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).
09 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
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
30 Oct 2013 Leave a comment
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
21 Aug 2013 2 Comments
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.
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!
17 Jun 2013 5 Comments
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.
16 Feb 2013 Leave a comment
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
24 Oct 2012 2 Comments
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
11 Jun 2012 Leave a comment
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.
22 May 2012 Leave a comment
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!