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A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order

Having trouble figuring out the stroke order for Japanese characters? Whether you're using hiragana, katakana, or kanji, these tips from Japanese teacher Karou N. will help you learn the correct stroke order for Japanese characters... There are three types of characters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana is used for basic writing. Katakana looks similar to hiragana, but is slightly different in function. Kanji was originally invented in ancient China from … Read More

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Stroke Order
Having trouble figuring out the stroke order for Japanese characters? Whether you're using hiragana, katakana, or kanji, these tips from Japanese teacher Karou N. will help you learn the correct stroke order for Japanese characters... There are three types of characters in the Japanese language: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana is used for basic writing. Katakana looks similar to hiragana, but is slightly different in function. Kanji was originally invented in ancient China from
7 Simple Ways to Study Japanese
Lots of people are interested in learning Japanese, but they quickly discover that Japanese is not a simple language. With hard work and the right study habits, learning the language can be fun and rewarding. Here are seven easy ways to study Japanese from language teacher Elaina R... When you're learning a new language, it's important to start small and slowly build on what you're learning in your classes or lessons. Consistent study time and practice will help to reinforce both the writ
29 Survival Tips for Studying in Japan (From Language and Travel Experts)
Whether you're traveling to Japan for fun or to study the language, it's important to prepare for your time away from home. It's natural to experience some culture shock any time you travel to a new place, but proper preparation can make the difference between an uncomfortable trip and a life-changing experience. So whether you're traveling with a language or exchange program, with a small group, or flying solo, here are 29 tips from language and travel experts to help you have an unforge
13 Must-Know Japanese Expressions 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 Writing Systems for Beginners: Learn Hiragana
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Japanese in Chicago

If you’re taking Japanese lessons in Chicago, then you should know about all of the places in your city to learn about Japanese culture and history. While fine-tuning your language skills and pronunciation, take advantage of these opportunities to interact with Japanese-speaking people, try delicious Japanese foods, and increase your understanding and awareness of Japanese culture.

First let’s talk about all of the great restaurants where you can try delicious, authentic Japanese food.

Taketei

Taketei is known for having a fairly simple menu full of fresh, delicious sushi and sashimi. The staff is very friendly so this is a great place to practice your conversation skills.

Wasabi

Wasabi is the perfect place to go on a cold Chicago night for a bowl of steaming hot ramen (Japanese noodles). Try the different flavors to discover your favorite type of ramen.

Gyu-Kaku

Gyu-Kaku is a great place for a family dinner or outing with a group of friends. At this popular Japanese BBQ, you can order different types of meats and vegetables, and grill them right at your table. Some of the most popular menu items include the kalbi short rib, sukiyaki bibimbap (rice bowl), and yaki-shabu beef.

Besides food, there are a lot of other great ways to experience Japanese culture in Chicago. Here are some local Japanese organizations that host events and activities.

Japanese Cultural Center

With three different locations, The Japanese Cultural Center (JCC) offers martial arts and cultural arts classes in Chicago and the surrounding areas. There are classes in Aikido, Kendo, Shorinji Kempo, Ikebana (flower arrangement), meditation, and more. Check the website to find the nearest location, and stop in for a free class.

Chicago Area Origami Society (CHAOS)

Tap into your creative side and try origami (Japanese paper folding). Unlike other types of art, origami doesn’t require any cutting, gluing, or additional materials. CHAOS meets once a month, and all age groups and skill levels are welcome.

The Japan America Society of Chicago

The Japan America Society (JASC) is a not-for-profit association that works to promote understanding, and build and maintain a positive relationship between the two cultures. JASC promotes social interaction and friendship among its members. Check the website (www.jaschicago.org) to find out about local educational and cultural events.

These are just a few of the places you can explore while you’re taking Japanese lessons in Chicago. Remember, it’s much easier to learn a new language when you can apply your studies to real-life situations. Take advantage of any opportunity to interact with the Japanese-speaking community. Not only will this help you learn the Japanese language, you may even make some new friends!

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