is …

The Kanji of the year 2018 is「災」(sai) meaning disaster or curse. This character reflects many of the events and adversity that Japan has faced in the past year. This year was hit by many natural...

Can You Read the Situation in Japanese?

Can you read the situation in Japanese? This is something that becomes more important as you develop your Japanese ability. Most people agree that Japanese is a highly contextual language. Culturally, it is uncommon...

Dining Out and Restaurant Related Japanese

Dining out and restaurant related Japanese is essential in a country whose food culture is amazingly rich. Not only just in its long-held traditions, but also in its value on taste, presentation and hygiene....
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas – Top 8 Japanese Christmas Words

Tis' the season to be jolly, and here are our Top 8 Japanese Christmas Words for the year. This is our attempt at spreading the Christmas cheer through language learning. So メリクリ from everyone...

How to get a Haircut in Japan – Japanese Tips

It's easy to think getting a haircut, especially in a place like Japan, can be a daunting undertaking. What about how to get a haircut in Japan where English is still a fairly scarce...

15 Japanese Buzzwords 2017 (2017の流行語)

Here are the 15 Japanese Buzzwords 2017 which topped our list this year. The 流行語 (Ryuukougo) or buzzwords are fashionable slogans or terms which have become popular in their own right. They usually have...

Top 12 Most Common Polite Japanese Phrases

If you haven't realised by now, the Japanese language places particular emphasis on formality and the correct use of language based on a given situation. For example, in the company of friends or family,...