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Friday, December 23, 2016

Learning Japanese Is Not That Hard

Say you like manga and anime, things made in Japan, in Japanese. One day you feel a calling: you got to learn Japanese, because you love this stuff, and this stuff is in Japanese. Not knowing Japanese hinders your ability to enjoy the content one hundred percent. Then you start... and everyone tells you learning Japanese is too hard and learning it just for manga is a really stupid idea. That may not be exactly true.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

On'yomi and Kun'yomi of Kanji - Meaning and Differences

When you start learning Japanese, more specifically, the kanji 漢字, the day always arrives when you hear something about the readings kun'yomi 訓読み and on'yomi 音読み but you still have no idea what they exactly mean. So, in this post, I'll explain what is kun'yomi, what is on'yomi, and what's their importance in the language.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kakkoii and Kakkowarui - Meaning in Japanese

Perhaps the coolest ever spoken in anime is the word kakkoii かっこいい, or if you like separating things, kakko ii カッコ良い. And let's not forget about its antonym, kakkowarui かっこわるい, or kakko warui カッコ悪い. These two words often have a number of different translations, so in this article I'll explain their real meaning.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Why Anime Characters Can't Speak English?

Watching anime in Japanese, I'm sure you've already seen some obscene Engrish word like reberu レベル, "level," thrown around and it made you think: why can't the Japanese speak English? Are they just really, really, really lazy? Do they like their Japanese language better than English? Or what? What's the reason for this travesty? It's actually more complicated than you might think.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Counters and Counting in Japanese

Have you ever wondered how do anime characters count things in Japanese? How do these Japanese numbers work and everything else? It all starts with ichi 一, ni 二, san 三, right? Or was it hitotsu 一つ, futatsu 二つ and mittsu 三つ? What's the difference? Is there a difference?? What do these words really mean?! How do you even count in Japanese???

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Kosoado Kotoba こそあど言葉 - Demonstrative Pronouns

Have you ever noticed that in anime there are certain similar words like: kore これ, kono この and kokoここ? And sore それ, sono その and sokoそこ? And are あれ, ano あの, and asoko あそこ?! And dore どれ?, dono どの and doko どこ?!?! No, it's not a coincidence! These are the kosoado kotoba こそあど言葉, the Japanese demonstrative pronouns!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Watashi, Boku and Ore - Saying I in Japanese

How do you say I in Japanese? The first person pronoun? It's easy. Really, really easy. Just say watashi 私. Or boku 僕. Or ore 俺. Or watakushi 私. Or atashi あたし. Or oira おいら. Or washi 儂. Or ware 我. Or even use your own name. There are too many ways to say "I" in Japanese, so what's the difference between watashi, boku, ore and all these other words?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Aishiteru, Koisuru and Suki - I Love You in Japanese

To say "I love you" in Japanese it's easy: just say aishiteru 愛してる... or was it aishiteiru 愛している? I mean, "love" in Japanese is ai 愛, right? Or was it koi 恋? Wait. What's the difference between ai and koi? What about the word suki 好き? You can say you like someone in Japanese with that word too, right? What's the meaning of all this?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Romaji, Romanization and Transliteration - What is it

If you've ever started learning Japanese or dealt with any Japanese words you might have heard about  the mysterious romaji ローマ字. That thing which is... something. Some people can only read romaji, others don't like romaji, and you can't say you know Japanese if all you know is romaji. But what is romaji exactly?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Atsui, Atatakai, Samui and Tsumetai - Difference

Temperature often changes in anime. One day it's freezing cold, another it's burning hot. And everyone knows "cold" is samui 寒い in Japanese, right? Or was it tsumetai 冷たい? Anyway, "warm" is atsui 暑い... I mean, atatakai 温かい... I mean atsui 熱い, or was it atatakai 暖かい? What's the difference between these words in Japanese?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sharingan, Byakugan and Rinnegan - Meaning in Japanese

If you have ever watched Naruto ナルト in your life or Naruto: Shippuden ナルト疾風伝, or if you've ever spoken to another anime fan in your life, chances are you know about characters with special eyes sharingan 写輪眼, byakugan 白眼 and rinnegan 輪廻眼 eyes. But what do these words mean in Japanese, exactly?

The Japanese Alphabet - Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana

Have you ever wondered what are the letters of the Japanese alphabet? Sure you've heard the stories, the legends? About how there are more characters in the Japanese alphabet than there are good anime? Well, sadly, that's true. The Japanese alphabet has not dozens, nor hundreds, but thousands of letters! So many letters they need more than one single alphabet to organize them all!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Senpai and Kouhai - Meaning in Japanese

I'm pretty sure you've already heard these two words: senpai 先輩 and kouhai 後輩. Ok, maybe not kouhai, that's a little rare, but you've certainly heard the word senpai in some high-school or middle-school based anime, or even the meme "notice me senpai!", always spoken amongst students or amongst the school staff. But what do they mean in Japanese?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Oniichan, Oneechan, Otouto, Imouto - Meaning in Japanese

Brothers and sisters, we are here united on this day to talk about the difference between "brother" and... "brother"... in Japanese. And "sister" and "sister." Of course I'm talking about the words Oniichan 御兄ちゃん and Otouto 弟, and Oneechan お姉ちゃん and Imouto 妹, and some other words related to siblings.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tsundere, Yandere, Kuudere - Meaning in Japanese

Three words you may often hear when talking about girls in anime are tsundere ツンデレ, kuudere クーデレ and yandere ヤンデレ. Besides being used only when talking about girls and being mostly words made-up by fans, they also got this dere デレ there at the end, so, clearly, they're related somehow. But what do they mean exactly?