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5 Famous Japanese Songs (and What They Really Mean)

5 Famous Japanese Songs (and What They Really Mean)

Ever heard a Japanese song and wondered what it meant? Listening to Japanese songs is a great way to begin learning this fascinating language. You'll not only expand your vocabulary, but you'll come to appreciate a rich culture and history at the same time. Japan’s culture is a fusion of traditional and modern. This is especially evident in the music scene, which includes a vast array of artists who perform everything from J-Pop and J-Punk, to traditional and folk-style Japanese songs. For … Read More

5 Famous Japanese Songs (and What They Really Mean)
Ever heard a Japanese song and wondered what it meant? Listening to Japanese songs is a great way to begin learning this fascinating language. You'll not only expand your vocabulary, but you'll come to appreciate a rich culture and history at the same time. Japan’s culture is a fusion of traditional and modern. This is especially evident in the music scene, which includes a vast array of artists who perform everything from J-Pop and J-Punk, to traditional and folk-style Japanese songs. For
Japanese Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Verbs in the Present Tense
When you're learning Japanese, it's important to understand how to conjugate verbs. Here are some great tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. to help you understand Japanese verb conjugation.... Now that you're familiar with Japanese kana (if you're not, check out this article) and a few essential phrases, you're ready to learn about Japanese verb conjugation. In this article we will cover the basics—just the infinitive and present (formal and informal) forms. These concepts may seem
Japanese Mythology: 5 Ancient Myths and Legends
Do you have a fascination for Japanese mythology or Japanese legends? It can be very fun and exciting to learn about these unique aspects of Japanese history and culture. A little bit of background first: Japanese mythology consists of stories derived from old folk beliefs, as well as the Shinto and Buddhist religions. Japanese mythology is also made up of a vast number of tales, but here we'll share five of the most well-known Japanese legends. Japanese Mythology: 5 Famous Japanese Lege
Language Lessons vs. Self Study: Can You Teach Yourself Japanese?
Is it possible to teach yourself Japanese? While the best way to learn a language is always a private teacher or tutor, there are some things you can do at home to learn the basics. Here, language teacher Carol Beth L. weighs the pros and cons of Japanese lessons vs. teaching yourself. Can you teach yourself Japanese? The simple answer is, yes. Like many new skills, given the right tools, some people can teach themselves. I have known people who have taught themselves Japanese—or another
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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