A picture of tree going through the four seasons; on the left, the pink flowers are in bloom. Next, to the right of it, is green leaves. To the right of that, yellow leaves. And last, to the far right, a bare tree with no leaves.

How to Say the Seasons in Japanese

Japan takes great pride in its seasons, each with its own characteristics. If you plan to visit Japan for travel, knowing how to say the names of the seasons in Japanese may be very useful. Let’s take a look at the four seasons in Japanese and their characteristics. The Seasons in Japanese Spring: 春 (Haru) … Read more

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How to Say Boy in Japanese Naturally

The Japanese word for “boy” is 男子(danshi). There are several other words for boy that depend on the person’s age and life phase in question. In this article, we’ll cover the different ways to say boy in Japanese and when and how to use them. Be sure to check out our free resources to learn … Read more

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How to Say Happy Birthday in Japanese

Happy birthday in Japanese is 誕生日おめでとう (tanjoubi omedetou). Birthday celebrations in Japan are quieter and more personal than they are in other countries, but Japanese people do extend birthday wishes and cards. Several Japanese birthdays are considered to be extra special. In this article, we’ll cover the two major ways to say happy birthday in … Read more

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How to Say Please in Japanese

There are two ways to say “please” in Japanese: ください(Kudasai)– often used when requesting an action or a specific object. お願いします(Onegai shimasu)– a slightly more polite word used when asking for a service or favor. Both words are acceptable in polite conversation. Depending on the sentence structure and the situation, one might be better than … Read more

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What Does Daijoubu Mean in Japanese?

The word 大丈夫 (daijoubu) means certainly, undoubtedly, alright, okay, problem-free. If you want learn how to speak Japanese quickly, daijoubu is must-learn word. Daijoubu is one of the most useful words to learn. With this word alone, you’ll be able to politely refuse offers, ask if someone is okay, tell people that you’re feeling okay, and … Read more

What Does Sugoi Mean in Japanese?

The word すごい (sugoi) is very popular, even among people who don’t know a lot of Japanese.  Sugoi has two major definitions: amazing and terrible. That’s pretty sugoi itself, right?  Not only does sugoi have two very different meanings, but it’s also quite flexible within a sentence. Sugoi can be an adverb, adjective, or just an exclamation of delight. You can use it with your friends and your … Read more

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21 Cool Japanese Words That Are Hauntingly Beautiful

Some Japanese words are so succinct and deeply ingrained in Japan’s culture that they can’t be easily translated. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn them. These are amazingly beautiful and cool Japanese words that often describe concepts that we don’t have in English. It will impress your Japanese friends too! Let’s look at some of … Read more

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What is Naruhodo in Japanese, and How Is It Used?

Japanese speakers often use the word Naruhodo(なるほど) in everyday conversation.  Learning how to use naruhodo correctly can make your Japanese sound very natural.  However, you need to be careful in certain situations, as misusing the word can lead to awkward conversations. So let’s take a detailed look into the naruhodo, as well as similar expressions … Read more

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20 Cool Japanese Slang Words Being Used Right Now

When you’re learning to speak Japanese, it can sometimes feel like you’re learning more than just one language.  That’s because you use different words and grammar depending on who you’re talking to. It’s expected that you acknowledge a person’s social status in the language that you use. If you’re going to interact with Japanese people … Read more