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Made-in-Japan English!

The Japanese language has no hesitations when it comes to importing words from abroad, and why not? Foreign words add spice to our mother tongue! New layers of meaning and nuance can be instantly introduced to the local language when… Continue reading →

Be careful with these Japanese words!

Let’s explore the many possible ways you can put your foot in it and embarrass yourself by mis-saying Japanese words! Often getting something wrong is the best way to learn how to get it right: “Mistakes are the seeds for… Continue reading →

How Chinese is helping me learn Japanese

During my last two years of school around ten years ago, I was lucky enough to be able to study Japanese and then in my final year, I picked up Chinese too. Both of these courses gave me a good… Continue reading →

Learn Authentic Japanese With These Films

Different social groups in Japan all use very different language to communicate: just by changing the way you say things you can sound more masculine, girly, scary, young, or even samurai-esque! Let’s watch some Japanese films to learn how to… Continue reading →

Boost Your Japanese, Chinese or Korean With These 10 Kick-Ass Expressions

1. The old man lost his horse Japanese: 塞翁が馬  sai-ō-ga-uma Chinese: 塞翁失马  sài-wēng-shī-mǎ Korean: 새옹지마  se-ung-ji-ma Meaning: a setback can turn out to be a blessing in disguise Once upon a time in Ancient China, there was a man who everybody called… Continue reading →

Meet 佳奈 Kana and 艺 Yi: our new Japanese and Chinese Language Specialists

佳奈 Kana – Japanese Language Specialist from Ōsaka, Japan How has your experience of life at Memrise been so far? It is like being a kid again! You need to jump outside the box and liberate your creativity. I’m a… Continue reading →

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