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Useful Japanese Adjectives – Part 1(い Adjectives) Posted by on Apr 29, 2014

In Japanese, adjectives are called Keiyoushi (形容詞、けいようし). In any language, I believe that the more adjectives you know, the easier you can communicate.  In Japanese, this is also true. Even though you might not know how to describe things in a complete sentence, if you know one key adjective, you can easily let the other…

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Building Japanese vocabulary – Opposite word Posted by on Apr 25, 2014

Learning opposite words is a great idea to build your vocabularies. I am sure everyone has done this when you were younger for your own native language.  Here are some opposite word exercise in Japanese. 1. Hot – Cold 熱い(あつい,atsui)- 冷たい (つめたい,tsumetai) Sentence example: I like drinking hot tea. (熱いお茶を飲むのが好きです。あついおちゃをのむのがすきです。)-Atsuiochawo nomunoga sukidesu. I like eating cold noodles. (冷麺を食べるのが好きです。れいめんをたべるのがすきです。)ーReimen…

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Japanese Kanji Lesson – Action Words Posted by on Apr 22, 2014

This time on Kanji (漢字、かんじ)lesson, I would like to cover some action words (verb).  These are very simple Kanji’s to learn.  I believe for beginner learners, it will be perfect place to start. Also, new in this article, I have included the link where you can print the worksheet out. So for those who would…

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For basketball fans out there, watch Kuroko’s Basketball! Posted by on Apr 18, 2014

Here is for the basketball fans (who are also wanting to study more Japanese) out there. Try watching Kurokono Baske (黒子のバスケ、くろこのばすけ) online to enjoy one of the most popular Japanese animations on basketball. In the past, I have brought up the idea of watching Japanese news, movies, or animation, etc.. whatever you might enjoy watching…

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Folding a Japanese Crane with Origami Posted by on Apr 15, 2014

Have you tried Japanese Origami (折り紙、おりがみ)? Origami is a traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD. Since then, it has been adapted as a modern art. Origami is very popular in Japan.  Many of the toddlers start folding Origami papers and start making simple art objects with it. There are some…

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Japanese Kanji Lesson – Body Parts Posted by on Apr 10, 2014

Learning Kanji’s can be hard at first, but if you study in the correct order, I strongly believe that you can build your Kanji knowledge steadily.  In Japan, school children start learning Kanji’s starting at 1st grade in elementary school.  It is true that they also learn Hiragana & Katakana; however, during the same year…

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Enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms. Posted by on Apr 8, 2014

Have you heard of “Ohanami (お花見)” ? Hanami, (meaning “flower viewing” in English) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms. You can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms starting the end of March through May in Japan. It is not uncommon over here in the U.S. to see cherry blossoms beautifully blooming…

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