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Introducing Japanese words and phrases

October 2021 (vol. 168)
Japanictionary: Tasukeru

Octoberr 2021 (VOL.168) Aya: Doushite okuretano? Why are you late? Ken: Neko wo tasukete imashita. I was helping (saving) a cat. Aya: Ii koto shitane. You did a great thing. Ken: Tasuke rareru noga boku dake deshita. I was the only one who could help the cat. Aya: Neko wa […]

September 2021 (vol. 167)
Japanictionary: Komaru

September 2021 (VOL.167) Toma: Doushiyou. What should I do? Nonoka: Nani ni komatte iru no? What is your problem? Toma: Kyoukasho wo wasureta. I forgot my textbook. Nonoka: Sore wa komatta ne. Oh, that’s a problem. Toma: Sensei ni okoraresou~. Teacher will be mad at me. Nonoka: Watashi no wo […]

July 2021 (vol. 166)
Japanictionary: Ayamaru

June 2021 (VOL.166) Kento: Kinou Nana to kenka shita. I fought with Nana yesterday. Konban ayamaritai. I want to apologize to her tonight. Saya: Mada ayamatte inai no? You have not apologize, yet? Kento: Nandomo ayamatte iru yo. I’ve been apologizing her many times. Saya: Hana wo agete ayamarimasho. Let’s […]

July 2021 (vol. 165)
Japanictionary: Okiru

June 2021 (VOL.164) Mariko: Soro soro okite~. You better wake up~. Taka: Nemui…  Mada okirenai. Sleepy…  I cannot wake up yet. Mariko: Okinai to chikoku suruyo! Wake up or you’ll be late! Taka: Onaka ga itai. I have stomach ache. Mariko: Baka iu na!  Okiro! Don’t be silly!  Get up! […]

June 2021 (vol. 164)
Japanictionary: Dekiru

June 2021 (VOL.164) Mika: Sakadachi dekiru? Can you do handstand? Haruto: Kodomo no toki wa dekite ita yo. Yes, I used to be able to when I was kid. Mika: Watashi wa dansu ga dekiru. I can dance. Haruto: Boku dansu wa dekinai ~… I cannot dance… Mika: Renshu sureba […]

May 2021 (vol. 163)
Japanictionary: Kangaeru

May 2021 (VOL.163) Ren: Nani wo tabetaika kangaeta? Did you think what you want to eat? Eri: Mada kangaete inai. I didn’t think yet. Ren: Kangaete to itta jan. I told you to think. Eri: Nemukute kangaerarenai yo. I can’t think because I’m sleepy. Ren: Mou… Come on… Eri: Atode […]

April 2021 (vol. 162)
Japanictionary: Naku

April 2021 (VOL.162) Shota: Doushite naiteiru no? Why are you crying? Sanae: Kono eiga ni kandou shitano. I was moved by this movie. Shota: Sonnani nakeru no? Did it make you cry that much? Sanae: Zettai ni naku yo. You will cry for sure. Shota: Otoko wa nakanai. Men don’t […]

March 2021 (vol. 161)
Japanictionary: Hataraku

March 2021 (VOL.161) Yumi: Nanji made hataraita no? What time did you work until? Kayo: Ju-ji made hataraiteita yo. I was working until 10 o’clock. Yumi: Eh!  Hataraki-sugi janai? Don’t you work too much? Kayo: Soukana?  Hataraku noga suki nano. I do?  I like to work. Yumi: Issho ni hatarakitai […]

FEB 2021 (vol. 160)
Japanictionary: Odoroku

February 2021 (VOL.160) Suzu: Senshuu, Hokkaido ni itta yo. I went to Hokkaido last week. Ayumi: Urayamashii~. I envy you. Suzu: Sokode, Hayato ni atte odoroita yo. I was surprised seeing Hayato there. Hayato wa watashi no ryokou no koto wo shitteta kara odoroite inakatta. Since Hayato knew my trip […]

JANUARY 2021 (VOL. 159)
Japanictionary: Takai

January 2021 (VOL.159) Mako: Nihon de ichiban takai yama wa na~nda? Which mountain is the highest in Japan? Tomoya: Fuji-san! Mt. Fuji ! Mako: Seikai! Correct! Tomoya: Boku Fuji-san kakeru yo! I can draw Mt. Fuji! Mako: Jouzu ne! Wonderful! Tomoya: Motto takaku shiyou! Let’s make it higher! is high […]

DECEMBER 2020 (VOL. 158)
Japanictionary: Mayou

November 2020 (VOL.157) Ken: Moshi moshi, Aya? Hello, Aya? Ima doko? Where are you now? Aya: Michi ni mayotta. I am lost. Ken: Daijoubu? Are you okay? Aya: Mou juugo-fun mayotte imasu. I have been lost for 15 minutes. Ken: Akai tawa- mieru? Can you see red tower? Aya: Atta!  […]

