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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

Let’s try Tongue Twister!

How do you normally practice your Japanese pronunciation? Have you found a winning strategy?   Today, I am going to introduce some Japanese tongue twisters (早口言葉(はやくちことば)). Like "She sells seashells on the seashore". It may not help you to learn any conversational skills but might improve your pronunciations indeed.   Level (1) 生麦(なまむぎ) 生米(なまごめ) 生卵(なまたまご)        nama-mugi   nama… Read More


Hello, everyone. How are you? Today, I’m going to introduce some of Japanese made “English” words. As you can see, these are not at all English but words coined in Japan. Can you guess what they actually mean? 1.コンセント(Konsento) When a phone needs to be charged, you should ask 「コンセントはどこですか。」(Where is “Konsento”?)What does this word mean? It means “outlet” or “socket”. It is derived from “concent… Read More

Social Media Words in Japanese

Hi, many thanks to all new and regular visitors to our school news. Hope you find useful information on our site.   Internet is a good place to gather information, but social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. also makes it convenient to get information on what's happening in the world.   Today, we would like to introduce 5 common Japanese social media words (net slang… Read More


I am gaining weight recently …“Pien”   “Pien”   Have you heard of this word?   Today’s Japanese word is “Pien“. This word is been gaining traction among young people in Japan.   You can use it when you are sad or happy. It’s not a serious word. Just a casual expression.   It’s commonly seen on SNS, often followed by this emoji   Let me explain how to use thi… Read More

Today’s Japanese word:’うっかり’

Hello. Today’s Japanese word is “Ukkari”. Have you forgotten something or done anything carelessly? You can express such situations by using “Ukkari”.   Examples: ・うっかりレストランにかさをわすれてしまった。  I carelessly left my umbrella at the restaurant.   ・テレビを見ていたら、うっかりジュースをこぼしてしまった。  I was watching TV when I spilled juice by mistake.   ・A:「どうしてこんなまちがいをしたんですか。」     “Why did you make a mistake… Read More

暑中お見舞い申し上げます。-Shochuuomimai moushiagemasu-

Have you heard “Shochuuomimai moushiagemasu”? This is a common summer greeting in Japan. Between the end of the rainy season and the beginning of August, Japanese people exchange cards to inquire the health of their family and friends. They also share what’s going on in their lives. These cards are meant to convey the best wishes for the recipient’s health during the hottest months. &nb… Read More

Today’s Japanese Phrase:´おかげさまで´

I hope you are all doing well under this heat wave. Let’s study 「おかげさまで」today.   You can use this phrase to mean “fortunately”. Example: A: So, Michael, how did the presentation go this morning? B: Fortunately, the presentation was a great success. A: How was your vacation? B: Fortunately, the weather was great.   You can also use Okagesamade to mean “thank goodness”. Example: … Read More

Today’s Japanese word :’ぜひ’

Hello. Today’s Japanese word is “zehi”. We have all made requests or expressed our wishes to others. You can use “zehi” for emphasis. Example: 1.ぜひ、今度うちへあそびに来てください!   By all means, please come to my house! 2.A:  コンサートのチケットが2枚あります。一緒に行きませんか。             I have two concert tickets. Shall we go together?                B:  はい、ぜひ一緒に行きたいです。       Yes, I would really love to go together!  … Read More

Today’s Japanese Phrase: ‘かっこいい’

Hello, today's Japanese word is "かっこいい(kakkoī)".   You can use this word whenever you want to say "cool!"   Let's check the first sample conversation.        A: わあ、あなたの新(あたら)しい髪型(かみがた)、かっこいいね!     Wow, your new hairstyle is really cool!        B: ありがとう。     Thanks.   In another situation, you can use "かっこいい" to describe handsome, good-looking people. In fact, "ハンサム" is a transl… Read More


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