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June 19, 2018

Visa Basics: Instructor Versus Specialist in Humanities and International Services

GaijinPot investigates two common types of visas for teachers in Japan that cause the most confusion.

June 14, 2018

Cheat Sheet: Moving up to Intermediate Japanese with a New Verb Ending

GaijinPot offers advice for moving from the ない (not) to the ず (not doing) suffix — and helps you ti answer trick test questions in the process.

May 30, 2018

Get Yourself Connected: A Quick Guide to Internet Setup in Japanese

At first the words for the internet can seem somewhat easy after all — a lot of them are English. However, once you try and get online, the words become increasingly difficult. GaijinPot investigates.

May 21, 2018

How the Simplest Kanji Can Often Trick Us

With the JLPT exams just around the corner, GaijinPot takes a look at some of the weird compounds using basic kanji that examiners can’t resist slipping into their tests.

April 26, 2018

The First 10 Sentences You Should Learn in Japanese

Gaijinpot presents a guide to the first ten sentences for beginner language learners that will make the scaffolding to all your later studies.

April 12, 2018

April Fools: How to Talk About Big or Little Lies in Japanese

Since April is the month of fibs and mistruths, Gaijinpot presents some vocabulary to discuss them.

Credit Cards in Japan
March 29, 2018

Get it on Credit: Shopping Hard with your Charge Card

Here are some details about the information on your Japanese bank card to help you have a better online shopping experience.

Katakana
March 21, 2018

The Roots: Obscure Origins of Unusual Katakana

Learners may know of “wasei eigo” (English words coined in Japan), but there is another weird subcategory of katakana terms: those whose meaning has been utterly altered from the original form.

March 1, 2018

The Ties That Bind: Fate and Love in Japanese

If a partner “has you wrapped around their little finger,” it may not be such a bad thing. When it comes to love in Japanese, this a sign of destiny!

Love
February 8, 2018

What’s in a Name? Love By Any Other Word is Still as Sweet

While the feeling of love and romance is something that is impossible to describe, Japanese has a lot of words that try to capture its essence.

January 31, 2018

Landing in Japan: Moving Sleekly through Arrival, Immigration and Customs Procedures

You’ve just got off the plane, you’re jet-lagged and want to get to your bed as quickly as possible. For you weary travelers, Gaijinpot presents a guide to getting through passport control and customs as smoothly as possible.

January 10, 2018

Dharma Tongues: How Buddha Shaped the Japanese Language

Since Buddhism played an important role in creating Japanese culture, GaijinPot presents a primer on some of the ways that its influence has also changed the language itself.

Gift giving
December 22, 2017

Present Tense: Grammatically Correct Japanese Gift Giving

With the season of giving upon us, GaijinPot presents a guide to the different words for delivering presents.

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