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Japanese Word of the Day - vegetable (noun)

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野菜 (やさい) vegetable (noun)

野菜は、ビタミンやミネラルが豊富です。
やさいは、ビタミンやミネラルがほうふです。
Vegetables are a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

ピーマン、ブロッコリー、ズッキーニ、ポロねぎ、にんじん、なす、レタスは、すべて野菜です。
ピーマン、ブロッコリー、ズッキーニ、ポロねぎ、にんじん、なす、レタスは、すべてやさいです。
Peppers, broccoli, zucchini, leeks, carrots, eggplants, and lettuce are all vegetables.

女性が、食料品店で野菜を買っている。
じょせいが、しょくりょうひんてんでやさいをかっている。
The woman is shopping for vegetables at the grocery store.

野菜や果物が豊富な食事をとると、健康でいられる。
やさいやくだものがほうふなしょくじをとると、けんこうでいられる。
A diet rich in vegetables and fruit keeps the body healthy.

保健の専門家は、果物と野菜を使った料理を一日に五品食べることを勧めている。
ほけんのせんもんかは、くだものとやさいをつかったりょうりをいちにちにごひんたべることをすすめている。
Health experts recommend five servings of fruit and vegtables a day.

新鮮な野菜
しんせんなやさい
fresh vegetables

苦い緑の野菜
にがいみどりのやさい
a bitter green vegetable

スーパーの野菜売り場
スーパーのやさいうりば
vegetable section of the supermarket

野菜ジュース
やさいジュース
vegetable juice

野菜農園
やさいのうえん
vegetable garden

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Japanese Word of the Day - bakery (noun)

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パン屋 (パンや) bakery (noun)

パン屋の焼き菓子
パンやのやきがし
baked goods at a bakery

地元のパン屋
じもとのパンや
local bakery

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Japanese Word of the Day - boy (noun)

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男の子 (おとこのこ) boy (noun)

男の子が、ホットドッグを食べている。
おとこのこが、ホットドッグをたべている。
The boy is eating a hot dog.

男の子は女の子より背が高い。
おとこのこはおんなのこよりせがたかい。
The boy is taller than the girl.

悲しそうな男の子
かなしそうなおとこのこ
sad boy

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Japanese Word of the Day - drawing (noun)

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絵 (え) drawing (noun)

芸術家が絵を描いている。
げいじゅつかがえをかいている。
The artist is drawing a picture.

子供達は幼稚園のクラスで絵を描いたり、塗ったりしている。
こどもたちはようちえんのクラスでえをかいたり、ぬったりしている。
The children are drawing and painting at kindergarten class.

絵書き用鉛筆
えかきようえんぴつ
drawing pencils

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Japanese Word of the Day - lose (verb)

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負ける (まける) lose (verb)

そのプレイヤーは、カードゲームで負ける。
そのプレイヤーは、カードゲームでまける。
The player loses the card game.

そのプレイヤーは、カードゲームで負けた。
そのプレイヤーは、カードゲームでまけた。
The player lost the card game.

そのプレイヤーは、カードゲームで負けている。
そのプレイヤーは、カードゲームでまけている。
The player is losing the card game.

彼は試合に負けた。
かれはしあいにまけた。
He lost the game.

大きな試合に負けたいと思う人は誰もいない。
おおきなしあいにまけたいとおもうひとはだれもいない。
Nobody likes to lose the big game.

カードゲームで負ける
カードゲームでまける
lose a card game

試合に負ける
しあいにまける
lose a game

大負けする
おおまけする
lose badly

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6 Reasons to Learn a Language Before You Travel!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Japanese Word of the Day - fever (noun)

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熱 (ねつ) fever (noun)

熱があります。
ねつがあります。
I have a fever.

彼は、熱が百二度ある。
かれは、ねつがひゃくにどある。
He has a fever of 102 degrees.

熱がある
ねつがある
have a fever

熱を出す
ねつをだす
run a fever

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

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嫌い (きらい) dislike (i-adjective)

その若い女の子は、ブロッコリーが嫌いです。
そのわかいおんなのこは、ブロッコリーがきらいです。
The young girl dislikes broccoli.

ブロッコリーが嫌い
ブロッコリーがきらい
dislike broccoli

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Japanese Word of the Day - shark (noun)

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サメ (サメ) shark (noun)

サメが、海を泳いでいる。
サメが、うみをおよいでいる。
The shark is swimming in the ocean.

ホオジロザメ
ホオジロザメ
great white shark

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Japanese Word of the Day - take (verb)

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取る (とる) take (verb)

人々がいちごを取った。
ひとびとがいちごをとった。
The people took the strawberries.

人々がいちごを取る。
ひとびとがいちごをとる。
The people take the strawberries.

人々がいちごを取っている。
ひとびとがいちごをとっている。
The people are taking the strawberries.

女性がサラダの袋を取ろうとしている。
じょせいがサラダのふくろをとろうとしている。
The woman is taking the bag of salad.

いちごを取る
いちごをとる
take a strawberry

棚から物を取る
たなからものをとる
take something from a shelf

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