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

      | Koichi
    2. 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
    3. Why English Is Hard and Japanese Is Easy And why they both make everyone else want to cry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      | Koichi
    17. Weird Kanji Unusual Readings and their Origins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      | Rochelle
    33. Learning Japanese During Your Study Abroad Maximize your learning

      | Rebecca
    34. Sorry for Saying Thank You The Many Uses Of Sumimasen

      | Sarah W
    35. How To Gain Free Time and Be More Productive Learn Japanese and do more with your life

      | John and Koichi
    36. What I Learned About Learning Japanese From Spending 3 Weeks In Taiwan 3 weeks. 1 lesson. 1 country. Taiwan.

      | Koichi
    37. How To Be PeraPera Tips On Speaking Conversational Japanese More Fluently

      | Rachel B
    38. Staying Motivated: Tricking Your Brain I love Kanji! I love Kanji! Do you hear me brain?!

      | Koichi
    39. Keigo: The Importance of Politeness in Japanese You can't have your keigo and eat it too

      | Mami Suzuki
    40. Staying Motivated: A Habit Is Formed Offer an hour everyday to Kanji and Kanji will give you some love

      | Koichi
    41. Staying Motivated: Setting Stakes Push yourself and then Pay yourself

      | Koichi
    42. Gyaru-go The Language Of The Mysterious and Elusive Creature: The Gal

      | Rachel B