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June 1, 2018

5 Free Mobile Games that Can Improve Your Basic Japanese

Looking to liven up your time spent studying Japanese? Step up your game with these, well, games.

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.

May 17, 2018

6 Great Mobile Apps for Learning Basic Japanese

If you’re learning, picking a mobile application that will let you study anytime, anywhere can accelerate your progress. Here are six of our favorites to keep in your pocket.

May 15, 2018

Why I Relocated to Nagano from the Big City

As convenient and vibrant as Japan’s major urban centers are, one expat explains why a change to a more rural area did him a world of good.

ISI Nagano monkey
May 9, 2018

5 Reasons to Study Japanese in Nagano

Lower living costs, diverse courses, career support and a majestic mountain vista on your doorstep — these are a few of our favorite things about studying in Nagano.

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 18, 2018

Beyond Takai and Yasui: Japanese Vocab to Watch Out for While Shopping

These 10 Japanese words and phrases can help you bargain for some good deals or talk about the finer things in life.

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.

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