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25+ Japanese words and phrases Anime taught me

A few months ago I made a post called “Is learning Japanese with Anime, Manga and Video Games possible?” That post has proved quite popular so I decided to do a followup. I’ve watched a lot of anime over the years and although in recent...

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Japanese Language Study comes full circle

I recently celebrated the the 8th anniversary of Jamaipanese.com. Way back in 2006 I started this blog to document my study of the Japanese language and share my interest in Japan. In September 2005 I was enrolled in private classes at a small local language...

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Practical Japanese: Electronic Toilet Controller Buttons

Welcome to the second ediition in a series I am calling “practical Japanese” where I share a photo or video showing hiragana, katakana or kanji being used in a practical everyday sense. The aim is to expand the vocabulary of fellow Japanese learners so they...

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Basic Japanese has Inflitrated my Vocabulary

I have been studying Japanese on and off far too long to not be good at it and while I have sought to blame my delinquency on the lack of opportunities to practice, my inability to remain motivated, a ‘busy’ lifestyle and procrastination there are...

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Phonetikana – Katakana Typeface

What do you do when you are a designer and have to make frequent trips to Japan but you are unable to find the time to learn to read or speak the language? Why design a katakana typeface that has English phonetic sounds embedded of...

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NihongoUp Contest Winners

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the NihongoUp giveaway contest I have been hosting for the past 2 weeks. There were 22 entries overall in the form of 16 tweets, 5 blog posts and 1 image. Sadly there were...

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51 Japanese Characters card set

51 Japanese characters is a card set of 51 unique illustrations of many characters typically found in Japanese society made by Peter Machat. I enjoyed reading the short descriptions with most of them being quite entertaining. The character descriptions on the back of each card...

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What did English borrow from Japanese?

The English Language has many loan words from many languages, but we don’t care about those other languages except Japanese right? We all (I hope) know about the cool words like “ninja”, “anime”, “karate” and “samurai” just to name a few. But what about the...

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3 useful sites for Japanese Learners

Yes I am staying true to my promise to start posting more about learning Japanese and use these posts to help in my own practice and understanding of the Japanese language. Before I started I thought I’d share 3 excellent online resources for persons who...

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