受身 (= ukemi) : Passive form

June 29, 2015 in Grammar

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Vinnie 「こんなのつけられた….」

= Konna no tsukerareta…

= I got this thingy put on me…

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How to use ても ( = temo)

June 22, 2015 in Grammar

temo

「シェイディー先生、日本語の質問をしてもいいですか?」

= Shady Sensei, nihongo no shitsumon wo shitemo ii desu ka?

= Shady Sensei, may I ask you a Japanese question?

「してもいいけど、簡単なのにしてね。」

= Shitemo iikedo, kantan nanoni shitene.

= Yes you can, but make it an easy one, OK?

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How to use がち ( = gachi) & 気味 ( = gimi)

June 15, 2015 in Grammar

gachi&gimi

Levo : 「勉強しすぎでお疲れ気味なんじゃない?」

= Benkou shisugi de otsukare gimi nanjanai?

= Aren’t you a little tired ’cause you studied too much?

Nao : 「無理しがちだから手を抜いてやればいいんだよ。」

= Muri shigachi dakara te wo nuite yareba iindayo.

= I know you tend to work too hard. You should just take it easy.

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How to use 是非 ( = zehi)

June 9, 2015 in Expressions, useful phrases, Vocabulary

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 トフィック「ぜひ、僕をゲスト先生にしてください。」

Toffik ”Zehi, boku wo gesuto sensei ni shite kudasai.

Toffik “Definitely have me on as a guest teacher.”

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公共交通 ( = koukyou koutsuu) Public Transport (Travel Japanese )

June 3, 2015 in Travel Japanese, TV commercial

public transport

「これ、どこの駅弁?」

= Kore, doko no ekiben?

= Where did you get this railway lunch box?

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How to use べき (=beki)

May 26, 2015 in Grammar

beki

何があっても日本語の勉強を続けるべきだよ。

= Nani ga atte mo nihongo no benkyou wo tsuzukeru beki dayo.

= Whatever happens, you should keep studying Japanese, OK?

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Verb Tense Part 2 (Past tense/ present perfect,etc.)

May 20, 2015 in Grammar, Japanese tense

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Frisky 「たくさん食べたから眠くなってきた。」

= Takusan tabeta kara nemuku natte kita.

= I ate a lot so I am getting sleepy.

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Japanese verb tense Part 1 (Present + Future)

May 12, 2015 in Grammar, Japanese tense

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「Tofu先生、今日は何をするの?」

= Tofu sensei, kyou wa nani wo suruno?

= Tofu sensei, what are you going to do today?

「う~ん、昨日は家でずっと寝ていたから、今日は日本語でも教えるよ。」

=Uun. kinou wa ie de zutto nete ita kara, kyou wa nihongo demo oshieru yo.

= Well, I slept the whole day yesterday so I guess I’ll teach Japanese today.

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How to use せっかく (= sekkaku)

April 29, 2015 in Expressions, useful phrases

sekkaku

Marlowe 「せっかくきれいなスリッパをもらったんだけど大き過ぎるよ。」

= Sekkaku kireina surippa wo morattan dakedo ooki sugiruyo.

= You gave me these beautiful slippers but they are way too big.

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How to use つく / ついている= tsuku/ tsuite iru (Mini Lesson)

April 23, 2015 in Beginners, Mini Lesson from No.124

tsuiteiru1

「なんか鼻についてるよ!」

= Nanka hana ni tsuiteruyo!

= You have something on your nose!

tsuiteiru2

「マギー先生の頭にもなにかついていますよ。」

= Maggie sensei no atama nimo nanika tsuite imasuyo.

= You have something on your head, too, Maggie Sensei.

「取って!」

= Totte!

= Get rid of it!


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