AFS Japan announced this April that they will host the “Kakehashi program in Japan,” a new program that aims to invite high school students learning Japanese in Asia to Japan. This program had its start in Prime Minister Abe’s June 2017 speech at the International Conference on the Future of Asia, in which he stated, “We will provide opportunities for Asian high school students studying Japanese to live in Japan for ten months. This will be at a scale of 1,000 students over t
Dear our readers, We are happy to inform a new Japanese language school in Sapporo at this website. The name of this new school is "Hokkaido AskGate Japanese Language School Sapporo Campus". This Japanese language school is scheduled to open in April of 2018. If you want to study at a new school, let's apply to this school! Thank you for your attention!
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In my opinion, one of the biggest difficulties of studying Japanese is to know how to use postpositional particles. Some Japanese postpositional particles such as "te","ni","wo" and "ha" are difficult to translate into other languages. It may mean there is no concept which applies to the postpositional particles in some foreign languages. In my experience, the most difficulties of studying a foreign language were in the absence of concept in my native language. For example, w
If you are considering to study in Sapporo, it is a good idea to listen to voices of foreign students who have been studying in Sapporo. There is a good report, "Survey on attracting foreign students". This report was submitted to Sapporo city by a private company. The original report is written in Japanese and published on the website of Sapporo city. I want to introduce some opinions from this report. Firstly, I want to show the reasons to choose Sapporo to study. Some stud
As there are thousands of characters including Chinese characters in Japanese writings, it is necessary for typing Japanese at a keyboard to convert to specific words from kana inputted firstly. To do so, kana-kanji conversion system is the common method, and roman character input and kana input are conducted before this conversion system. Roman character input is the most popular at typing Japanese at a keyboard. In this input, firstly roman characters are inputted and then
When I was reading a Japanese book at an airport in overseas, a foreigner asked me what language was written in my book. After I answered this book was written in Japanese, he said that he had asked me because vertical writings were rare. Thus I noticed that Japanese written vertically was relatively rare. According to Wikipedia, the majority of languages in the world are written horizontally. Some East Asian languages including Korean and Japanese used to be written vertical
If you study Japanese or study in Japan, you may have some occasions to use a Japanese dictionary. A Japanese dictionary explains Japanese words in the order of the Japanese alphabet. You can find the meaning, the Japanese grammar, the accent, the Chinese character and the example of the word which you refer to a dictionary. There are many types of dictionaries and one dictionary has words from 50,000 to 500,000. The oldest dictionary in existence was written by a famous prie
It is important for not only domestic students but also international students to secure places to study by oneself. Chieria can be one of them. Chieria is a complex public facility and it is also called Sapporo Lifelong Learning Research and Development Center. This large facility is located near Miyanosawa station of subway Tozai line. It is possible to go into the facility from its ticket gates through buildings directly. Chieria has four facilities, "Lifelong Learning Cen
When you study Japanese language or study in Japan, you might have many occasions to translate between your first language and Japanese. To help that, there are some web pages to translate languages. The following translation pages are our recommending pages. Google translate: https://translate.google.co.jp/ Needless to say, this is one of the most reliable translation pages. Many languages can be translated. It is quite easy to use. The result of translation can be gain imme
There are several types of Japanese letters, alphabets. The main letters are 3 types: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Other than them, romaji, Roman character and Arabic number are used. Each type of the letters is used at different occasions.
Hiragana is used for nouns, particle, and ending of adjective and verb. Hiragana is phonogram and they have their own pronounce. Katakana is used for foreign words, onomatopoeia, and scientific terms. Katakana is also phonogram. Kanji