| Apr 22, 2013

Ways to 'spell' Japanese out loud

by Mark Schreiber

I dial a number and ask to speak to my literary agent, Mr. Suzuki. “Moshi-moshi. Suzuki Masatoshi-sama oraremasuka?” “Sumimasen ga, okyakusama wa?” Literally “Excuse me, as for the guest?” That is the speaker’s polite way of asking “Who should I say is calling?” “Shuraibā ...

| Jun 17, 2008

How hard is it really to learn Japanese?

by Reiji Yoshida

As a language so distinct from most others, Japanese has an air of mystery about it. Though no longer considered a linguistic isolate, Japanese forms a family with only the Ryukyuan languages and its origin remains uncertain. For English speakers at least, it is ...