Tag: culture

43 Is it proper to thank waitstaff, cashiers, etc. for their service? 2011-06-03T03:10:19.730

33 Is it ok for non-japanese to refer to themselves as 僕{ぼく} and if not why? 2011-06-04T14:58:48.520

27 What to say after someone sneezes 2011-06-03T03:19:42.550

26 Does the Japanese language only have negative terms for flirting? 2011-07-29T06:59:14.413

26 Will verbal irony and sarcasm be understood and/or appreciated? 2012-01-03T02:34:23.343

24 Why are police boxes labeled Koban (in roman letters) in Japan? 2018-08-20T23:36:09.683

23 Getting your haircut in Japan 2012-01-09T13:32:39.710

22 What to say after someone dies 2011-06-03T22:27:06.053

21 Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries? 2011-06-14T02:20:42.730

20 Why are some words written backwards on trucks 2011-10-31T01:43:18.767

20 How do Japanese speakers transition from polite to plain form amongst friends? 2015-06-17T14:12:40.687

19 When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}? 2011-06-23T08:08:51.387

19 The significance of 前 {まえ} in Japanese language and culture 2011-07-26T07:06:24.977

19 How do attendance checklists in Japan deal with multiple possible name readings? 2017-03-16T00:49:47.740

18 How should I start an email when requesting something from someone I don't know well? 2011-07-26T01:59:51.260

18 What does this ad say? (Connotations of ガキ大将) 2011-08-22T07:38:51.317

16 How would I respectfully disagree with a superior? 2011-06-14T20:07:48.323

16 What do you mean, "In Japanese there are no words for "I’m suffering""? 2012-05-20T06:53:05.960

15 Is the word ハーフ derogatory? 2011-06-09T23:11:22.517

15 Why "社会の窓" (shakai no mado)? 2011-06-13T04:25:06.147

14 How commonly are "あたし" or "[僕]{ぼく}" used? 2011-06-10T16:47:51.163

14 What is that thing yelled in Japanese when starting something? 2011-07-16T01:18:28.807

14 Did the Japanese have a concept of "Asia" apart from the Eurocentric definition? 2019-12-05T12:52:56.560

13 What to say at the cash register in the convenience store 2014-04-15T12:27:48.203

13 When angry we shout "F***!", but what do 日本人 shout? 2016-12-21T05:35:17.167

13 No word for "time" until 1871? 2017-01-08T19:25:50.087

12 Heaven in Japanese 2011-10-25T02:44:40.367

12 Address someone by their first name, or their last name? 2012-04-28T09:43:09.777

12 Is -さん used when referring to a celebrity or historical figures? 2012-08-07T19:15:20.110

12 Why was 邪 chosen to spell the names of 伊邪那岐神 and 伊邪那美神 in the 古事記? 2015-04-11T21:55:35.963

11 How can [数]{す}[寄]{き}[者]{しゃ} both mean a tea ceremony master and a "lewd man, a lecher"? 2011-06-25T21:56:01.753

11 A tales and stories children book suitable for adult learners? 2011-07-03T11:26:03.060

11 How would one convey the concept of "vouching" in Japanese? 2011-07-29T06:24:22.697

11 "Your sniffling is driving me crazy!" 2012-05-09T06:02:11.260

11 How do I "understand" kaomoji? (Japanese smilies) 2012-07-13T05:44:15.640

11 What are the stereotypical qualities of a gaijin trying to speak/write Japanese to a Japanese person? 2019-01-22T07:32:03.760

10 日本のテレビを見ると、サブタイトルがいつも出てきます。でもサブタイトルじゃなくて。。。何と言いますか? 2011-09-28T02:14:01.967

10 How to define 羨ましい? 2012-01-11T22:52:38.420

10 What do Japanese signatures look like? 2015-06-02T14:59:27.650

10 Are there any terms used to refer to people of the anime/manga fandom in a non-derogatory manner? 2015-07-13T22:51:09.860

