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. 11 Japanese Expressions for Different Levels of Uncertainty How "Sure" Are You When You Say かな, かも, 気がする, 思う and More?

      | Mami Suzuki
    2. Katakanization: The Secret Rules of Converting English into Japanese "Katakana English" Is No Longer the Headache of Japanese Learning

      | Tomoyuki Akiyama
    3. ばかり (Bakari) vs ところ (Tokoro): Two Ways to Say You "Just" Did Something Recently, You Learned the Difference Between These Two Words

      | Emily Suvannasankha, Kanae Nakamine, and Sarah Bush
    4. 〜ている vs 〜てある vs 〜ておく: How Are They Different? Explore the Differences Between the Three Expressions That Sound and Work Similar

      | Mami Suzuki, Michele Fujii, and Kanae Nakamine
    5. The Best Japanese E-Book Retailers for Japanese Learners A Practical Guide to Finding and Accessing Japanese E-books

      | Emily Suvannasankha, David Honeycutt, Kanae Nakamine, and Ian J. Battaglia
    6. New Japanese Learning Resources: Fall 2022 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | David Honeycutt, Ian J. Battaglia, and Rachel Grant
    7. The Best Japanese Language Learning Podcasts for Intermediate Learners Here Are Some of the Best Japanese Language Learning Podcasts For Intermediate Learners Around

      | Ian J. Battaglia
    8. The Best Japanese Language Learning Podcasts for Beginners For Beginner Learners, Here Are Some of the Best Japanese Language Learning Podcasts Around

      | Ian J. Battaglia
    9. Tofugu's Learn Katakana Book The PDF Version of our "Learn Katakana Ultimate Guide" and More

      | Emily Suvannasankha and Kanae Nakamine
    10. How to Language Exchange Successfully Tips and Tricks to Make Your Next Language Exchange a Slam Dunk

      | Ian J. Battaglia
    11. What is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)? The Japanese Exam We All Know and Love (to Cram For)

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

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

      | David Honeycutt, Ian J. Battaglia, and Rachel Grant
    14. 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
    15. Japanese Graded Readers: A Primer Books to Get You From A to B on Your Japanese Journey

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

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

      | Emily Suvannasankha and Ian J. Battaglia
    18. 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
    19. New Japanese Learning Resources: Spring 2022 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

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

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

      | Sarah Bush and Kanae Nakamine
    22. 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
    23. 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
    24. New Japanese Learning Resources: Winter 2021 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

      | David Honeycutt, Ian J. Battaglia, and Rachel Grant
    25. 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
    26. 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
    27. New Japanese Learning Resources: Fall 2021 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

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

      | Mami Suzuki
    29. 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
    30. 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
    31. に vs で: Which Particle To Choose And Why Two ways to specify location and time with particles

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

      | Kanae Nakamine and Rachel Grant
    33. 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
    34. 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
    35. Japanese Books for Upper Beginners Practice Reading with Authentic Native Materials for the Upper Beginner Level

      | Kanae Nakamine
    36. 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
    37. 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
    38. What Should I Call "You"? How To Address and Refer to "Others" in Japanese

      | Kanae Nakamine
    39. 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
    40. さすが Is Not Always a Compliment A Word That Is Not "As You Expect"

      | Kanae Nakamine
    41. 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
    42. 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