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Learn Japanese to read Japanese books

Learn Japanese to read Japanese books

Want to read all the great content in these Japanese comic books and stories?  Better start studying Japanese seriously!

Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012
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Phonetikana Katakana typeface

A few years ago, a new Katakana typeface called Phonetikana was created by Michael Johnson and his team at Johnson banks.  The ingenius typeface was created from frustration at being unable to read the language during multipe trips to Japan.   Their new typeface has English phonetic sounds embedded in the katakana.

Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2012
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Another reason to really learn Japanese

Lost in translation another reason to really learn Japanese

Another reason to really learn Japanese.

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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Japanese one word answers that get you by

Japanese one word answers that get you by

Too lazy to learn to speak Japanese fluently?  You can probably get by with these one word answers and the right facial expressions.

Posted on Sunday, September 9th, 2012
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Japanese food types kanji

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Trouble learning all the Japanese kanji (Chinese characters) for food?  Here’s a fun chart to help you remember the kanji.

Posted on Sunday, June 17th, 2012
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Visual guide to Japanese kaomoji (emoticons)

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Living in Japanese and using a mobile phone or email, you will always come across  emoticons (kaomoji in Japanese) which  is a textual expression representing the face of a writer’s mood or facial expression.  In Japan almost all emails or IM messages contain some form of emoticons.   The biggest difference from Western emoticons is probably that they are read horizontally and you don’t need to turn your head to understand them, for example the Western emoticon for “Happy” looks like this :-) while the Japanese version looks like this (^_^).  Since hiragana, katakana and kanji can be used to create faces, the variations of kaomoji are numberless.

Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
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How to tell time in Japanese

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Beginner’s learning Japanese can easily begin to learn numbers and telling the time.

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This is especially important when you want to make a date with a hot Japanese girl- don’t tell her the wrong time!.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
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Popular NHK kids song and video based on drawings of Lila Prap

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If your kids watch NHK childen’s programs they will have come across this really fun and popular song and  animated video わらウんだWA (Going to Laugh) which is based on the drawings of  Lila Prap (Lilijana Praprotnik Zupančič)  a Slovenian born artist and writer.  The song and video is about how all the animals have a different language for themselves, but they all understand a smile, so they all smile to each other. Then it goes on to progress to the children, where it teaches that everyone is a little different in their own ways but everyone’s the same. It’s a very cute and endearing song that is  really catchy and addictive.  They might even have the song at your local Japanese karaoke box!

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Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012
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Little Einsteins in Japanese

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Little Einsteins is a favorite for kids around the world.  The Japanese version is aired on the Playhouse Disney (Japan).   Is your Japanese good enough to watch the Little Einsteins in Japanese? (their voices sound even cuter!)

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Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012
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Handy Manny in Japanese

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How does a cartoon like Handy Manny おたすけマニー translate into Japanese?  Does Manny have a Mexican accent in Japanese?  Watch Handy Manny in Japanese to find out!

Halloween special

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Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2012
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