10 Addressing other members of the same great family when everyone shares the same surname 2016-03-25T10:27:24.330

10 What does 次行ってみよう mean? 2016-11-29T05:26:36.960

9 Is 音沙汰 not used anymore because communication technology has changed? 2011-08-24T06:38:11.837

9 How should I bid farewell to a superior? 2012-12-26T02:55:33.787

9 What is the significance of number of Kanji in a name? 2013-03-29T08:10:56.830

9 When did LOC adopt modified Hepburn? 2014-09-14T17:18:55.850

9 New Year's Resolution 2016-01-02T23:17:57.527

9 How to respond to a compliment by a boss? 2017-04-21T10:36:30.223

9 What does rubbing a finger under one's nose mean? 2017-12-23T23:11:52.153

9 Why is ostracism called 村八分【むらはちぶ】? 2019-02-04T02:37:07.377

8 Meaning of "マスオさんする" 2012-01-16T05:59:22.547

8 Is it OK to keep saying ありがとう 2012-04-27T04:15:04.217

8 How and when do Japanese children learn kanas and kanji? 2012-06-09T17:58:01.613

8 Accepting compliments (without rejecting them) 2014-07-23T09:40:49.417

8 How are twins addressed by their teacher at school? 2015-06-15T19:30:57.640

8 What does 在日 stand for? 2016-11-26T06:47:10.173

8 What are the general patterns of child-directed speech in Japanese? 2016-12-03T21:57:56.423

8 What should I say when a senior colleague is leaving before me? 2017-04-21T03:43:13.270

8 Saying "I have no need for 'that'" ('that = insert any phrase') in three different circumstances and in various degree of politeness 2018-11-10T08:00:15.813

8 Why are Japanese fonts different to Chinese? 2018-12-27T01:37:06.013

8 Do Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi have a collective title in Japanese? 2020-01-28T06:45:53.423

7 Does the (USA) English metaphor "Unable to see the forest for the trees" keep its meaning if translated verbatim into Japanese? 2011-06-08T16:54:51.587

7 Are there stereotypical speech patterns or inflections associated with gay Japanese speakers? 2013-07-30T22:04:47.247

7 What do you call the small wooden plates that people write wishes in and hang on some stand in a shrine? 2013-11-22T15:15:32.643

7 The "3 highs" and "3 lows" when choosing a husband 2015-05-09T13:04:17.320

7 How rude is it to speak to a Japanese stranger informally instead of using the polite form? 2016-06-22T21:21:59.483

7 The radical "貝" and its relation to economic characters such as "貨" "資" etc 2016-07-25T15:31:43.973

7 Special Katsudon table with a light? 2016-09-01T02:27:05.203

7 A formal/informal way to say I don't want anything 2017-05-11T11:05:52.147

7 Respect for the Aged Greeting 2017-09-17T23:28:33.117

6 What was the origin for the term 水{みず}色{いろ} to be associated with youth, adolescence and puberty? 2011-06-06T06:56:55.160

6 Is ノシ considered 絵文字? 2012-05-22T00:45:38.043

6 What is the best expression used by an employee to appreciate his/her employer? 2012-07-04T07:45:40.050

6 Are there any issues with sexism in the Japanese language? 2013-02-15T04:25:50.493

6 What are valid responses to the expressions 「はじめまして」 and 「よろしくおねがいします」 used in introductions? 2014-11-01T09:21:23.597

6 Meaning of 夕陽の中を 2016-08-29T09:31:49.390

6 Saying "Hello" to family members? 2016-11-20T00:16:46.700

6 Does a bear sh*t in the woods? Rhetorical affirmations in Japanese. Is there any? 2018-08-24T02:11:54.830

6 How would you express the sentiment of "Happy New Era" 2019-04-03T13:46:37.620

5 Are there names like ワンコイン for the other coins? 2011-08-04T00:47:26.403

5 Expressing "don't work too hard" 2012-01-18T06:01:45.350

5 Do Chinese loanwords have special connotations as foreign words? 2013-01-04T04:04:36.257

5 What is the background of the phrase 背中で教える, and where does the meaning "to teach with one's back" come from? 2013-04-06T23:05:55.707

5 Is Japanese one of the Buddhist canonical languages? 2013-09-24T17:25:56.713

5 Why does Japanese TV News and magazine programs have "mandatory" subtitles/legend? 2014-03-24T11:59:23.240

5 Cartel, syndicate, anti-competitive practice 2014-04-01T12:09:58.223

5 Is it polite in Japan to ask if someone speaks English? (英語を話せますか?) 2015-02-02T07:38:58.023

5 How to address and greet Japanese people in an english email 2015-09-25T15:33:56.737

5 Is it rude to ask a Japanese person using keigo to speak less formally? How to do it politely? 2015-09-27T11:41:03.357

5 How many よろしくお願いします to say during job interview? 2015-11-19T17:07:05.520

5 How to politely inform other people of acceptable alternative ways of addressing you? 2016-01-22T12:23:04.473

5 Confusing use of 減る 2016-04-30T19:29:53.357

5 Meaning/significance of ほおに手をやる 2016-08-16T15:45:52.027

5 How do Japanese people mark checklists? 2016-12-07T18:51:48.747

5 Other than はじめまして, what can we say in our introduction? 2017-05-12T03:41:25.420

5 What exactly is a 生徒? 2017-06-22T01:34:27.693

5 How do you tell your parents and siblings you love them? 2017-08-15T19:06:46.447

5 How to express "being sorry" as a sympathetic feeling? 2017-09-05T05:06:43.567

5 Why do people use the word "くそ"? 2018-11-08T15:34:54.283