Category Archives: Vocabulary

Vocabs: Aiba Manabu 3rd May 2015

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In this episode of Aiba manabu, Aiba and Co. goes to a Inazusa station, a small unmanned station (yes, many small train stations in Japan are unmanned!) in a local train line, to make a one day special ekiben (see below) for the locals. Apart from bringing some cheer to the local residents, they also learn about the local produce… Read more »

Vocabs: Tensai Shimura Doubutsuen 11 Apr 2015

Some pickup vocab from watching TSD! 口実 (こうじつ, koujitsu) – excuse, pretext 営業 (えいぎょう, eigyou) – business; trade; sales; operations 底力 (そこぢから, sokochikara) – latent energy; reserve strength; potentiality 喫茶店 (きっさてん, kissaten) – coffee shop; tearoom; coffee lounge; coffeehouse; cafe Definitions from jisho.org

Vocabs: Types of Transport

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車 (くるま, kuruma) – car; vehicle バス (basu) – bus 電車 (でんしゃ, densha) – train; electric train 地下鉄 (ちかてつ, chikatetsu) – underground train; subway 新幹線 (しんかんせん, shinkansen) – bullet train 自転車 (じてんしゃ, jitensha) – bicycle 一輪車 (いちりんしゃ, ichirinsha) – unicycle 三輪車 (さんりんしゃ, sanrinsha) – three wheeled vehicle (tricycle, motorcycle, etc.); three wheeler トラック (torakku) – truck バイク (baiku) – motorcycle;… Read more »

Vocabs: Sports

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スポーツ (supootsu) – Sports 野球 (やきゅう, yakyuu) – Baseball サッカー (sakkaa) – Soccer バレーボール (bareebooru) – Volleyball ホッケー (hokkee) – Hockey ボーリング (booringu) – Bowling 卓球 (たっきゅう, takkyuu) – Table tennis バスケットボール (basukettobooru) – Basketball Often abbreviated as バスケ (basuke) 剣道 (けんどう, kendou) – Kendo 柔道 (じゅうどう, juudou) – Judo 相撲 (すもう, sumou) – Sumo wrestling バドミントン (badominton) – Badminton… Read more »

Blog/Vocabs: Howdy from Australia!

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Here’s a big hello from Australia! Enjoying myself  in the land down under. Loving the cool weather and the food. Gosh, the steaks and the oysters! Absolutely gorgeous! And we just had both today. Drove down (Well, not me. My sis and my dad did the driving.) from Batesman Bay to Lakes Entrance today, and we bought 5 dozen oysters… Read more »

Vocabs: Colors

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Colors! Some colors have more than one way of saying them, mainly the proper Japanese way, and the adapted from English, katakana way. 色 (いろ, iro) – color 青 (あお, ao) – blue 緑 (みどり, midori) – green 黄色 (きいろ, kiiro) – yellow 白 (しろ, shiro) – white 黒 (くろ, kuro) – black 赤 (あか, aka) – red 茶色 (ちゃいろ,… Read more »

Vocabs: Days of the Week

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週 (しゅう, shuu) – week 月曜日 (げつようび, getsuyoubi) – Monday 火曜日 (かようび, kayoubi) – Tuesday 水曜日 (すいようび, suiyoubi) – Wednesday 木曜日 (もくようび, mokuyoubi) – Thursday 金曜日 (きんようび, kinyoubi) – Friday 土曜日 (どようび, doyoubi) – Saturday 日曜日 (にちようび, nichiyoubi) – Sunday 平日 (へいじつ, heijitsu) – weekday; normal day (not holiday) 週末 (しゅうまつ, shuumatsu) – weekend

Vocabs: Parts of the Body – Organs

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A list of the organs inside our body. 器官 (きかん, kikan) – organ (of body, plant, etc.) 脳 (のう, nou) – brain 心臓 (しんぞう, shinzou) – heart 肝臓 (かんぞう, kanzou) – liver 腎臓 (じんぞう, jinzou) – kidney 肺 (はい, hai) – lung 胃 (い, i) – stomach 腸 (ちょう, chou) – guts; bowels; intestines 大腸 (だいちょう, daichou) – large intestine;… Read more »

Vocabs: Parts of the body

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A list of vocabulary of the parts of the body. 頭 (あたま, atama) – head This word has multiple meanings, it can also mean brain, start or top. Examples: The phrase 頭が良い (atama ga ii) literally good brain, is used to mean smart. When someone says “頭からやってください (atama kara yatte kudasai)”, chances are they aren’t asking you to do something… Read more »

Vocabs: Animals Part 2

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Here’s another 10 more common animals in Japanese. See Part 1 here, and check out Part 3 too! Some on the animal names can be written in kanji, however the kanji is less often used. Thus, the kanji of those words are in the brackets, rather then the usual way round of putting the hiragana in the brackets. 羊 (ひつじ,… Read more »