May 29, 2015

More locals dropping accents when speaking with outsiders: survey

More Japanese switch between using standard Japanese and various dialects according to who they are speaking with, a National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics survey has showed. The institute has been conducting a survey once every 20 years to look into the changes in ...

Emperor, councilors weigh war declaration; simplified Japanese created for foreigners; Russian musicians defect; foreigners' office hears thousands of problems

/ | Aug 2, 2014

Emperor, councilors weigh war declaration; simplified Japanese created for foreigners; Russian musicians defect; foreigners' office hears thousands of problems

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100 YEARS AGO Sunday, Aug. 16 1914 Emperor, councilors weigh war declaration The Emperor of Japan, his councilors and his Ministers met yesterday in the Grand Council Chamber of the Palace to consider the most momentous question such august councils are ever called upon to ...

Japan urged to do more to promote its language overseas

Jun 22, 2014

Japan urged to do more to promote its language overseas

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Japan needs to make bigger efforts to promote its culture and gain public support for the promotion of Japanese-language education overseas, according to a linguistics scholar who has taught the language for more than 40 years in the United States. Princeton University professor emeritus Seiichi ...

| Mar 23, 2014

Being laughed at can help your Japanese evolve

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Students of Japanese are often Japanese-as-a-second-language (JSL) cavemen. JSL cavemen live a mostly pleasant existence of blissful ignorance, using a devolved form of the language as best they can. However, JSL cavemen are not total ignoramuses — their thick hide can be penetrated by ...

December: A last tango with soba

| Dec 15, 2013

December: A last tango with soba

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Some men go out to buy that flaming red sportscar. Others embark on a messy but absorbing divorce process. Then there is of course, nirvana: the gorufujō (ゴルフ場, golf course). But in Japan, when men hit a certain age they have another option to ...