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In Japan, there are more than 100 000 different family names! This is much more than in China and Korea, even though they are Japan's neighbors.
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The words to know to take the train in Japan
As an essential means of transport, the train will take you to the four corners of Japan safely, quickly, and punctually... as long as you choose your route carefully.
Hiragana and Katakana : How to learn Japanese ?
Taught to Japanese students in their first year of school from the age of six, hiragana and katakana are the essentials prerequisites for learning the Japanese language.
15 Interesting Facts About the Japanese Language
Japanese is a fascinating language for a Westerner, made up of multiple ideograms, many homophones and a grammar far very different from other languages.
Japan, the land of the rising sun: meaning and origin
Who has not once asked this question: why do we speak of the land of the rising sun to designate Japan?
How to say thank you in Japanese
The famous Arigatô gozaimasu is not the only way to say thank you in Japanese. Let's take a look at some expressions that can express your gratitude in Japanese.
Counting in Japanese
To count in Japan, you have to go beyond learning traditional numeracy, because it all depends on what you want to count. We explain you everything!
Japanese writing: kanas, kanjis and calligraphy
The mystery of the Japanese language, specifically writing, fascinates foreigners for its complexity of composition. Ambiguous yet subtle and delicate...
The accuracy of the Japanese language
If you've ever traveled to Japan, you've probably noticed that there is often a word for everything. The Japanese language is rich and flirtatious in expression.
Onomatopoeia in Japanese
The rarest Japanese surnames
The meaning of Japanese surnames comes from the interpretation of the kanji (Chinese characters) that compose them.
Ukiyo-e: glossary and useful addresses
Japanese: a not so difficult language
Japanese is a language that has the reputation of being complicated. Subtle levels of politeness, several writing systems, thousands of ideograms.
Aizuchi: the art of conversation in Japanese
15 ways to say “you” and “you” in Japanese
As they say, the first impression goes a long way! Proper salutation, different degrees of politeness...
Japanese grammatical particles
The Japanese language has many grammatical particles. Most of them serve to indicate the function of the word that precedes them, but you also find interrogative particles and final particles.
Kanji are written characters of Chinese origin that make learning Japanese complicated, but so much more methodical.
A few kanji to know for traveling in Japan
Learning a few kanjis or Chinese ideograms can be useful during a visit to Japan!
Ten French words used in Japanese
For the Japanese, France and the French language are often symbols of romance and culture. Here is a list of ten French words frequently used in Japanese.
Personal suffixes in Japanese
The Japanese language does not know Mr., Mrs. or Miss. Instead, it has suffixes that come after people's first or last names.
The lexicon of the Japanese house
The Japanese house is unique and different from Western houses. Here is a glossary describing a Japanese house.
Apologize in Japanese
The Japanese are often regarded as the most polite people in the world. If this cliché is to be believed, then learning to apologize in Japanese won't be a luxury!
In Japan, you never say no
It is sometimes difficult for those who express their thoughts clearly... but the Japanese rarely say "no" directly.
How to ask for directions in Japan
When traveling, it can be difficult to ask for directions, especially if you don't know the places, customs or traditions of the host country, which are often different from ours.
How do you introduce yourself in Japanese?
Want to make a good impression in Japan and maybe even make some friends? Here are three quick and simple phrases to introduce yourself in Japanese!
Ordering in a Restaurant
Many visitors to Japan often find themselves in an awkward situation when ordering in a restaurant: without words, we're left pointing at our choice with a desperate look, hoping that the server w
Understanding Simple Kanji Signs For Visitors To Japan
Understanding Simple Kanji Signs For Visitors To Japan 漢字 Understanding a few Japanese characters (kanji) can make your visit to Japan a lot more fun and enlightening.
Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Japanese Language Proficiency Test is the most important language test of the Japanese language.
Kanji Japanese Characters
Kanji. Kanji are written Chinese characters used to represent the Japanese language. Kanji are ideograms that were first adopted in Japan from the 5th century onwards.
Romaji: lit. Rome letters. Romaji is a method of transcribing the Japanese language into the Latin alphabet. Romaji was developed in the late 19th century.
Japanese Basic Phrases
Japanese language basics: see key phrases for meeting people, emergencies, taxi language, greetings and polite usage.
Japanese Language: Rice Words & Phrases
Japanese Language: Rice ライス A variegated vocabulary of words and phrases develops around food staples in any language, in Japanese this is rice.
so desu ne How & When To Use It
There’s a very useful phrase in Japanese that goes: So desu ne (so dess nay), as in the following conversation between a Boss (A) and a Worker (B).
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