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My 5 Favorite Anime Characters

Posted on 15. Apr, 2013 by in Culture, Uncategorized

5.) Pirate Empress Boa Hancock 海賊女帝 ボア・ハンコック (kaizoku jotei boa hankokku)(One Piece) is the Snake Princess 蛇姫 (hebi hime) of the island 島 (shima) Amazon Lily and a member of the Oka Shichibukai 王下七武海 (ouka shichibukai) who falls in love with Monkey D. Luffy. I like her character because on the one hand she appears tough and arrogant, on the other hand she appears emotional and vulnerable when she is around Luffy.

Boa Hancock - One Piece

4.)  Lupin III ルパン三世 (rupan sansei) is one of the world’s greatest thief. Together with his ally Jigen Daisuke 次元 大介 and the master swordsman Ishikawa Goemon XIII 十三代目 石川 五ェ門 (juusan-daime Ishikawa Goemon) they have a lot of great adventures 冒険 (bouken). They are chased by Inspector Zenigata Koichi 銭形 幸一 whose life’s goal is to arrest 逮捕する (taiho suru)  them. Lupin is a real gentleman and his ability to build useful gadgets is amazing. His biggest weakness are women, especially his infatuation with Mine Fujiko 峰 不二子 gets him often in big trouble.

Lupin III

3.) Nadia ナディア (The secret of Blue Water ふしぎの海のナディア): The anime was inspired by Jules Verne’s 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea. Nadia is a circus performer and a very stubborn and short tempered girl until she meets Jean, who falls in love with her. I like her character and the way she grows up during the whole story. In the end she grows up to a young woman, who has learned to trust and care about people.

Nadia - The secret of blue water

2.) Doraemon ドラえもん: I love this character, maybe because I grew up with this adorable blue cat-like robot. Doraemon was sent back in time to help out with Nobita’s trouble. Doraemon’s magic pocket 四次元ポケット(yojigen pocketto) is able to produce useful gadgets 道具 (dougu) from the future. Although I am a bit too old, I still watch every movie 映画 (eiga) with Doraemon and his friends 友達 (tomodachi).

Doraemon

1.) Roronoa Zoro ロロノア・ ゾロ (One Piece) is definitely my favorite anime character. He is a member of the Straw Hat Pirates 麦わらの一味 (mugiwara no ichimi). Zoro is a master swordsman whose dream is to become the world’s greatest swordsman 世界一の剣豪になる (sekai ichi no kengou ni naru). I like his cool and serious personality as well as the fact that he loses his temper in a funny and goofy way.

Roronoa Zoro

What is your favorite anime character?

How to tell the date in japanese

Posted on 20. Mar, 2013 by in Uncategorized

As I have mentioned in my last post, the basic counting in japanese is very important. Not only to tell the time but also to say the date. Let’s start with the days of the week: To learn the days of the week is quite simple. The days of the  week are named after an element (including the sun and the moon as an exception) and each of them ends with the word 曜日 (youbi).

Monday 月曜日 getsu-youbi 月means moon
Tuesday 火曜日 ka-youbi 火 means fire
Wednesday 水曜日 sui-youbi 水 means water
Thursday 木曜日 moku-youbi 木 means wood
Friday 金曜日 kin-youbi 金 means gold
Saturday 土曜日 do-youbi 土 means earth
Sunday 日曜日 nichi-youbi 日 means sun

As a child I learned the days of the week by repeating the elements “getsu-ka-sui-moku-kin-do-nichi” like a mantra.

To learn the months of the year you only have to follow a simple pattern: take the numbers 1-12 + 月 (gatsu / month).

January 一月 Ichi-gatsu July 七月 Shichi-gatsu
February 二月 Ni-gatsu August 八月 Hachi-gatsu
March 三月 San-gatsu September 九月 Ku-gatsu
April 四月 Shi-gatsu October 十月 Juu-gatsu
May 五月 Go-gatsu November 十一月 Juu-ichi-gatsu
June 六月 Roku-gatsu December 十二月 Juu-ni-gatsu

Unfortunately the days of the month are a little bit complicated as they have some irregularities.

