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Word of the Day: Hagemasu

By January 9, 2013

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Today's word is "hagemasu (to encourage; to cheer up)".  Here are some examples.

* Kare no kotoba ni hagemasarete, yaritogeru koto ga dekita. 彼の言葉に励まされて、やりとげることができた。 --- I was encouraged by his words and able to accomplish it.

* Keiko wa ochikondeiru mitai nanode, hagemashite agete. 恵子は落ち込んでいるみたいなので、 励ましてあげて。--- Please cheer up Keiko, since she seems to be depressed.


January 10, 2013 at 2:40 am
(1) Seba says:

Have you thought about using hiragana rather than romaji in your examples? Romaji really has no place in the modern Japanese classroom and if anything hiragana (or furigana, for that matter) would be a better boon to the learning process.

January 11, 2013 at 9:09 am
(2) Aquaria says:

It’s a feature for people who normally don’t speak the language, or don’t speak it well. Leave the romaji in. It helps those of us who are beginners see how the language works before we know the Japanese writing systems.

January 11, 2013 at 10:06 am
(3) shizuka says:

I think that romaji are important for people not still used to hiragana and katakana. But I’d like to suggest to use furigana on kanji so it’s easy to read and search them.

January 12, 2013 at 10:07 am
(4) Niko says:

I’d been following Namiko’s lessons for a while now… thanks to her for sharing Japanese language and culture with us :)
I’d agree with Seba’s comment though. Romaji may be helpful for those who don’t know Japanese at all, but at least kanji/kana should come first. As I want to improve my reading skills in Japanese, I’m often disappointed to come across romaji first : there is nothing to try to read anymore then…

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