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Here are the list of all my articles about Japanese grammar/expressions and culture. For your easier navigate (search), please try the link, "Grammar/Expression Lessons" or "Japanese Culture Lessons."

The Year of the ox
2009 is the year of the ox. The Japanese use essentially the same animal zodiac symbols as the Chinese. Learn about some Japanese expressions referencing the ox.

50 Popular Kanji (12)
Here is the newest list of 50 popular kanji.

The Year of the Rat
The Japanese use essentially the same animal zodiac symbols as the Chinese. Learn about some Japanese expressions referencing the rat.

The Year of the Wild boar
The Japanese use essentially the same animal zodiac symbols as the Chinese. Learn about the wild boar and some Japanese expressions referencing the wild boar.

50 Popular Kanji (11)

The Year of the Dog
The Japanese use animal zodiac symbols like the Chinese. Learn some Japanese expressions including the word dog.

Most Popular Baby Names of 2005
Here is the list of the most popular baby names of 2005.

50 Popular Kanji (10)

The Year of the Rooster
The Japanese use animal zodiac symbols like the Chinese. Learn some Japanese expressions including bird names.

Most Popular Baby Names of 2004
Here is the list of the most popular baby names of 2004.

50 Popular Kanji (9)

50 Popular Kanji (8)

Japanese Baby Names for Boys and Girls
A huge list of Japanese baby names, both traditional and modern.

50 Popular Kanji (7)
Find the words you like and learn how to write them in kanji!

Animal Sounds
How do you describe the sounds of animals in your country? It is interesting that each language has its own special words to describe such sounds.

Katakana in The Matrix
If you are a fan of the movies or a keen learner of Japanese, you might already know this fact about katakana and The Matrix. Find out more.

Top 10 Japanese Surnames
Ever wondered what the Japanese equivalent of "Smith" is? Here is the list of the top 10 most common Japanese surnames.

50 Popular Kanji (6)
Find the words you like and learn how to write them in kanji!

"Spirited Away" won the Oscar
Hayao Miyazaki's critically acclaimed movie "Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)" won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 75th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Relationships with Nature: The Firefly
The Japanese word for a firefly is "hotaru." In some cultures hotaru might not have a positive reputation, but they are well liked in Japanese society. Find out more.

Japanese Events in February
The calendar might say February is the beginning of spring, but it is still quite cold in Japan. Learn about events held in this month.

The Year of the Sheep
It is the year of the sheep! The Japanese use animal zodiac symbols like the Chinese. Learn some Japanese expressions including the word sheep.

Japanese Events in January
The Japanese word for January is "ichi-gatsu" which literally means "the first month." Learn about events held in January.

50 Popular Kanji (5)
Kanji might be hard to learn, but it is also a fun part of the Japanese language. Learn the kanji characters for the words you like!

Japanese Language Expert Quiz
How are your Japanese studies? Here is a fun quiz to test your knowledge of the Japanese language. There are 15 questions and the further you go, the more difficult it gets. Enjoy!

2002 FIFA World Cup
The FIFA 2002 World Cup is being held in Asia for first time and is co-hosted by Korea and Japan. Learn how to write the names of the countries competing in this tournament.

50 Popular Kanji (4)
Kanji might be hard to learn, but it is also a fun part of the Japanese language. Learn the kanji characters for the words you like!

The Year of the Horse
It is the year of the horse! The Japanese use animal zodiac symbols like the Chinese. There are a quite few expressions including the word horse.

Particles: To
The functions of particle "to" include complete listing, accompaniment, quotation, and so on.

Japan's New Royal Baby
On December 1st 2001, all of Japan was overjoyed at the birth of a girl to Crown Princess Masako and Crown Prince Naruhito. The baby was named Princess Aiko.

Before You Buy a Japanese Dictionary
A dictionary is the essential tool when learning a language. There are many dictionaries to choose from. I will give you some tips to find the dictionary for your needs.

Yoji-Jukugo (4)
Yoji-jukugo are idiomatic expressions made up of four kanji characters. Learn some yoji-jukugo that express the tactics or one's attitude when playing games, or trying something.

Sentence Ending Particles (2)
Learn more about sentence ending particles.

Sentence Ending Particles (1)
In Japanese, there are many particles that are added to the end of a sentence. They express the speaker's emotions of doubt, emphasis, caution, hesitation, wonder, admiration, and so on.

Expressions Used in Letters
The difference between written language and conversational language in Japanese is much greater than in English. Learn some set expressions used in formal letters.

Japanese for Travelers: Getting Around
Do you plan to go for a trip to Japan? Learn some useful expressions before you go. Speaking the language of the country you are visiting makes the trip more fun!

Conversation Openers and Fillers
In conversations, openers and fillers are used quite often to smooth communication. Let's learn about frequently used openers and fillers.

Body Part Expressions: Head
There are many expressions including head in Japanese. Let's take a look these words, phrases and proverbs.

Particles: De
The functions of particle "de" include place of action, means, materials, and so on.

