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Do monkeys fall from trees? (Hint: Proverb)

Fernando Moon on Tue, May 23, 2017

Proverbs or sayings encapsulate the traditional values of a culture; usually convey moral values and wisdom. Personally, I view proverbs as an art form of languages. Using proverbs is not a privilege just for native speakers; even if you think you are not fluent enough in your target language, learning its proverbs helps enhance speaking skills. (They make you sound fancy too!)

Some proverbs cannot be translated literally, but many are loaned from other languages. Oftentimes, many languages in the world even share similar sayings or proverbs.

That being said, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese do share various similar words due to Chinese language influence in Korea and Japan; proverbs are no exception. Proverbs are called 諺語 (yànyŭ) in Chinese, 속담 (sok-dam) in Korean, and 諺 (ことわざ kotowaza) in Japanese. Although they may not all originate from Chinese language, they contain the same meanings or convey the same messages.

Let’s look at some sayings that are frequently used in the three languages.


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Japanese Princess Mako to marry Prince of the Sea commoner

Nancy Z on Wed, May 17, 2017

A real-life Princess is getting married to a commoner after a secret romance. According to stunning news just released on May 17, Japan's Princess Mako will give up her royal status to marry her prince charming. How did they meet? How long have they dated? Find out more about the cute couple.


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WATCH: Viral superstars Piko Taro and PSY collaborate on already-viral new music video

Danny Kichi on Fri, May 12, 2017

The weekend is here, and what better way to kick it off than by watching party boy PSY sing, dance, and spread some love in his new music video, with some help from fellow Japanese phenomenon Piko Taro and good friend Lee Byung Hun! To no one's surprise, in the two days since its release on May 10th, "I Luv It" has already been viewed over 11  million times. 


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The Step-by-Step Guide to Holding Chopsticks in Japan

Fernando Moon on Wed, May 10, 2017

Chopsticks are used in many parts of the world and have become common utensils across the globe, especially in Asia. China, Japan, and Korea are the most popular nations in Asia to use chopsticks with their foods. In ancient times, chopsticks were made from trees and bamboo. They were originally from China. They began to spread to Japan and Korea by 500 A.D. One of the common questions was asked – Why do Japanese use chopsticks, not fork or spoon utensils, when they eat? This is because Japan takes chopsticks seriously.


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J-pop boy band MeseMoa get too close for comfort in latest music video (Yup, there's a lot of kissing!)

Rara Pop on Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Japanese boy band MeseMoa. is causing quite a stir in the J-pop music scene with their music video for their song "Shadow Kiss". During the video, each of the members take turns kissing each other and it's sparking widespread discussion on fangirl tropes and the use of headline-making concepts. In total, there are 36 kisses, each one between the different members. While it might not be for everyone, it certainly is an eye-catching video.


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