Here are my favourite social expressions in Toyama-ben. And yes, you will not find these vocabularies in a standard Japanese language textbook!
Here are five fantastic examples of wasei-eigo; see whether you can guess the meaning of each one before reading the definition.
My life here in Okinawa has improved so much since. Every Saturday I join their free conversational Japanese class that is held at the local Oki-koku-dai College.
If those last words in the articles weren’t enough to surprise you and your friends, here is the final batch of 8 more that will blow your linguistic part of your brain away (or at least get a chuckle).
Today we will look at even more characters frequently used in Chinese and Japanese language each with unique differences. Part 1 had featured more everyday kanji, this one has some truly surprising cultural differences.
The kanji characters originated from Chinese characters, and while most of the meanings remain intact, a few specific words have somehow adapted completely different meanings.
In the way that Scotland has produced comedians like Billy Connolly, Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges, so too has Osaka produced most of the current crop of nationally famous comedians. Much like Glasgow, there is just something innately funny about what Osaka people say, and the way in which they say it.
Most of you who have tried to learn Japanese know that it is a truly difficult language for native English speakers to master. According to a Voxy study it takes around 2,200 hours of study to become proficient in the language when compared to just 575 with Spanish which is closer to our native tongue.
Japanese is a pretty tough language to learn. Three different types of characters, consisting of 50 hiragana, 50 katakana, and over 2000 common kanji—with so much to start out with, sometimes it can be tricky to build up on the vocabulary aspect of the language.
Let's play a word game. I'll start with the name of a place, like a city, state, province, or country, and you tell me the name of a different place that starts with the last letter of the city I mentioned. For example, if I say Rome, you might say Ethiopia. Which would mean I need to say someplace that starts with A. So, I'll use Aichi, which is a prefecture here in Japan. Then you start with I and so on and so forth.