FREE Websites for Japanese Reading Practice (At Every Level)

free websites for Japanese reading practice

Want to get better at Japanese? Reading is one of the best ways to improve your language skills. It’s especially important to read a lot when you’re learning a language with a different writing system, like Japanese. Hiragana, katakana and kanji can be overwhelming at first. But with enough reading practice, reading these characters will … Read more

How To Say ‘Please’ In Japanese

Closeup portrait of small Asian girl asking please with hands clasped, isolated on pastel pink studio wall

Asking someone for a service or favour is never complete without saying ‘please’ and in Japanese, ‘please’ is usually translated as either onegaishimasu or kudasai. But what’s the difference between these two words and are there more?  Yes, there are many words for ‘please’ in Japanese and as always, context is king! Saying ‘please’ in … Read more

How to Say Merry Christmas in Japanese

A Japanese couple clink glasses of red wine and wish each other Merry Christmas. The woman is wearing a Santa hat and there is a red Christmas tree in the background.

Do you plan to spend the holidays in Japan? Maybe you have a Japanese pen pal who you want to wish an enjoyable winter holiday? Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Japanese is very easy: merii kurisumasu (メリークリスマス)! The English phrase has no direct translation in Japanese, because the holiday was only adapted from the West during … Read more