Japanese Word of the Day - door (noun)


28
Aug
2015

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ドア (ドア) door (noun)

ドアは閉まっています。
ドアはしまっています。
The door is closed.

男性が車のドアのカギを開けようとしている。
だんせいがくるまのドアのカギをあけようとしている。
The man is unlocking the car door with the key.

正面ドア
しょうめんドア
front door

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仕事は何ですか。Do you know how to answer this question?


28
Aug
2015

仕事は何ですか。Do you know how to answer this question?

仕事 (shigoto): job, work

When you want to know what the other person’s job is, you can simply use this phrase.

仕事
job

topic marking particle
何ですか。
what is..

Here are some ways to answer the question.

  1. 教師です。(I’m a teacher.)
  2. 会社員です。(I’m a company employee.)
  3. 弁護士です。(I’m a lawyer.)

So what do you do?
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Japanese Word of the Day - honest (na-adjective)


27
Aug
2015

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誠実 (せいじつ) honest (na-adjective)

彼は誠実な人間です。
かれはせいじつなにんげんです。
He is an honest person.

彼は、嘘がつけないくらい、誠実だった。
かれは、うそがつけないくらい、せいじつだった。
He was so honest that he just couldn’t tell a lie.

誠実な人
せいじつなひと
honest man

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Japanese Word of the Day - seafood (noun)


26
Aug
2015

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魚介類 (ぎょかいるい) seafood (noun)

アサリ、サーモン、エビ、ロブスター、イカはみんな魚貝類です。
アサリ、サーモン、エビ、ロブスター、イカはみんなぎょかいるいです。
Clams, salmon, shrimp, lobsters, and squid are all seafood.

魚介類料理
ぎょかいるい料理
seafood platter

魚貝類専門のレストラン
ぎょかいるいせんもんのレストラン
seafood restaurant

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26
Aug
2015

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Japanese Word of the Day - cable car (noun)


25
Aug
2015

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ケーブルカー (ケーブルカー) cable car (noun)

ケーブルカーが道を走っている。
ケーブルカーがみちをはしっている。
The cable car is traveling down the street.

乗客たちはケーブルカーに乗っている。
じょうきゃくたちはケーブルカーにのっている。
The passengers are riding the cable car.

世界中の多くの都市で人々はケーブルカーでの移動に頼っている。
せかいじゅうのおおくのとしでひとびとはケーブルカーでのいどうにたよっている。
People rely on the cable car to get around many cities around the world.

路面ケーブルカー
ろめんケーブルカー
street cable car

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6 Reasons to Learn a Language Before You Travel


25
Aug
2015

6 Reasons to Learn a Language Before You Travel

There are plenty of destinations where you can get by with English, but sometimes you want to do better than just ‘get by’. Here are 6 reasons you should learn the basics of the language of your next trip destination.

What are the 6 reasons you should learn the basics of the language of your next trip destination?

1. You will be able to discover your destination better than other tourists.
Getting by is one thing, but actually experiencing a trip abroad is quite another. No amount of guidebooks and online research can compensate for a basic lack of language ability. Speaking the language of your destination permits you to explore that destination beyond the regular tourist traps. Your language skills will not only allow you to dig into all the hidden gems of your destination, but they will also allow you to mingle with the locals to get a true experience on your holiday. Think of it this way: you’re not restricted to talking to the people at the tourist desk anymore.

2. Knowing how to communicate with local police or medical personnel can be life-saving.
Before you leave for your destination, make sure you learn how to ask for help in that destination’s local tongue. Do you know how to ask the waiter if this dish has peanuts in it? Or tell your host family that you’re allergic to fish? Can you tell the local doctor where it hurts? Moreover, an awareness of an environment improves your chance of remaining safe inside it. For example, walking around a busy marketplace, dazzled by an unfamiliar language, signs and accents will instantly render any tourist a more attractive mark for pickpockets. Communicating with other people, asking questions and looking confident will make you look like a semi-local yourself, and will ward off potential thieves.

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3. It helps you relax.
Traveling is much less stressful when you understand what that announcement at the airport was saying, or if this bus line reaches your hotel. These things stress you out when traveling and they disappear when you understand the language. This allows you to focus on planning your trip in a better, easier way.

Speaking the language can provide you with a way to get to know people you’d never otherwise have the opportunity to speak with.

4. Speaking the language can provide you with a way to get to know people you’d never otherwise have the opportunity to speak with.
Sometimes those relationships turn into friendships, and other times they’re nothing more than a lively conversation. Either way, as Nelson Mandela said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” When you approach someone – even staff at a store or restaurant – with English, rather than their own language, an invisible divide has already been erected. Making even a small effort to communicate in the language of the place you’re visiting can go a long way and you’ll find many more doors open up to you as a result.

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

5. You’ll be a better ambassador for your country.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we know very little about other countries and cultures, especially the local politics. And what we do know is often filtered to us by the media, which tends to represent only certain interests. When you can speak the local language, you’re able to answer questions that curious locals have about your country and culture. Are you frustrated with how your country is presented in global news? Are you embarrassed by your country’s leaders and want to make it clear that not everyone is like that where you’re from? This is a very good opportunity to share your story with people who have no one else to ask. We all have a responsibility to be representatives of the place we come from.

6. Learning another language can fend off Alzheimer’s, keep your brain healthy and generally make you smarter.
For more information, check out this blog post about the 5 Benefits of Learning a New Language.

Japanese Word of the Day - push (verb)


24
Aug
2015

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押す (おす) push (verb)

会社員がボタンを押した。
かいしゃいんがボタンをおした。
The office worker pushed the button.

会社員がボタンを押している。
かいしゃいんがボタンをおしている。
The office worker is pressing the button.

会社員がボタンを押す。
かいしゃいんがボタンをおす。
The office worker pushes the button.

男性が車を押している。
だんせいがくるまをおしている。
The man is pushing the car.

ボタンを押す
ボタンをおす
press a button

車を押す
くるまをおす
push a car

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Japanese Word of the Day - key (noun)


23
Aug
2015

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鍵 (かぎ) key (noun)

その男性はカギで車のドアを開けている。
そのだんせいはカギでくるまのドアをあけている。
The man is unlocking the car door with the key.

私は、車に鍵をおいたまま、ドアをロックしてしまった。
わたしは、くるまにかぎをおいたまま、ドアをロックしてしまった。
I locked my keys inside the car.

部屋の鍵
へやのかぎ
room key

車の鍵
くるまのかぎ
car key

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


22
Aug
2015

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暖かい (あたたかい) warm (i-adjective)

今は、もう秋ですが、最近まだ暖かいです。
いまは、もうあきですが、さいきんまだあたたかいです。
It’s already fall, but it’s still warm these days.

暖かい天気
あたたかいてんき
warm weather

暖かい風
あたたかいかぜ
warm wind

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