Indiana Brown

Indiana has been studying Japanese since high school and has always felt inspired by the pursuit of language learning. She graduated with bachelor's degrees in Japanese Studies and Women's Studies from the University at Albany. Currently working as a freelance JP-EN translator, she also enjoys studying Korean, German, and Spanish when she can find the time and assists local refugee families in overcoming language barriers and navigating new and unfamiliar environments.

14 English Words from Japanese that You Already Know

English language has managed to absorb dozens of Japanese words, many of which are used on a daily basis. Do you know if any of your commonly used buzzwords originate from the land of the rising sun? We’ve put together a list of fourteen popular English words from Japanese and their etymology to keep you motivated on your language learning journey!

A Beginner’s Guide to は and が

LingoDeer Black Friday Sale Ends in Particles may be some of the smallest pieces of Japanese grammar, but they’re essential for  Japanese sentences to make sense. Much like English prepositions, the difference between particles can change the entire meaning of your sentence. You wouldn’t want to mix up “to” and “from,” would you? However, there …

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I in Japanese: 8 Ways to Say It [Bonus Included]

LingoDeer Black Friday Sale Ends in Learning the different ways that pronouns are used will help you to get a better understanding of the Japanese and pick up on jokes and nuance you wouldn’t have understood before.  Don’t worry about learning them all at once: practice the most common ones first and the rest you …

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Japanese Counters: How to Talk About Numbers Like a Native

LingoDeer Black Friday Sale Ends in Prerequisite of Japanese Counters: Counting in Japanese This article builds off of a previous understanding of basic counting in Japanese. We suggest reading our article about Japanese numbers before continuing with this guide. What Are Japanese Counters? In Japanese, numerals cannot quantify nouns by themselves. Numerals must be combined …

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What is Romaji? Everything you need to know about Romaji

LingoDeer Black Friday Sale Ends in So you want to take the plunge and finally begin your Japanese learning journey. But… what is romaji? Do you really have to learn hiragana, katakana, and kanji? Don’t we see Japanese transliterated into English already with words like sayonara, sushi and karate? Surely you can cut your language-learning …

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