10 Basic writing tips

Every Japanese learner at some point need to improve their writing skills, I had this experience being able to fluently speak, but when it comes to writing things get a little bit difficult.

The hard part isn’t about writing itself nor grammar knowledge or vocabulary, actually it’s all about writing conventions and style.

I see fellow Japanese learners make mistakes not in using the language, but for instance, their choice of words in certain situations, or using the wrong collocation, or even using correct grammar.

To overcome this you need a high level of mastery, which takes time and a lot of experience. So I want to share some of my limited experience in working in a Japanese company and reading and writing tens of emails on a daily basis.

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What’s interesting about Japanese 日本語の面白いところ

日本語は世界でもトップクラスの習得が難しい言語と言われています。
そのため日本語の習得を一度は目指す人は世界中にはいても、実際にペラペラになるまでマスターができる人というのはそう多くはありません。ほとんどの人はその難しさに途中でくじけてしまい、日本語の習得を途中で諦めてしまったりします。ですがそんな中でも、日本語をしっかりと習得し日本人でもびっくりするほど堪能に話すことができるようになる外国人の方もいます。テレビなどを見ていると、そうした日本語のとてもうまい外国人のタレントさんを見かけることもあり、一体どうやって難しい日本語をマスターしたんだろうと尋ねたくなったりします。

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Japanese mothers came from the sun

Today is Mother’s day, And I would like to take this chance to express my gratitude to have such a supportive and caring mother. I am sure you feel the same way towards your mothers. so do make sure to buy your Okaasan a present.

Most beginner Japanese students learn the word for “mother” early on. however, there are not so many who know the origins of the word even among advanced students. Actually not even Japanese people know it anyway. It originates from the sun. how? read on to find out how.

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Kanji tales: The journey to Japan

When I started learning Japanese I was overwhelmed with all the Kana and Kanji and all the other stuff that were completely new to me, all of which didn’t give me the time to think about the history of those characters. to be honest I didn’t care at all then, but now that I am used to it I started to think that it’s actually fun to learn about the history of characters, as it gives you so much insight about its meanings and construction. I think it will help the advanced learner to understand more aspects about Kanji and Japanese culture as well. So without further ado I wanna tell you about the journey that brought Kanji to Japan briefly in the following few paragraphs.

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Origins: unfortunately a man and a women are contradicting you

What a weird title, but it probably has a deep meaning, right? well, Yeah! I’ve got 5 words that I want to show you how they came to be, because knowing the origin of words is usually fun and will make those words just stick in those brain cells of yours. besides you’ll have something to brag about when talking with your Japanese friends or your fellow Japanese learners.
So any body could guess what the words are?
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Kanji tales: Communicating with God by Kanji

Do you believe that there were times when Kanji used to be the characters of Gods? And people used it to ask Gods about the future, and now we still use the same holy characters! Characters that have been in use for more than 3000 years. that means that we can read characters as old as the pharaohs hieroglyphs TODAY. The cool thing is it’s not limited to Kanji experts to read this magnificent characters, Even if you just started learning Kanji you can read it. Actually even if you don’t know any Kanji at all you can still understand a few characters. since it started as ideographs it looks like a drawing. Continue reading “Kanji tales: Communicating with God by Kanji”