Japanese

Unnatural Japanese Phrases Frequently Used on Language Learning Sites and What to Say Instead

I often see some Japanese phrases that are grammatically correct but unnatural in terms of cultural context. Here are some of them that are frequently used on some language learning sites or apps. 1) てつだってください。 It literally means “please give/lend me a hand,” but it’s not common when you ask someone to teach or advise… Continue reading Unnatural Japanese Phrases Frequently Used on Language Learning Sites and What to Say Instead

Japanese

Useful Japanese Expressions for Language Learning Site/App: Level of Corrections

I think that the level of corrections should depend on the learner’s proficiency in the target language. That’s why I correct only big grammatical mistakes for beginners, while I point out small differences in nuance and suggest alternative expressions for advanced learners. However, there might be beginners who want to learn more or advanced learners… Continue reading Useful Japanese Expressions for Language Learning Site/App: Level of Corrections

English · Grammar

When is “last” and “next”? – ambiguous words to refer to time –

There is an interesting discussion concerning the words “last” and “next”. Suppose it were Autumn now. When someone said “last summer,” would you think it refers to the one in the same year or the previous year? Similarly, would “next winter” be the one in the same year or the next year? According to some… Continue reading When is “last” and “next”? – ambiguous words to refer to time –

Grammar · Japanese

Differences and Usages: いきる vs. すむ

I got a question from a Japanese learner about how to use 生きる (ikiru) and 住む (sumu) correctly.Both can be translated as “to live” in English, but they are not exactly the same in Japanese. (Old houses in Kawagoe, Japan) 生きる means “to lead a life” or “to survive,” and its opposite word is 死ぬ (shinu), “to die”.1) 私たちは生きるために水が必要です。(わたしたちは… Continue reading Differences and Usages: いきる vs. すむ

Tools

Now I’m on “HiNative”!

I signed up to “HiNatie”, an online language/cultural exchange community managed by the Lang-8 team.http://hinative.com/ It’s available not only on iPhone app but also on PCs and Macs.You can ask some brief questions about a language, region and culture you are interested in.I’ll see how it works. 🙂