Once you get an idea of what kinds of verbs come at the end of Japanese sentences, particularly in news reports, your brain can concentrate on deciphering the rest in more detail.
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If you're looking at investing in your Japanese ability, check out some terms that center around the stock market.
Valentine's Day is coming up, and knowing what to say to make things official with your crush is half the battle. The good news is the steps to a kokuhaku (confession) are straightforward.
A yearly contest asks Japanese speakers to come up with new kanji to reflect modern times, providing a fun way to learn and understand the characters.
When news of a virus began to surface we took the opportunity to review the Japanese for things like "symptoms" and "cough." Now we're learning terms like "pandemic" and "state of emergency."
One trick to improving your fluency in Japanese is to keep a list of stock phrases that can be deployed in multiple situations.
As Valentine's Day approaches, love is in the air. However, love comes in various forms and sometimes it can help you learn a language.
Japan Times writer Daniel Morales celebrates his 60th column with a lesson on turning 60, a special birthday in Japan.
In the tradition of year-end cleaning, writer Daniel Morales takes a look at his Japanese study notes and tidies up some loose ends.
When Western ideas on self-improvement are expressed in Japanese, what kinds of words pop up most often?