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10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)

10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)

You've probably heard the well-known idioms and expressions of wisdom in English. Phrases like "don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "don't put all your eggs in one basket." But these words of wisdom aren't exclusive to English. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains the meaning behind 10 famous Japanese expressions...     ???????????? - I no naka no kawazu, taikai wo sirazu "A frog in a well never knows the vast ocean." There was a frog who was born in a … Read More

10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)
You've probably heard the well-known idioms and expressions of wisdom in English. Phrases like "don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "don't put all your eggs in one basket." But these words of wisdom aren't exclusive to English. Here, Japanese teacher Kaoru N. explains the meaning behind 10 famous Japanese expressions...     ???????????? - I no naka no kawazu, taikai wo sirazu "A frog in a well never knows the vast ocean." There was a frog who was born in a
The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Martial Arts
There's no better way to learn Japanese than exploring important aspects of the culture. Martial arts play a significant role in both Japanese history and Japanese culture. So whether you're taking Japanese lessons or you're interested in learning martial arts, here is your guide to the most popular Japanese fighting styles. Sumo Sumo is Japan’s national sport. The rules are simple: each rikishi (wrestler) tries to push his opponent out of the elevated, clay dohyo (ring). A sumo m
Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Honorifics
When learning to speak Japanese, you'll come across suffixes used to address people called "honorifics." While these may seem confusing at first, they aren't that difficult to learn. Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. breaks down Japanese honorifics for beginners...  Japanese honorifics aren’t as scary as they seem. Think of them like the English title prefixes (Miss, Sir, Dr., etc.). Japanese honorifics are simply a collection of suffixes that get tacked onto the end of names, titles,
4 Fun, Easy Ways to Practice Speaking Japanese
Looking for more ways to practice speaking Japanese? Whether you're an intermediate Japanese student or you just started taking Japanese lessons, these tips from Brighton, MA teacher Kaoru N. will boost your confidence in your Japanese conversation skills... Real-life language skills are often very different from the skills you learn from a textbook or in a classroom. Think about your own language, you didn’t just learn in class; you engaged in conversations and used your language in real
15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (with audio)
It’s time to make your Japanese vocabulary POP! In this article, Japanese teacher Yo’el E. will take you through 15 Japanese Onomatopoeias that are even more fun to say than they look…   What Are Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common i

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