8 Natural Phrases to Say “Really” in Japanese!

8 Natural Phrases to Say “Really” in Japanese!

The Japanese language is very complex and beautiful. Take the word really, in Japanese, there are many ways to say it depending on formality and to whom this is said. The nuances, inflection and intonation make subtle changes in the mood and meaning of the sentence.[Continue Reading…]

6 Uses of the Magical Words Sumimasen and Gomenasai

6 Uses of the Magical Words Sumimasen and Gomenasai

There are a few expressions to show apologies or to ask for forgiveness in Japanese. The most used among them are “Sumimasen” and “Gomennasai.” They are one of the first expressions that you will learn when you are learning a language, but especially in Japanese because our culture is based on humbleness. So what are the differences of the two? Which one is more appropriate for certain situations? Here is a little tip to use the expressions appropriately.[Continue Reading…]

10 Useful Japanese Phrases to Ask A Direction!

10 Useful Japanese Phrases to Ask A Direction!

When you visit Japan for the first time, you would want to know at least how to ask a direction in Japanese. It will be quite useful when you have to ask Japanese local people for how to get to certain places, because not all Japanese people are fluent in English. Today I will show you 10 useful Japanese phrases for asking directions. If you remember those basic vocabularies, then you will likely be able to get around the city![Continue Reading…]

10 Useful Phrases to say “How are you” in Japanese!

10 Useful Phrases to say _How are you_ in Japanese!

Japanese is one of the most difficult languages from it’s written form (hiragana, katakana, and the most dreaded by foreigners — Kanji). As a Japanese native speaker, I can tell how different it is from other languages and like English. Japanese has its unique and complex property that makes it interesting yet challenging. When you want to ask “How are you” in Japanese, there are just more than 10 ways to do that![Continue Reading…]

10 Japanese Common Names For Boys

10 Japanese Common Names For Boys

It is embarrassing not to be able to remember someone’s name. It’s hard to remember people’s name in different languages. Japanese names are also very different from most of Western names in fact. We, Japanese, can easily remember others’ name because we are familiar with names commonly used in Japan. I will show you 10 common names for boys in Japan. If you remember those 10 names, you would have less hard time remembering people’s name in Japan. In the list, I have included few most common names and other names that are popular in recent years. I have also included some names that are used for both boys and girls.[Continue Reading…]

10 ways to say I miss you in Japanese

10 ways to say I miss you in Japanese

When I was learning English, I often felt very embarrassed to say “I miss you.” Yet many of my native English speaking friends say it so natural. I realized that I didn’t understand the meaning of “I miss you” well, because there is no exact equivalent expression in Japanese. In fact, we don’t have the same expression for “I miss you” when we say it to our boyfriend or girlfriend and when we say it to our friends and family.[Continue Reading…]