Category Archives: Japanese (Language)

5 Ways to Improve Your Japanese Skills While in Japan

All the studying I did back when I was in my home country amounted to very little success in communicating in Japan. My skills eventually improved, but not through books or exams. This video shows how I honed my skills, and no, it doesn’t really have anything to do with mushrooms, but who doesn’t like eringi, right?

Useful Japanese Words for Going to a Hair Salon

Here are some Japanese words and expressions you can use on your next salon visit. Feel free to leave questions in the comment section below.

 Common Services

  • カット (katto) – cut
  • カラー (karā) – color
    • グラデーション (guradēshon) – gradation
    • ワンメーク (wanmēku) – one color dye
    • ダブルカラー (daburu karā) – bleach + color
    • リタッチ (ritacchi) – retouch; dyeing only the roots
    • ハイライト (hairaito) – highlights
    • ローライト (rōraito) – lowlights
  • エクステ (ekuste) – extensions
  • トリートメント (torītomento) – treatment
  • パーマ (pāma) – perm
    • デジタルパーマ (dejitaru pāma) – digital perm, often abbreviated as dejipāma
    • エアウェーブ (ea wēbu) – a type of perm that produces looser curls
    • ポイントパーマ (pointo pāma) – perming a part of one’s hair, like the fringe for example
  • 縮毛矯正 (shukumōkyōsei) – hair straightening
  • ヘアセット (hea setto) – hair set (when you want to have your hair done professionally before an event or a shoot)
  • メイク (meiku) – make-up
  • シャンプー (shampū) – shampoo
  • ブロー (burō) – blow dry

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6 Japanese Words for the Lovelorn

It’s rather easy to pick up Japanese vocabulary related to love and relationships when you’re exposed to popular media. Just listening to a song or watching a drama could help you learn expressions that depict love in all its wondrous glory. For this video, however, I focused on the messy side of romantic endeavors. So if you’re feeling unhappy in love, let’s learn a few words and drink to that.

 

01. 別れた(wakareta; verb, past plain form) 

meaning: to break up

彼氏と別れた。
Kareshi to wakareta.
My boyfriend and I broke up. Continue reading 6 Japanese Words for the Lovelorn