How To Say Everybody In Japanese (Mina-San Vs Minna)

The word for ‘everybody’ in Japanese is minna (みんな). When calling others’ attention, addressing a group or talking about ‘everybody’, the proper word is mina-san (皆さん / みなさん). You can also use minna for inanimate objects when saying ‘everything’ or ‘all’.  One of the most common beginner mistakes in learning Japanese is confusing mina and … Read more

Kouhai In Japanese: What Does it Mean and How to Use it

Japanese society embraces a hierarchical system especially when it comes to school or work. You may know it as the senpai-kouhai system. Senpai (先輩 / せんぱい) means one’s superior. The opposite of senpai is kouhai (後輩 / こうはい), one’s junior, a younger person or colleague who has little experience. Today we will highlight the background … Read more