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大丈夫(Daijoubu)

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

idioms

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

Abbreviation

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

Japanese-English

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

ぴえん(Pien)

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

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