Amazing versatility shows the depth and difficulty of the Japanese writing system.
Japanese is a crazy language, but not for the reasons you might expect. Read More
Wait, what? These weren’t in chapter one of Genki….
Two months into his job, the feline Palmerston is already looking to expand his outreach to a global scale.
We’re back and ready to take on the third, and most puzzling, type of Japanese text: katakana.
No, it’s not because the Japanese language hates you.
Offbeat learning aid has Japanese travelers cracking up even before the aliens makes their appearance.
Master these and you can convince anyone you’re a native Japanese speaker…over the phone anyway.
In terms of pronunciation Japanese is surprisingly easy to get to grips with, but some words can be real tongue-tanglers! Here are 10 of the worst!
Love Japan? Want to learn Japanese? Check out RocketNews24’s six fundamental top tips for learning Japanese!
Speakers of certain languages sometimes get a leg-up when learning Japanese. For example, Japanese includes Chinese characters, which means Chinese speakers can often get the gist of a text even if they don’t understand the grammar. Similarly, Korean speakers might find that Japanese grammar is kinda similar to theirs. And we native English speakers get a huge helping hand from the hundreds of English loan words that have been adopted into modern Japanese.
But sometimes, these loan words aren’t really our friends at all. Instead, they’re what’s known as false friends – words that sound similar in two languages yet have a completely different meaning. In co-opting English words into Japanese, sometimes our crafty Nihonjin pals have assigned our words to things that actually mean something totally different. It’s almost like they’re trying to trick us!
Join us for a quick primer on some Japanese loanwords you might have heard before, and what they really mean!