Japanese

    You may start out skimming the surface of the Japanese language, but at some point going deeper will pay dividends. Whether that's focusing on on'yomi/kun'yomi, rendaku, or the real-life use of です, the deeper you go with the fundamental components of Japanese, the more benefits you gain from study time. Start fortifying your foundation with our articles below. Each one you read is another step toward fluency.
    1. What is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)? The Japanese Exam We All Know and Love (to Cram For)

      | Emily Suvannasankha
    2. Tofugu's Learn Hiragana Book The PDF Version of our "Learn Hiragana Ultimate Guide" and More

      | Emily Suvannasankha and Kanae Nakamine
    3. New Japanese Learning Resources: Summer 2022 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | David Honeycutt, Ian J. Battaglia, and Rachel Grant
    4. Reading 絵本 (Ehon) – Japanese Picture Books as a Japanese Learner Yes, You Can Be a Child Again (Or at Least Read Children’s Books)

      | Sarah Bush
    5. Japanese Graded Readers: A Primer Books to Get You From A to B on Your Japanese Journey

      | Ian J. Battaglia and Emily Suvannasankha
    6. A Guide to Japanese Grammar Guides Bookmark These Go-To Websites for Japanese Grammar Research

      | David Honeycutt
    7. Japanese Grammar YouTube Channels for Beginners Binge-Watch While You Study Japanese

      | Emily Suvannasankha and Ian J. Battaglia
    8. How and Why to Find a Japanese Tutor: A Practical Guide Online or In-Person, There's a Pro Out There Who Can Help You Learn Japanese

      | Ian J. Battaglia
    9. New Japanese Learning Resources: Spring 2022 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | David Honeycutt, Ian J. Battaglia, and Rachel Grant
    10. けど: Why Are Japanese Speakers Always Ending Their Sentences with "But"? It Sometimes Sounds More Polite, But... That's Not All

      | Kanae Nakamine
    11. Japanese Vocabulary for Yoga: Movements Explore a Variety of Verbs to Help You "Bend," "Extend," "Entwine" and More

      | Sarah Bush and Kanae Nakamine
    12. Japanese Vocabulary for Yoga: Body Parts I'm Sorry, I Don't Even Know the Name of that Bone in English

      | Sarah Bush and Kanae Nakamine
    13. Learn by Doing! Start Your Japanese Yoga Journey What's It Like Taking Japanese Yoga Lessons and How Can I Get Started?

      | Sarah Bush and Kanae Nakamine
    14. New Japanese Learning Resources: Winter 2021 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | David Honeycutt, Ian J. Battaglia, and Rachel Grant
    15. How to Use こそあど Words to Refer to Things You Can't See Enhance Your Japanese Experience by Understanding the Intricate Nuances of These Seemingly Simple Words

      | Mami Suzuki
    16. Uchi and Soto: Complementary Concepts That Will Help You Learn the Ins and Outs of the Japanese World 内 & 外: A Pair of Words That Can Define Social Relations in Japan

      | Mami Suzuki
    17. New Japanese Learning Resources: Fall 2021 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | David Honeycutt, Ian J. Battaglia, and Rachel Grant
    18. Futokoro — A Deep Pocket Full of Unique Expressions Fill Your Pocket With a Lot of Interesting Expressions Using Futokoro!

      | Mami Suzuki
    19. あける, あく, ひらける, and ひらく: Differences Between Four Different "OPEN"s in Japanese Open the door to the most detailed explanation of how あける, あく, ひらける, and ひらく are used

      | Mami Suzuki
    20. もったいない — The Japanese Virtue of Guilt-Tripping over Wastefulness Learn About Mottainai Because It's Mottainai If You Don't

      | Kanae Nakamine
    21. に vs で: Which Particle To Choose And Why Two ways to specify location and time with particles

      | Mami Suzuki
    22. New Japanese Learning Resources: Summer 2021 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | Kanae Nakamine and Rachel Grant
    23. 中 vs 内: The Difference Between These Two Japanese Words for ''Inside'' Come inside and learn when 中 and 内 are the same and when they're different

      | Mami Suzuki and Jenny Stainton
    24. New Japanese Learning Resources: Spring 2021 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | Cameron Lombardo, Jenny Stainton, Kanae Nakamine, Machiko Yasuda, Mami Suzuki, and Rachel Grant
    25. Japanese Books for Upper Beginners Practice Reading with Authentic Native Materials for the Upper Beginner Level

      | Kanae Nakamine
    26. Is あなた Polite or Rude? My Sensei Said I Should Never Use あなた, So Why Did I Learn It in the First Place?

      | Kanae Nakamine
    27. New Japanese Learning Resources: Winter 2020 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | Cameron Lombardo, Jen Kim, Jenny Stainton, Kanae Nakamine, Michael Richey, and Rachel Grant
    28. What Should I Call "You"? How To Address and Refer to "Others" in Japanese

      | Kanae Nakamine
    29. New Japanese Learning Resources: Fall 2020 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | Cameron Lombardo, Jenny Stainton, Kanae Nakamine, Machiko Yasuda, and Rachel Grant
    30. さすが Is Not Always a Compliment A Word That Is Not "As You Expect"

      | Kanae Nakamine
    31. よ and ね: What Do These Particles Really Mean to Japanese Speakers? よ is for new information and ね is for shared information

      | Mami Suzuki and Moeko Norota
    32. New Japanese Learning Resources: Summer 2020 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | Cameron Lombardo, Jenny Stainton, Mami Suzuki, Moeko Norota, Rachel Grant, and Kanae Nakamine
    33. は and が: What's the Difference Between These Japanese Particles, Really? は shines a spotlight 💡and が points a finger 👈

      | Jenny Stainton
    34. 24 Other Ways You Can Say 考える Thought you knew everything about 考える and its synonyms? Think again!

      | Mami Suzuki
    35. Beyond the Binary: A Queer Take on Gendered Japanese How to Navigate Gendered Language no Matter your Identity

      | Cameron Lombardo
    36. Let's Think About "Thinking": 思う vs 考える Are You Thinking With Your Heart or Your Head?

      | Kanae Nakamine
    37. Making Sense of な-Adjectives and の-Adjectives Do な-adjectives "always" take な? The answer is の (Pun Intended).

      | Moeko Norota and Cameron Lombardo
    38. New Japanese Learning Resources: Spring 2020 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | Cameron Lombardo, Jenny Stainton, Mami Suzuki, Moeko Norota, Rachel Grant, and Kanae Nakamine
    39. New Japanese Learning Resources: Fall 2019 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | Cameron Lombardo, Jenny Stainton, Mami Suzuki, Michael Richey, Moeko Norota, and Rachel Grant
    40. だ and です : Venturing Beyond Textbook Rules into Real-Life Use Learn how style choice matters in authentic communication

      | Cameron Lombardo, Jenny Stainton, Mami Suzuki, and Moeko Norota
    41. New Japanese Learning Resources: Summer 2019 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | Cameron Lombardo, Jenny Stainton, Kanae Nakamine, Koichi, Kristen Dexter, Mami Suzuki, Michael Richey, and Moeko Norota
    42. 面: Counting Masks, Binoculars, Land, and Generally Anything that Has a Surface Ironically, we'll be going way beyond the surface with this one

      | Mami Suzuki and Kristen Dexter