Learn Hiragana Two: Stroke Order

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Welcome to part two of our three-part, learn hiragana, article series. Didn't get a chance to read Part One? Click Here! In our previous article we took a look the pronunciation of the 46 hiragana characters. If you haven’t read part one of this series (especially for any beginning Japanese students) please click here to read it now. For those who have read it, I have a surprise for you, a 15-question pop quiz! Mwuhahahaha...ahem: How do you pronounce the following, characters? No Continue Reading …

Learn Hiragana One: Pronunciation

A Hiragana Chart from the Learn Hiragana 101 Course

Welcome to part one of a three-part, learn hiragana article series. If you’ve ever had any interest in the Japanese language, you may have heard about hiragana before. Hiragana is the most basic of Japan's three writing systems (hiragana, katakana, and kanji). In a previous article we discussed four important reasons to learn hiragana. Now that you know why hiragana are important, let’s take things a step further. Today let’s focus on an essential aspect of understanding hiragana: Continue Reading …

The Five Japanese Demos

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I know this is a bit out of order, but I recently did a post about Doraemon's dokodemo door. In essence it's a door that allows you to go anywhere. After writing that post I decided to make this quick post about some very important "demo" words that I hear in Japanese. The five Japanese demo words that you might find useful are 1. いつでも Itsudemo - Anytime 2. なんでも 何でも Nandemo - Whatever 3. どこでも Dokodemo - Wherever, Anywhere 4. だれでも Daredemo - Anyone, Anybody (pronounced "dah-ray demo" Continue Reading …

The Introduction to Japanese Antonyms

The teacher has become the student.

Is anybody out there a Nickelodeon fan? No, I mean a REAL Nickelodeon fan! I want you to rewind the clock...Snick!? Oh man, that would be an awesome place to stop because it was the first time I ever saw Doug, Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, and Are You Afraid of the Dark...but keep going. I’m talking about the first Nickelodeon show I ever saw that used slime. I’m talking about You Can’t Do That On Television! This show was a classic and I was looking at a little bit of it on You Tube. Continue Reading …

Learning Hiragana Like a Baby?

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I found this toy at a Japnese second a shop quite some time ago. I won't say it was for babies, but maybe for toddlers. It was in perfect working condition and I thought I would be a great way to practice hiragana. For some people studying Japanese, they feel insulted or belittled if they have to study using child-based learning tools. I take a completely opposite approach. If it works, I say use it. But I didn’t always feel this way. There was a time when I would be just a little Continue Reading …