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Japanese Proverbs Posted by on Jul 28, 2009

Do any of these proverbs sound familar to you? I’ll provide a translation of these proverbs in the next post, but for now, try to decipher the meanings on your own. 猿も木から落ちる (saru mo ki kara ochiru) 井の中の蛙大海を知らず ( i no naka no kawazu taikai wo shirazu) 蛙の子は蛙 (kaeru no ko wa kaeru) 花よりだんご (hana…

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The Ne Particle Posted by on Jul 25, 2009

Today’s post will deal with the particle: ne (ね). When will you see ne (ね)? At the end of a sentence. Take a look at this sentence for an example, “いい てんきですね” (ii tenki desne). This sentence means, ‘the weather is nice, isn’t it?’ Ii (いい) means ‘good/nice’ and tenki (てんき) means ‘weather’ and in this…

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The Mo Particle Posted by on Jul 22, 2009

With the last post, we looked at simple sentences and negated formal sentences that contained nouns. I’m going to add a little more to these sentences, but the basic structure will more or less stay the same. Let’s say you want to say, “I am also a student” in Japanese. In Japanese, this would be,…

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Simple Sentences Posted by on Jul 19, 2009

If you want to say, “I am a Japanese person” in formal Japanese, you could say, “わたしは にほんじんです” (watashiwa nihonjindes). However, how do you say the opposite of that? How do you say, “I am not a Japanese person” in formal Japanese? You can say this in Japanese as, “わたしは にほんじんじゃありません” (watashiwa nihonjin ja arimasen). As you…

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Classroom Vocabulary Posted by on Jul 16, 2009

school – gakko (がっこう) student – gakusee (がくせい) teacher – sensee (せんせい) class – kurasu (クラス) class – jugyoo (じゅきょう) blackboard – kokuban (こくばん) book – hon (ほん) dictionary – jisho (じしょ) homework – shukudai (しゅくだい) pencil – enpitsu (えんぴつ) pen – pen (ペン) question – shitsumon (しつもん) answer – kotae (こたえ) eraser – keshigomu (けしゴム)…

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