linguistics

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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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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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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Top Japanese baby names for 2016 feature flowers and other flora on both boys’ and girls’ lists

Names with auspicious and beautiful meanings appear often in parents’ top picks.

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Survey asks Japanese women for the details of their “showdown lingerie”

When you’ve got a big day ahead of you, sometimes a little fashion-based boost can make all the difference.

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Survey finds more than half of Japanese women’s nieces don’t call them “aunt”

Culture and linguistics make the most obvious form of address an unpopular choice.

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Japanese news program criticized for translating Lady Gaga’s protest message as “I hate Trump.”

Liberal translation of statement at protest against conservative politician has fans wondering what happened to the love.

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

English has “heads” of lettuce and “loaves” of bread, but Japanese is even worse.

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Foreigner accused of shoplifting tea in Japan, label to blame 【Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan?】

It’s often said that freedom isn’t free. In Japan, Free Tea isn’t either.

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Iketara iku: A simple Japanese phrase that people in Tokyo and Osaka take completely differently

Survey suggests that east Japan and west Japan interpret the common invitation response in almost entirely opposite ways.

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Should you say “Itadakimasu,” Japan’s pre-meal expression of thanks, when eating by yourself?

Our Japanese-language writer used to give himself a pass, until he encountered a woman who changed his mind.

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12 strange Japanese names for Western sports, from “fighting ball” to “reject ball”

Are you ready for some armor ball?

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Grammar Nazis exist in Japan too! “Ra-nuki” fanatics get put in their place by Twitter user

No “ra-nuki” for you! No “ra-nuki” for you!

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