よいお年を! = Yoi otoshi wo!+ Year End Japanese culture!

December 26, 2010 in Japanese culture, useful phrases

「これで年越しの準備はばっちり!」

= Korede toshikoshi no junbi wa bacchiri!

= Now I am all set to ring out the old year (and ring in the new year).

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Japanese Culture : お稽古ごと= okeikogoto

December 7, 2010 in Japanese culture

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ごめんなさい+許して下さい。(=Gomennasai+Yurushite kudasai.) How to apologize in Japanese

May 18, 2010 in Formal Japanese, Japanese culture, useful phrases

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:maggie-small:  「ゆかりのおやつも食べちゃいました…。ごめんね。」

Yukari no oyatsu mo tabechaimashita. Gomenne…

“I ate Yukari’s snack as well. Sorry! “

Yukari :「えっ!?許さない!

Eh? Yurusanai!

“What!? I won’t forgive you!”

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B級グルメ(=Bii kyu gurume) B-Rank Gourmet!

April 28, 2010 in Japanese culture, Slang, Vocabulary

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「今日は名古屋名物をご紹介します!」

(=Kyou wa Nagoya meibutsu wo goshoukai shimasu!)

Today, I’m going to tell you about a well-known Nagoyan speciality.

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謙遜(=kenson) : How to sound more humble in Japanese!

March 30, 2010 in Japanese culture, useful phrases

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:-o 「マギー先生って本当に頭がいいですよね。」

(=Maggie sensei tte hontou ni atama ga ii desu yone!)

“Miss Maggie, I think you are really smart.”

:maggie-small: 「いいえ、私なんてまだまだです。アインシュタインに比べたら…」

(=Iie watashinante madamada desu. Ainshutain ni kurabetara…)

“No way! Far from it. I mean, compared to Einstein….”

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ちょっと…(=chotto) +あいまい表現(=Aimai hyougen) ambiguous expressions

March 23, 2010 in Japanese culture, Practical, Slang

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:P 「マギー先生、ちょっと質問があるんですが..」

(“Maggie sensei, chotto shitsumon ga arun desu ga…)

Ms. Maggie, I have a little question to ask…

:maggie-small: 「う〜ん…今、ちょっと…」

(=Uun… ima chotto…)

Umm …. now??

 

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Listening and Reading practice (花粉症+ポケットティッシュ)(Kafunshou+Poketto tissu)

March 17, 2010 in Japanese culture

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:P 「テッシュどうぞ!」

(=tisshu douzo!)

“Here’s tissue for you!”

:maggie-small: 「それただ?」

(=sore tada?)

“Is it free?”

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迷信(=meishin) + 縁起(=engi) Japanese superstitions

March 3, 2010 in Japanese culture

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:maggie-small: 「茶柱が立ってる!あ〜誰かに見せたい!」

(=Chabashira ga tatteru! Ah…dareka ni misetai!)

“I got a stalk floating upright in my tea. I wish I could show it to someone!”

 

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Valentine’s Day Lesson 義理と本命 (Giri to honmei)

February 12, 2010 in Japanese culture

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:maggie-small: 「今年も義理チョコばかり!」

(=Kotoshi mo girichoko bakari!)

“Just obligatory chocolates again this year…”

「せめてホワイトデーで元を取らないと…」

(=Semete howaito dei de moto wo toranaito..)

“I should at least get what I invested in return on White Day.”

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方角(=hougaku) + 節分(=Setsubun) Lesson

February 3, 2010 in Japanese culture

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:grin: 「今年は西南西の方向を向いて食べるんだよ!」

(=Kotoshi wa seinansei no houkou wo muite taberundayo!)

“This year, you have to eat it facing west-south-west!”

:maggie-small: :「お腹すいたからどっちでもいいのに…」

(=Onaka suitakara docchidemo iinoni…)

“I don’t care which direction I face… I am hungry…”

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