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Get in the Spirit: Celebrate Halloween in Japan

Get in the Spirit: Celebrate Halloween in Japan

Have you ever wondered how other cultures celebrate your favorite haunted holiday? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. explains how Japanese people get in the spirit and add their own twist to Halloween... Japan may be far away from the United States where Halloween is widely celebrated, but wearing costumes has become a tradition in Japan. In the land of anime and video games, wearing costumes, or cosplay, has been a part of Japanese sub-culture for decades. Despite the increased popularit … Read More

Get in the Spirit: Celebrate Halloween in Japan
Have you ever wondered how other cultures celebrate your favorite haunted holiday? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. explains how Japanese people get in the spirit and add their own twist to Halloween... Japan may be far away from the United States where Halloween is widely celebrated, but wearing costumes has become a tradition in Japan. In the land of anime and video games, wearing costumes, or cosplay, has been a part of Japanese sub-culture for decades. Despite the increased popularit
5 Common Japanese Phrases You Should Know
Japanese people are full of life in their expression and communication, which makes the  language very fun and interesting to learn. The language has become globally accepted, so whether you're planning a trip to Japan or just looking to broaden your horizons, you can definitely benefit from learning basic Japanese vocabulary. Here are some common Japanese phrases to get you started. 1. Shitsurei shimasu Shitsurei shimasu means “excuse me, please.”  The literal translation of the p
How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese? A Timeline for Beginners
Want to know how long it takes to learn Japanese? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. breaks down the time it takes to gain fluency in Japanese... How long does it take to learn how to speak Japanese? This answer can vary based on your objective, your learning style, and your study method. Learning a new language is a journey. I'm from Japan, and I learned English and Spanish when I came to the United States. I live in Washington, DC and people are often surprised that I can speak Spanish. Peo
It's All in the Past: Conjugating Past Tense Japanese Verbs
Want to learn to describe past events in Japanese? Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some helpful hints to conjugate past tense Japanese verbs... Unfortunately, past tense verbs are not as easy to conjugate as present tense and future tense Japanese verbs. Past tense Japanese verbs are still surprisingly simple to conjugate, however, compared with verbs in many European languages. By breaking down the different verb endings and learning some memorization tips, you can give y
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

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