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

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

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

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

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

      | Rachel B
    6. The "Minimum Effective Dose" Of Learning Japanese One pill at a time, kids!

      | Koichi
    7. Kotoba Asobi Playing With Words, Japanese Style

      | Rachel B
    8. Everybody Makes Embarassing Language Mistakes I don't like your selfish

      | Mami Suzuki
    9. Japanese: The Borrower Language Where The Japanese Language Came From, Twisting Words, and Why They Do It

      | Sarah W
    10. The Japanese Particle ね How to use ね

      | Sarah W
    11. An Introduction To Basic Japanese Slang It's gonna be Super awesome!

      | Rachel B
    12. Communicating Without Talking Getting your point across to Japanese people without using words

      | Hashi
    13. Aizuchi: Does Your Listening Make Japanese People Uncomfortable? うん。うん。うん。うん。

      | Sarah W
    14. How To Write Letters In Japanese: An Introduction Pen Pal Besties for Life

      | Koichi
    15. Learning Japanese Vocab Using Opposites Strengthen your vocab with the power of pairs

      | Koichi
    16. Creating Japanese Learning Opportunities in a Non-Japanese Speaking World Immersing yourself in Japanese outside Japan

      | Koichi
    17. How to Handle the Transition from Classroom to Self-Learning Welcome to the real world

      | John
    18. Majoring in Japanese? Here's What You Can Expect 5 reasons not to and 2 to maybe consider it

      | John
    19. The Biggest Spelling Mistakes in Japanese Nobody's perfect, even in Japanese

      | Hashi
    20. How To Survive, Get Ahead, And Then Conquer Your Japanese Language Class How to rocket to the head of the class

      | Koichi
    21. How To Look Up and Read Kanji You Don't Know Because everyone needs help sometimes

      | Koichi
    22. Japanese Reading Practice For Beginners Ease yourself in gently, like it's a hot, hot bath of language

      | Koichi
    23. How to Stay Motivated When Learning Japanese Keeping momentum for the long term

      | John
    24. Spotting The Hidden Meanings Hiding Within Animal Kanji Is that a pigeon I see in your kanji?

      | Koichi
    25. How to Kick Start Your Japanese Fluency With Pictures Visual learners listen up!

      | John
    26. How to Learn Japanese Without Really Doing Anything Nothing is never nothing, though

      | John
    27. How Romaji Can Ruin Your Day Maybe you should just learn actual Japanese?

      | Hashi
    28. Yojijukugo: The Four Kanji That Make One Idiom With 一所懸命 you will learn them all

      | Koichi
    29. Mixing It Up With Japanese Wordplay Becoming smarter and more fluent the fun way!

      | Hashi
    30. 9 Things Starcraft Can Teach You About Learning Japanese My life for Tofugu... er... Aiur

      | Koichi
    31. Your Name in Japanese - The Right and Wrong Way to Do It There are two ways to write your name in Japanese. And one of them is wrong.

      | Hashi
    32. Why Do Japanese People Talk So Fast? Try to keep up, junior

      | Koichi
    33. How To Conquer the Intermediate Japanese Plateau You've achieved a lot. But you can achieve more.

      | John
    34. 8 Things That Will Improve Your Japanese in Two Hours We all have a couple hours to spare

      | Koichi
    35. What Does It Mean To Be Fluent In Japanese? にほんごわかりますか?

      | Hashi
    36. Why People Say Japanese Is Hard to Learn and Why They're Wrong Don't believe everything you hear.

      | Hashi
    37. 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Japanese Learning When I Was First Starting Out herp derp derp derp herp derp

      | Koichi
    38. Hentaigana: How Japanese Went from Illegible to Legible in 100 Years Very pretty text becomes readable text

      | Hashi
    39. How Little Epiphanies Add Up to Big Gains Level up your Japanese

      | Koichi
    40. The Kana, They Are A-Changin' The post-war attempts to change kana forever

      | Hashi
    41. Yamato Kotoba: The REAL Japanese Language The language of the ancients

      | Koichi
    42. Goroawase: Japanese Numbers Wordplay How To Remember Japanese Telephone Numbers

      | Koichi