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27 March

Chinese-Japanese False Friends

In this lesson, we’re going to look at twenty false friends between Chinese logographic characters and Japanese kanji. Because the Japanese concept of kanji has its origins in the more …

15 October

Japanese Counters

Today we’re going to discuss the Japanese counting system. Specifically, we’ll be looking at Japanese count words or counters. Counting in Japanese can be confusing for non-native speakers because virtually …

09 February

Japanese Honorific Suffixes

Honorific suffixes, or simply honorifics, are appended to the names of people who you are addressing or referring to. Although not technically part of Japanese grammar, correct honorific usage is …