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Japanese Vocabulary: 11 Mealtime Words & Expressions

Japanese Vocabulary: 11 Mealtime Words & Expressions

Food is an essential part of life and a central part of any culture. Japan is well known for its sushi, curries, soups, noodles, and more. Japan's penchant for courtesy and respect also plays a part in the country's mealtime expressions. Here are some Japanese vocabulary terms you can use during meal times. 1) Gohan (meal) hiragana: ??? kanji: ?? This term literally refers to the white rice that plays a big role in most meals. Over the years, it has become understood in context to refe … Read More

Japanese Vocabulary: 11 Mealtime Words & Expressions
Food is an essential part of life and a central part of any culture. Japan is well known for its sushi, curries, soups, noodles, and more. Japan's penchant for courtesy and respect also plays a part in the country's mealtime expressions. Here are some Japanese vocabulary terms you can use during meal times. 1) Gohan (meal) hiragana: ??? kanji: ?? This term literally refers to the white rice that plays a big role in most meals. Over the years, it has become understood in context to refe
Is My Child Ready to Learn Japanese? A Guide for Parents
Want your son or daughter to learn Japanese, but not sure if he or she is ready? Here, Montgomery, TX language teacher Emily G. explains how you can determine if your child is ready to begin Japanese lessons... Even though I teach several languages, Japanese lessons are my favorite lessons. I love to see parents encourage their children to learn Japanese, however, this doesn't happen too often, and I can understand why. Between the writing systems and the pronunciation, Japanese can be in
Practice Japanese: 4 Ways to Boost Your Speaking Skills
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Blast From the Past: 6 Japanese Toys From Your Childhood
When you're taking Japanese lessons, it's fun to learn about certain aspects of Japanese culture. Japanese pop culture has made a significant impact in the United States and worldwide. From electronic game consoles to action figures, Japan has had a long-standing influence on the worldwide toy market. You probably remember a lot of the items on this list, but never really knew their true origin. Go ahead and embrace your inner child, it's time to get nostalgic. Here are six popular Jap
10 Famous Japanese Expressions (and What They Really Mean)
Famous Japanese quotes, sayings, and idioms are fun for beginners to learn and practice. You're probably already familiar with the many idioms in English, such as "Don't count your chickens before they hatch" and "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Using such phrases in everyday conversation will help you sound like a native Japanese speaker, but you have to be sure you're using them in the right context and setting. Here, we'll share 10 famous Japanese quotes and the meanings behind

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