Gairaigo and Wasei Eigo: Are they English or not?

What is Gairaigo? A unique feature of the Japanese language is gairaigo. Written in katakana characters, the term refers to “loan words” borrowed from foreign languages, such as English, German, French, and Portuguese. Here are some examples of gairaigo that people use every day: ・インターネット → Internet (English)・アルバイト → “Arbeit,” meaning “work” in German ・アンケート → “enquête,” meaning “questionnaire” in French・パン → […]

There is no “future tense in Japanese?

Everyone who has learned English knows that there are three verb tenses in the language: past, present, and future expressed by the corresponding verb forms. In other words, by conjugating verbs in the past, present, and future tenses such as “worked,” “work,” and “will work” respectively, you can describe the action done yesterday, today, or tomorrow respectively. Some people think […]

Fun ways to learn Japanese

Any form of study can be strenuous and somewhat repetitive. Opening a textbook and reading it cover to cover, writing out endless lines of text or even bombarding yourself with never-ending tapes of spoken word. Some of it is enough to make one flip their desk and throw everything away. But studying doesn’t have to be like that. There is […]

Why study Japanese?

The “Survey of Overseas Japanese Language Education Institutions” officially released by the Japan Foundation in October 2019 states that in recent years Japanese-language education has been spreading worldwide, with the number of institutions offering Japanese language courses recording the highest number in history. According to the survey, the Japanese language is studied in 142 countries and regions around the world. […]