Read all About it: The 8 Best Websites for Japan News

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Whether you’re planning a trip to Japan or you just want to stay up on the latest Japan news, there are a lot of sites to help you follow current events, trends, the latest in technology, and entertainment. Plus, if you’re learning the language, you can boost your reading and speaking skills by reading the news in Japanese.

Here are eight great sites to help you stay current on the latest Japan news.

Japan Today

Read Japan Today for up-to-date information on sports, tech, and national news. You can even check out housing options and events, or sign up for the newsletter.

Want to work in Japan one day? You can job hunt on the site, but be prepared, you will need more than a basic level of Japanese proficiency to understand the job listings.

If you’ve been taking Japanese lessons for a while, go ahead and try your hand at reading the classified section!

Japan News Review

While the this site covers a wide range of topics, Japan News Review is a great resource for in-dept financial news.

Bookmark the Japan News Review, and keep up with business news and the Japanese economy.

The Japan News

The Japan News covers current events in Japan and around the world. It’s also a great way to look at new in the U.S. from another perspective.

From pop culture to editorials, you can get information on anything newsworthy.

You can also click on the Japanese edition if you want to read the news in Japanese. This is a great way to challenge yourself and practice your language skills.

The Japan Times

If you want a site that feels more like an online community, then The Japan Times is the perfect site for you.

The website is easy to navigate and you can see what people are saying about the different news stories.

NHK World

NHK World Radio Japan focuses on international news and trending stories from around the globe.

Get the on-air reporting app and listen to Japanese news on the go!

News on Japan

From food and culture to entertainment and technology, find out what’s going on in Japan with News on Japan.

If you’re learning to read in Japanese, you can get a side-by-side look at the news in Japanese and English by clicking on the kanji button on the site menu.

Kyodo News

Kyodo is a news agency in Japan; follow Kyodo News for an in-depth look at what’s happening across the country, both nationally and internationally.

Click on the kanji link at top of the page to practice reading in Japanese.

Japanese Newspapers

If you’re learning Japanese, you should spend some time reading  Japanese Newspapers.

Check out one of several dozen online Japanese newspapers. Find a newspaper that interests you and start practicing. Reading the news is one of the best ways to get accustomed to reading the language.

While you could get news about Japan from American news sites, the best way to catch up on Japanese news is from publications within Japan.

These eight sites will keep you in the know with the latest Japan news, and help you practice your Japanese language skills. Check out the websites and let us know which one you like best!

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How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese

How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese? A Timeline for Beginners

How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese

How long does it take to learn how to speak Japanese? The answer can vary based on your objectives, learning style, and study methods.

Learning a new language is a journey. When it comes to learning Japanese, you’ll need patience, persistence, and a good work ethic. If you put in the time and effort, you can learn to speak Japanese fluently in no time!

Which level of fluency are you hoping to achieve? Answering this question will give you some deeper insight into how long it will take you to master this fun and unique language.

Basic Comprehension: 6 Months

If you know fewer than 200 words, you’re in the pre-beginner stage. You probably know basic Japanese greetings like kon’nichiwa (hello), arigatō (thank you), and sayōnara (goodbye). You should also learn how to count 1-10 in Japanese.

At this level, you may not believe you’re very far along, but you know more than you think! After picking up the first 200 words in a new language, you’re able to recognize them in conversations between native speakers, and  you start to comprehend these words. For example, if you know the Japanese word Kayoubi (Tuesday), you’ll  able to pick recognize it in conversations.

At the pre-beginner level, start looking up any words you hear and don’t understand. Look words up on Google Translate, and review them with your Japanese tutor.

At this level, with one-on-one lessons and consistent practice, you will pick things up quickly. Within six months, you will know enough Japanese to be able to find your way around in Japan. You will be able to make hotel reservations, ask for and understand directions, and have basic conversations with Japanese speakers.

Beginner to Intermediate (9 – 12 months)

With a solid work ethic, you can advance to the intermediate level in an average of nine months to one year.

The intermediate level is more fun, because you start to understand news and other TV programs in Japanese. You also know honorifics the words and terms to describe family members. At this point, you can proudly say you can speak (basic) Japanese!

Advanced Level and Beyond (2 – 3 years)

The average length of time to learn advanced Japanese is 2-3 years. At the intermediate level, you can understand most of what your teacher says and you can follow along with TV programs. When it comes to using the language with other Japanese speakers, however, you still have some limitations.

This can be frustrating, but it’s important not to get discouraged. In order to get to the advanced level, you will need to be able to understand different speech patterns and sounds, which can take a long time. To really learn and understand all of the nuances of the language, you will need time, a great Japanese teacher, and consistent practice with other Japanese speakers.

Reaping the Benefits

Learning a new language like Japanese requires practice and perseverance, but the benefits are well worth it! Are you ready to get started? Search for a Japanese tutor near you today.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Japanese Language

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Learning Japanese can be fun, and it can also be useful for traveling or job hunting. No matter how old you are, picking up a new language is easier than you think, even a language like Japanese.

