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: April 2017 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter
    2. Otonagai: Spending Your Adult Money on Kid's Collectibles Finally, you have a name for your Pokemon card-buying compulsion

      | Chiaki Hirai
    3. New Japanese Learning Resources: March 2017 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter
    4. Japanese Particle MONONO: The Definitive Guide I was confused by the meaning of ものの, but then I found the perfect guide.

      | Dan Bornstein
    5. "What I Use To Study Japanese" - Koichi from Tofugu All the Resources and Techniques the Tofugu Founder Uses To Improve his Japanese Fluency

      | Koichi
    6. New Japanese Learning Resources: February 2017 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter
    7. Japanese Particle KANA: The Definitive Guide I wonder if there are more uses than just "I wonder...?"

      | Jack
    8. New Japanese Learning Resources: January 2017 This month's best tools to help you to learn Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter
    9. Tsujigiri: A Japanese word you don't see in other languages And there’s bloody good reason why

      | Carla Sinclair
    10. Dajare: 13 Types of Japanese Puns And How to Use Them to Practice Japanese

      | Jack
    11. Your Step-by-Step Jikoshoukai Guide Learn the basics, practice, and create an advanced Japanese self-introduction

      | Mami Suzuki and Michael Richey
    12. The Meaning of Itadakimasu And How It Reduces Food Waste

      | Mami Suzuki
    13. How to Type in Japanese (And Fun Characters Too!) Getting the most out of your Japanese Keyboard

      | Kristen Dexter
    14. Chibi: The Japanese Word That's Cute And Offensive The origins, the offensive, and the otaku

      | Mami Suzuki
    15. How to Install a Japanese Keyboard On Apple, Windows, Computers, Phones, You name it!

      | Kristen Dexter
    16. 27 Hiragana Charts: Stroke Order, Practice, Mnemonics, and More Find the method, style, and approach that works for you.

      | Koichi
    17. 「『The Art Of、 Japanese Punctuation〜。』」!? 【】〜【】〜【】〜【】〜【】〜【】〜【】

      | Koichi and Kristen Dexter
    18. The "Hiragana Mnemonics Chart," by Tofugu Yet another hiragana chart to put on your bathroom wall

      | Koichi
    19. Tsundere: Understanding Anime’s Obsessions with the Cold/Warm Archetype Also kuudere, dandere, yandere, and every other type of ~dere

      | Mami Suzuki
    20. Tsundoku: Japan's Word for 'Books You Buy But Don't Read' I swear, I'll totally read this book soon.

      | Koichi
    21. Japanese Onomatopoeia: The Definitive Guide Everything and anything there is to know about those weird sounds you keep hearing

      | Kristen Dexter
    22. Why Do Japanese People Say Moshi Moshi on the Phone? And other ways to answer the telephone in Japanese

      | Michael Richey
    23. The Ultimate Guide to Citing Japanese Sources Everything you need to know about properly giving credit in Japanese

      | Kristen Dexter
    24. Japanese Fluency Is A Race To Make The Most Mistakes Will you make it to the finish line?

      | Koichi
    25. Japanese Homophones and How To Use Them Learn the meanings to all the Japanese sounds that have been confusing you

      | Mami Suzuki
    26. "Interleaving" To Memorize More Japanese Let's put our Japanese sentences, radicals, kanji, and vocab all into one big pile.

      | Koichi
    27. The Language Hack Where You Learn 1,000+ Japanese Words This Week It's almost as if you already know these words

      | Koichi
    28. Your Japanese Weak Point Figure it out and fix it already

      | Koichi
    29. JET Program Japanese Study: Setting Yourself Up for Success Ready, Set, Immersion!

      | Michael Richey
    30. What Does "Japanese Fluency" Mean? A new definition for "fluency"

      | Koichi
    31. Why Reading Japanese Is So Difficult: The First Page Syndrome Why is reading in another language so damn difficult?

      | Koichi
    32. What Does Baka Mean? Japan’s Most Popular Profanity Calling something dumb, foolish, stupid, lacking, crazy, and more can be done with one magic word

      | Mami Suzuki
    33. Why English Is Hard and Japanese Is Easy And why they both make everyone else want to cry

      | Linda Lombardi
    34. How to Learn Japanese from Songs A musical journey into Japanese language study

      | Linda Lombardi
    35. Japanese Body Parts Vocabulary and Idioms Use your head when talking about your body parts in Japanese

      | Chelsea Bernard
    36. Learning Japanese from Kid's Anime From anpan-headed heroes to Rastafarian konnyaku, Tofugu recommends the best cartoons for learning Japanese

      | Rich
    37. Japanese Loanword Phonology For when you've read the same katakana word over 10 times and still can't decipher it

      | Linda Lombardi
    38. The Meaning Of 国 Ask not what your kuni can do for you, but what the heck is a kuni anyway?

      | Adam Ledford
    39. The Ghibli Dictionary: Learning Japanese from Ghibli Films Learn Japanese with John Lasseter's favorite anime

      | Stephen
    40. The Wonderful World of Kaomoji (☝ ՞ਊ ՞)=☞)՞ਊ ՞)(≼⓪≽⋌⋚⋛⋋≼⓪≽)

      | Koichi
    41. Why Quantity, Not Quality, Makes You Fluent In Japanese Sometimes you just have to let go to make progress.

      | Koichi
    42. How to Use a Kanji Dictionary Someday you might use one!

      | Kristen Dexter