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Monday, May 29, 2017

Mahou, Majutsu, Majo - Meaning in Japanese + 50 Magic Words & Phrases Vocabulary

If you have ever watched ever it's likely you've already heard some word related to "magic."  Be it mahou 魔法, majutsu 魔術, maryoku 魔力, majo 魔女, mana マナ, and so on. In this post I'm going to list the meaning of these magic words in Japanese and some common phrases about magic used in anime.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

ゐ, ゑ, ヰ, ヱ - wi, we - Rare Hiragana & Katakana Characters in Japanese

The kana in the Japanese hiragana can be easy to confuse sometimes. There's mi み, ro ろ and ru る, and they all look like 3's, but luckily it stops there, right? Except when you encounter the rare wi ゐ and we ゑ which are hiragana too and look like some weird versions of first three! Just what are those kana? Since when do they exist? Weren't the kana in the w row just wa わ and wo を?!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Most Confusing Kanji for Beginners in Common Japanese Words

The Japanese language has many gotchas for beginners, some that will make anyone question everything they've learned so far about a single word, or, most likely, about a single kanji. In this post I'll warn you about some common words in Japanese that have kanji that will suddenly show up in completely different words of totally unrelated meaning which may leave you feeling lost and confused.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Masshiro, Makkuro, Makka, Massao - "True" Colors in Japanese

If you've been learning Japanese for a while you might have seen one or two of these words already: makka 真っ赤, massao 真っ青, masshiro 真っ白 and makkuro 真っ黒. These words all start with the kanji for "truth," 真 followed by the name of one color or another, so one might wonder what's so "true" about them and what do these "true" colors mean in Japanese.
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Date Format in Japanese - How To Write Dates in Japanese

Perhaps the biggest problem globalization has faced until now is this simple problem: how to write a date. In British English you'd write 12 of March of 2017, or 12/03/2017. Day, month and year. In American English that'd be March 12th, 2017, or 03/12/2017. Month, day and year. But what about Japanese? What's the date format used in Japan?