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NIHONGO

Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
May 19, 2023
Get to work: Conquer the mountain that is a Japanese resume
While creating a Japanese resume may seem daunting, it is more just a matter of filling out the sections correctly — even if your Japanese is already above par.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
May 12, 2023
Moved to tears: Guys, it’s OK to express your emotions now and then
Are there cultural differences when it comes to men crying in public? In Japan, sometimes tears can even get you out of trouble.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
May 5, 2023
Why bilingual literature is needed in a place like Japan
Only when Japan’s great stories are translated into other languages can we get a glimpse into the real lives of people living here.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 27, 2023
More simple words to power up your conversations in Japanese
Continuing with conjunctions, here are a few that allow you to string pieces of similar information into a sequence.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 21, 2023
Use video games to learn Japanese and connect with your children
What are your kids talking about when they bring up Minecraft, Fortnite or Pokemon? Take an interest in their games and learn some new Japanese terms in the process.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 14, 2023
Long story short, abbreviated Japanese is good value for your time
In English, acronyms are a way to communicate what you want to say quickly. The Japanese tend to shorten their speech by shortening their words.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Apr 6, 2023
Talk about your favorite shows in Japanese — but no spoilers, please!
It's always fun to talk about what's on TV, but recently it has been what's on streaming services that has taken up most of the conversation.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 30, 2023
Know the shady Japanese vocabulary that will help you avoid 'dark' part-time jobs
Even if the turnover for them is quick, knowing the code words people use to refer to possibly illegal activities will give you some insight into the Japanese language.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 22, 2023
Get off the beaten path with some basic Japanese to see the sakura
The key verb to know when traveling is 'iku' (to go). Combine it with other verbs for further specificity.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 17, 2023
For some in Japan, the first day of spring means a visit with the ancestors
While visits to the family grave are often done during the Bon holidays in August, the spring and autumn equinoxes are also a traditional time to reconnect with your ancestors.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 10, 2023
The Oscars are upon us. What films are you rooting for?
Discussing what makes a great movie is fun conversation fodder. What kind of movie do you think is worthy of an Academy Award?
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 3, 2023
Japanese mottos: Where there’s a will, there’s a zayū no mei
Japanese business culture in particular is partial to the idea of a person being able to sum themselves up with a catchy — and insightful — phrase to live by.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Feb 23, 2023
Get your sports vocabulary into shape for the start of baseball season
Preseason baseball games have begun, catch up on your sports-related vocabulary so you don't strike out in any conversations.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2023
Government to screen Japanese-language schools to ensure quality
New legislation will also require instructors at certified schools to obtain a new national qualification for teaching Japanese.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Feb 16, 2023
Some simple words to power up your conversations in Japanese
Japanese conjunctions, what's their function? Well, they can make your conversations go a lot smoother for one thing.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Feb 10, 2023
Stressing out at work? Make sure you know how to ask for help
Worried about talking to your supervisor about alleviating stress? The key is to tell them you want to be proactive in dealing with any potential problems.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Feb 2, 2023
The Buddhist terms that find their way into everyday conversation
Just as Christian terminology has had an effect on English turns of phrase, Buddhism is the source of a lot of Japanese terms and phrases.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jan 27, 2023
Are ‘white’ companies proving to be too much of a good thing for Japan's Gen Z?
'Black' companies are places of excess: excess overtime, excess chores — not excess pay! And the best way to express the idea of 'too much' in Japanese is with the verb-suffix 'sugiru.'
Japan Times
LIFE / Language
Jan 18, 2023
Grammar for grumps: When you just don’t feel all that genki
We can't feel 'super genki' all the time, even if that's the prevailing mood that Japanese textbooks try to encourage. Here are some ways to express your dissatisfaction.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 16, 2023
New AI smartphone app will be able to decipher Japanese cursive manuscripts
The app's beta version is set for release later this month, while the full version is scheduled to become available to the public this March.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan