Japanese expressions with numbers

December 27, 2015 in Expressions

nanakorobi

「人生、七転び八起きだよ。」

= Jinsei, nanakorobi yaoki dayo.

= Life has its ups and downs. you know.

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How to use the suffix 〜な ( = na) / ~ なあ ( = naa)

December 7, 2015 in Grammar, male speech

naa

「カメラ近いなあ…」

= Kamera chikai naa…

= The camera is too close, you know.

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Japanese ordinal numbers : 〜目 ( = me) ,番目 ( = banme), 第 ( = dai)

November 24, 2015 in Grammar

me

「ねえ、右から三つのおもちゃと二番の引き出しにあるおやつ、持って来て。」

= Nee, migi kara mittsume no omocha to nibanme no hikidashi ni aru oyatsu, motte kite.

= Hey, can you bring me the third toy from the right and snacks in the second drawer?

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How to use みたい ( = mitai)

November 11, 2015 in Grammar

mitai

「今まで僕みたいなかわいい先生いた?」

= Imamade boku mitai na kawaii sensei ita?

= Was there a cute teacher like me before?

ニャ~~~

= Nyaaa

= Meow

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How to use なら ( = nara)

November 7, 2015 in Grammar

nara

「日本語を勉強するならマギー先生のサイトだよ。」

= Nihongo wo benkyou suru nara Maggie Sensei no saito dayo.

= If you want to study Japanese, you should use Maggie Sensei’s site.

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性格 ( = seikaku) How to describe personality in Japanese

October 30, 2015 in Vocabulary

seikaku

「よく、性格もいいし、器量もいいって言われるの。」

= Yoku, seikaku mo iishi, kiryou mo iitte iwareru no.

= People often tell me I have a nice personality AND good looking.

「おまけにとっても謙虚でしょ。」

= Omake ni tottemo kenkyo desho.

= On top of that, I am also very modest, right?


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How to use より ( = yori) : Comparative form

October 22, 2015 in Grammar

yori-newnew

「誰よりも友達が大切だよ。」

= Dare yori mo tomodachi ga taisetu dayo.

= I care about my friends more than anybody.

「同感!」 

= Doukan!

=I agree!


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How to use こそ ( = koso)

October 5, 2015 in Grammar

koso

Minky:「Misty、私のおもちゃ隠したでしょ。」

= Misty, watashi no omocha kakushita desho.

= Misty, you hid my toy, didn’t you?

Misty:「Minkyこそ、私のおやつ隠したでしょ。」

= Minky koso, watashi no oyatsu kakushita desho.

= You, too, hid my snack, didn’t you? Minty.

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How to use the suffix 〜よ ( = yo)

September 20, 2015 in Grammar

suffix-yo

「どいてよ!」

= Doite yo.

= Move over!

「じゃあ、私も旅行に連れてって。」

= Jaa, watashi mo ryokou ni tsuretetteyo.

= Then take me along for the trip too!

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Double negative: ない+ない ( = nai+nai)

September 9, 2015 in French, German, Grammar

naix2

「そんな大きなスイカ一人で食べられないでしょ。」

= Sonna ookina suika hitori de taberarenai desho.

= You know you are not going to be able to eat a watermelon that big by yourself, right?

「食べられないことはないよ。」

= Taberarenai koto wa naiyo.

= I wouldn’t say it is impossible.  (I could eat it.)


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