JapanesePod101.com Blog http://blogs.japanesepod101.com Learn Japanese with Free Daily Audio and Video Lessons! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:44:30 +0000 https://wordpress.org/?v=wordpress-mu-1.0 en How to Learn Japanese Through Fairy Tale Stories http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2017/03/21/fairy-tales/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2017/03/21/fairy-tales/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:41:43 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Culture Learn Japanese Japanese Language Japanese Translation http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2017/03/21/fairy-tales/ Top 6 Japanese Fairy Tale Stories and Characters

Hi Listeners,

Do you know what the top 6 Japanese fairy tales are?

Reading short stories in Japanese is a fun way to learn the Japanese language and culture. Check out the 6 Japanese fairy tale stories below and learn must-know folk story words and phrases in Japanese!

1. Top 6 Japanese Fairy Tales

Top 6 Japanese Fairy Tales

1. Momotarō, the Peach Boy

The Japanese title is 桃太郎 (ももたろう; Momotarō). Born from a peach and raised by an old couple, Momotaro grows into a strong boy and starts fighting evil creatures. He is a symbol of bravery and humility.

2. The Crane of Gratitude

The Japanese title is 鶴の恩返し (つるのおんがえし; Tsuru no on-gaeshi). An old man frees a crane and later takes in a young woman. Behind closed doors, she turns into a crane and makes beautiful cloth out of her feathers.

3. The Rollong Rice-balls

The Japanese title is おむすびころりん (Omusubi kororin). A kind man drops his rice-ball and follows it down a hole into the mouse world. He’s rewarded, but when a mean-spirited man tries the same, he is punished.

4. The Inch-High Samurai

The Japanese title is 一寸法師 (いっすんぼうし; Issun bōshi). A boy who is only an inch tall protects a noblewoman from a demon. He’s swallowed by the demon and fights his way out from the inside.

5. The Story of Urashimatarō

The Japanese title is 浦島太郎 (うらしまたろう; Urashimatarō). A fisherman is taken to the Dragon Palace under the sea. He stays for 3 days, but when he returns to the surface, 300 years have passed.

6. Bamboo Hat for the Jizō Statuettes

The Japanese title is かさじぞう (Kasa jizō). A man goes to market to get mochi to celebrate New Year’s but gives his hats to the jizou. Later they reward his kindness.

2. Fairy Tale Characters and Words in Japanese

Here are some common fairy tale characters and words in Japanese you may come across while reading Japanese folktale stories.

Japanese Romaji Meaning
妖精 yōsei fairy
ユニコーン yunikōn unicorn
shiro castle
マジック majikku magic
魔女 majo witch
スペル superu spell
ドラゴン doragon dragon
オーガ Ōga Ogre
王様 ō-sama king
王子 ōji prince
王女 ōjo princess
昔々 mukashi mukashi once upon a time
魔法使い mahō tsukai wizard
人魚 ningyo mermaid
巨人 kyojin giant
こびと kobito dwarf
ままはは mamahaha stepmother

Check out even more fairy tale words in the video below!

Conclusion

You might not understand every single word in Japanese stories at first but try to guess what they mean in context. Illustrations will also help you understand the story. After reading it, make sure to look up the words in the dictionary and read the story a few more times. If you do that, you’ll surely get better at reading Japanese.

So what Japanese tale would you like to read first? Do you know any other fairy tale stories in Japan? Did we miss any Japanese fairy tale words? Let us know in the comments!

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Japanese Word of the Day - octopus (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2017/01/04/japanese-word-of-the-day-octopus-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2017/01/04/japanese-word-of-the-day-octopus-noun/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:01:48 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2017/01/04/japanese-word-of-the-day-octopus-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

タコ (タコ) octopus (noun)

八本の足のタコ
はっぽんのあしのタコ
eight-armed octopus

茹だこ
ゆでだこ
boiled octopus

タコ墨
タコすみ
octopus ink

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Japanese Word of the Day - draw (verb) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-draw-verb/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-draw-verb/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:03:01 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-draw-verb/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

描く (かく) draw (verb)

芸術家が絵を描く。
げいじゅつかがえをかく。
The artist draws a picture.

芸術家が絵を描いた。
げいじゅつかがえをかいた。
The artist drew a picture.

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.

その芸術家は、筆で中国の文字を描いている。
そのげいじゅつかは、ふででちゅうごくのもじをかいている。
The artist is drawing Chinese characters with a writing brush.

イラストレーターに、絵を描くように依頼しました。
イラストレーターに、えをかくようにいらいしました。
I asked the illustrator to draw me a picture.

絵を描く
えをかく
draw a picture

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The 5 Review Tactics that Will Sharpen Your Japanese http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/27/the-5-review-tactics-that-will-sharpen-your-japanese/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/27/the-5-review-tactics-that-will-sharpen-your-japanese/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:39:17 +0000 amine Learn Japanese Tips & Techniques http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/27/the-5-review-tactics-that-will-sharpen-your-japanese/ top 5 review tactics to boost your japanese

Have you ever returned to JapanesePod101 lessons you’ve completed?

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2. Use a voice-recording tool to perfect pronunciation.

No one likes to hear themselves recorded, but it is a great way to perfect your pronunciation! Record yourself and compare against a fluent speaker. If you sound different, repeat after the fluent speaker until your pronunciation matches. Innovative Language has a great voice-recording feature that makes recording super easy. Never hesitate or be shy about your pronunciation again.

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3. Master recorded conversations.

Another excellent way to review your Japanese is to record conversations and go over them again and again until you have the entire conversation mastered and can repeat it line by line. Now, it might be kind of awkward trying to explain to someone why you are recording them speak so it is fortunate that Innovative Language has dialogues available for download right off of their website. I found these also come with transcripts of the entire conversation, which is great if you don’t want to spend tons of time translating the conversation yourself.

4. Use mobile devices to reinforce previously learned conversations.

It might sound redundant at this point, but constant review is the best, and only, way to perfect Japanese. In that spirit, I strongly recommend downloading the recorded dialogue to your mobile device and incorporating it into your music playlist. You’ll be amazed how effectively quick reviews throughout a day can reinforce what you’ve learned.

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Using these five simple review techniques the most challenging parts of learning Japanese will become your areas of comfort. Conversations will no longer be excruciating and embarrassing, but rather offer a chance to show off your new skills and communicate with someone from a different culture in their natural language. You will be able to casually listen to Japanese and understand everything. Reading, too, will become natural and enjoyable.

Learning any language takes time and dedication. With the right focus, however, you can ensure the maximum impact of your efforts. Consistently listening to fluent speakers, recording your own voice and comparing it against fluent speakers, mastering conversations, listening to them on go, and following along with written transcripts will put you on the path to becoming fluent in Japanese. Learn from the mistakes that so many have made, myself included, don’t let what you’ve already learned slip away.

Review, review, review!

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Japanese Word of the Day - basketball (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/26/japanese-word-of-the-day-basketball-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/26/japanese-word-of-the-day-basketball-noun/#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:01:36 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/26/japanese-word-of-the-day-basketball-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

バスケットボール (バスケットボール) basketball (noun)

男子と女子がバスケットボールをしている。
だんしとじょしがバスケットボールをしている。
The boys and girls are playing basketball.

男性がバスケットボールをしている。
だんせいがバスケットボールをしている。
The man is playing basketball.

バスケットボールは裏庭でも国際アリーナでも、どんな場所でもプレーすることができる。
バスケットボールはうらにわでもこくさいアリーナでも、どんなばしょでもプレーすることができる。
Basketball can be played anywhere from backyard hoops to international arenas.

大学のバスケットボール
だいがくのバスケットボール
college basketball

バスケットボールをする
バスケットボールをする
play basketball

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Japanese Word of the Day - light bulb (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/24/japanese-word-of-the-day-light-bulb-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/24/japanese-word-of-the-day-light-bulb-noun/#comments Sat, 24 Dec 2016 18:02:17 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/24/japanese-word-of-the-day-light-bulb-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

電球 (でんきゅう) light bulb (noun)

電球が切れたら、変えてください。
でんきゅうがきれたら、かえてください。
Change the lightbulb when it burns out and goes dark.

白熱の電球
はくねつのでんきゅう
incandescent light bulb

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    Japanese Word of the Day - blonde hair (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-blonde-hair-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-blonde-hair-noun/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:02:28 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-blonde-hair-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    ブロンド (ブロンド) blonde hair (noun)

    その女性の髪はブロンドです。
    そのじょせいのかみはブロンドです。
    The woman has blonde hair.

    ブロンドの髪の女性
    ブロンドのかみのじょせい
    blonde-haired woman

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    Japanese Word of the Day - Saturday (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/17/japanese-word-of-the-day-saturday-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/17/japanese-word-of-the-day-saturday-noun/#comments Sat, 17 Dec 2016 18:01:34 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/17/japanese-word-of-the-day-saturday-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    土曜日 (どようび) Saturday (noun)

    私は毎週土曜日に、五時間、家事をする。
    わたしはまいしゅうどようびに、ごじかん、かじをする。
    I do housework every Saturday for five hours.

    土曜日に予定がない
    どようびによていがない
    no plans for Saturday

    土曜日の夜
    どようびのよる
    Saturday night

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    Japanese Word of the Day - rooster (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/15/japanese-word-of-the-day-rooster-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/15/japanese-word-of-the-day-rooster-noun/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:01:43 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/15/japanese-word-of-the-day-rooster-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    雄鶏 (おんどり) rooster (noun)

    雄鶏が辺りを見回しながら、鳴いている。
    おんどりがあたりをみまわしながら、ないている。
    The rooster crows while it glances around.

    その雄鶏が鳴くと、私は起きる。
    そのおんどりがなくと、わたしはおきる。
    When the rooster crows, I will wake up.

    鳴いている雄鶏
    ないているおんどり
    crowing rooster

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    Japanese Word of the Day - change (verb) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/14/japanese-word-of-the-day-change-verb/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/14/japanese-word-of-the-day-change-verb/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:02:20 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/14/japanese-word-of-the-day-change-verb/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    変える (かえる) change (verb)

    カメレオンは、自分の色をオレンジ、緑、黄色に変えました。
    カメレオンは、じぶんのいろをオレンジ、みどり、きいろにかえました。
    The chameleon changed its color to orange, green and yellow.

    彼女はリモコンで番組を変えています。
    かのじょはリモコンでばんぐみをかえています。
    She is changing the channel with the remote control.

    起業家は、自分達のアイデアで世界を変えます。
    きぎょうかは、じぶんたちのアイデアでせかいをかえます。
    Entrepreneurs change the world with their ideas.

    会議の進行によって、時には、予定を変更することも大事だ。
    かいぎのしんこうによって、ときには、よていをへんこうすることもだいじだ。
    At times it is necessary to revise a schedule as the meeting goes on.

    仕事を変える
    しごとをかえる
    change an occupation

    予定を変更する
    よていをへんこうする
    revise the schedule

    原稿を改訂する
    げんこうをかいていする
    revise a manuscript

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    How to Overcome the Top 4 Japanese Learning Fears http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/13/how-to-overcome-the-top-4-japanese-learning-fears/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/13/how-to-overcome-the-top-4-japanese-learning-fears/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:33:06 +0000 amine Learn Japanese Tips & Techniques http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/13/how-to-overcome-the-top-4-japanese-learning-fears/ Every Japanese learner will have these fears“I’m not good enough yet.” “I don’t think I’m making any progress.” “What if I never reach my goals?” Japanese learning fears – we all get them from time to time. What are yours? And are they worth being scared of?

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    In this blog post, we’re killing the top 4 Japanese learning fears – 1) what are the fears learners tend to have the most and 2) how you can overcome them!

    Here are the top 4 language learning fears according to our users:

    1. “I’m not good enough to start speaking yet.”

    Do you feel like you’re not good enough to start speaking yet? It’s a pretty common fear or misconception that most learners have. Here’s how you overcome it:

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  • If you think you’re not good enough, just learn Japanese lines you want to say!
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    2. “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent.”

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  • You’ve got to set small, specific goals.
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    Japanese Word of the Day - jellyfish (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/08/japanese-word-of-the-day-jellyfish-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/08/japanese-word-of-the-day-jellyfish-noun/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:01:42 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/08/japanese-word-of-the-day-jellyfish-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    クラゲ (クラゲ) jellyfish (noun)

    クラゲが、水の中を漂っている。
    クラゲが、みずのなかをただよっている。
    The jellyfish are bobbing in the water.

    クラゲが海を泳いでいる。
    クラゲがうみをおよいでいる。
    The jellyfish is swimming in the ocean.

    透明なクラゲ
    とうめいなクラゲ
    transparent jellyfish

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    Japanese Word of the Day - wristwatch (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/07/japanese-word-of-the-day-wristwatch-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/07/japanese-word-of-the-day-wristwatch-noun/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:01:29 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/07/japanese-word-of-the-day-wristwatch-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    腕時計 (うでどけい) wristwatch (noun)

    腕時計は、身に付けて便利なアイテムだ。
    うでどけいは、みにつけてべんりなアイテムだ。
    A wristwatch is a convenient item to wear.

    銀の腕時計
    ぎんのうでどけい
    silver wrist watch

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    Japanese Word of the Day - kind (na-adjective) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/03/japanese-word-of-the-day-kind-na-adjective/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/03/japanese-word-of-the-day-kind-na-adjective/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:02:13 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/03/japanese-word-of-the-day-kind-na-adjective/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    親切 (しんせつ) kind (na-adjective)

    年配の女性に花を贈るのは、親切なことだ。
    ねんぱいのじょせいにはなをおくるのは、しんせつなことだ。
    Giving the elderly woman flowers is a kind act.

    彼女は、笑顔が素敵で、親切な人だ。
    かのじょは、えがおがすてきで、しんせつなひとだ。
    She is a kind person with a big smile.

    親切な行為
    しんせつなこうい
    kind act

    親切心
    しんせつしん
    a kind heart

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    Japanese Word of the Day - hat (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/01/japanese-word-of-the-day-hat-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/01/japanese-word-of-the-day-hat-noun/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:01:42 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/12/01/japanese-word-of-the-day-hat-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    帽子 (ぼうし) hat (noun)

    その帽子に赤いマフラーが似合いそうだ。
    そのぼうしにあかいマフラーがにあいそうだ。
    A red scarf would look nice with that hat.

    彼は薄くなった髪の生え際を隠すために帽子をかぶっている。
    かれはうすくなったかみのはえぎわをかくすためにぼうしをかぶっている。
    He wears a hat to cover his thinning hairline.

    黒い帽子
    くろいぼうし
    black hat

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    Japanese Word of the Day - chicken (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-chicken-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-chicken-noun/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:01:33 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-chicken-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    にわとり (にわとり) chicken (noun)

    ニワトリとヒヨコが食べ物をついばんでいる。
    ニワトリとヒヨコがたべものをついばんでいる。
    The chicken and chicks are pecking at their food.

    白いニワトリ
    しろいニワトリ
    white chicken

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    Japanese Word of the Day - volleyball (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/29/japanese-word-of-the-day-volleyball-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/29/japanese-word-of-the-day-volleyball-noun/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:02:08 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/29/japanese-word-of-the-day-volleyball-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    バレーボール (バレーボール) volleyball (noun)

    浜辺でバレーボールをしよう。
    はまべでバレーボールをしよう。
    Let’s play volleyball at the beach.

    チームでバレーボールをしている。
    チームでバレーボールをしている。
    The teams are playing volleyball.

    ビーチバレーボールは、見るのもするのも楽しい。
    ビーチバレーボールは、みるのもするのもたのしい。
    It’s fun to watch and to play beach volleyball.

    ビーチバレーボール
    ビーチバレーボール
    beach volleyball

    バレーボールをする
    バレーボールをする
    play volleyball

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    Japanese Word of the Day - forehead (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/27/japanese-word-of-the-day-forehead-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/27/japanese-word-of-the-day-forehead-noun/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:02:27 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/27/japanese-word-of-the-day-forehead-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    額 (ひたい) forehead (noun)

    その女性は、額にはっきりとしたシワがある。
    そのじょせいは、ひたいにはっきりとしたシワがある。
    The woman has clear wrinkles on her forehead.

    彼は頭が痛くなると、額をさすります。
    かれはあたまがいたくなると、ひたいをさすります。
    When he has a headache, he rubs his forehead.

    額のシワ
    ひたいのシワ
    wrinkles on the forehead

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    Japanese Word of the Day - documentary (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/25/japanese-word-of-the-day-documentary-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/25/japanese-word-of-the-day-documentary-noun/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:01:40 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/25/japanese-word-of-the-day-documentary-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    ドキュメンタリー (ドキュメンタリー) documentary (noun)

    男性はドキュメンタリーを撮影している。
    だんせいはドキュメンタリーをさつえいしている。
    The man is shooting a documentary.

    ドキュメンタリー映画
    ドキュメンタリーえいが
    documentary film

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    Japanese Word of the Day - bell pepper (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/24/japanese-word-of-the-day-bell-pepper-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/24/japanese-word-of-the-day-bell-pepper-noun/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:01:41 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/24/japanese-word-of-the-day-bell-pepper-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    ピーマン (ピーマン) bell pepper (noun)

    一番、一般的なピーマンは、緑か赤、または黄色だ。
    いちばん、いっぱんてきなピーマンは、みどりかあか、またはきいろだ。
    The most common bell peppers are green, red or yellow.

    赤、緑、黄色のピーマン
    あか、みどり、きいろのピーマン
    red, green and yellow bell peppers

    緑のピーマン
    みどりのピーマン
    green bell peppers

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    Japanese Word of the Day - strawberry (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/23/japanese-word-of-the-day-strawberry-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/23/japanese-word-of-the-day-strawberry-noun/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:02:20 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/23/japanese-word-of-the-day-strawberry-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    苺 (いちご) strawberry (noun)

    イチゴは美味しくて体に良いです。
    イチゴはおいしくてからだによいです。
    Strawberries are delicious and good for the body.

    イチゴはすばらしいビタミンCの源です。
    イチゴはすばらしいビタミンシーのみなもとです。
    Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C.

    熟れたイチゴ
    うれたイチゴ
    ripe strawberry

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    My Honest Review and Opinion of JapanesePod101 http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/22/honest-review-japanesepod101/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/22/honest-review-japanesepod101/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:06:09 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Lessons Teaching Japanese Success Stories Learn Japanese Tips & Techniques Speak Japanese Japanese Online http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/22/honest-review-japanesepod101/ Howdy people, my name is Thomas. I’m a blogger and huge Japanese enthusiast. Today I’m going to review www.JapanesePod101.com and give you guys a 100% honest opinion on it. I am not being paid or otherwise compensated for this, and all opinions are my own. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m brutally honest and blunt, so I won’t pull punches in a review. That said, enjoy.

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    My first impression of JapanesePod101.com was that it looked a lot like what I had come to expect from language learning sites, from Rosetta Stone to Duolingo, I knew the drill and the layout of the main page was the same, bare-bones info page that I always see when I go to a site with a landing page that tries to get you to sign up right away. By comparison, ILL’s main site is much more informative about the company and their services, and actually convinced me to try them out in the first place. Perhaps I’m just too jaded to be taken in like many consumers by a simple ad. I want more info than what they share with their marketing spin all over it. I want facts, features, simply stated and without divisive wording so present in marketing pitches.

    The negatives pretty much stop there. This service is wonderful! After signing up, you get a straight-talk offer to get a huge upgrade for a dollar of bandwidth. I took the offer, naturally, though I later had an issue with backing out of the $25 a month subscription it signed me up on. I didn’t realize I could just change my settings for the auto-renewal. It is enabled by default, but when I forgot, they were good about refunding me. I had my money back within a week, not bad for communicating across the globe to do it.

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    The dashboard takes a bit to get used to, but once you figure out what everything does and where it all leads, it is extremely useful and well-designed, though I would prefer if the lesson videos and series videos were organized the same way. I found that I could find some lessons through the actual lessons tab, and others by picking through the series videos. Maybe I just got turned around in the interface but I didn’t feel like I had a good way to get a singular overview of every single lesson to know how much they covered.

    Now we come to the best part, and the reason why I truly endorse JapanesePod101.com. The lessons themselves. Oh, my, god. These people know how to teach Japanese. The videos don’t just teach vocabulary and hope you can pick up the pronunciation by imitation like Rosetta Stone tries to. And unlike that same product, which I used before, JPod never talks down to you or treats you like a child. Rosetta Stone seriously showed me juice and milk to teach me how to say the Japanese words ジュース&ぎゅうにゅう one of which is just the same word in katakana, which they don’t explain, and the other is never used anymore, instead they use the katakana’d version of it too! Not JPod, they treat you like an intelligent student right off the bat, explaining the basic structure of the language and rolling it right into vocab.

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    I loved how Risa explained a lot of the concepts, and much to my pleasant surprise, they didn’t just cover lists of words and pronunciation, though they have tons of word lists and very good pronunciation guides. No, my favorite part is that they covered grammar! You have no idea how much, as a student who learned under tutors and college for all of my Japanese learning journey up to now, how infuriating it is to not have the grammar explained! If you know conjugations of verbs, you can teach yourself so many words just from hearing them and reverse engineering them to dictionary form! Risa does an amazing job of walking you through the grammar points and makes them not feel so scary as grammar was for many people who hated taking English.

    One big negative that I have to nick them for though, is the teaching style. Now I’m not talking about the lessons themselves, I mean the overall organization of the lessons. Because you can freely float around between lessons, they don’t build upon each other. I am only in semester 3 of Japanese, and I could hop into Advanced and while I didn’t necessarily find it stuff I already knew, I had no difficulty understanding the lessons and mastering the content. If I tried to do that with a college course, I’d get lost very fast. That sounds like a positive at first, but the problem is that you can’t push your students if you make everything somewhat accessible to people with a good grip on the language already. Perhaps they have more structured or difficult content in other areas, but the lessons from Absolute Beginner through Advanced seemed to have no difficulty curve at all which means they wouldn’t push me to get better.

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    It’s a delicate balance, trying to appeal to masses while also pushing every one of those people to “git gud”, believe me, I know. But in the business of teaching language, you have to make a decision on whether you’ll push your users or make everything more accessible to them so they can learn more content easier. I feel like if the lessons were more rigidly structured in points and built upon previous lessons it would work better. Perhaps if it was organized more like a game where you progress down a linear path but have branches where you can head off into side paths of learning and explore things that are at the same level as what you’re learning now, it would be more effective.

    Honestly, I would love to see JPod get into Tangential Learning and “gamify” their content a bit. This IS on the internet after all, most people are used to games from their phones and tablets by now, so they won’t be unfamiliar to basic game UI. That said, this is getting a bit more into “I wish” territory.

    All in all, I would highly recommend JPod for anyone interested in learning a language from the ground up or as preparation to get into college courses. It is far better than most of the other kinds of software and websites I have been to, mostly because the videos are very well organized and presented, with comprehensive learning material teaching the basic workings of the language as well as the grammar structures along with vocabulary.

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    Japanese Word of the Day - fish (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/19/japanese-word-of-the-day-fish-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/19/japanese-word-of-the-day-fish-noun/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:01:45 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/19/japanese-word-of-the-day-fish-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    魚 (さかな) fish (noun)

    魚が水の中を泳いでいる。
    さかながみずのなかをおよいでいる。
    The fish is swimming in the water.

    私は、肉は食べないが、魚と卵は食べる。
    わたしは、にくはたべないが、さかなとたまごはたべる。
    I don’t eat meat, but I eat fish and eggs.

    日本人は魚をたくさん食べる。
    にほんじんはさかなをたくさんたべる。
    Japanese people eat a lot of fish.

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    Japanese Word of the Day - door (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-door-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-door-noun/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:01:53 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-door-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    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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    Japanese Word of the Day - bakery (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/16/japanese-word-of-the-day-bakery-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/16/japanese-word-of-the-day-bakery-noun/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:01:38 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/16/japanese-word-of-the-day-bakery-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    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 - notebook (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/15/japanese-word-of-the-day-notebook-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/15/japanese-word-of-the-day-notebook-noun/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:01:44 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/15/japanese-word-of-the-day-notebook-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    ノート (ノート) notebook (noun)

    男性がノートをとっている。
    だんせいがノートをとっている。
    The man is writing in the notebook.

    私はそれぞれの授業でノートを分けている。
    わたしはそれぞれのじゅぎょうでノートをわけている。
    I have a separate notebook for each class.

    白い線の入ったノート
    しろいせんのはいったノート
    white lined notebook

    一つの科目のノート
    ひとつのかもくのノート
    one subject notebook

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    How to Say Nice to Meet You in Japanese http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/15/nice-to-meet-you-in-japanese/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/15/nice-to-meet-you-in-japanese/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:31:46 +0000 amine Japanese Lessons Learn Japanese Japanese Words Japanese Language Japanese Online http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/15/nice-to-meet-you-in-japanese/ nice to meet you in japanese

    If you are in Japan for business or travel, or meeting you Japanese friend’s family in your own country, we are sure you would love to impress your Japanese hosts.

