Chinese language is enriched with many new internet words and phrases each year. These new words are usually sourced from popular culture and current affairs which then become viral among the online community. Some of the Chinese internet buzzwords are recycled from existing words that now convey new meanings.
Since New Year is very family-oriented, it might be tricky for visitors to experience the whole event, unless you have a local friend who invite you to their family home. However, I would like to explain some significant aspects that will help you understand New Year in Japan, the most important cultural event of the year.
Christmas is a national holiday in South Korea. It is also a romantic festive for couples. With Korean booming music industry, there is a huge collection of Korean Christma songs available. Learn Korean by learning some of the popular Korean Christmas songs.
Is there Christmas in Japan? Christmas is not a holiday in Japan. As a matter of fact, it is the busiest time of the year for most people. Christmas is more of a commercial event in Japan. Couples celebrate Christmas Eve just like Valentine’s Day by having romantic dinners and exchanging gifts.
While traveling in Japan, going out to eat various kinds of local cuisine and having unique cultural experiences will definitely be one of the most memorable takeaways from your trip. Hence, in this post, I would like to share my experiences with you eating at yatai (屋台) and oden-ya (おでん屋).
Chinese characters are composed of radicals which are made of strokes. There are 214 radicals and learning radicals helps in character recall. Repeated writing of Chinese characters following prescribed stroke orders has been a popular method in learning Chinese characters, which supposedly enhances the learning process.
In this Survival Japanese blog, I will provide some useful tips for travelers who will visit Japan for the first time. Know your densha and suica. Learn some useful Japanese phrases for asking directions and getting information. Test yourself on how much you know about Japanese trains.
Kanji is a Japanese writing system derived from Chinese characters before hiragana and katakana were introduced in the Japanese language. There are more than 10,000 kanji and knowledge of 2,000 most frequently used kanji would enable 99% comprehension of written texts, which is the equivalent of kanji knowledge of a Japanese high school graduate. These commonly used kanji is known as Joyo kanji.
Another learning resource that Chinese language learners can use that also combine the use of visual and audio stimuli is television commercials. TV commercials are short and contain focused language designed for native speakers. This type of input trains language learners on how the language is used in the real world. TV commercials are also a valuable input on the culture and consumer behaviour of the target language. It is a good way to combine language learning and cultural learning in a very short time.