With Valentine’s Day approaching, here’s something to add to the romantic confusion: the two different kanji for love.
By Matthew Coslett on February 13, 2017
Learning useful Japanese vocabulary is a small price toupee to get the haircut you want.
By Matthew Coslett on January 30, 2017
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Gaijinpot presents a guide to making them… in Japanese.
By Matthew Coslett on January 17, 2017
I dreamed a dream of eggplants gone by. Happy New Year everyone!
By Matthew Coslett on January 1, 2017
Talking about politics can be tricky in Japanese. Here’s a guide to the recent election in America and some of the words it brought up.
By Matthew Coslett on December 19, 2016
The language of Christmas in Japan reveals some interesting insights into how the season is seen, celebrated and sold here.
By Matthew Coslett on December 12, 2016
Would you like extra soy sauce with your dancing zombie octopus?
By Matthew Coslett on November 28, 2016
Japanese and English have similar ways to say that you dislike something — as well as some fascinating differences.
By Matthew Coslett on November 14, 2016
Learning the Japanese words for traveling can not only save time at the travel agent, but save you money too.
By Matthew Coslett on October 24, 2016
Most of the time, referring to your own or other people’s families in Japanese is a simple matter of adding -さん to the end. However, there are some exceptions.
By Matthew Coslett on October 17, 2016
Police stations in Japan serve a vast array of roles but there are some key words and phrases that will help you when dealing with the police in Japan.
By Matthew Coslett on September 26, 2016
Taking an exercise class in Japan can turn up some surprisingly challenging words. GaijinPot presents a guide to getting the most out of your classes and your language studies.