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. 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
    2. 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
    3. What Should I Call "You"? How To Address and Refer to "Others" in Japanese

      | Kanae Nakamine
    4. 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
    5. さすが Is Not Always a Compliment A Word That Is Not "As You Expect"

      | Kanae Nakamine
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. は and が: What's the Difference Between These Japanese Particles, Really? は shines a spotlight 💡and が points a finger 👈

      | Jenny Stainton
    9. 24 Other Ways You Can Say 考える Thought you knew everything about 考える and its synonyms? Think again!

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

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

      | Kanae Nakamine
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. 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
    18. New Japanese Learning Resources: May 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    19. 発: Counting Shots, Hits, Punches, and More POW! You're gonna learn this counter in 1発!

      | Mami Suzuki
    20. 基: Counting Big, Stable Things Use this to count all the Moai statues your neighbor set up on their front lawn

      | Mami Suzuki
    21. New Japanese Learning Resources: April 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    22. カップ: Counting Cups and Cup-units You can finally count your ever-growing collection of rare Cup Noodle

      | Mami Suzuki
    23. New Japanese Learning Resources: March 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    24. Senpai: The Japanese Word You Look Up To We can help you “notice” how to use this word better

      | Kanae Nakamine
    25. The Meaning of Sensei: More Than Just "Teacher" Impress your judo teacher Sensei Jeff by using 先生 in all the right ways

      | Kanae Nakamine
    26. New Japanese Learning Resources: February 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    27. Japanese First-Person Pronouns: わたし, ぼく, おれ, and a Whole Lot More Get yourself out of that 私 rut.

      | Kanae Nakamine
    28. New Japanese Learning Resources: January 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    29. 日: Counting Days How many days do you have left on Earth? Count them with this counter!

      | Mami Suzuki
    30. 年: Counting Years and Planetary Orbits If you're an 1年生 in understanding this counter... then keep reading

      | Mami Suzuki
    31. 月: Counting Months When this counter hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's 愛

      | Mami Suzuki
    32. New Japanese Learning Resources: November 2018 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter, Michael Richey, and Jamal Lee
    33. 時/時間: Counting Time and Hours Your time is valuable... so use it to read about time

      | Mami Suzuki
    34. 分: Counting Minutes and Edo Period Silver Currency When someone asks how many minutes it took to boil the egg you brought for lunch, you'll need this counter.

      | Mami Suzuki
    35. New Japanese Learning Resources: October 2018 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Michael Richey
    36. 階: Floors of a Building When the elevator operator in Japan asks you what floor you want, how will you answer her if you don't read this article?

      | Mami Suzuki
    37. 回: Repetitive Actions, Regular Events The times, they are a-being counted

      | Mami Suzuki
    38. 冊: Counting Books This one's easy, the counter even looks like a book

      | Mami Suzuki
    39. 人: Counting People and Smart Animals "This counter counts PEEEOPLE!" shouted Charlton Heston as he was carried away on a stretcher

      | Mami Suzuki
    40. 羽: Counting Birds, Bats, and Bun-Buns 🦅 🦇 🐇 ... one of these things is not like the others

      | Mami Suzuki
    41. New Japanese Learning Resources: September 2018 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    42. 本: Counting Long, Skinny Things 11 categories of long, skinny things that are worth counting

      | Mami Suzuki and Koichi