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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
The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Martial Arts
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5 Things You Didn't Know About the Japanese Language
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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
The Best Way to Learn the Japanese Alphabet
Want to know the best way to learn the Japanese alphabet? You've come to the right place! Here, you'll find some of the most effective tips and tricks to help you master the fundamentals of the Japanese language. In the United States, we learn our "ABCs." But in Japan, children learn their ?????s. Even though Japanese can seem difficult to read and write, learning the basic Japanese alphabet isn't as hard as you think! The Japanese Alphabet & Writing Systems Written Japanese has two

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