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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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Ooharae (大祓), Shinto’s Grand Purification Ritual--What does “tsumi (罪)” and “kegare (穢れ)” mean?

Shinto shrines hold a ritual called “ooharae” in June and December. When you visit Shinto shrines during these two months, you might be a...
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Dec 14, 2012 12:58 Shinto Japanese culture
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“Snow” in another Language/もう一つの日本語

I was a bit nervous with the way Ms. Kitamura kept her car’s right tires on the line dividing the lanes of traffic. We were heading for T...
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Oct 8, 2012 11:02 story
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When You Get Multiple Corrections

I’ve seen a few Lang-8 members who are learning Japanese complain that they get too many corrections on the same sentence. They say that ...
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Oct 3, 2012 15:28 lang-8 corrections
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The Shift (may be offensive to some)

There is a peculiar life-form known as Human that inhabits the Earth of the Milky Way Galaxy. The human female and male look almost ident...
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Sep 19, 2012 10:18 fiction gender
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Mute Sirens in Elevators

In this small country in Europe, men basically don’t use elevators. They know the danger of them too well. They also know that they are l...
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Aug 12, 2012 10:04 short story
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Sweaters in Glastonbury

It was winter in Glastonbury. After taking in Saint Michael’s Tower, I strolled down the Tor, feeling somewhat disappointed. A British f...
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Jul 18, 2012 07:13 travel
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A Merchant of Death

When I was small, there was a half-destroyed mansion called “Heruman yashiki (Hermann’s mansion)” on the other side of the river from the...
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Jul 15, 2012 10:35 memoir
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Is “なにそれ” More Natural Than “それはなんですか” ? and Double Standards

It’s another long entry, but I believe that it contains some useful information for the learners who are serious about becoming proficien...
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Apr 10, 2012 11:01 naturalness Japanese proficiency
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You Don’t Have to Learn Languages Anymore!

According to Science Magazine, a group of researchers at MIT have invented a microchip that enables people to speak a foreign language of...
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Apr 1, 2012 11:02
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A Long Dream

I was nineteen and pregnant. I knew that the father of the child wasn’t my boyfriend I was living with. The father of the child was a one...
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Dec 3, 2011 11:54
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Coupling of Two Deities (R-18)

Izanagi and Izanami built a Heavenly Pillar and a palace on Onokoro Island. Then Izanagi asked Izanami, “How is your body formed?” “M...
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Oct 30, 2011 13:20 Japanese mythology Shinto
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The Bridge to Heaven (天橋立/Amanohashidate)

In Japanese mythology, Izanagi and Izanami stood on the Floating Bridge of Heaven (天の浮き橋) when they created Onogoro Island. And in Miyazu...
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Oct 23, 2011 10:27 Japan sightseeing
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Genesis (Japanese Mythology—Part1)

When heaven and earth began, there appeared in Takamagahara (High Plain of Heaven) Ame-no-minaka-nushi-no-kami (the god of the center of ...
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Oct 20, 2011 11:26 Japanese mythology