ならう A fun way to learn Japanese

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For Christmas I received this nice little heart shaped chalk board. I thought I would put it to good use by writing a new word in Japanese each day. Today I used the word for stone and soap because they use the same kanji. I hope with this I can build my vocabulary up(and so my fiancé can pick up a few words too, hence the romaji), plus learn another 100 kanji this year(my New Years resolution).

冬 Japanese winter words

Here are some winter words in Japanese.

冬                                 fuyu                    Winter

雪                                 yuki                      Snow

雪だるま                    yuki daruma       Snowman

つらら                        tsurara                 Icicle

アイススケート       aisu sukeeto        Ice skating

氷                               koori                     Ice

そり                           sori                         Sled

ハロウィン Halloween words in Japanese

To be festive I thought I would make a post on Halloween related words in Japanese.

おばけ Obake Ghost
ゆうれい Yuurei Traditional Japanese ghost
こうもり Koumori Bat
ばけもの Bakemono Monster
あくま Akuma Devil
くろい ねこ Kuroi neko Black cat
がいこつ Gaikotsu Skeleton
ち Chi Blood
あめ Ame Candy
かぼちゃ Kabocha Pumpkin
まじょ Majo Witch

もしもし Why is moshi said twice

Moshi is said twice because it is said that foxes can only say it once as もし(moshi). So when you answer the phone to say hello you say  もしもし(moshimoshi) it insures you are not a fox. One story that is of a fox who turns into a woman and tricks men into marrying them.

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So each night she would meet her husband as a woman and leave as a fox. The word for fox is きつね(kitsune) in old Japanese kitsu-ne means “come and sleep” and ki-tsune means “always come”. Because of this combination of the words, the fox got it’s name きつね(kitsune). Though nowadays stories with foxes are usually more mischievous. So like above, always say もしもし(moshimoshi).

The other myth is that ghost can also only say もし(moshi) once and if you answer back they will take your soul!

 

 

本 Japanese/English cookbook

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For an early birthday gift I got this awesome cookbook. It is written in both Japanese and English. So whether you are looking to just cook Japanese cuisine or if your trying to read and cook Japanese this book is for you! You can find here on jbox.com.

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べんきょう verb conjugation

I thought today I would go over the some Japanese verb conjugation. This isn’t all of them but jut some common ones.

I will use the U verb to go.

The first is the dictionary form being informal

いく                           iku                        to go

いかない                      ikanai                 to not go

いった                           itta                       went

いかなかった              ikanakatta         did not go

This is the formal version

いきます                       ikimasu                          to go

いきません                   ikimasen                       to no go

いきました                   ikimashita                     went

いきめん でした      ikimasen deshita        did not go

This is the -ing form using the te form of the verb

いって います                          itte imasu                       going

いって いません                      itte imasen                    not going

いって いました                      itte imashita                 was going

いって いません でした     itte imasen deshita     was not going

ex:  母は  東京に  いって います。 Haha wa Toukyou ni itte imasu.

Mom is in Tokyo . (She went to Tokyo, and she is still there.)

This is the probably form

いく でしょう                        iku deshou                    will probably go

いかない でしょう               ikanai deshou              will probably not go

いった でしょう                   itta deshou                    probably went

いかなかった でしょう      ikanakatta deshou      probably did not go

And some odd ones

いきましょう                ikimashou              let’s go

いきたい                     ikitai                        want to go

かんじ More food related Kanji

Here are some more food kanji I’m learning to memorize. Now when I look in a cook book I have some idea of the ingredients used.

牛肉  ぎゅうにく  Beef

豚肉  ぶたにく     Pork

鶏肉  とりにく     Chicken

油   あぶら        Oil

ごま油 ごまあぶら  Sesame Oil

酒   さけ          Sake

かんじ Food related kanji I’m memorizing

So starting yesterday I am on a mission to learn two or three food related kanji a day. So next time I’m in Japan I can read the Japanese menu! Here’s what I have so far.

桃 もも peach
苺 いちご strawberry
西瓜 すいか watermelon
栗 くり chestnut
卵 たまご egg
肉 にく meat

If anyone can think of some common kanji used on a menu leave me a comment.

一二三 counting in Japanese

Number in Japanese is bango ばんご

The first symbol is the kanji and the others are the spelling in hiragana then followed by the romaji.

1    一   いち ichi
2    二   に ni
3    三   さん san
4    四   よん/し yon/shi
5    五   ご go
6    六   ろく roku
7    七   なな/しち nana/shichi
8    八   はち hachi
9    九   きゅう/くう kyuu/kuu
10  十   じゅ/じゅうju/juu

Note: Japanese usually avoid shi しand ku く. Shi しalso is the sound for the word death 死. Ku くis also the sound for the words pain or suffering 苦. So because of this gifts are usually given in threes or fives.

べんきょうしる An awesome site to aid in your Japanese studies… Lingualift!

http://japanese.lingualift.com/

This site is actually pretty cool for learning and has a sleek design. They have online chapters that is an E text book that offers a new way of study and memorization games that are quite fun. Plus they actually work and you can set your difficulty.  Though this site may not be for complete newbies to Japanese since it seems to move a little out of order if you don’t have the basic vocab down.

Here is an awesome video from this language learning site that I found quite hilarious.

And can the cat fit in the box?

Here’s another fun video of the sounds of the kana, the AIUEO song. Enjoy!

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