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Take a Bow
This is an interesting point of Japanese culture that can sometimes be a bit difficult for foreigners to understand. But knowing when and how to bow can really help you improve your interactions with native Japanese speakers.
Japanese: A High Context Language
“Watching movies, dramas, and anime alone isn’t going to teach you Japanese, but it can at least give you some good listening practice (plus, there’s some really great shows out there).”
The Only Three Sentences You Need to Learn Japanese
While I do believe that people should work as hard as they can to learn a language, I have found a couple of key sentences that have helped me orient myself in this space.
Fluency Is a Stupid Goal
‘fluency’ in the language, whatever that actually means, is an aimless and often fruitless pursuit. This is because there really isn’t a way to decide if someone is fluent or not.
Kabuki: A Resilient Traditional Art
Have you ever looked at anime and opera and wished someone would combine them into one form of entertainment? Well, I have good news for you. They already did.
Back To School
School in Japan is pretty different from what you might be used to if you live in the U.S. (or anywhere that isn’t Japan, really). Yet Japan’s school system is consistently ranked as one of the top in the world.
Learn Japanese Through Anime or Manga
With the emergence and growth of Japanese culture and maybe partially due to the power of manga and anime, learning Japanese is now more on the minds of language learners more than ever. I mean who in their right mind would not want to speak the same language as their heroes and heroines?
Ukiyo: The Floating World
As you look more into Japanese history, especially the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868), you will quickly come across a lot of woodblock prints. These are generally referred to as ukiyo-e (浮世絵), or pictures of the “floating world.” So what is the “floating world?”