Tag Archive: Common Mistakes

“Interview” and “Interview” Are Two Different Words in Japanese?

Say what? Note: This is an article on “Katakana English,” instances where Japanese versions of English words have different nuances […]

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Japanese Grammar: Using “sou” (~そう)

Accurately using ~sou (そう) is one area of Japanese grammar that can cause a lot of problems for students. In […]

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How To Say “Guess What?!” in Japanese

Guess what?! It’s one of those phrases that I wanted to say in Japanese about 7,650 times in the first […]

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Choosing the Right Verb Tenses in Japanese

There’s a Japanese hurdle that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to get past. The thing is, I have […]

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How to Say “So I was thinking…” in Japanese

So the other day I was thinking that I say, “I was thinking…” all the time in Japanese. And then […]

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It’s just my only problem: The difference between ただ and だけ

ただ and だけ are two words that are super easy to mix up in Japanese.

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I just remembered! The difference between 覚える and 思い出す

Since just the other day I wrote a post about the difference between 忘れた and 忘れてた, I was trying to […]

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I forget? I forgot? The difference between 忘れた and 忘れてた

In this post I’m going to talk about a mistake that I’ve probably made in Japanese 1,000 times. I don’t […]

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Learning (to Love Making Mistakes in) a Foreign Language

There’s this horrible loop that I have gotten stuck in more times than I count: The worse I am at […]

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