Aug
11
2014

Cool Japanese cheat sheet

It’s been four and a half long years since Nihonshock released its original Basic Japanese cheat sheet, and finally I got around to making another freebie!

Cool Japanese cheat sheet
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Jun
16
2014

Advanced Japanese Colors

Like any language, Japanese possesses a myriad of vivid descriptive terms for color. This article will introduce some interesting differences and quirks about color in the Japanese language, and also offer a selection of beautiful Japanese color names so that learners can expand their vocabulary palette beyond simple (and vague) descriptors such as red, green and blue.

Advanced Japanese Colors
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Jun
01
2014

Amanohashidate: Japan’s “Heavenly Bridge”

Amanohashidate (天橋立 – Japan’s “heavenly bridge”) is one of the renowned three views of Japan, yet due to its location on the often-neglected Sea of Japan coast it often doesn’t make the cut for many sightseers’ itineraries.

Amanohashidate: Japan’s “Heavenly Bridge”
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May
15
2014

Discovering Japanese Whisky

When most people think of Japan and alcohol, they think of rice wine sake. But Japan is also a world-class producer of malt whisky. If you enjoy a good Scotch whisky (Japanese whisky is made in the Scottish style), but haven’t yet tried any from Japan, you’re really missing out!

Discovering Japanese Whisky
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Oct
03
2013

Japanese Cheat Sheet Pack Re-release!

It’s been more than a year since I first released Nihonshock’s Japanese cheat sheet pack, and in that time it became clear to me that I needed to take the product just a little bit further. Therefore, I am re-releasing it…

Japanese Cheat Sheet Pack Re-release!
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Sep
05
2013

The Bases of Japanese Verbs

Japanese has very long verb phrases. Things attach to verbs in various ways to produce phrases like 急がなければならない. Just to think, it can be way longer than this. This chain can easily go past six things in succession.

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Aug
30
2013

Japan’s city that’s hot as hell

The expression ‘hell on earth’ conjures up images of something very unpleasant, so it is unlikely that the expression would be used to draw tourists. However, in Beppu city the expression ‘hell on earth’ is probably the best way to describe what you’ll get..

Japan’s city that’s hot as hell
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Apr
28
2013

Japanese Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia. That’s a big scary term with a much less daunting meaning: any word that mimics a sound. In English, onomatopoeia consists of words like “boom”, “pop”, and “cock-a-doodle-do”.

Of course, Japanese also has onomatopoeia (which they call 擬態語 : ぎたいご). They have LOTS of it…

Japanese Onomatopoeia
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Jan
15
2013

6 Sites All Japanese Learners Should Bookmark

Today I’m going to share a collection of websites that I think are absolutely amazing resources which everyone learning Japanese should know about. A few of them I don’t use (because I’m already fluent in Japanese), but they’re all sites that I either have used, currently use, or wish I had known about when I was still at the beginner-intermediate level.

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Dec
08
2012

36 Cool and Obscure Words (WOTD Roundup)

For the last month or so, (almost) every day, I’ve been posting a #Japanese #WOTD on Twitter. Since information on twitter is quickly buried, I’ll leave a record here for the sake of data permanence…

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