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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
5 Must-Read Japanese Manga Books
When you're learning Japanese, reading Japanese manga comics may help you build your vocabulary and comprehension skills. Aside from that, though, you should read Japanese manga comics because they're fun and entertaining! Modern Japanese manga originated in Japan in the mid 1900s. The word manga literally refers to comics and cartoons. You can find manga in many genres like romance, sports, comedy, and science fiction. Manga can be sequential with many volumes in a series, or it can b
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
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
Learn Hiragana and Katakana With Japanese Calligraphy
When you're taking Japanese lessons, you will be introduced to various Japanese writing systems. Here, Winston-Salem, NC teacher Willy M. explains how learning Japanese calligraphy can help you understand the Japanese alphabet...  The Japanese alphabet, or writing systems, are very different from our alphabet in English. Japanese uses more than one syllabary. A syllabary is a group of syllables that make up different words. Think of it more like a phonics system. The difference between th

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