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Don Quijote is calling! Posted by on Jun 26, 2013

It has been a while since I was in Japan the last time. So I have decided to spend my summer vacation 夏休み (natsu yasumi) in Japan. I made a list of things and places I definitely want to do and see. Therefore I am going to share some of the things on the list…

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Eat more veggies! Posted by on Jun 14, 2013

Inspired by the post about vegetable names in the Italian blog, today I’m going to introduce you the most popular vegetables 野菜  (yasai)  in Japan. There are a lot of vegetables that are very popular in Japan but that are quite unknown or not common in the US or in Europe. Whenever I visited…

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How to say Goodbye in Japanese Posted by on May 27, 2013

Last post was about how to say hello in japanese. As there are many ways to say hello, there are also many ways to say good-bye. The most well-known word for good-bye is probably さようなら (sayounara). I am sure you’ve heard さようなら before, but actually it means like good-bye forever or for a very long…

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Hello in Japanese Posted by on May 23, 2013

Basically hello is translated こんにちは (kon-nichi-wa) but the japanese greetings also depend on the time of the day. In the morning you often use おはようございます (ohayou gozaimasu) as hello. When you speak to friends and family the  おはようございます is often abbreviated to おはよう (ohayou). Around noon or afternoon it is こんにちは(kon-nichi-wa) and like you say…

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How to talk about your family Posted by on Apr 28, 2013

Last week I was asked by a friend how to ask if someone is married and she also asked how to say cousin and grandchild in japanese. So I thought I’d post a thread about family members and family-related phrases. One tricky thing is that you use different words for family members depending on if…

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How to talk about the weather Posted by on Apr 19, 2013

Finally, you can feel it in the air, it’s springtime 春だ (haru da). When I think of spring in Japan, I think of cherry blossom viewing 花見 (hanami). Talking about the weather 天気 (tenki) is an easy way to break the ice and start a conversation. So I thought I’d post some useful spring-related vocabulary…

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My 5 Favorite Anime Characters Posted by on Apr 15, 2013

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…

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