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Goals for 2018 in Learning Japanese Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Culture, Grammar

“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini


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It is almost the end of January now, and going into February soon. What are some of your goals for this year in terms of learning Japanese? I have received some comments from readers where they want to focus on reading basic Hiragana’s (平仮名、ひらがな), and others are more into learning Kanji’s (漢字、かんじ). How about yours?

Are you into learning basic day to day conversational style Japanese? or are you interested in more of a business Japanese that you can use at work place? Whatever your goal is, the important thing is to keep learning, and I hope I can be a useful resource for you in your learning journey.

There are many ways to learn language out there, but this blog is here for you to teach you something useful in an most effective way. That is my goal of writing this blog this year. There might be some posts that you might not be interested in reading, so if you come across those, just skip it and wait for my next post. 🙂 You might come across the subject that you might really like, and might want to learn further. Then, please let me know by leaving your feedback in the comment section. 🙂

My topic is pretty much based on what I believe is useful and beneficial for you all out there. It’s not easy to be a true bilingual, who knows how to speak, write, and read the another language properly. Perhaps, learning a language is a lifelong journey as there is always something new to learn even in your own language.

Staring this month, I will pick a word of the month for you to learn by using different examples. If you don’t have time to learn all of the post, just learn the word of the month and its single sentence that might interest you. By the end of the year, you will know at least 12 Japanese words with its related useful sentences. Here is the word of the month for January.


〜すぎ, 〜過ぎ (~Sugi, Too much~)


Too much studying = 勉強し過ぎ、べんきょうしすぎ,  benkyo shisugi  

You have been studying too much recently. Take it easy.

Saiki benkyo no shisugi dayo. Muri shinai de ne.

最近 勉強のし過ぎだよ。無理しないでね。

(さいきん べんきょうの しすぎだよ。 むりしないでね。)


Too much eating = 食べ過ぎ、たべすぎ, tabe sugi

My stomach hurts since I ate too much.

Tabesugite onakaga itaku natta.

食べ過ぎて お腹が 痛くなった。

(たべすぎて おなかが いたくなった。)



Too much playing games = ゲームのし過ぎ、ゲームのしすぎ, game no shisugi 

Game no shisugi de me ga itai.

My eyes hurt after playing too much games.

ゲームのし過ぎで 目が痛い。

(ゲームの しすぎで めがいたい。)



Too much drinking = 飲み過ぎ、のみすぎ, nomi sugi

Nomisugite kibunga warui.

I am not feeling well, I think I drank too much.

飲み過ぎて 気分が 悪い。

(のみすぎて きぶんが わるい。)


This is a very easy expression that you can apply to your day to day activities. Learn at least ~sugi (〜過ぎ、〜すぎ) this month to add it to your growing list of Japanese vocabulary.

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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. Maruthi Ramakrishna Ch:

    Make our Indians to ease learning Japanese, because we need you always.

  2. keiko:

    Hi Dorothy,

    Learning Japanese from songs seems like a great idea! You are right in that songs are sung slower than the dialogues in films where you might be able to pick up more words especially from slowly sung songs. I have to think of a way to incorporate that idea into my blog posts in the future. That sounds like a fun way of learning Japanese! I will have to do some research on “Puffy Ami Yumi”. I will let you know what I find out soon!