    You want to introduce yourself, say hello and learn how to say nice to meet you in Japanese. But you have heard that it is difficult and a mistake can cause great confusion or trouble.

    Don’t worry! Here we bring you some useful tips for that successful first meeting for all Japanese beginners.

    Discover the list of Top 10 Lines to Introduce Yourself in Japanese



    1. My name is [name].

    こんにちは。わたしは [name]です。
    Konnichi wa. Watashi wa [name] desu.
    “Hello. My name is [name].”

    • こんにちは (Konnichi wa) is the Japanese equivalent of “Hello” and can be used at any time of day.
    • わたし (Watashi) is a polite way for males or females to say “I” or “me.”
    • (wa) is a particle that follows the topic you are going to be talking about.
    • です (desu) is called a copula, and refers to one type of “to be” verb.


    2. Nice to meet you.

    Just as important, remember to say:

    はじめまして。
    Hajimemashite.
    “Nice to meet you.”

    or the unique expression:

    どうぞ よろしくお願いします。
    Dozo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
    This roughly translates to “Please treat me well.”

    or formal and polite expressions:

    お会いできてうれしいです。
    O-ai dekite ureshī desu.
    “I’m happy to meet you.”

    お目にかかれて嬉しいです。
    O-me ni kakarete ureshī desu.
    “It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

    お目にかかれて光栄です。
    O-me ni kakarete kōei desu.
    “It’s an honour to be seen by you.” or “It is an honor to meet you.”

    お目にかかる (O-me ni kakaru) is the humble form of 会う (Au; meet).


    Using this kind of phrase shows respect for the person and also that you are looking forward to a good relationship with them. It is sure to make a great impression!

    Example:

    初めまして。どうぞお入り下さい。
    はじめまして。どうぞおはいりください。
    Hajimemashite. Dōzo o-iri kudasai.
    “Please come in, it’s nice to meet you.”

    初めまして、ピーター。私の名前はリチャードです。
    はじめまして、ピーター。わたしのなまえはリチャードです。
    Hajimemashite, pītā. Watashinonamaeha richādodesu.
    “Hello Peter, my name is Richard and it is nice to meet you.”

    初めまして。
    はじめまして。
    Hajimemashite.
    “Nice to meet you, sir.”

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    You will surprise everyone with your Japanese skills and politeness. Now people will be pleased to meet you and your efforts won’t go unappreciated!

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    Japanese Word of the Day - dog (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/13/japanese-word-of-the-day-dog-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/13/japanese-word-of-the-day-dog-noun/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:02:47 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/13/japanese-word-of-the-day-dog-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    犬 (いぬ) dog (noun)

    小さくて白い犬が、庭で黄色いボールで遊んでいる。
    ちいさくてしろいいぬが、にわできいろいボールであそんでいる。
    The little white dog is playing with a yellow ball in the yard.

    毛むくじゃらの犬がボールを追いかけている。
    けむくじゃらのいぬがボールをおいかけている。
    The shaggy dog is running after the ball.

    犬は人間の一番の友達です。
    いぬはにんげんのいちばんのともだちです。
    Dogs are a man’s best friend.

    茶色い犬と黒い犬
    ちゃいろいいぬとくろいいぬ
    a brown dog and a black dog

    大きい犬
    おおきいいぬ
    big dog

    年老いた犬
    としおいたいぬ
    old dog

    家の外にいる茶色い犬
    いえのそとにいるちゃいろいいぬ
    brown dog outside house

    毛深い犬
    けぶかいいぬ
    hairy dog

    かわいい犬
    かわいいいぬ
    cute dog

    犬小屋
    いぬごや
    dog house

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    Japanese Word of the Day - butter (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/10/japanese-word-of-the-day-butter-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/10/japanese-word-of-the-day-butter-noun/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:01:52 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/10/japanese-word-of-the-day-butter-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    バター (バター) butter (noun)

    乳製品はチーズ、ヨーグルト、バター、そしてクリームを含んでいます。
    にゅうせいひんはチーズ、ヨーグルト、バター、そしてクリームをふくんでいます。
    Milk products include cheese, yogurt, butter, and cream.

    バターの塊と、スライスされたバター
    バターのかたまりと、スライスされたバター
    stick of butter and slices of butter

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    Japanese Word of the Day - stamp on a letter (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/08/japanese-word-of-the-day-stamp-on-a-letter-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/08/japanese-word-of-the-day-stamp-on-a-letter-noun/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:01:53 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/08/japanese-word-of-the-day-stamp-on-a-letter-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    切手 (きって) stamp on a letter (noun)

    切手を集めていますか?
    きってをあつめていますか?
    Do you collect stamps?

    郵便切手
    ゆうびんきって
    postal stamp

    切手収集
    きってしゅうしゅう
    collection of stamps

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    Japanese Word of the Day - lighter (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/07/japanese-word-of-the-day-lighter-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/07/japanese-word-of-the-day-lighter-noun/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:01:38 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/07/japanese-word-of-the-day-lighter-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    ライター (ライター) lighter (noun)

    ライターが点いている。
    ライターがついている。
    The lighter is lit.

