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Japanese Idiom: The Crying Signboard

Photo by tokyoform on Flickr

Photo by tokyoform on Flickr

Today’s idiom paints a fun mental picture and is uniquely Japanese. So what exactly is a crying signboard?

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How to say “It was nice to meet you” in Japanese

nice to meet you Japanese

Photo by Ben K Adams on Flickr

Japan has been know as a place where manners go a long way. While style and opinion certainly change, it’s hard to go wrong when you try and be as polite as possible when meeting new people in Japan. For this instalment of our lessons in helpful Japanese travel phrases we thought we’d look out how to say “It was nice to meet you” in Japanese.

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The Best Resources for Learning to Speak Japanese

Japanese learning resources

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They say that it takes seven or more years to master Japanese for those who learn it as a second language, and apparently it is especially difficult for westerners to master. This can be a little daunting for the intrepid linguist or traveller looking to take in everything the world has to offer.

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Qualifications for Teaching English in Japan

Japanese girl

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Many young adults dream of the adventures they can have traveling the world. But reality sets in with a resounding crash when mom and dad refuse to foot the bill for such antics. While some teens take the collegiate route, letting their parents pay for school and then finding opportunities to study abroad as a way to see the world, others may be looking for an extended stay in a foreign country that allows for true immersion. And if you want to live in Japan for a while, teaching English could provide for ample opportunity.

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Japanese Idiom: To Mix Like Water & Oil

oil and water

Photo by Bill Gracey on Flickr

The Japanese idiom we’re going to look at today is also very similar to an English idiom of expressing when two things or people cannot seem to mix or get along. It’s called water and oil.

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Learning Japanese Tips – The Humble Index Card

Index card

Photo by GabrielaP93 on Flickr

Back when I started learning Japanese, I had nothing more than some audio lessons and a pile of index cards. It was a simpler time. As I’ve progressed and branched out over the years I’ve expanded and explored many different learning options and digital solutions. This week I’ve decided to get back to the basics.

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Japanese Idiom: To Eat Cold Rice

rice bowl

Photo by el patojo on Flickr

We have an idiom in English when we do something stupid and have to face the consequences, it’s called being in the doghouse. The Japanese have a something similar, except it has to do with the temperature of your rice :)

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How to Order Food in Japanese

Ordering Food in Japanese

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Ordering food in Japanese doesn’t need to be an intimidating experience. With these simple phrases and your pointer finger you’ll be ordering food off the Japanese menu like a pro.

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Top 5 Considerations for Selecting a Study Abroad Program in Japan

Japanese classroom

Study abroad programs are an excellent way for students to supplement the educational process with lessons in life. By jetting off to another country to continue the path towards a degree, you will enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and learn about different cultures in a foreign setting. In other words, the experience can open your eyes and expand your mind. However, choosing the right program can be difficult.

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Japanese Counters Cheat Sheet

Japanese taxis

For anyone who’s tried learning to count in Japanese, you’ll soon find out how many strange and annoying variables the Japanese language has for counting. There’s different words for counting days of the week, people, flat items, long slender items, floors in a building, large animals, small animals…and on and on.

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