Category Archives: General

Japanese comedy highlight: Sandwich Man (a comedy duo)

Understanding jokes and other forms of comedy in a foreign language can be a difficult undertaking for language learners. To begin with, comedic wordplay based on homonyms (two words with the same sound but different meaning) is often used and may involve subtle aspects of pronunciation (intonation, etc.) Pop culture references are also abundant, including… Read More »

“Mai”: a Japanese word with a variety of meanings (マイ、まい、舞、毎、枚)

As I confirmed myself a few years ago, Japanese has a large number of homonyms––words that have the same sound but different meanings. Personally I’m divided on the efficacy of teaching the various meanings of a single word together, since it can confuse language learners, but sometimes it can be good to know all the… Read More »

Japanese expression: “〜からすると” (~kara suru to)

In this post I will go over the expression “〜からすると” (~kara suru to), including a few examples and related expressions. To start the discussion, let’s look at a concrete example sentence. 色からするとかなり古いだろうね。 (iro kara suru to kanari furui darou ne.) Now let’s look at each piece of the phrase “kara suru to”: から (kara): A… Read More »