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In this series we will introduce some basic building blocks of Japanese that are integral to getting your foot in the door through examples taken from popular media.

The Mighty は Particle

I would like to start off this series of articles by introducing the basic idea behind it and by providing

Getting Somewhere: You Need に

With the first article in this series that introduced は and its brother が and so in this article we’re

The What & the Way: を and で

In the last segment we covered に, which guides indirect objects towards verbs and indicates some kind of directionality. In

Putting it Together to Pull it Apart: Dissecting Japanese Sentences

I make the majority of my living from translation work, and a lot of the translation work I do is

This & That

Being able to say “this” or “that” is pretty key in Japanese, especially when you don’t know the words for

He Said/She Said: Speaking Of & Quoting

“That’s what he said,” she said. While the structure of this sentence would appear a little different in Japanese, a