If you are interested in Japanese linguistics or want to have a bit more insight into how Japanese works, this series of short articles for upper intermediate learners is absolutely invaluable.
What sound does a sheep make? Baaa! Or in Japanese, 「メー」. In this case, English and Japanese differs, but the German word is very similar: määäh! How about a dog, a rooster or an elephant? Find out in this text by Seto Toshihiko on Nihongo Tadoku Dōjō. This text has many pictures and audio embeddings,… Continue reading [N5] 動物(どうぶつ)の声(こえ)
[N2] 感染症（かんせんしょう）と音楽の 類似点 （るいじてん）
If you've been following news in Japanese over the last two years, you will likely be familiar with words like 感染(かんせん)、症状(しょうじょう) or 流行(りゅうこう)*. The Japanese article (by Katō Sanae) I'm reviewing today refers to a paper from Canada, that calculated the spread of music using the methods for viral infections - and therefore also the… Continue reading [N2] 感染症（かんせんしょう）と音楽の 類似点 （るいじてん）
The author Seto Toshihiko describes in this text his Sunday trip to a rice field with his two children. They are looking for various animals living among the sheafs of rice. I found this description of a Sunday trip very cute. The children obviously love nature and being outside and it was quite adorable being… Continue reading [N4] 田んぼの生き物（いきもの）