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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.

Beyond kirei
March 14, 2018

Beyond ‘Kirei’: 5 Phrases to Help You Use Japanese Like a Boss this Spring

Time to head out and enjoy the annual bloom of flowers armed with a few new casual and slangy phrases to try with your friends.

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!

Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy
February 24, 2018

Make a Career of Translating your Favorite Japanese Manga, Movies, TV and more with JVTA

Ever dreamed of making a living in subtitle and voice over translations for Japanese manga, movies, TV shows and other visual media? This translation course, ideal for foreign students, makes that a possibility.

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.

February 2, 2018

Beyond ‘I Love You’: 5 Tips For Navigating Romance in Japan

It’s that time of the year again — the countdown to Valentine’s Day (and its alter ego White Day) begins in Japan. Are you ready to let that special someone know how you feel? Here are five ways to tell it from your heart — without sounding like a cheesy anime character.

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.

January 4, 2018

4 Tips to Level-Up Your Japanese in the New Year

Resolved to improve your Japanese in the new year? These tips from our resident GaijinPot Study guru can help!

Emoji Japan
January 2, 2018

A Year in Japan Through Emoji

What emojis like 🎍, 👹  and 🎏  actually mean, how to partake in Japanese holidays and celebrations using them, plus some go-to Japanese phrases to top it all off.

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