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The Funniest News of the Year in Japan

Some news makes us tremble with anger while other news makes us shiver with horror. There is also news that makes us burst into laughter,...
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Dec 6, 2014 13:12
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Grandma’s Marriage With native lang

A few years before my grandma passed away, she often told me about her fondest memory, which was of her wedding. She recounted the same s...
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Sep 28, 2014 10:26
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The Rise and Fall of Japanese Manga

Have you ever seen the anime, “Akira”? Otomo Katsuhiro, the manga artist who created “Akira,” was born in 1954. He is known to be a movie...
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Sep 17, 2014 09:46
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The Power of Translation and Anime

At the individual level, being monolingual can be a disadvantage, but at the national level, it could be an advantage that the majority o...
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Sep 15, 2014 17:01
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Is English a ticket to affluence?

Unlike many English speakers who learn Japanese, the majority of Japanese people learn English for practical reasons. They learn it becau...
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Sep 9, 2014 09:12
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The reason why some Lang-8 members send you a blank “Friend Request”

I sometimes see Lang-8 members complain about people who send a “Friend Request” without a message. I’m annoyed by such requests too, but...
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Aug 23, 2014 10:03
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Born to Play With native lang

I wonder if we were born to play. I wonder if we were born to frolic. When I hear children playing, I feel my body start moving. Whe...
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Aug 20, 2014 09:02
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The Damned Dumplings—恐怖のギョーザ

In Japan, summer is the time for horror stories. Since the Japanese summer is terribly hot and humid, we appreciate the chill scary stori...
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Aug 2, 2014 12:23 horror story fiction
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To the children of peace: let us cry and start resisting! With native lang

I translated a verse written by Nakanishi Rei. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- To the childre...
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Jul 31, 2014 09:19 translation
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Hancho and Honcho

At the elementary school I went to, the teachers divided our class into several groups, or "han," and I was often chosen as the...
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Jul 21, 2014 17:50 story fiction
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Which is correct, “始めまして” or “初めまして”? With native lang

Have you ever gotten your “始めまして” corrected into “初めまして”? Since I joined Lang-8, I’ve seen countless entries in which “始めまして” was correc...
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Jun 30, 2014 11:14 Japanese greetings
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Doge Meme

A friend of mine told me that a certain English comment left by a Japanese Lang-8 member reminded her of “doge meme.” Do you know what...
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Jun 21, 2014 11:52
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Tips to Learn the Kind of Japanese You Want to Use

I’ve been writing these entries not because I believe learners should write or speak Japanese that sounds perfectly natural, but because ...
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Jun 22, 2013 12:11 Japanese learning tips
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Real Spoken Japanese

Many learners of Japanese seem to be worried that the Japanese used in their textbooks doesn’t sound natural. They might not. However, th...
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Jun 21, 2013 12:27 real spoken Japanese
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“Serifu”: Spoken Japanese in Fiction (2)—Haruki Murakami

In the preface of “回転木馬のデッドヒート,” Haruki Murakami wrote: ここに収められた文章は原則的に事実に即している。~~僕は聞いたままの話を、なるべくその雰囲気を壊さないように文章にうつしかえたつもりである。 (What I ...
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Jun 20, 2013 11:01 Japanese fiction novels Murakami
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“Serifu”: Spoken Japanese in Fiction (1)—How Real is Anime Japanese?

(This entry is related to my past entries about “Honyaku-cho” Japanese.) I’ve been writing these entries not because I believe learner...
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Jun 19, 2013 09:57 anime fiction Japanese natural
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Honyaku-cho (翻訳調) 2—The Kind of Japanese Hollywood Stars Speak

Following on from my previous entry, I'd like to introduce you to the other kind of “honyaku-cho,” unnatural Japanese caused by cultu...
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Jun 16, 2013 12:47 natural Japanese translation
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A Bee that Wanted to Become a Sloth

In the Amazon, there lived a bee who hated his busy life. Whenever he saw sloths hanging from trees and nibbling leaves leisurely, he cou...
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May 23, 2013 14:13 story
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My Secret

I can’t share this story with my family or friends because I’m sure they’ll think that I’ve lost my mind. Since I can’t keep it to myself...
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Apr 1, 2013 10:28 story
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My Thoughts on “は” and “が”

Beginners of Japanese sometimes ask about the difference between “は” and “が” on Lang-8. They seem to believe that once they understand gr...
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Feb 8, 2013 10:50 Japanese grammar