Japanese language
Japanese (日本語, Nihongo, [nihõŋɡo], [nihõŋŋo]) is an East Asian language spoken by about 125 million speakers, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japon...
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"Tsundoku," the Japanese Word for the New Books That Pile Up on Our Shelves, Should Enter the English Language
There are some words out there that are brilliantly evocative and at the same time impossible to fully translate. Yiddish has the word shlimazl, which basically means a perpetually unlucky person. G...
Japanese dialects
The dialects of the Japanese language fall into two primary clades, Eastern (including Tokyo) and Western (including Kyoto), with the dialects of Kyushu and Hachijō Island often distinguished as addit...
Japanese dialects - Wikipedia
Japanese Archipelago
The Japanese archipelago (日本列島, Nihon Rettō) is the group of islands that forms the country of Japan, and extends roughly from northeast to southwest along the northeastern coast of the Eurasi...
Japanese Archipelago - Wikipedia
Classification of Japonic
The classification of the Japonic languages (Japanese and Ryukyuan) is unclear. Linguists traditionally consider the Japonic languages to belong to an independent family; indeed, until the classif...
Japanese phonology
This article deals with the phonology (i.e. the sound system) of Standard Japanese.
NotesNon-coronal voiced stops /b, ɡ/ between vowels may be weakened to fricatives, especially in fast and/or cas...
Japanese grammar
Japanese grammar refers to word order and inflection characteristic of the Japanese language. The language has a regular agglutinative verb morphology, with both productive and fixed elements. In lang...
Honorific speech in Japanese
The Japanese language has many honorifics, parts of speech which show respect, and their use is mandatory in many social situations. Honorifics in Japanese may be used to emphasize social distance or ...
Honorific speech in Japanese - Wikipedia
Yamato kotoba
Yamato kotoba (大和言葉, literally "Japanese words") are native Japanese words, meaning those words in Japanese that have been inherited from Old Japanese, rather than being borrowed at some stage. Th...
Kango
Kango is a town in the Estuaire Province of Gabon, Central Africa, lying on the Komo River and the N1 road. It has a station near the Trans-Gabon Railway, where the railway bridges the Gabon Estuary....
Gairaigo
Gairaigo (外来語) is Japanese for "loan word" or "borrowed word", and indicates a transliteration (or "transvocalization") into Japanese. In particular, the word usually refers to a Japanese word of...
Japanese writing system
The modern Japanese writing system is a combination of two character types: logographic kanji, which are adopted Chinese characters, and syllabic kana. Kana itself consists of a pair of syllabaries: h...
Japanese writing system - Wikipedia
Old Japanese
Old Japanese (上代日本語, jōdai nihongo) is the oldest attested stage of the Japanese language. It was spoken by the Japanese ethnic group from an unknown beginning point until it evolved into Earl...
Early Middle Japanese
Early Middle Japanese (中古日本語, chūko nihongo) is a stage of the Japanese language used between 794 and 1185, a time known as the Heian Period. It is the successor to Old Japanese. It is also kn...
Late Middle Japanese
Late Middle Japanese (中世日本語, chūsei nihongo) is a stage of the Japanese language following Early Middle Japanese and preceding Early Modern Japanese. It is a period of transition in which the ...
Japanese language education in Kazakhstan
Japanese language education in Kazakhstan dates back to 1992; the Japan Foundation's 2006 survey showed 51 teachers teaching the language to 1,569 students at thirteen institutions in Kazakhstan; the ...
Japanese language education in Mongolia
Japanese language education in Mongolia formally dates back to 1975, when the National University of Mongolia established an elective course in Japanese language. A 2003 survey found 199 teachers teac...
Japanese language education in Russia
Japanese language education in Russia formally dates back to December 1701 or January 1702, when Dembei, a shipwrecked Japanese merchant, was taken to Moscow and ordered to begin teaching the language...
Japanese language education in the United States
Japanese language education in the United States began in the late 19th century, aimed mainly at Japanese American children and conducted by parents and community institutions. Over the course of the ...
Japanese dictionary
Japanese dictionaries have a history that began over 1300 years ago when Japanese Buddhist priests, who wanted to understand Chinese sutras, adapted Chinese character dictionaries. Present-day Japane...
Japanese honorifics
The Japanese language uses a broad array of honorific suffixes for addressing or referring to people, for example -san, as in Aman-san. These honorifics are often gender-neutral, but some imply a more...
Japanese names
Japanese names (日本人の氏名, Nihonjin no Shimei) in modern times usually consist of a family name (surname), followed by a given name. "Middle names" are not generally used.Japanese names are usual...