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Your Guide to Katakana – Japanese Writing System 2

Katakana (カタカナ) is another component of the Japanese writing system, mainly used for foreign or loan words used within the Japanese Language. It is...

The State of Being – だ, です, じゃない and じゃありません

In this exercise, we will explore the equivalent expression of 'to be' or 'not to be' (that is the question ?... hmmm) in Japanese. ...

The Main Difference Between 「は」and「が」

For those who even have a little experience studying Japanese, you will eventually stumble over a common question, what are the key differences between「は」and「が」?...

Kanji of the Year 2017 is …

That's right they even have a Kanji (Chinese Character) of the year in Japan, and this year is no exception with the '北' (きた...

Self-Introductions in Japanese

Self-Introductions in Japanese or 自己紹介 (じこしょうかい or Jikoshoukai), when speaking Japanese is a good place to start when just beginning your study. Usually, using...

Top 12 Horrifying Halloween Expressions

So it's Halloween time, well officially that is on the 31st of October 2017, and time to learn some Horrifying Halloween Expressions, even though...

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...
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Your Guide to Hiragana – Japanese Writing System 1

Hiragana (ひらがな) is one of three writing systems (including Katakana and Kanji) used for the Japanese Language. It forms the fundamental core of sounds...

Topic Marker and Sentence Ending Particles – は, も, よ & ね!

In this exercise, we will examine the main particles used at the start of Japanese sentences, namely 「は」(wa), which is used to identify the...

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...

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