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Today's Phrase

Let’s use “ので” (〜node) and make a sentence!

We studied "~ので, ..." in a grammar class. When do you use "~ので,..."(〜node)?   Yes, it is often used to give a reason. It gives the impression of being more polite than "~から, ..."(〜kara).   I asked students to come up with the reason why " you can go home before a class finishes .“ Then, they try to think of the various reasons to use “〜ので” (node)   Here are examples of the … Read More

Oshi (For advanced Japanese learners)

※Japanese sentences in this blog are for advanced Japanese learners   Hello everyone. The spring season has arrived in Japan and the cherry blossoms have begun to bloom. This is an important month in Japan as it marks the end of the year.   Today, I would like to introduce a word which is commonly used by young Japanese people, "○○推し(oshi). “Oshi" is used for idols and celebritie… Read More


Hello, how are you? Today's topic is regional dialects. Do you speak any dialect? In Fukuoka, where NILS is located, we have a very distinct dialect called 博多弁(はかたべん) (Hakata-ben). Let me introduce a few Hakata-ben words/phrases you might hear frequently.     (1) よか (Yoka)    It means good, nice, or fine.   [Example] 「髪(かみ)染(そ)めたと? よか色(いろ)やね!」  "Kami someta to?  Yoka iroyane." … Read More

Winter Kanji / Students’ Pottery Works

Hello, how are you doing these days? In Japan, today is 立春(rissyun) day (4th February). This day is called the start of a year and spring in the Japanese lunar calendar. However, we still have winter cold weather even though the calendar says 'it's spring now'. So today, let me show you some Kanjis that describe cold weather.   氷(Kori) ―― ice Water turns into ice, right? So, 水 (water) … Read More

“しか勝たん“ (shika katan)

Hello, everyone. Today, I would like to explain a new phrase “しか勝たん“ (shika katan).   Ramen wa tonkotsu shika katan.  Kaze shika katan.   What do you think “shika katan” means? It basically means something is awesome, someone’s favorite, there is nothing better.   For example, “Ramen wa tonkotsu shika katan” means there is nothing better than tonkotsu ramen, or tonkotsu ramen is the … Read More


You may have heard the word “Daijoubu” frequently while talking to Japanese people. Daijoubu has multiple meanings.  Let me explain three of them today.   1.Use it when there is no problem.   For example, a person who had a fever yesterday comes to work today.   A:           Are you OK today?   B:           Yes, I am OK (Daijoubu) .   2.Use it when you feel certain about something… Read More


Let’s study idioms. Today’s topics include idioms that refer to body parts.   Head That person’s head is soft, so he will understand the way young people think. Her head is sharp but lacks drive to act on his plans. My head hurts because of bad economy and stagnant sales number. It comes to my head since she is always late.   <Explanation> We refer to “head” when d… Read More

オノマトペ Onomatope

Let's study onomatopoeia of feelings today.   【HARAHARA】 【exciting】 Look at dangerous situations and worry about bad or hard things happening state. <Example sentence> ・He is watching over his toddler son to see if he falls and is injured. ・The last scene of this movie was very jarring. ・I was watching the circus tightrope walking and it was very jarring. ・The match I saw yes… Read More

一期一会(Ichigo Ichie)

I would like to talk about Ichigo Ichie. Have you ever heard of this? It’s frequently used in Japan.   It means you meet or experience something once in your life, and that we should be grateful for these meetings/events/happenings.   Ichigo means one’s lifetime, and Ichie means experiencing something just once.  This phrase was born out of tea ceremony but can apply to real-l… Read More


Hello, everyone. I would like to write about abbreviation today. I am sure you use your own unique abbreviation in your country. Japanese people are constantly abbreviating words to create new ones.   ・Konbini Convenience store I always buy an obento box at Konbini by the station.   ・Sumaho Smartphone Japanese people say Sumaho or Ketai.   ・Sutaba I like mocha frappuccino… Read More


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