linguistics

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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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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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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Prime Minister Abe and President Donald Trump lock gazes in long, awkward handshake【Video】

Reporters’ request for eye contact goes awry.

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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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