    ライターを点ける
    ライターをつける
    light a lighter

    ジッポライター
    ジッポライター
    zippo lighter

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    Japanese Word of the Day - movie (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/06/japanese-word-of-the-day-movie-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/06/japanese-word-of-the-day-movie-noun/#comments Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:01:41 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/06/japanese-word-of-the-day-movie-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    映画 (えいが) movie (noun)

    私が若いときは、よくアニメ映画を見ていた。
    わたしがわかいときは、よくアニメえいがをみていた。
    I used to watch a lot of animation films when I was young.

    ほとんどの映画はフィルムで撮られる。
    ほとんどのえいがはフィルムでとられる。
    Most movies are produced on film.

    ドキュメンタリー映画
    ドキュメンタリーえいが
    documentary film

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    Japanese Word of the Day - boss (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/03/japanese-word-of-the-day-boss-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/03/japanese-word-of-the-day-boss-noun/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:01:43 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/11/03/japanese-word-of-the-day-boss-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    上司 (じょうし) boss (noun)

    上司が部下を叱っている。
    じょうしがぶかをしかっている。
    The boss is blaming the worker.

    仕事を休むときは、上司に電話しなければならない。
    しごとをやすむときは、じょうしにでんわしなければならない。
    I have to call my boss when I’m going to miss work.

    上司に電話する
    じょうしにでんわする
    call the boss

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    Japanese Word of the Day - sweet (i-adjective) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/31/japanese-word-of-the-day-sweet-i-adjective/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/31/japanese-word-of-the-day-sweet-i-adjective/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:01:37 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/31/japanese-word-of-the-day-sweet-i-adjective/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    甘い (あまい) sweet (i-adjective)

    チョコレートは甘いです。
    チョコレートはあまいです。
    Chocolate is sweet.

    甘いペストリー
    あまいペストリー
    sweet pastry

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    Japanese Word of the Day - ocean (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/27/japanese-word-of-the-day-ocean-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/27/japanese-word-of-the-day-ocean-noun/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:01:42 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/27/japanese-word-of-the-day-ocean-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    海 (うみ) ocean (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.

    スピードボートのレースが海で行われている。
    スピードボートのレースがうみでおこなわれている。
    The speed boat is racing in the ocean.

    青い海
    あおいうみ
    blue ocean

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    Japanese Word of the Day - raspberry (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/26/japanese-word-of-the-day-raspberry-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/26/japanese-word-of-the-day-raspberry-noun/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:01:41 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/26/japanese-word-of-the-day-raspberry-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    ラズベリー (ラズベリー) raspberry (noun)

    赤いラズベリー
    あかいラズベリー
    red raspberries

    ラズベリージャム
    ラズベリージャム
    raspberry jam

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    Japanese Word of the Day - watch (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/21/japanese-word-of-the-day-watch-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/21/japanese-word-of-the-day-watch-noun/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:02:20 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/21/japanese-word-of-the-day-watch-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    腕時計 (うでどけい) watch (noun)

    その腕時計は安くないです。
    そのうでどけいはやすくないです。
    The wrist watch is not cheap.

    あの時計は高そうに見える。
    あのとけいはたかそうにみえる。
    That watch looks expensive.

    銀の腕時計
    ぎんのうでどけい
    silver wrist watch

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    Japanese Word of the Day - draw (verb) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/20/japanese-word-of-the-day-draw-verb/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/20/japanese-word-of-the-day-draw-verb/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:01:49 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/20/japanese-word-of-the-day-draw-verb/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    描く (かく) draw (verb)

    芸術家が絵を描く。
    げいじゅつかがえをかく。
    The artist draws a picture.

    芸術家が絵を描いた。
    げいじゅつかがえをかいた。
    The artist drew a picture.

    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.

    その芸術家は、筆で中国の文字を描いている。
    そのげいじゅつかは、ふででちゅうごくのもじをかいている。
    The artist is drawing Chinese characters with a writing brush.

    イラストレーターに、絵を描くように依頼しました。
    イラストレーターに、えをかくようにいらいしました。
    I asked the illustrator to draw me a picture.

    絵を描く
    えをかく
    draw a picture

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    Japanese Word of the Day - octopus (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-octopus-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-octopus-noun/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:01:26 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-octopus-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    タコ (タコ) octopus (noun)

    八本の足のタコ
    はっぽんのあしのタコ
    eight-armed octopus

    茹だこ
    ゆでだこ
    boiled octopus

    タコ墨
    タコすみ
    octopus ink

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    Japanese Word of the Day - key (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/13/japanese-word-of-the-day-key-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/13/japanese-word-of-the-day-key-noun/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:02:08 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/13/japanese-word-of-the-day-key-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    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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    Writing a Japanese Address on a Postcard http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/12/writing-a-japanese-address-on-a-postcard/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/12/writing-a-japanese-address-on-a-postcard/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:09:12 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Uncategorized Japanese Lessons Japanese Culture Living in Japan Tips & Techniques Japanese Online Getting Started Living in Japan http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/12/writing-a-japanese-address-on-a-postcard/

