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The Definition of a “Weeb” ― Revealed

If you’re an anime or gaming fan and you’ve been on the internet for any period of time, you’ve probably heard the word “weeb”. Weeb is the result of many different variations of internet slang evolving into a brand-new term, and they aren’t all flattering! Let’s get to know the origins, the meaning, and the …

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Dogeza — Meaning, Context & Usage

Let’s take a look at one of the more distinctive physical acts many people recognize from Japanese culture: dogeza. While the term itself is probably unfamiliar, you’re probably at least passingly familiar with its meaning, that of prostrating yourself on the ground, in an extreme form of bowing. In this article, we’ll cover the full …

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Rocket Languages Japanese — Full Review (2021)

Next in our long line of reviews of Japanese learning materials is Rocket Languages. If you’ve spent time (like me) furiously googling around for answers to your various questions about Japanese, no doubt you’ve stumbled on some of their stuff before. What a lot of people don’t immediately realize about them is that they actually …

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Daisuki (大好き) — Here’s What It Really Means

Let’s look at a word that it seems like everyone loves to use in Japan. Tread carefully, however, this word (like, it seems, all words in Japanese) carries more nuance than you might at first expect. Those pitfalls are pretty easy to overcome, though, and in this article I’ll be guiding you on how to …

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“Kawaii desu” ― Meaning, Usage & Examples

Ramen. Sushi. Sake. Some Japanese words are immediately recognizable, even if you don’t speak the language at all. Others are still heavily used in non-Japanese media but aren’t quite as easy to understand. Let’s look at the Japanese phrase “kawaii desu.”   What does “kawaii desu” mean in Japanese? The phrase “kawaii desu” (可愛いです) means …

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The Meaning of Naisu (ナイス) — Revealed!

Japanese has a reputation as an insular language, and beginners are often convinced it’s earned. but regular readers of the Linguaholic blog won’t be surprised that its chock full of words borrowed from other languages. Some of these, like 天ぷら (tempura), have been around in Japanese for so long they masquerade as native Japanese words. …

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Padoru (Meme): Meaning & What It Has to Do With Christmas!

Like countries the world over, Japan has a robust group of subcultures. The obvious example is anime and video game fans, known in Japan as otaku. These people have many traditions, jokes and cultural references that will make literally zero sense to your average Japanese person. It goes without saying that there are thriving communities …

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The Meaning of “Kokujin” (黒人) in Japanese

Some Japanese words are complicated to use, but easy to understand. Others are simple to use but have complicated contexts. In this post, we’ll look at one of the latter, the word 黒人 (kokujin).   What does the word 黒人 (kokujin) mean in Japanese? The word 黒人 (kokujin) means a person with black skin. It …

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“Mononoke” (in Princess Mononoke) – A Linguistic Note

Anyone who’s a fan of animation is probably a fan of Studio Ghibli films, and anyone who’s a fan of Studio Ghibli films has heard the name “Princess Mononoke.” It’s one of the most popular animated films of all time. Heck, it’s one of the few Japanese animated films that Roger Ebert truly loved. But …

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