Here are five things you didn’t know about the Japanese language.

1. Japanese Phonetics Are Easy to Learn

Japanese words are relatively easy to pronounce since there are only 46 different sounds.  Learning to make these sounds is simple and easy to remember with practice.

Once you have mastered the 46 basic sounds in the Japanese language, you’re ready to move on to speaking words and sentences.

2. Many Words Are Similar

The Japanese language has many words that are very similar to their English counterparts. For example, “table” is teeburu in Japanese.

The difference is only slight, and you can easily learn many more Japanese words. Many Japanese words use similar phonetic patterns.

3. Simple Use of Consonants and Vowels

The Japanese language also has consonants and vowels. English can be an awkward language to learn since it has many words with complicated structures, and contractions that string consonants together.

In Japanese, consonants are broken up with vowels. So, a simple word like “drive” wouldn’t have the “dr” structure in Japanese. Instead, there will be a vowel between the “d” and the “r,” which helps to emphasize the word.

4. Japanese Words Are Gender Neutral

Most Japanese words don’t have separate masculine and feminine variations. This makes learning certain aspects of Japanese easier than Spanish, or other languages that have specific masculine and feminine gender identifiers.

Most words in Japanese are gender neutral, so you don’t have to worry about offending a man or woman by accidentally using the wrong word.

5. Subjects and Verbs Don’t Need to Agree

In English, you have to ensure that your verbs and subjects agree (singular vs. plural). This isn’t the case in Japanese. Instead of using a plural form of a verb with a plural subject, you simply say the subject and the verb. This means there are fewer verbs to learn when you want to use them with nouns that are singular or plural.

This also means it will be a lot easier for you to learn the language, and speak clearly without concern for whether or not you’re using the right verb.

Learning Japanese is easier than you think. If you really want to master Japanese, however, a private tutor is the way to go. A tutor can work around your schedule, tailor a learning plan to meet your specific needs, and adjust the learning process based on your progress.

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13 Must-Know Japanese Phrases for Travelers

13 Must-Know Japanese Expressions for Travelers

13 Must-Know Japanese Phrases for Travelers

Whether you’re studying the language or planning a trip to Japan, it’s important to know some basic Japanese phrases. Learn these useful Japanese expressions with language teacher Andrew P…

So, you’re planning  a trip to Japan, or Nihon as the locals say. Hopefully you’ll be traveling with someone who is fairly fluent in Japanese (Nihongo) because most Japanese people (Nihonjin) speak very little English.

If you’re traveling alone, however, there’s no need to worry. Here are 13 basic Japanese expressions and some Japanese vocabulary that will help you on your trip.

Japanese people appreciate any attempt by a foreigner to use Japanese words, phrases, and sentences. The locals will speak slowly and go out of their way to help you communicate. They will respect and admire your effort.

You will most likely hear many of the following expressions. Practice these with a flat accent, in other words, with no stress or drop in tone. There are ways to show added sincerity and enthusiasm, but let’s keep things simple for now. Remember, most greetings and salutations are said with a bow.

1. Konnichiwa

(cone) (knee) (chee) wa

This means hello. Say this with a slight pause after the “n” in the first syllable and before the “n” at the beginning of the 2nd syllable.

2. Hajimemashite

ha (gee) (may) (mashte)

Pleased to meet you.

3. Ohayou Gozaimasu

(Ohio) go zai mas 

This means good morning. When an “o” is followed by a “u” in Japanese, it creates a  long vowel sound. The “u” is basically silent. Nihongo has no word for good afternoon, so konnichiwa is used between noon and dark.

 4. Konbanwa

(cone) (bon) wa 

Good evening.

5. Oyasuminasai

(oh) ya  (sue) (me) na (sigh)

Good night.

6. Sayounara

(sigh) (oh) na ra 


7. Ogenki Desuka

(oh) gen (key) deska

How are you?

8. Wakarimashitaka

wa ka re (mashta)

Do you understand? Respond with hai (yes) or wakarimasen (I don’t understand.)

9. Sumimasen

(sue) (me) ma sen

Excuse me.

10. Amerikajin Desu

(America) (gin) (des)

I am American.

11. Suimasen Koohii O Kudasai

(suey) ma sen (co) (he) (oh) ku da (sigh)

May I have a cup of coffee, please.

12. Arigatou Gozaimasu

(are) (e) ga (toe) – go (zy) (mas)

Thank you very much.

 13. Kekkou Desu

No, thank you.


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These Japanese expressions will help you find your way around Japan, or give you a solid foundation if you’re studying the language.

If you want to learn more Japanese expressions, or if you need some additional help with pronunciation and usage, find a Japanese teacher near you.

AndyCAndrew P. teaches English and writing in Milton, VT, as well as through online lessons. He studied Japanese at the University of Vermont and lived in Japan from 2003 t0 2005, where he taught English and Spanish classes. Andrew taught English courses at colleges and universities in five states for 35 years before retiring in 2013. Learn more about Andrew here!



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