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〜てみる (Japanese Grammar Explained – With Examples)

The grammar point “〜てみる” (te miru) is a useful construction for intermediate Japanese learners. It combines the て-form of a verb with the verb “みる” (to see/look) to express the idea of “trying to do something” or “doing something to see what happens.” What is てみる? The grammar point 〜てみる combines the て-form of a […]

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〜たところで (Japanese Grammar Explained – With Examples)

In Japanese grammar, “〜たところで” (ta tokorode) is a phrase that means “even if an action or a state were realized” or often (to put it even more simply) just “even if”. It suggests that even if the action were to occur, the result would not change. Here’s how to use “〜たところで” in a sentence: Note: […]

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kanji language learning software reviews

Skritter Review: Pros, Cons and Everything You Need to Know Before Signing Up (2024)

Ask Japanese learners what the hardest part of the language is, and one of the most common answers will be ‘kanji’ (sometimes accompanied by a thousand-yard stare). Anyone who’s attempted to master it will know that while it’s fascinating and beautiful, it’s also very challenging — why is there more than one pronunciation? Why do these […]

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language learning software reviews

JapanesePod101 Review – Worth The Money? Pros, Cons and What to Expect (2024)

Wondering whether or not JapanesePod101 is the right platform to advance (or even begin) your Japanese language skills? In this post I’ll be reviewing (and assessing) everything JapanesePod101 has to offer. Focusing on its Premium plan, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at how the courses are structured, the methods it uses to teach, what you […]

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grammar

〜てみせる(Japanese Grammar Explained – With Examples)

In Japanese, the grammar pattern “〜てみせる” (te miseru) is used to express a strong determination or intention to perform an action and show the result or outcome to someone. It is formed by combining the te-form of a verb with “みせる” (miseru), which means “to show” or “to display,” as explained in the previous answer. […]

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〜んとする (Japanese Grammar Explained – With Examples)

In Japanese grammar, “〜んとする” (n to suru) is a phrase that means for “someone to try to do” or for “something to be about to occur.” It is very often used to describe an action that someone is attempting to do or is in the process of doing. Here’s a few examples of 〜んとする in […]

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〜そうになる (Japanese Grammar Explained – With Examples)

In Japanese grammar, “〜そうになる” (sou ni naru) is a phrase that means “for something to almost happen” or “to be about to happen.” It is very often used to describe a situation in which something looks like it’s about to happen. Here’s a few examples of 〜そうになる in action: Bonus: The phrase “そうになる” is often […]

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kanji

All The Jinmeiyō Kanji From The Novel ‘Botchan’ (With English Meanings)

For anyone interested in studying jinmeiyō kanji and wondering where to start, here’s a list of all of the jinmeiyō kanji found in one of the all-time classic Japanese novels: Botchan (坊っちゃん) by Natsume Sōseki (夏目 漱石). How many jinmeiyō kanji are these in Botchan? Good question! There are approximately 135 of them! And here […]

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kanji

A List Of Advanced-Level Jōyōgai Kanji From The Novel ‘Botchan’ By Natsume Sōseki

For quite a while now I’ve been trying to come up with an effective way to study non-jōyō kanji (technically known as jōyōgai kanji [常用外漢字] i.e. the kanji that are NOT within the 2,136 jōyō kanji), and although I’m still nowhere near achieving this goal, I recently had an interesting idea: obtain a book written […]

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How to Write/Add Furigana in a WordPress Post or Page? (Answered)

Wondering how to write furigana (those little hiragana characters you sometimes see above Japanese kanji) in WordPress? Here’s how: Step 1. Step 1 – You’re going to need to use the ‘Custom HTML’ WordPress Block (note: not sure what WordPress Blocks are? – here’s a quick YouTube video). Here’s how to find it: click the […]

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hiragana kanji

What are Okurigana? (Answered)

Okurigana (送り仮名 – literally: “accompanying characters”) are characters that appear after a kanji character in a Japanese word. They are used to indicate the inflection or pronunciation of the kanji, and are typically written in hiragana. For example, in the word “読よめる” (yomu, meaning “can read”), the kanji is “読” and the okurigana are “め” […]

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What are Furigana? (Answered)

Come across the word Furigana in the context of Japanese kanji and wondering what it means? Furigana (振り仮名 – literally: “assigned characters”), also known as ruby text or ruby characters, are small kana characters that are written above or to the side of a kanji character in a Japanese word. They are used to indicate […]

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How to Write/Add Furigana in HTML? (Answered)

To write furigana (振り仮名) in HTML, you can use the <ruby> element, which is a part of the HTML Ruby Extension. The <ruby> element is used to mark up ruby text, which is a type of small, annotated text that is used to provide pronunciation or other information about a character or word. Here’s an […]

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kanji

The Japanese Kanji for Crab (蟹)

The kanji 蟹 (かに(kani))is a logographic character that is used in the Japanese writing system. It is composed of four parts: the radical 虫 (くも), which means “insect” or “bug,” and the radical 角 (かど), which means “angle” or “corner”, the radical 刀 (とう), which means sword, and the radical 牛 (うし), which means cow. […]

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A quick and easy-to-understand explanation of は versus が in Japanese

In Japanese, the particle は is used to indicate the topic of a sentence, while the particle が is used to indicate the subject of a sentence. The topic of a sentence is the general subject being discussed, while the subject is the specific thing performing the action of the verb in the sentence. For […]

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haiku

A Japanese Haiku for Christmas

Here’s a lovely little Japanese haiku poem for Christmas. Enjoy: 赤い靴下が Red socks turning 振り向いて笑う A joyous start クリスマスの朝 Smiling on Christmas morning.

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Japanese Words for Snow (雪)

There are several words for snow in Japanese, depending on the context and the type of snow being referred to. Some common words for snow include: In addition to these words, there are also many other words and expressions that can be used to describe snow in Japanese. The above are just a few of […]