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.
By Matthew Coslett on September 12, 2016
The history of the word kamikaze in Japan goes back to the days of the Mongols. Gaijinpot investigates this often misunderstood word.
By Matthew Coslett on August 29, 2016
Find yourself getting lost in train stations in Japan? Time to get aboard this essential vocabulary.
By Matthew Coslett on August 16, 2016
In Japanese there are two verbs for ‘do’. GaijinPot investigates the subtle differences between the two dos.
By Matthew Coslett on July 25, 2016
One of the keys to making the transition to intermediate Japanese is to get used to dropping the pronouns in your speech.
By Matthew Coslett on July 17, 2016
For those new to reading newspapers, GaijinPot presents some tips on making the transition to this tricky medium.