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How to say Easter in Japanese

Wednesday April 16, 2014

The Japanese word for Easter is "fukkatsusai (復活祭)" or "iisutaa (イースター)". "Fukkatsusai" is written with a combination of three kanji characters "fuku", "katsu" and "sai". "Fukkatsu" means "revival" and "sai" means "festival".

Kanji of the Day: New

Monday April 14, 2014

As the Japanese school year starts in April, it is a new start for many students. Learn how to write the kanji character for "new", with step-by-step kanji stroke order. "Shingakki (新学期)" means "new school year" and "shinnyuusei (新入生) means, "new student/freshman".

Shingakki

Friday April 11, 2014

Nihon dewa kono jiki doko no gakkou demo, shingakki ga hajimarimasu. Shingakki to wa, atarashiku hajimaru gakki, matawa, gakki no hajime no koto desu. Nihon no gakkou wa tsuujou san-gakki sei de, shi-gatsu kata hajimari, san-gatsu ni owarimasu. Toku ni shinnyuusei ni totte wa, kokoro mo isshin suru jiki de, nyuugakushiki nado dewa oyatachi mo kodomo no seichou ni kangaibukaku kanjiru kikai demo arimasu.

日本ではこの時期どこの学校でも、新学期が始まります。新学期とは、新しく始まる学期、または学期の初めのことです。日本の学校は通常三学期制で、四月から始まり、三月に終わります。特に新入生にとっては、心も一新する時期で、入学式などでは親たちも子供の成長に感慨深く感じる機会でもあります。

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Word of the Day: Shitaku

Monday April 7, 2014

Today's word is "shitaku (preparations; arrangements; an outfit)". It is written with a combination of two kanji characters "shi" and "taku".

*Yuushoku no shitaku wa mada? 夕食の支度はまだ? --- Isn't supper ready yet?
*Kanojo wa itsumo shitaku ga nagai. 彼女はいつも支度が長い。 --- She always takes a long time to get ready.

Sakura kaika zensen

Wednesday April 2, 2014

日本では今各地でが満開です。毎年この時期、桜の開花状況を知らせる桜開花前線というものが発表されます。さまざまなメディアを通して、刻々と開花状況を詳しく知らせてくれます。参考までにこのリンクから今年の開花の様子を見ることができます。日本人は本当にが好きです。桜はやはり日本人の心ともいえるものでしょう。

Nihon dewa ima kakuchi de sakura ga mankai desu. Maitoshi kono jiki, sakura no kaika joukyou o shiraseru sakura kaika zensen to iu mono ga happyou saremasu. Samazamana media o tooshite, koku koku to kaika joukyou o kuwashiku shirasete kuremasu. Sankou made ni kono rinku kara kotoshi no kaika no yousu o miru koto ga dekimasu. Nihonjin wa hontouni sakura ga suki desu. Sakura wa yahari nihonjin no kokoro tomo ieru deshou.

April Fools in Japanese

Tuesday April 1, 2014

There are two ways to express April Fools in Japanese. One is "eipuriru fuuru (エイプリルフール)" using the English expression and the other one is"shigatsu baka (四月馬鹿)". Please check out my article, "April Fools in Japan" to learn more about this day.

最近はまじめな記事の中にも嘘が隠されていることがありますので、皆さんもだまされないように気を付けてくださいね!

Word of the Day: Sakeru

Monday March 31, 2014

Today's word is "sakeru (to avoid; to evade; to keep away from; to shir)".

*Kore wa sakete toorenai mondai da. これは避けて通れない問題だ。 --- This is a problem we cannot avoid.
*Shachou wa meigen o saketa. 社長は明言を避けた。 --- The president didn't say anything definite.
*Akuyuu wa saketa hou ga ii. 悪友は避けたほうがよい。 --- You had better avoid bad company.

Word of the Day: Kako

Saturday March 29, 2014

Today's word is "kako (the past; the past days)". It is written with a combination of two kanji characters "ka" and "ko".

*Sore wa tooi kako no dekigoto da. それは遠い過去の出来事だ。 --- That happened long ago.
*Kako gonenkan furansugo o naratteiru. 過去5年間フランス語を習っている。 --- She has been studying French for last five years.
*Ano hito no kako wa shiranai. あの人の過去は知らない。 --- I do not know the past history of that man.

Word of the Day: Ukkari

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Today's word is "ukkari (carelessly; thoughtlessly; unconsciously; absentmindedly)". It is written in hiragana.

*Ukkari yakusoku o wasureteshimatta. うっかり約束を忘れてしまった。 --- The appointment slipped my mind.
*Ukkari honshin o shabetteshimatta. うっかり本心をしゃべってしまった。 --- In an unguarded moment I revealed my true intentions.

Kanji for Cherry Blossom

Thursday March 6, 2014

Learn how to write Japanese kanji character for Cherry blossom (Sakura). You can also check out my article,"Relationships with Nature: Cherry Blossom".

 

 

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