Are you sure that you use them correctly? これ、それ、あれ

こ そ あ words  "こそあ" words (Ko So A words) are some of the first words that you learn when you start learning Japanese. These words begin with...
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What is a Wheat Alcohol 麦酒 in Japanese ?

Today's theme is quite easy, I think. Alcohol (酒) made from wheat (麦)... When put together, these two kanji are read as ビール « biiru » in Jap...
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Japanese people never say “Sayōnara”??

 When you start studying Japanese, there is a good chance that your first lesson will teach you basic daily expressions, such as "Hello", "Good m...
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What do Japanese mean by « change eye color » ?

めのいろをかえる Me no iro o kaeru  Japanese expression めのいろをかえる (me no iro o kaeru) translates literally in to English as « change eye color »...
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Which one would you use? particles NE or YO

When you listen to Japanese people speaking, you may notice that you can hear « ne » or « yo » at the end of almost every sentence! If you want to spe...
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What Does « Niko Niko » Mean in Japanese ?

This is one of the many mimetic words in the Japanese language, and it is commonly used in a daily life. You can write this word in both Katakana ニコニコ...
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What do Japanese Mean by « Throw a Spoon » ?

さじ を なげる (Saji o nageru) さじ (pronounced as : saji) means « spoon » in old Japanese. The verb comes always at the end of a sentence in Japane...
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What is a Sea Pig 海豚 in Japanese ?

Japanese Kanji are characters that came from China. Each kanji expresses its own meaning and there are usually two or three ways to read any given kan...
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To be ‘starving’ in Japanese is...?

Weirdly Pronounced Words  It's hard to imagine why the Japanese for "very hungry" has such odd pronunciation! There are a lot of funny "onomatopo...
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Japan’s Milky Way Festival on July 7th

Born from a Chinese Legend  There is a legend in China that tells the following: « Orihime », daughter of the God of stars, was a very good weave...
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Why is the Particle は Read as « wa » ?

When you start learning Japanese, the first particle that you learn is usually は (wa). わたしは のりこです。Watashi wa Noriko desu. I am Noriko. The particle は ...
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What do Japanese mean by 梅雨 « plum rain » ?

Numbers  First of all, please take a look at these numbers. What do you think they correspond to? Japan : 1718 Thailand: 1622 England:1220 France...
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What do Japanese Mean by « Grinding Sesame Seeds » ?

Essential Ingredient for Japanese Cuisine : Sesame Seeds In Japan, sesame seeds are often used in cooking. The seeds are sprinkled over dishes, and ma...
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What is the meaning of the kanji 休 ?

Hi everyone! Today, I'd like to talk about the meaning of the kanji 休. Kanji is one of the 3 Japanese writing systems which came from China to Japan i...
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What does Japanese word “Zaa Zaa“ mean?

Onomatopoeia and mimetic words "Zaa Zaa" must sound like such a strange word. There are in fact a ton of funny "onomatopoeia" (words that imitate...
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What do Japanese mean by ‘cat’s forehead’ ??

This cute expression ねこのひたい (neko no hitai) is commonly used in Japan.ねこ (neko) means « cat », ひたい (hitai) means « forehead ». Joining these two words...
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Virus Protection from a Legendary Japanese Creature?

In Japan, where the coronavirus is widespread, there has been a lot of talk recently about various legendary creatures which were depicted in the Edo ...
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How many common use kanji are there in Japanese?

History of Kanji  The characters in the Japanese language known as Kanji(かんじ)originated from China. Each kanji has its own meanings and sounds. T...
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Why do Japanese people display Samurai helmets on May 5th?

Hi, are you doing well ? It's already May! So today let's talk about a Japanese traditional custom that's celebrated in May. A long time ago, May 5th ...
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