linguistics

Discrimination fears lead Japanese genetics society to replace words for dominant, recessive gene

But a potential problem is lurking in its proposed revision.

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No, Japan doesn’t have a special phrase for “mansplaining” on Twitter

“FF gai kara shitsurei shimasu” has nothing to do with men or explaining.

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Anime-style English textbook character who stole Japan’s heart now has her own calendar series

Ellen-sensei is back and ready to keep her fans company all year long.

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Chinese bootleg invites us to learn about the wonderful world of anime legend…Guzuo Miyazaki?!?

That’s the familiar Studio Ghibli anime legend on the cover, but with a very unfamiliar name.

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Avengers film’s Japan scenes look just like the real Japan…if you haven’t spent much time there

Marvel Cinematic Universe joins the long tradition of Hollywood productions flubbing the details when setting scenes in Japan.

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Japanese writing system gets turned into handsome anime men with Hiragana Boys video game

Feast your eyes on anime eye candy and learn some Japanese at the same time.

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Teaching English in Japan? New book helps students talk about the Illuminati, alien abductions

Other books leave out key phrases like “Isn’t the president of your company a Reptilian?”, but not this one!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji with ironic meanings【Weird Top Five】

It would just be silly if the kanji for “strong” had “weak” in it… right?

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Magazine teaches Japanese using Kemono Friends anime, Japanese netizens can’t stop laughing

And what they find funny probably isn’t what you think.

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Learn Japanese kanji with captivating stop-motion videos created by Tokyo animator

These adorable clips and characters will help you memorise kanji symbols and make you smile at the same time.

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Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a foreigner-friendly redesign?

Japanese citizens feel the symbolism-rich coin, which lacks something, can make travel in Japan difficult for foreign guests.

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Why is the Japanese kanji for “four” so frustratingly weird?

The history of the first kanji that makes many learners of Japanese want to pull their hair out, and why their initial guess isn’t entirely wrong.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most confusing Japanese compound words【Weird Top Five】

What happens when you put the kanji for “skin” and “meat” together? Uh, not what you think.

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Japanese kid stuns Internet with awesome, rock star-like response to journal-writing assignment

When asked to look back on his week, this kid got full marks for cool bravado, but probably only partial credit for the assignment.

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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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Arrives just in time to help people build their vocabulary in preparation for the season of shirtless days at the beach.

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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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Learn kanji with the magical power of poop!

These new textbooks are the shit, you guys.

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Dark anime magical girls show up in high school students’ English textbook in Japan

The cast of hit anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica take a break from saving the world to help teens learn English by learning about France.

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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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