Japanese Word of the Day - rabbit (noun)


20
Oct
2014

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兎 (うさぎ) rabbit (noun)

兎が野原にいる。
うさぎがのはらにいる。
The rabbit is in the field.

庭で、茶色い兎が葉っぱを食べている。
にわで、ちゃいろいうさぎがはっぱをたべている。
The brown rabbit is eating leaves in the garden.

茶色いうさぎ
ちゃいろいうさぎ
brown rabbit

緑の芝生にいる白い兎
みどりのしばふにいるしろいうさぎ
white rabbit in the green grass

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What Are Your Japanese Learning Fears? We’re Killing The Top 3 Fears


20
Oct
2014

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Japanese Word of the Day - Italy (proper noun)


19
Oct
2014

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イタリア (イタリア) Italy (proper noun)

古代ローマ帝国の中心は、現在のイタリアだ。
こだいローマていこくのちゅうしんは、げんざいのイタリアだ。
The heart of the ancient Roman empire was modern-day Italy.

イタリア最大の都市で首都はローマだ。
イタリアさいだいのとしでしゅとはローマだ。
The largest city and capital of Italy is Rome.

ファシスト政権下のイタリア
ファシストせいけんかのイタリア
Fascist Italy

イタリアの首相
イタリアのしゅしょう
Prime Minister of Italy

イタリアの各地域
イタリアのかくちいき
regions of Italy

イタリアの二十五の地域
イタリアのにじゅうごのちいき
25 Regions of Italy

イタリアの地図
イタリアのちず
map of Italy

イタリアのローマ
イタリアのローマ
Rome, Italy

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Japanese Word of the Day - field (noun)


18
Oct
2014

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野原 (のはら) field (noun)

野原に牛がいる。
のはらにうしがいる。
The cow is in the field.

ダチョウが野原を走っている。
ダチョウがのはらをはしっている。
The ostrich is running in the field.

野原にいる馬
のはらにいるうま
horse in a field

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Japanese Word of the Day - textbook (noun)


17
Oct
2014

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教科書 (きょうかしょ) textbook (noun)

一年で教科書全部を終えます。
いちねんできょうかしょぜんぶをおえます。
During the year we will cover the entire textbook.

教科書の十ページを開けて下さい。
きょうかしょのじゅっページをあけてください。
Please open your textbook to page ten.

科学の教科書
かがくのきょうかしょ
science textbook

青い教科書
あおいきょうかしょ
blue textbook

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Japanese Word of the Day - afraid (i-adjective)


16
Oct
2014

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怖い (こわい) afraid (i-adjective)

蛇は毒があるかもしれないから、怖い。
へびはどくがあるかもしれないから、こわい。
I am afraid of snakes, because they may be poisonous.

街を一人で夜、出歩くのが怖いです。
まちをひとりでよる、であるくのがこわいです。
I am afraid to go out alone at night in the city.

少年は怖がっています。
しょうねんはこわがっています。
The boy is afraid.

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Japanese Word of the Day - injury (noun)


15
Oct
2014

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怪我 (けが) injury (noun)

その選手は、手首の怪我で退場している。
そのせんしゅは、てくびのけがでたいじょうしている。
The player is out with a wrist injury.

車の事故は、怪我の主な原因だ。
くるまのじこは、けがのおもなげんいんだ。
Car accidents are a leading cause of injury.

少女は、ちょっとしたケガをしました。
しょうじょは、ちょっとしたケガをしました。
The girl has a minor injury.

手首の怪我
てくびのけが
wrist injury

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Japanese Word of the Day - pants (noun)


14
Oct
2014

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ズボン (ズボン) pants (noun)

彼女はサイズが合わないズボンを履いている。
かのじょはサイズがあわないズボンをはいている。
She is wearing pants that do not fit.

私はズボンを脱ぎました。
わたしはズボンをぬぎました。
I took off my pants.

ダボダボのズボン
ダボダボのズボン
baggy pants

ズボンとベルト
ズボンとベルト
pants and belt

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Japanese Word of the Day - Thursday (noun)


13
Oct
2014

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木曜日 (もくようび) Thursday (noun)

私の子供たちは毎週木曜の午後、水泳教室があります。
わたしのこどもたちはまいしゅうもくようのごご、すいえいきょうしつがあります。
My children have swim class every Thursday afternoon.

月曜、火曜、水曜、木曜、金曜は平日です。
げつよう、かよう、すいよう、もくよう、きんようはへいじつです。
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are weekdays.

明日は水曜日、あさっては木曜日です。
あしたはすいようび、あさってはもくようびです。
Tomorrow is Wednesday, and the day after tomorrow is Thursday.

木曜日に
もくようびに
on Thursday

一月三日、木曜日
いちがつみっか、もくようび
Thursday, January 3rd

三日の木曜日
みっかのもくようび
Thursday the 3rd

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Japanese Word of the Day - frying pan (noun)


12
Oct
2014

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フライパン (フライパン) frying pan (noun)

たまねぎがフライパンで炒められている。
たまねぎがフライパンでいためられている。
The onions are being sautéed in the frying pan.

このフライパンはとても安いです。
このフライパンはとてもやすいです。
This frying pan is very cheap.

スチールのフライパン
スチールのフライパン
steel frying pan

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