NOVEMBER 2020 (VOL. 157)
Japanictionary: Sagasu

November 2020 (VOL.157) Meiko: Nani wo sagashiteiru no? What are you looking for? Tatsuya: Kontakuto renzu wo sagashite imasu. I’m looking for a contact lens. Meiko: Sore wa taihenn da. That’s too bad. Tatsuya: Sagasu nowo tetsudatte kuremasuka? Can you help me to look for it? Meiko: Issho ni sagashimasho! […]

OCTOBER 2020 (VOL. 156)
Japanictionary: Odoru

October 2020 (VOL.156) Satsuki: Bon-odori ni ikou! Let’s go to Bonodori! Josh: Nani sore? What is that? Satsuki: Minna ga wa ni natte odoru omatsuri dayo. It’s a festival that people dance in the circle. Josh: Boku demo odoreru kana? Do you think I can dance? Satsuki: Mochiron!  Kodomo datte odotte […]

AUGUST 2020 (VOL. 155)
Japanictionary: Au

August 2020 (VOL.153) Aya: Saikin Tom Ni Atta? Have you seen Tom lately? Ken: Korekara au yo. Thank you! Aya: Watashi mo aitai na. I want to see him too. Ken: Isshoni aou! Let’s go see him together! Aya: iine Sounds good! Ken: Demo masuku wo shinaito aenai ne. Without […]

JULY 2020 (VOL. 154)
Japanictionary: Self-Introduction

August 2020 (VOL.153) Kaito: Anata no Onamae wa? What’s your name? Nagisa: Watashi no namae wa Suzuki Nagisa desu. My name is Nagisa Suzuki. Kaito: Nansai desu ka! How old are you! Nagisa (Watashi wa) Juu-kyu sai desu. I’m 19 years old. Kaito: Shuushin wa dochira desu ka? Where are […]

MAY 2020 (VOL. 153)
Japanictionary: Okuru

August 2020 (VOL.153) Masato: Tegami okutta? Did you send the letter? Hiroko: Kinou posuto ni ireta yo. I dropped off in the post yesterday Masato: Arigatou! Thank you! Hiroko: Hako wa okuranakatta yo. I did not send the box. Hako wa okuranakatta yo. Do you want to send the box, […]

MARCH 2020 (VOL. 152)
Japanictionary: Uru

September 2020 – Lesson 151 Hayato: Kono omise wa nani wo utte iru no? What is this store selling? Natsu: Remone-do wo utte iru yo! What were you doing yesterday? Hayato: Boku wa ko-ra ga nomitai na. I would like to drink coke. Natsu: Sore wa koko dewa utte inai […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL. 151)
Japanictionary: Tsukareru

September 2020 – Lesson 150 Hitomi: Shumatsu, nani wo shita no? What did you do on the weekend? Sho: Fujisan ni nobotta yo. I climbed Mount Fuji. Hitomi: Tsukareta? Did you get tired? Sho: Sugoku tsukareta yo! I got very tired. Mada tsukarete iru yo I’m still tired. get tired […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL. 150)
Japanictionary: Harau

November 2020 (VOL.157) Momo: Gochisousama deshita. Thank you for the meal. Chika: Koko wa watashi ga harau yo.  It’s on me. Momo: iie, watashi ga haraimasu. No, I’m going to pay for you. Chika: Anata wa harawanai de! You don’t have to! Tsugi wa anata ga haratte yo. Next time […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL. 148)
Japanictionary: Tetsudau

September 2020 – Lesson 147 Hitomi: Kinou, nani wo shimashitaka? What were you doing yesterday? Sho: Oto-san to omouto to Oka-san wo tetsudatte ita yo. I was helping my mom with my dad and sister. Souji ya sentaku wo tetsudatta. I helped her with laundry and cleaning. Hitomi: Erai ne! […]

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL. 147)
Japanictionary: Kiru

September 2020 – Lesson 147 Mom: Naze fuku wo  kite inai no? Why you are naked? Hayaku fuku wo kinasai? Put your clothes on now! Son: Boku wa kono fuku wo kitakunai! I don’t want to wear these clothes. Mom: Jyaa, nani wo kitai no? What do you want to […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL. 146)
Japanictionary: Erabu

August 2020 (VOL.147) Genta: Kyo no ranchi nani taberu? What are you going to eat for lunch today? Ayumi: Watashi wa tendon wo erabimashita. I chose tendon bowl. Genta: Zenbu oishiiso- de erabenai! I cannot choose because everything looks delicious! Ra-men ni shiyoukana?. Should I choose ramen? Ayumi: Kinou ra-men […]

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