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. 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
    2. New Japanese Learning Resources: Fall 2021 This season's best tools to help you learn Japanese

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

      | Mami Suzuki
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. に vs で: Which Particle To Choose And Why Two ways to specify location and time with particles

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

      | Kanae Nakamine and Rachel Grant
    8. 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
    9. 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
    10. Japanese Books for Upper Beginners Practice Reading with Authentic Native Materials for the Upper Beginner Level

      | Kanae Nakamine
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. What Should I Call "You"? How To Address and Refer to "Others" in Japanese

      | Kanae Nakamine
    14. 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
    15. さすが Is Not Always a Compliment A Word That Is Not "As You Expect"

      | Kanae Nakamine
    16. 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
    17. 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
    18. は and が: What's the Difference Between These Japanese Particles, Really? は shines a spotlight 💡and が points a finger 👈

      | Jenny Stainton
    19. 24 Other Ways You Can Say 考える Thought you knew everything about 考える and its synonyms? Think again!

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

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

      | Kanae Nakamine
    22. 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
    23. 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
    24. 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
    25. 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
    26. 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
    27. 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
    28. New Japanese Learning Resources: May 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

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

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

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

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

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

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

      | Kanae Nakamine
    35. 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
    36. New Japanese Learning Resources: February 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter and Michael Richey
    37. 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
    38. New Japanese Learning Resources: January 2019 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

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

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

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

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

      | Kristen Dexter, Michael Richey, and Jamal Lee