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Counting Basics in Japanese – Part 1 Posted by on May 29, 2014

Most of you might know already how to count 1 through 10 or 1 through 100 in Japanese. When you count things in Japanese, depending on what you are counting, “COUNTER WORDS” becomes very important.  Sometimes, counter words are a bit confusing since you have to know WHICH counter word to use for what you…

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Japanese Posted by on May 26, 2014

There are many ways of learning a foreign language, but how about learning Japanese through a simple song? Let me introduce you to the twinkle twinkle little star in Japanese.   Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Japanese   きらきら光る kira kira hikaru お空の星よ osorano hoshiyo まばたきしては mabataki shite wa みんなを見てる minna o miteru きらきら光る  kira kira hikaru お空の星よ  osorano hoshiyo So,…

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Basic Japanese Greeting Posted by on May 23, 2014

We all know that, in any language, memorizing greeting phrases is very useful. In Japanese culture, greeting others with respect is very important. In this blog post, I would like to introduce you to the basic greetings in Japanese.  If you don’t have time to read through, you can watch the video at the end…

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What is “Secret Money” ? Posted by on May 20, 2014

Recently, I came across this article on Yahoo Japan News that discussed about Hesokuri(へそくり), “secret money”. へそくり is the money you save secretly, without telling anyone about it, not even to your spouse. Perhaps you might have へそくり set aside already?     Average へそくり for men: $13,600 & for women:$15,500. This study was based on…

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Words of Rejection in Japanese Posted by on May 16, 2014

So, this time around, I am covering some Japanese expressions to use when you want to reject something or someone.  How would you say, “Leave me alone!” in Japanese? or How about “None of your business!”? Well, you will find out below. None of your business!   is expressed as ~ あなたには関係ない!(あなたには かんけいない!)-Anataniwa kankei nai! (The word…

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