Japanese language

Duolingo free language learning app released their first Japanese lessons, so we tested them out!

Check out what we thought of the Japanese language course released today!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 confusing Japanese Internet slang words 【Weird Top Five】

Five words just as hard to figure out as kanji.

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Princesses, fruits, and blacksmiths: Study reveals the 30 most unusual family names in Japan

Some people didn’t have to win a beauty pageant to be called “Miss Kyoto.”

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji with the longest readings 【Weird Top Five】

Some of these are so long they may require a friend to help say them.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most difficult Japanese tongue twisters (with videos!) 【Weird Top Five】

Even if you don’t speak Japanese, that might be to your advantage.

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German linguist living in Japan says kanji characters used for Germany are discriminatory

Though the kanji can translate as “lonely country,” his complaint lies elsewhere.

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Brain Gymnastics Quiz: Move one matchstick to create the name of a Japanese Prefecture

Find out how you can create the name of a prefecture simply by moving just one of these matchsticks.

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One simple kanji character in super-simple Japanese sentence has five different pronunciations

Amazing versatility shows the depth and difficulty of the Japanese writing system.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji used to represent foreign countries 【Weird Top Five】

“You use WHAT kanji for my country?!”

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Tokyo lifehack: How to get rid of the “customer pullers” who’ll pester you in the bar district

Japan’s infamous bar barkers often won’t take no for an answer, but one veteran says this response will stop them in their tracks.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 Japanese words with cool ancient origin stories【Weird Top Five】

Words about corrupt grocers and reading people’s minds? Sign me up!

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There’s one thing that really bugs me about the live-action Ghost in the Shell trailer【Video】

There’s been plenty of controversy about the casting and plot, but something else jumps out at me in the latest preview.

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Japanese student translates Trump’s tweets to practice English, accidentally gets 60K+ followers

Making English-learning great again.

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Foreign shop clerk and Japanese customer fail to communicate because of Japanese language quirk

The Japanese language’s lack of a definite article was definitely the cause of this cross-cultural convenience store misunderstanding.

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Anime Your Name’s English subtitles struggle to show difference between “I” and “I” in Japanese

You think the anime movie’s body-swapping teens have it rough? Its translators are the ones in a real jam.

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Kanji quiz! Find your Hokkaido spirit animal by seeing how many northern place names you can read

Is your spirit more of a Sapporo beer or a Sapporo bear? Find out with these kanji from the north that stump even Japanese people.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most hilarious Japanese euphemisms 【Weird Top Five】

“Tee hee! Your window to society is open.”

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The 10 most attractive Japanese women’s names, as chosen by dating app users

Some ask what’s in a name, but women with these monikers proved to be more popular than any others on one well-known dating app.

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Donald Trump playing cards exist in Japan thanks to McDonald’s

The words “Donald Trump” are even printed in katakana at the top of the packet.

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An introduction to the fun world of wasei eigo or Japanese-made English 【Video】

These words may seem to be English in origin, but they’re definitely Japanese words.

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