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The Japanese Zodiac Posted by on Dec 8, 2016

Hi everyone! Today I am going to talk about an interesting topic – the Japanese zodiac. 十二支 Juunishi or the Japanese zodiac signs are identical to the Chinese zodiac signs. It is based on the 12 year cycle, where each year is assigned an animal. However, in the Japanese zodiac system goat is replaced by…

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10 Useful Japanese Counters Posted by on Dec 2, 2016

For counting anything in Japanese, different affixes are attached to numbers. These affixes are called counters or 助数詞 josūshi. Japanese counters are used to count objects of different sizes and shapes, living things, time, actions etc. For example, 柿を一個ください Kaki wo ikko kudasai (give me one persimmon). The counter for round objects is 個 ko…

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Exploring Nagasaki Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

The city of Nagasaki (長崎) is located on the Japanese island of Kyushu (九州). It’s the capital and largest city in the prefecture of the same name. Once a secluded fishing village, it grew into a major port city after trade developed with Portugeuse explorers. It was here that the second atomic bomb was dropped…

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30 Useful Idiomatic Phrases in Japanese Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

In Japanese, idiomatic phrases are called ‘慣用語’ or kanyougo. They are often used by native speakers during conversations. Idioms add flavor to a language. They are simple phrases or expressions which might not make sense literally, but have ‘figurative meanings’. It is difficult to grasp the nuance of an idiomatic expression unless you are sure…

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How do you say Shopping in Japanese? Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

Hi everyone! Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving Holiday if you are in a country where people celebrate Thanksgiving. We had a nice long break from school and work this past week. Kids are not too crazy about going back to school tomorrow.   Has anyone enjoyed after Thanksgiving Holiday shopping? Here in U.S. shopping is popular…

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