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Learning Japanese Is Not That Hard

Friday, December 23, 2016
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.

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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.

Kakkoii and Kakkowarui - Meaning in Japanese

Sunday, November 27, 2016
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.

Chigau, Machigatteiru - Meaning in Japanese - 違う, 間違っている

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Sometimes in anime you just know something is chigau 違う... or is it machigatteiru 間違っている? Or is it just a kanchigai 勘違い? Clearly, these words have something in common, but at the same time they are all very different. What's going on, what is their real meaning in the Japanese language?

Nya, Nyaa, Nyah, Nyan, Wan - Meaning

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Every once in a while an anime character goes around and says something weird and impossible for humans to understand. Stuff like nya にゃ, nyaa にゃあ, nyan にゃん, "nyah," or even wan わん, but what the hell are they talking about? What does nyaa mean?

Why Anime Characters Can't Speak English?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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.

人 - Hito, Nin, Jin - Differences in Japanese

Did you know that the word hito 人, the sword nin 人 and the word jin 人 all have the same kanji in Japanese but different, related meanings? If you didn't know that, now you do. But do you know what their meanings and differences are?

The kanji for person, people or human in Japanese, 人, and its readings hito, nin and jin

(don't mistake the kanji 人 with the kanji 入火大犬水木本夫矢天来美奏欒爨, none of which have anything to do with it)

Counters and Counting in Japanese

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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???

Japanese Numbers - From Zero to One Trillion - Ichi Ni San Yon Go Roku... 一二三四五六

Do you know the numbers which anime characters use in anime? Numbers like ichi 一, ni 二, san 三 and so on? No? Well, here's a post about all those Japanese numbers and only about the Japanese numbers, so you can know pretty much almost everything about them.

Doujin, Doujinshi - Meaning in Japanese - 同人, 同人誌

Monday, October 10, 2016
Now, be honest, I'm pretty sure you've heard about doujnshi 同人誌 before, haven't you? Haven't you?! I know you have. You'd be here reading this post about the words doujin 同人 and doujinshi 同人誌 were you not concerned about what their actual meaning were in Japanese.

Kosoado Kotoba こそあど言葉 - Demonstrative Pronouns

Sunday, October 9, 2016
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!

Nekomimi - Meaning & How to Say Cat Girl in Japanese - 猫耳

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Have you ever heard the word nekomimi 猫耳 thrown around and asked yourself: just what is nekomimi? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that nekomimi is a word closely associated with cat girls in anime, but exactly what does the word mean in Japanese?

Tadaima, Okaeri - Meaning in Japanese - ただいま, お帰り

In anime there are two phrases often heard when a character comes back home: tadaima ただいま and okaeri おかえり. One said by the one who comes home and the other said by the one who welcomes him home. The question is: what does tadaima and okaeri really mean in Japanese?

To begin with, both of them are abbreviations.

NEET - Meaning in Japanese - ニート

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Aren't you sick and tired of those "NEET", or niito ニート, characters showing up in anime and then doing absolutely nothing? Just like a NEET would? Because they are... you know, NEETs? No? But do you at least know what NEET means in Japanese and what NEET characters are like??

Fujoshi, Fudanshi - Meaning in Japanese - 腐女子, 腐男子

Friday, August 26, 2016
If you've been watching anime for some time you might have heard about the fabled fujoshi 腐女子, and perhaps about fudanshi 腐男子. Or, maybe, you've only heard about the word "fujobait," which is certainly related. But what does fujoshi means in Japanese? And what is a "fujobait"?

Boku 僕, Ore 俺, Watashi 私 - Meaning & Differences - How to Say I in Japanese

Monday, August 22, 2016
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?

Love in Japanese - Suki, Ai, Koi - Meaning

Friday, August 12, 2016
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?

Romaji - Meaning - ローマ字 - Romanization and Transliteration of Japanese

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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?

Atsui, Atatakai, Samui and Tsumetai - Difference

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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?

Sharingan, Byakugan and Rinnegan - Meaning in Japanese

Saturday, August 6, 2016
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!

Senpai, Kouhai - Meaning in Japanese - 先輩, 後輩

Thursday, August 4, 2016
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?

Otaku, Otome - Meaning in Japanese - オタク, 乙女

Have you ever been called an otaku オタク or otome 乙女 and had no idea what the word meant? Or, maybe, you've started calling other people otaku but now you're not really sure you know what it is? Well, worry no more, I'll tell you exactly what otaku means.

Kimochi, Kimochi ii, Kimochi Warui - Meaning in Japanese - 気持ち

A word that gets said a lot in anime and that also seem to have multiple meanings in Japanese is kimochi 気持ち.  Sometimes it's just kimochi, other times it's kimochi ii 気持ちいい, other times, it's kimochi warui 気持ち悪い. But what does it really mean? What's the difference here?

Shounen 少年, Seinen 青年, Shoujo 少女, Josei 女性 - Meaning in Japanese & Differences Between The Anime "Genres"

Monday, July 25, 2016
Often manga and anime are divided into these four categories: shounen 少年, shoujo 少女, seinen 青年, and josei 女性. Everyone has watched a shounen anime or two, and read a shoujo manga, perhaps. But what's the difference between shounen, shoujo, and the others? What do these words even mean in Japanese?

Oniichan, Oneechan, Otouto, Imouto - Meaning in Japanese - お兄ちゃん, お姉ちゃん, 弟, 妹

Sunday, July 24, 2016
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.

What does San, Kun, Chan & Sama mean in Japanese?

Friday, July 22, 2016
Have you ever noticed how every time someone says someone else's name in anime they add a san さん, chan ちゃん, kun 君, sama 様 or something else at the end? No? Well, have you ever actually watched anime? They do that all the time! The question is... why?

Tsundere, Yandere, Kuudere, Dandere - Meaning + Others

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Some 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?