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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
QUIZ: Which Japanese Animal Are You?
There are certain animals that are significant in Japanese culture and history. Some animals are feared because of their supernatural powers, while others are loved and trusted by the Japanese people. So whether you're taking Japanese lessons or you're just an animal lover, learn some vocabulary and find out if you're a friend or foe with this quiz!   Learn how to say more animals in Japanese with this infographic!   Interested in Private Lessons? Search thousands of
What Are the 5 Best iPhone and iPad Apps to Learn Spanish?
What's the best app to learn Spanish? Find out tutor Jason N.'s top picks in this guest post...   Ready to ramp up your Spanish learning? For a limited time, take one of our live, online classes for free! Interact with your teacher and practice Spanish with others. Learn more here.    Spanish seems to be the second language of California, and the United States for that matter. ItÂ’s hard to go out in public and stroll around without hearing it murmured in the background. While d
Jam Along to JPop: 6 Fun Songs to Help You Learn Japanese
While language lessons are the best, most effective way to learn Japanese, you can learn faster and have more fun when you listen to popular Japanese music. J-Pop (Japanese pop) is great for beginning Japanese students because the songs have simple lyrics and catchy rhythms. Plus, Jpop has taken Japan, and the rest of the world by storm, so you may already be familiar with some of the most popular songs and Jpop artists. Get ready to learn Japanese vocabulary and impress your friends a
Believe it or Not: 16 Bizarre Japanese Superstitions
Every culture has its own set of legends, myths, and superstitions, and Japan is no exception. Japanese culture dates all the way back to 35,000 BC., and so do some Japanese urban legends. From good luck omens to supernatural animals, here are 16 bizarre Japanese superstitions. Inanimate Objects Have Spirits Japanese Buddhists believe that inanimate objects, like dolls, have spirits. There are a number of Japanese stories about dolls or other inanimate objects coming to life. Jap

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