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10 minute-a-day Japanese Lesson – 1 Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Culture, Grammar

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year to you all, it’s a bit late. I hope everyone had a nice holiday and enjoyed celebrating New Years.

This month, I decided to start a new learning series called, 10-minute-a-day Japanese Lesson in my blog post. This could be some expressions or vocabulary lesson, but something useful for you all to learn and enjoy.  The idea is that I would like you to spend 10 minute a day to read through my post. No need to memorize all of them, but find one of them that you think it will be helpful to you, and I would like you to try to remember that one particular expression or vocabulary. That’s all I would like to ask you! 🙂


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Today’s topic is all about the New Year’s resolution.  Have you already come up with this year’s resolution?

Let’s get the 10-minute learning started!


1.Kotoshino anatano ho-fu wa nandesuka?

==>What is your New Year’s resolution?

今年の 抱負は 何ですか?

ことしの ほうふは なんですか?


2.Watashi no ho-fu wa okane o tameru koto desu.

==> My resolution is to save money.

私の 抱負は お金を 貯めることです。

わたしの ほうふは おかねを ためることです。


3.Watashi no ho-fu wa daietto o suru koto desu.

==>My resolution is to diet.

私の 抱負は ダイエットを すること です。

わたしの ほうふは だいえっとを すること です。


4.Watashi no ho-fu wa kekkon suru koto desu.

==>My resolution is to get married.

私の 抱負は 結婚 すること です。

わたしの ほうふは けっこん すること です。


5.Watashi no ho-fu wa shoshin suru koto desu.

==>My resolution is to get promoted.

私の 抱負は 昇進 すること です。

わたしの ほうふは しょうしん すること です。


6.Watashi no ho-fu wa nihongo o benkyo suru koto desu.

==>My resolution is to study Japanese.

私の 抱負は 日本語を 勉強 することです。

わたしの ほうふは にほんごを べんきょう すること です。



Vocabulary Lesson

Kotoshi: This year (今年、 ことし)

Hofu: Resolution (抱負、ほうふ)

Okane: Money (お金、おかね)

Daietto: Diet (ダイエット、だいえっと)

Shoshin: Promotion (昇進、しょうしん)

Nihongo: Japanese(日本語、にほんご)

Benkyo: to study (勉強、べんきょう)


Stay tuned for the next series of 10 minute-a-day Japanese Lesson. 🙂


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About the Author:keiko

Born and raised in Japan. She currently lives in U.S. with her husband and two kids.


  1. Watashi wa Kenji desu.:

    This looks just like the thing I’ve been wanting and didn’t know it. I spoke Japanese years ago and have had very few reasons to speak it since. It is just so much a part of me that I really feel alive when I hear it or speak it. Wish I were using it again as I am climbing Fujiyama again.

    • keiko:

      @Watashi wa Kenji desu. Hello Kenji san,

      It’s never too late to start learning again. So, please don’t give up.
      It doesn’t come overnight, but your knowledge will grow as you learn one sentence at a time. 🙂
      Good luck!


    • Amit:

      @Watashi wa Kenji desu. Hi Keiko,
      Thanks for starting these lessons. Starting to learn Japanese. Will look forward to new sessions every day

  2. Amit:

    Hi Keiko,
    New to Twitter. Thanks for starting these lessons. Look forward to increasing my knowledge of Japanese. Just starting to learn actually

    • keiko:

      @Amit Hi Amit,

      Thanks for your comment. I wish you the best of luck in learning Japanese. Hope you can learn some tips on my site for your learning.


  3. khaled:

    @Watashi wa Kenji desu.
    I’m looking for one learn japanese with me, i just finished hiragana letters.
    Two are better than one

  4. mhwe mhwe:

    Hi Keiko,
    I’m starting to learn Japanese. This really helps me and i do appreciate. Thank you with all my heart for your lesson.

  5. Kannan:

    I am learning Nihongo in a laguage school in Chennai-India and your blog lessons compliment the learning.Arigatho Gozaimas and I will continue to learn every day

    • keiko:

      @Kannan Hi Kannan,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I am so glad to hear! Please let me know if there is any particular topic that you are interested.


  6. Linda Casey:

    Dear Keiko:

    Greetings from the Netherlands (though I’m American). There is a word or an expression in Japanese that describes doing something for 10 minutes a day consistently in order to achieve progress in one’s life. Could you please tell me what word that is? Thank you.


    P.S. I love all things Japanese