For all the Japanese language learners out there, here are a few articles to help — or inspire — you in your quest:
- Would you be completely lost if you were asked to give a speech at a Japanese wedding? Well, you’re in luck. Haruka Murayama breaks down how to give a toast, a speech — and hand over that hefty ¥30,000 to the bride and groom properly (if reluctantly).
- Wake up to the many ways of using wake with the help of Tadasu Takahashi’s latest Bilingual column, where he furnishes readers with off-the-shelf phrases you can drop into moan-fests about the Olympics or the sluggish vaccine rollout.
- What’s driving the rise in the ranks of Thai learners of Japanese? As Achawin Chitranondh reports, while manga and anime get many hooked in the first place, dreams of better career prospects can later act as a kind of booster shot.
- Look, no hands: Fujitsu has released a tablet-based multilingual speech translation service that doesn’t require users to touch the screen. It’s designed to chug along in the background in places such as medical facilities where non-Japanese speakers might need help.
- Research shows that listening to music can improve familiarity, pronunciation, syntax, memorization and more in a target language. Eric Margolis explains how you can study through memorizing, transcribing and, of course, belting out the tunes you love.