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Namiko Abe

Updated Articles and Resources

By Namiko Abe

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Doyo Ushi No Hi Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Japanese translation of Namiko's blog
    • Gifts from "Tiger Mask (Japanese Comic Heroes)" Created: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      I read in the news that orphanages and child welfare centers across Japan are receiving anonymous donations in the name of a comic superhero and other fictional characters.
    • Usagi to Kuma - Learn from a Story Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Stories are a fun material to help learn a language. I will introduce the story called, "Usagi to Kuma (Rabbit and Bear)", wchis is one of Japanese folk tales.
    • The Japanese Convenience Store Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Japanese convenience stores are generally called "konbini", which is a short form of "konbiniensu sutoa". Learn about what makes the Japanese "konbini" special from ones in North America..
    • Learn to Speak Japanese Created: Friday, January 19, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      You want to learn Japanese, but don't know where to start? This page directs you to where you should begin in order to speak Japanese.
    • Kayaributa Created: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Japanese translation of Namiko's blog
    • Counting in Japanese Created: Friday, January 07, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Let's learn how to count in Japanese. Every language has a different way of counting objects; the Japanese use counters.
    • Specificity of Japanese Verbs Created: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Some Japanese verbs are more specific when describing actions than English verbs. While there is only one verb used for a certain action in English, there might be several different verbs in Japanese.
    • Expressions of Desire Created: Monday, January 23, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      There are two ways to express desire or wish.
    • Conditional "~ba" form Created: Thursday, November 10, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
      The conditional "~ba" form is a conjunction, which indicates that the preceding clause expresses a condition. Here are some examples.
    • The Tanabata Festival in Japan and the Tanabata Story Created: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      July 7th (or August 7th in some areas) is the Tanabata, or star festival, in Japan. People write their wishes on tanzaku (colorful small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo trees along with other decorations.
    • Tanabata - The Star Festival Created: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014
      July 7th is "Tanabata", the Star Festival in Japan. It is derived from a legend where Orihime (Star Vega) and Hikoboshi (Star Altair) are lovers separated by the Milky Way and are only allowed to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.
    • Learn from a Story - Ari to Kirigirisu Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      This lesson introduces the story called, "Ari to Kirigirisu." "Ari" means "ant", "kirigirisu" means "grasshopper".
    • Learn from a Story - Saru Kani Gassen Created: Sunday, May 25, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      This lesson introduces the story called, "Saru kani Gassen." It is one of the most well known Japanese folk tales
    • The Most Frequently Used Kanji - Part 2 Created: Friday, February 12, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Are you interested in learning Japanese writing? Are you little overwhelmed about kanji, as there are more than a thousand of them? Here is a list of 100 most frequently used kanji in Japanese newspapers.
    • The Most Frequently Used Kanji - Part 1 Created: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Are you interested in learning Japanese writing? Are you little overwhelmed by kanji, as there are more than a thousand of them? Here is a list of 100 most frequently used kanji in Japanese newspapers.
    • Japanese Gestures Created: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Some of the gestures the Japanese use might be different from your culture's. Find out about sitting, beckoning, indicating yourself and banzai.
    • Writing Letters in Japanese Created: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      It will be useful to learn basic letter-writing skills to become a better student of Japanese.
    • Ari no mama de - The Japanese Version of "Let It Go" Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      The song "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Besides the original English version, it is dubbed into another 42 languages and dialects worldwide. Here is the Japanese version of "Let It Go" which translates into "Ari no mama de (As I am)".
    • Free Access to Japanese Children Books at "Ehon Navi" Site Created: Friday, June 22, 2012 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
    • Soccer Vocabulary in Japanese Created: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
      Here are some soccer vocabulary in Japanese in time for the World Cup!
    • The 2014 FIFA World Cup Created: Saturday, May 31, 2014 Updated: Saturday, May 31, 2014
      The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the fifth consecutive World Cup for Japan, which co-hosted the World Cup with South Korea in 2002.
    • Nazonazo (3) - Japanese riddles Created: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
      Taberu mae wa ippon nanoni, tabeowaru to nihon ni naru monotte nani?
    • Celebrating Father's Day in Japanese Created: Saturday, June 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
      Celebrating Father's Day in Japanese
    • Mushi no koe Created: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
      Japanese translation of Namiko's blog
    • Teruteru-bouzu Created: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014
      Japanese translation of Namiko's blog
    • Colors Created: Monday, December 13, 2010 Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014
      Learn basic Japanese language vocabulary for colors with audio files.
    • Valentine's Day in Japan Created: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014
      In Japan, it is only the women who give presents (mainly chocolates) to men on Valentine's Day. Learn more about the celebrations." itemprop="description">...
    • Expressing Apologies Created: Friday, January 21, 2011 Updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014
      Apologizing is considered a virtue in Japan. Learn some expressions to apologize." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
      Itsumo shuuri ga hitsuyouna choumiryou to wa nani?
    • Niji no tori - Learn from a Story Created: Monday, November 26, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
      It is fun to learn a language using stories. Since children’s stories are often written with simple words, they are a good way to build basic vocabulary, too. In this lesson I will introduce the story called, “Niji no tori (Rainbow Bird)”.
    • Trends in Japanese Baby Names Created: Saturday, March 30, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
      Baby names are like a mirror that reflects the times. Let's have a look at the transitions in popular baby names and recent trends.

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