Particles: Ni
The Particle "ni" has quite a few different functions such as indirect object marker, location, direction, time, and so on.

Particles: O and No
A particle is a word that shows the relationship of a word, a phrase, or a clause to the rest of the sentence. We will look at the functions of the particle "o" and "no".

Onomatopoeic Phrases (3)
Japanese is filled with onomatopoeic phrases, the words that describe sound or action directly. We will take a look at onomatopoeic phrases related hunger, eating, taste and so on.

Symbols of Japanese Summer
August is the hottest month of the year in Japan. Not only is the temperature high, so is the humidity. This week we will look at symbols for the hot Japanese summer.

Yoji-Jukugo (3)
Yoji-jukugo are idiomatic expressions made up of four kanji characters. Learn some yoji-jukugo that can be used as tattoo designs.

Shopping at Department Store
Japanese department stores are much bigger than their North American counterparts, and you can buy almost anything there. Let's learn useful expressions for shopping.

Proverbial Flowers
There are quite a few Japanese proverbs including flowers. Let's take a look at some of the expressions, and learn flower vocabulary.

All About Radicals (3)
This is the last lesson about radicals. We will take a look at the common radicals that take the "ashi", "tare", "nyou" and "kamae" position.

All About Radicals (2)
We will take a look at the common radicals that take the "tsukuri" and "kanmuri" position.

All About Radicals (1)
A radical is a common sub-element found in different kanji characters. Radicals express the general nature of the kanji characters. If you memorize some of the important radicals, they will help you to figure out the meanings of many kanji!

The Number Seven
It seems that every culture has lucky numbers and unlucky numbers. Seven appears to be a universally lucky or holy number. Find out how the number seven is used in the Japanese language.

Expressing One's Thoughts
When expressing one's thought, feelings, opinions, ideas and guesses, "~ to omou (I think that ~)" is frequently used. Find out more.

Counters
Each language has different ways for counting objects. Japanese uses a variety of counters, often based on the shape of the object. Find out more.

The Extended Use of the Verb "Suru"
The verb "suru (to do)" has many extended uses that occur quite often.

Specificity of Japanese Verbs
Some Japanese verbs are more specific when describing actions than English verbs. We will have a look what verbs are used to describe "to wear" and "to play".

Soccer Vocabulary
Are you a soccer fan? Can't wait for the World Cup to start? Let's warm up your soccer vocabulary in time for the World Cup!

Particles: Wa VS Ga
Particles are probably one of the most difficult and confusing aspects of Japanese sentences. The two most confusing seem to be "wa" and "ga".

Trends in Japanese Baby Names
Baby names are like mirrors to reflect the times. Let's have a look at the transitions in popular baby names and recent trends.

Japanese Baby Names
Learn about naming conventions and the meanings of Japanese names. There are links to explore thousands of Japanese baby names.

50 Popular Kanji (3)
Kanji might be hard to learn, but it is also a fun part of the Japanese language. Learn the kanji characters for the words you like!

Yoji-Jukugo (2)
Yoji-jukugo are idiomatic expressions made up of four kanji characters. Learn yoji-Jukugo including the kanji character for "one".

Talking on the Phone
Let's learn common expressions used on the phone. Don't be intimidated by phone calls. Practice makes perfect!

All About Adjectives
There are two types of adjectives in Japanese. Japanese adjectives differ from their English counterparts. Find out more.

Learn From Movie Dialogues (2)
Here is another lesson with movie dialogues. If you recognize the scenes of the movies from the lines, you must be a movie junkie!

Learn From Movie Dialogues (1)
Have you ever wondered how the movie dialogues are translated into Japanese? Want to know the phrases that you can actually say or hear in daily conversation?

All About Verbs
Verbs forms are considered to be difficult to learn. The good news is the system itself is rather simple, as far as memorizing certain rules.

Proverbial Fish
Fish are closely related to Japanese culture. There are quite a few expressions and proverbs including fish in Japanese. Find out more.

Hinamatsuri (Doll's Festival)
Hinamatsuri (Doll's Festival) is held on March 3rd. This is a day to pray for young girl's growth and happiness. Find out more.

Expressions of Ability
Ability and potential can be expressed by two different ways. Find out more.

Talking About Love
Learn how to say, "I love you" in Japanese. You will also learn some expressions including the word "love".

Is Red the Color of Love?
What is like Valentine's Day in Japan? You will also learn Japanese conception of the color of red, and how they use it in their culture.

Visiting Someone's Place
Japanese seem to have many formal phrases for certain actions. Learn some common expressions you are likely to use when visiting Japanese homes.

The Year of the Snake
It is the year of the snake! The Japanese use animal zodiac symbols like the Chinese. You will learn expressions including the word snake.

Movie Titles in Japanese (2)
We will have another look at translated movie titles.

Movie Titles in Japanese (1)
Western movies are popular in Japan. When the titles are translated into Japanese, they are sometimes turned into totally different ones. Find out more.

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