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. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. New Japanese Learning Resources: May 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    7. 基: Counting Big, Stable Things Use this to count all the Moai statues your neighbor set up on their front lawn

      | Mami Suzuki
    8. 発: Counting Shots, Hits, Punches, and More POW! You're gonna learn this counter in 1発!

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

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

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

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

      | Kanae Nakamine
    13. 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
    14. New Japanese Learning Resources: February 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    15. 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
    16. New Japanese Learning Resources: January 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    17. 年: Counting Years and Planetary Orbits If you're an 1年生 in understanding this counter... then keep reading

      | Mami Suzuki
    18. 日: Counting Days How many days do you have left on Earth? Count them with this counter!

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

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

      | Kristen Dexter, Michael Richey, and Jamal Lee
    21. 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
    22. 時/時間: Counting Time and Hours Your time is valuable... so use it to read about time

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

      | Michael Richey
    24. 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
    25. 回: Repetitive Actions, Regular Events The times, they are a-being counted

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

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

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

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

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

      | Mami Suzuki and Koichi
    31. 匹: Counting Animals, Bugs, and Wild Children Learn the difference between counting orcs and elves, you racist nerd.

      | Mami Suzuki
    32. 台: Counting Machines, Furniture, & Whole Cakes Finally, you can count that pile of window unit air conditioners in your basement

      | Mami Suzuki
    33. 枚: Counting Everything Flat Counting flat things, round things, cloth, roles, sections, food orders, and so much more

      | Mami Suzuki and Koichi
    34. 頭: Counting Those Big, Professional Animals That show "Dogs with Jobs"... all those dogs on that show are counted with this counter

      | Mami Suzuki
    35. 個: Counting (Almost) Everything and Anything Like the counter 〜つ but slightly less useful (only slightly)

      | Mami Suzuki
    36. 〜つ: Counting Everything and Anything When you don't know what counter to use...

      | Mami Suzuki
    37. Getting Started with Japanese Counters What they are, how to use them, and grammatical aspects

      | Mami Suzuki and Koichi
    38. 350 Japanese Counters Grouped by Usefulness Divided into 2 Absolutely Must-Know, 17 Must-Know, 47 Common, and so on

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

      | Kristen Dexter
    40. Ganbaru: Fight! Do Your Best! Never Say Die! Meanings, history, example sentences, and what Japanese people think when they hear it.

      | Mami Suzuki
    41. Japanese Name Enders: More than Mr. and Ms. When and how to use さん, くん, and more you've never heard of

      | Michael Richey and Mami Suzuki
    42. Rendaku: Why Hito-Bito isn't Hito-Hito What your Japanese teacher doesn't want you to know (because they don't actually know)

      | Kristen Dexter