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Cosplay at Japan Fair 2017

Cosplayers at Japan Fair 2017 ... at Japanese-Online booth.

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How Music Can Help You Learn a New Language

Language and music are deeply entwined. They are sisters to each other, both rooted in rhythm, tone, and melody. Likewise, they both have a learning curve to the newcomer. But, the beauty is, these two can be combined for an incredible result; learning a new language with the help of music is incredibly effective.

It was previously thought that language and music used two differing brain functions. Speech functions were localized in the left-brain hemisphere and language in the right. But scientific advances in brain imaging technology have challenged that idea as of late. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there’s a whole lot of overlap between the two. The data is overwhelming that music can aid in one’s quest to learn a new language.

How it Helps

If you were asked, “Which letter comes before R?”, you would probably have to sing the alphabet song in order to remember it is ‘Q’. Ask any kindergartener, and you will realize that, even at a young age, we become aware rather quickly of the perks of memorizing things in conjunction with music. It’s true, the power of music is seldom matched, both in terms of its memorization benefits and its complexity itself. For instance, think about how much easier it is for you to memorize your favorite song than it was to memorize your multiplication tables.

You see, certain songs trigger memories, just like the way scent does. Music can help ingrain in your mind events that happened years ago, and it can help you to recall them with ease. Channeling this tool when it comes to memorizing a new alphabet and language is just as effective. There is no reason you can’t help yourself memorize the hiragana and katakana alphabets with music. Not only will this make the process easier, but it will most likely make it more fun and interesting, too.

How it Works

The brain is an “association machine.” It remembers new information by connecting it with the information already there. So, the memories or facts you most easily remember are those that get linked, whether consciously or subconsciously, to memories and information already there. Simple enough, right? Just remember that for you to retain the vocabulary and store it in your long-term memory, you have to creatively connect them with something else. If you were trying to memorize the Japanese word “Oboemasu”, you could think of the oboe, a musical instrument, and you could pair “masu” with another word it reminds you of, perhaps the word, “massage”.

Songs create these same kinds of opportunities for making connections, which is why they’re so memorable. There are plenty of people who can’t remember their friend’s birthdays, yet they know all of the words to hundreds of songs. By pairing new vocabulary with music, you not only allow your brain to make more connections to the new words you are learning, but you target the rhythmic side of music and language that pair so well together, too.


Jane Sandwood, Freelance Writer
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Japanese Animes --- Learn Japanese

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Many people start learning Japanese because they wanted to watch Japanese Anima in its native language. What is your favorite anime? Can you name those anime pictures above?
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Japanese Bowing

Japanese Bowing
Bowing is a very protective but very common way to say "Hello" and "Good Bye" in Japanese culture. When our Japanese guests leave the company, we say good by by bowing our heads.
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Japan uses Metric System and More ...

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Japan uses metric system. So, please looking for an apartment or office space in Japan, the size is shown in square meter rather than square foot (in the US). So, if the space is 50 square meters, it is 538.195 square foot.

In addition to sum, Japan uses "TSUBO 坪" to show how large the space is. TSUBO is based on two Tatami Mat size. Two Tatami mats create a square space that is 3.3 square meters. That is 35.52 square feet.

You count each Tatami as one "jo 畳". So if the room has 6 Tatami, it is called 6 jo room. That will be 19.8 square meter or 213.13 square foot.

Now you know how Japanese explain the room size.

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Japanese Food

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What is your favorite Japanese food?
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Akihabara or Akiba

Akihabara or Akiba Akihabara or Akiba Akihabara or Akiba Akihabara or Akiba
Do you know the term, "Otaku"?

Otaku is a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills. And the Akihabara is the center for Otaku culture in Japan.

Akihabara is also know for Anime, Electronics, Pop Culture, Maid Cafe ...

I took those pictures few years ago.
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Katsuouji - Drama Temple

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Those picture were taken at Katsuouji temple in Osaka. This temple is know for many Drama dolls ... When you have a chance to visit Osaka, you might want to visit Katsuouji.
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Japanese Curry

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Do you like Japanese Curry (KARE-)?
Do you put Worcestershire Sauce or Soy Source?
What kind of topping do you like? Do you like Katsu Curry? How about Row Egg?
White rice or brown rice?
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Reader Contribution ... Thank you Jane!

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5 Memory Hacks for Learning Japanese Fast & Easy

Do you want to learn Japanese but don’t know where to start? If this sounds like you, then we have a few useful tips on how to improve your vocabulary and exposure to the Japanese language. In this guide, we have combined useful hacks to help you practice and learn Japanese fast and easy.

Tailor Your Methods

Let’s face it - learning kanji is not the easiest part of the language. However, there is a solution. The best way to create a strong memory ( advertisement: ) is to reproduce the same information in different ways constantly. Consider a combination of techniques that include post-it notes, flashcards, practice quizzes, topic explanations, and key word associations.

Take Advantage of Lessons Online

With the use of online tools, you can start with the basics and move onto topics, sentence structures, and formalities. Online language tools will provide the essential foundation to building the basic knowledge of the Japanese language and improve your memory.

Read Japanese News and Articles

Put your kanji identification and vocabulary to the test by reading and comprehension. Reading Japanese news and articles helps you learn how to identify common vocabulary. While it will be difficult as a beginner, you can highlight the list of kanji and vocabulary that you do not understand and use a dictionary as a reference.

Write Your Notes

Help cement the foundation of information by taking notes. You will have to ensure that it is readable as you can recall the notes by hand rather than using your laptop. Also, be sure to use full sentences in your flash cards rather than single words. What’s great about sentences is that you can learn new words, as well as how to use them in the proper context.

Learn the Songs

Focus on learning Japanese songs, particularly nursery rhymes. Once you’ve mastered the nursery rhymes, you can move on to karaoke songs and even make a few friends along the way. While it is not the only way to learn Japanese, it is a great addition to memorizing the language and vocabulary and spark up new conversations.

Repetition is the best way to memorize new information in a short time frame. The key is to go through a topic several times on different occasions and express the information in many ways. This is called over-learning. When you can express the information repeatedly, it will naturally come easy.

This article was contributed by Jane.

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