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Wake up and smell Japan through new vocabulary

Language | BILINGUAL Feb 4, 2019

Wake up and smell Japan through new vocabulary

The world is full of smells. Good smells and bad smells, pleasant and unpleasant smells, fragrant and pungent smells. Though the nose is not our most reliable advisor in perception — eyesight is far more important, as is well known — smells clearly have ...

A hiragana-kanji mix can make reading a lot easier

Language Nov 5, 2018

A hiragana-kanji mix can make reading a lot easier

It's no news that Japanese writing is a complex affair. Apart from the sheer number of characters — 48 each for the hiragana and katakana syllabaries plus an almost open-ended number of kanji — there are also various rules about when to use what.