Business Japanese – Keigo | 敬語

Keigo, which means “respectful language” in Japanese, is an important aspect of the language. Politeness is an integral part of the Japanese society, and hence using ‘respectful’ and ‘polite’ language is of utmost importance for them. Keigo is mainly used when talking to people outside one’s group – customers, clients, seniors or highly respected people. Keigo […]

Japanese Grammar Lesson – ending of a sentence | 文末

In this Japanese grammar lesson, let us take a look at some patterns in which sentences end. We will learn about three special types sentence ending patterns: ~と思う, ~(の)ではない(だろう)か and~そうです. Although not all Japanese sentences end in the above mentioned patterns, these are some cases that need to be studied in order to understand Japanese […]

Japanese grammar and sentence pattern

We learn about particles in the beginner’s level, but do we always use them correctly? Not being able to choose the correct particle or grammar pattern when constructing a sentence, is a common problem faced by many Japanese language students. Let’s face it, even after you have reached an intermediate or advanced level, there are […]

Kanji Compound Words or Jukugo

The Japanese writing system comprises three different scripts – hiragan, katakana and kanji. I have explained a little bit about these three scripts in separate posts. You can read about hiragana in Japanese Alphabets – Hiragana Charts and katakana in Japanese Alphabets – Katakana Charts. A detailed study about the kanji script and its origin […]