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December 19, 2016

How to Talk About Politics in Japanese

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.

December 12, 2016

A Guide to Japanese Christmas Words

The language of Christmas in Japan reveals some interesting insights into how the season is seen, celebrated and sold here.

November 28, 2016

5 Weirdest Names for Japanese Food

Would you like extra soy sauce with your dancing zombie octopus?

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November 14, 2016

7 Ways to Say You Dislike Something in Japanese

Japanese and English have similar ways to say that you dislike something — as well as some fascinating differences.

October 24, 2016

Useful Japanese for the Travel Agent

Learning the Japanese words for traveling can not only save time at the travel agent, but save you money too.

October 17, 2016

Keeping it in the Kazoku: Fickle Words for Family in Japan

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.

September 26, 2016

Useful Japanese for Talking to the Police

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.

September 12, 2016

How to take an exercise class in Japan

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.

August 29, 2016

The Breath of the Gods

The history of the word kamikaze in Japan goes back to the days of the Mongols. Gaijinpot investigates this often misunderstood word.

August 16, 2016

Train Station Lingo

Find yourself getting lost in train stations in Japan? Time to get aboard this essential vocabulary.

July 25, 2016

Much Ado about ‘Do’

In Japanese there are two verbs for ‘do’. GaijinPot investigates the subtle differences between the two dos.

July 17, 2016

Pronoun-free Phrases

One of the keys to making the transition to intermediate Japanese is to get used to dropping the pronouns in your speech.

June 23, 2016

New to Newspapers?

For those new to reading newspapers, GaijinPot presents some tips on making the transition to this tricky medium.

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