Kanji: Week 9

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RESOURCE013: More Ultimate Resources

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RESOURCE013: More Ultimate Resources

I know I owe you guys a lot of posts! For now, here’s some updates to my Ultimate Resources List!

The Great ChokoChoko Library Really well laid-out PDF’s with short snippets of Japanese text in various different subjects,…

Vocabulary: Week 19 「19週間の単語」

Nouns

ニキビ (nikibi) - pimple, spot, blemish

反対側 (はんたいがわ、hantai gawa) - opposite side

性格 (せいかく、seikaku) - personality, character

間違い (まちがい、machigai) - mistake

Adjectives

健康的な (けんこうてきな、kenkouteki-na) - healthy, sanitary, hygienic

おとなしい (otonashii) - quiet, reserved

  • Maybe from 大人 (おとな) meaning adult, so maybe describing someone serious, mature, or quiet, with an adult-like character/quality.

Verbs

心がける (こころがける、kokorogakeru) - to keep in mind, to aim to do, to endeavor

身につける (みにつける、mi ni tsukeru) - to acquire knowledge, to learn

バランスを取る (バランスをとる、baransu wo toru) - to balance

  • Kanji: 仕事と私生活のバランスを取る。
    Kana: しごととしせいかつのばらなすをとる。
    English: To balance work and life.

Expressions

裏表 (うらおもて、uraomote) - two-faced

もう一つの真実生まれた

meli-perry:

paper on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Flickr Friday Theme 19: Pen and Paper 紙 「かみ」is Japanese for paper.pinterest | website | blog | copyright

I love Kanji. Writing it in miniature with a fat Sharpie was a bit hard, but the results were satisfactory.

meli-perry:

paper on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Flickr Friday Theme 19: Pen and Paper
紙 「かみ」is Japanese for paper.

pinterest | website | blog | copyright

I love Kanji. Writing it in miniature with a fat Sharpie was a bit hard, but the results were satisfactory.

xena2:

Shiraume ryokan (白梅), Gion District by I Should Coco on Flickr.

Reading Japanese in Reverse

Last night I was listening to a podcast from JapanesePod101.com (check them out if you haven’t! They have really great weekly audio/video lessons, and it’s great for listening practice), and Peter said something so interesting: If you start from the end of a Japanese sentence and work your way to the front, it’s the English sentence translation. I was like, “What…no way! Awesome!”

So, a sentence like:

あそこに銀行があります。

あそこに (place marker に) -  is over there
銀行 - bank
あります (ある) - is there is/there are

Start from the end.

あります - There is
銀行 - a bank
あそこに - over there.

Translation: There’s a bank over there.

私は図書館で勉強しています。

私は (topic marker は) - I
図書館で (place marker で) - at the library
勉強しています - is studying

In this sentence, you start with the subject first, and then work your way from the back.

私は - I 
勉強しています - am studying
図書館で - at the library

Translation: I am studying at the library.

Maybe you can try some on your own?

彼女はマクドナルドの前で一時間待ちました。

  • 彼女 - She/Her
  • マクドナルド - McDonald’s
  • ~の前で - in front of
  • 一時間 - one hour
  • 待ちました - waited

私はまた朝寝坊してしまった。

  • 私は - I
  • また - again
  • 寝坊してしまった - woke up late.

私は、昨夜イタリア料理のレストランに行きました。

  • 私は - I
  • 昨夜 - last night
  • イタリア料理のレストランに - to an Italian restaurant
  • 行きました - went

Maybe many Japanese veterans and newbies might be saying, “You just realized this and you’ve been studying for how many years?” But, I’m someone who barely grasps the concept of cordless phones. I mean cell phones make sense, but cordless phones are completely over my head.

Nonetheless, I hope this is helpful for you as you study Japanese! I’ve yet to fully test this method out, but it sounds fun.

読んでくれてありがとう。

lavidapoliglota:

日meanings: day; sun, sunshine; day of the month; counter for days readings: おん:ジツ、 ニチ くん:‐か、ひ、‐び
夕meaning: evening readings: おん:セキ くん:ゆう
食meanings: eat; food readings: おん:ショク、ジキ くん:く(う)、く(らう)、た(べる)、は(む)

lavidapoliglota:

meanings: day; sun, sunshine; day of the month; counter for days readings: おん:ジツ、 ニチ くん:‐か、ひ、‐び

meaning: evening readings: おん:セキ くん:ゆう

meanings: eat; food readings: おん:ショク、ジキ くん:く(う)、く(らう)、た(べる)、は(む)

"Booking a Hotel in Japan" listening comprehension

Level: Intermediate

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