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How to Say Because in Japanese: 5 Major Ways

There are many ways to say “because” in Japanese. One way is 何故なら (nazenara); however, 何故なら may be a bit too formal for everyday conversations. 何故なら (nazenara) is more useful in writing.  In casual conversation among friends or family, Japanese people use other words like だから (dakara), なので (nanode), or ということで (to iu koto de). … Read more

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Useful Japanese: What Does Oishii Really Mean?

おいしい (oishii): delicious, yummy, tasty: can also mean attractive, favorable, or convenient The most common use for oishii in Japanese is to describe food or drinks. When you enjoy the food you just ate, you can say it’s “oishii!” However, there are other ways to use this term. Let’s see how.   Writing Oishii in Kanji … Read more

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Super Useful Japanese: What Does Kimochi Mean?

In many Japanese conversations, movies, and anime, a very common word you’ll hear is 気持ち (kimochi).  What does this word mean, and why is it so useful? Let’s see why! 気持ち (kimochi): Feeling, mood, state of mind Japanese people are often described as non-emotional people. If you board a train in Japan, especially in Tokyo, … Read more