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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      | Kristen Dexter
    8. 27 Hiragana Charts: Stroke Order, Practice, Mnemonics, and More Find the method, style, and approach that works for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      | Koichi
    24. 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
    25. Why English Is Hard and Japanese Is Easy And why they both make everyone else want to cry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      | Koichi
    39. Weird Kanji Unusual Readings and their Origins

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

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

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

      | Rochelle