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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      | Koichi
    12. 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
    13. Why English Is Hard and Japanese Is Easy And why they both make everyone else want to cry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      | Kristen Dexter
    23. How to Find The Kanji Radical Finding the core of kanji

      | Kristen Dexter
    24. Wasei Eigo I Can't Believe It's Not English!

      | Chelsea Bernard
    25. The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Japanese Translator You've been dreaming it. Now make it real.

      | Kristen Dexter
    26. Learn Katakana: The Ultimate Guide Memorize katakana in hours or days, not weeks or months.

      | Koichi
    27. Weird Kanji Unusual Readings and their Origins

      | Kristen Dexter
    28. Gaming To Learn Japanese You're already playing games. Why not learn while you do it?!

      | Kristen Dexter
    29. Learn Hiragana: The Ultimate Guide Memorize hiragana in hours or days, not weeks or months.

      | Koichi
    30. Kobun (Classical Japanese) - Old Kana Why the "ye" in "Yebisu" is even a thing.

      | Rochelle
    31. How To Learn Japanese From Anime The Guide You've Been Waiting For

      | Koichi
    32. Kobun (Classical Japanese) & Honorifics I humbly ask that honorable you read this guide

      | Rochelle
    33. The Mindset of Japanese Arguments How Japanese people argue differently

      | Rudy Barrett
    34. Kobun (Classical Japanese) - Adjectives & Musubi Describe things eloquently (and oddly) in Japanese

      | Rochelle
    35. Japanese Syllable Structure and the Past Tense of Verbs What the language is made of

      | Linda Lombardi
    36. Kobun (Classical Japanese) and How To Use Helper Verbs What do dinosaurs, SNL, and classical Japanese have in common?

      | Rochelle
    37. Kobun (Classical Japanese) Verbs & How To Use Them Actioning in an ancient way

      | Rochelle
    38. The 7 Different Ways to Learn Kanji (As I See It) Which one is right for you?

      | Koichi
    39. An Introduction To Reading Kobun (Classical Japanese) If Shakespeare lived in Japan, this is how he would talk.

      | Rochelle
    40. しか、さえ、and すら: Three Japanaese Particles That Are Easily Confused Get smart. Particle smart.

      | Rochelle
    41. How To Guess A Kanji's Stroke Order Master those strokes

      | Koichi
    42. Learning Japanese Through Cooking (Or Any Activity That You Enjoy)

      | Rochelle