    1. - Postal symbol, preceding postal code
    2. 107-0052 - Postal code, composed of 7 numbers
    3. 東京都 - Prefecture (県, ken), with the exception of Tokyo (都, to), Hokkaido (道, do) and Osaka/Kyoto (府, fu)
    4. 港区 - Municipality, city (市, shi), village (村, mura) or ward (区, ku). Here it is Minato ward.
    5. 赤坂 - Area. Here it is Akasaka.
    6. 3丁目4-4 - City district (丁目, chome), city block (番地, banchi), bldg/house number (号, go)
    7. ジョン シナ - Recipient’s name. In Japan the last name precedes the first name and is often followed by a honorific suffix like San (さん) or Sama (様), corresponding to Mr. or Ms.

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    Japanese Word of the Day - boy (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/09/japanese-word-of-the-day-boy-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/09/japanese-word-of-the-day-boy-noun/#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:01:41 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/10/09/japanese-word-of-the-day-boy-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    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 - shark (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-shark-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-shark-noun/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:01:29 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/30/japanese-word-of-the-day-shark-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    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 - basketball (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/25/japanese-word-of-the-day-basketball-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/25/japanese-word-of-the-day-basketball-noun/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:01:53 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/25/japanese-word-of-the-day-basketball-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    バスケットボール (バスケットボール) basketball (noun)

    男子と女子がバスケットボールをしている。
    だんしとじょしがバスケットボールをしている。
    The boys and girls are playing basketball.

    男性がバスケットボールをしている。
    だんせいがバスケットボールをしている。
    The man is playing basketball.

    バスケットボールは裏庭でも国際アリーナでも、どんな場所でもプレーすることができる。
    バスケットボールはうらにわでもこくさいアリーナでも、どんなばしょでもプレーすることができる。
    Basketball can be played anywhere from backyard hoops to international arenas.

    大学のバスケットボール
    だいがくのバスケットボール
    college basketball

    バスケットボールをする
    バスケットボールをする
    play basketball

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    Japanese Word of the Day - change (verb) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/23/japanese-word-of-the-day-change-verb/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/23/japanese-word-of-the-day-change-verb/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:01:32 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/23/japanese-word-of-the-day-change-verb/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    変える (かえる) change (verb)

    カメレオンは、自分の色をオレンジ、緑、黄色に変えました。
    カメレオンは、じぶんのいろをオレンジ、みどり、きいろにかえました。
    The chameleon changed its color to orange, green and yellow.

    彼女はリモコンで番組を変えています。
    かのじょはリモコンでばんぐみをかえています。
    She is changing the channel with the remote control.

    起業家は、自分達のアイデアで世界を変えます。
    きぎょうかは、じぶんたちのアイデアでせかいをかえます。
    Entrepreneurs change the world with their ideas.

    会議の進行によって、時には、予定を変更することも大事だ。
    かいぎのしんこうによって、ときには、よていをへんこうすることもだいじだ。
    At times it is necessary to revise a schedule as the meeting goes on.

    仕事を変える
    しごとをかえる
    change an occupation

    予定を変更する
    よていをへんこうする
    revise the schedule

    原稿を改訂する
    げんこうをかいていする
    revise a manuscript

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    Japanese Word of the Day - mystery (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/19/japanese-word-of-the-day-mystery-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/19/japanese-word-of-the-day-mystery-noun/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:02:43 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/19/japanese-word-of-the-day-mystery-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    ミステリー (ミステリー) mystery (noun)

    良いミステリー小説は、読者に、最後まで謎解きをさせる。
    よいミステリーしょうせつは、どくしゃに、さいごまでなぞときをさせる。
    A good mystery keeps you wondering right to the end.

    ミステリー事件を調査する
    ミステリーじけんをちょうさする
    investigate a mystery

    殺人事件ミステリー
    さつじんじけんミステリー
    murder mystery

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    Japanese Word of the Day - chicken (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-chicken-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-chicken-noun/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:03:39 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/18/japanese-word-of-the-day-chicken-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    にわとり (にわとり) chicken (noun)

    ニワトリとヒヨコが食べ物をついばんでいる。
    ニワトリとヒヨコがたべものをついばんでいる。
    The chicken and chicks are pecking at their food.

    白いニワトリ
    しろいニワトリ
    white chicken

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    Japanese Word of the Day - rooster (noun) http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/17/japanese-word-of-the-day-rooster-noun/ http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/17/japanese-word-of-the-day-rooster-noun/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:05:50 +0000 JapanesePod101.com Japanese Words Japanese Phrases Word of the Day http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2016/09/17/japanese-word-of-the-day-rooster-noun/ Learn a little Japanese everyday with the free Japanese Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    雄鶏 (おんどり) rooster (noun)

    雄鶏が辺りを見回しながら、鳴いている。
    おんどりがあたりをみまわしながら、ないている。
    The rooster crows while it glances around.

    その雄鶏が鳴くと、私は起きる。
    そのおんどりがなくと、わたしはおきる。
    When the rooster crows, I will wake up.

    鳴いている雄鶏
    ないているおんどり
    crowing rooster

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