1 Tsuitachi the 1st 16 Juuroku-nichi the 16th
2 Futsuka the 2nd 17 Juushichi-nichi the 17th
3 Mik-ka the 3rd 18 Juuhachi-nichi the 18th
4 Yok-ka the 4th 19 Juuku-nichi the 19th
5 Itsuka the 5th 20 Hatsuka the 20th
6 Muika the 6th 21 Nijuu-ichi-nichi the 21st
7 Nanoka the 7th 22 Nijuu-ni-nichi the 22nd
8 Youka the 8th 23 Nijuu-san-nichi the 23rd
9 Kokonoka the 9th 24 Nijuu-yok-ka the 24th
10 Touka the 10th 25 Nijuu-go-nichi the 25th
11 Juuichi-nichi the 11th 26 Nijuu-roku-nichi the 26th
12 Juuni-nichi the 12th 27 Nijuu-shichi-nichi the 27th
13 Juusan-nichi the 13th 28 Nijuu-hachi-nichi the 28th
14 Juuyok-ka the 14th 29 Nijuu-ku-nichi the 29th
15 Juugo-nichi the 15th 30 Sanjuu-nichi the 30th
  31 Sanjuu-ichi-nichi the 31st

Saying a date in Japanese is much like saying it in English: You just put the day of the month after the month itself. For instance, if today’s date were November 11, you would say: きょうはじゅういちがつじゅういちにちです (kyou wa juuichigatsu juuichinichi desu).

So I hope you guys have fun learning the dates 日付 (ひづけ)!

How to tell time in japanese

Posted on 10. Nov, 2012 by in Grammar, Uncategorized

If you want to ask for the time, you use the phrase: “今何時ですか.“ (Ima nanji desu ka). It means „What time is it now?”. In order to tell the time, it is important that you are able to count in Japanese. To tell the time is quite easy. At first you say the hours, then the minutes. 半(はん han) means half, as in half past the hour.  So if someone asks you 今何時ですか the answer would be e.g. 今5時半です (Ima go-ji han desu) – It’s half past five.

1 o’clock

Ichi-ji 一時

7 o’clock

Shichi-ji 七時

2 o’clock

Ni-ji 二時

8 o’clock

Hachi-ji 八時

3 o’clock

San-ji 三時

9 o’clock

Ku-ji 九時

4 o’clock

Yo-ji 四時

10 o’clock

Juu-ji 十時

5 o’clock

Go-ji 五時

11 o’clock

Juu-ichi-ji 十一時

6 o’clock

Roku-ji 六時

12 o’clock

Juu-ni-ji 十二時

As you can see there are 3 exceptions: 4 o’clock, 7 o’clock and 9 o’clock. You always say yo-ji (not yon-ji), shichi-ji (not nana-ji) and ku-ji (not kyuu-ji). You also have to watch out for the irregular pronunciation of the minutes

一分

いっぷん

Ippun

1 minute

二分

にふん

Nifun

2 minutes

三分

さんぷん

Sanpun

3 minutes

四分

よんぷん

Yonpun

4 minutes

五分

ごふん

Gofun

5 minutes

六分

ろっぷん

Roppun

6 minutes

七分

ななふん

Nanafun

7 minutes

八分

はっぷん

Happun

8 minutes

九分

きゅうふん

Kyuufun

9 minutes

十分

じゅっぷん

Juppun

10 minutes

十一分

じゅういっぷん

Juu ipuun

11 minutes

Some useful terms you should also know are:

時間 (jikan) – time

午後 (gogo) – afternoon; PM

午前 (gozen) – morning; AM

前 (mae) – before

時計 (tokei) – clock

朝 (asa) – morning

昼 (hiru) – noon

晩 (ban) – evening

夜 (yoru) – night