Questions about the language (日本語). For questions about Japanese people, use the tags Japanese-citizens or Japanese-visitors.

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Exchange student traveling in and out of the US on student visa

I have a Japanese exchange student living with us in the United States, we are traveling to Mexico for vacation. I am worried about her returning to the US with us. She is on a student visa. What does ...
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How do you know if a Japanese person means no when they say yes?

I have come across a few situations when a Japanese person will extend themselves beyond what they probably should to help people. I am often worried when asking them to do something that they will ...
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Is it better to ask a question in English or Japanese if you are expecting a reply in English?

When I was traveling in Japan I asked some Japanese people if they speak English in Japanese, and for some reason people didn't really answer my question. I wasn't sure whether it was because they ...
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Does knowing Japanese help in neighbouring countries?

I know a bit of Japanese, but don't know any other Asian languages. Does knowing Japanese help in neighbouring countries such as South Korea and Taiwan? Am I likely to encounter people who are ...
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Are most flights to Japan staffed by hosts with good Japanese?

Are most flights from Australia to Japan staffed by hosts with good Japanese language skills? I assume that Australian based airlines would, but I'm not sure about airlines that are based in ...
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How can I find a good school to learn Japanese in Tokyo?

So I'm trying to live in Tokyo, and would like to learn japanese. I'm looking for an immersion school that will teach me Japanese starting from the basics to intermediate level (JPTL4-JPTL2). I used ...