Category Archives: Vocabulary

Vocabs: Around the desk – Part 2

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Here we go, part 2 of the little things cluttering my desk. 紙 (かみ, kami) – paper ノート (nooto) – notebook; copy-book; exercise book ペンナイフ (pennaifu) – penknife 原稿用紙 (げんこうようし, Genkou youshi) – Japanese writing paper (lined with a square grid, one square per character) ノートパソコン (nootopasokon) – laptop; notebook マウス (mausu) – mouse マウスパッド (mausupaddo) – mouse pad キーボード (kiiboodo) – keyboard 鍵盤 (けんばん,… Read more »

Vocabs: Around the desk – Part 1

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Hi! A new series of vocabs coming up! It’ll be a list of things you might see around your desk. At least… It’s the stuff I have around on my very messy desk. Here goes, the first series of 10 words. 机 (つくえ, tsukue) – desk 椅子 (いす, isu) – chair, stool ペン (pen) – pen シャープペンシル (shaapopenshiru) – mechanical… Read more »

Vocabs: Fruits and Vegetables 3

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Check out Part 1 and Part 2 as well! チンゲン菜 (チンゲンサイ, chingensai) – bok-choy (Brassica rapa var. chinensis); Chinese cabbage; bok choi; pak choi 菠薐草 (ほうれんそう, hourensou) – spinach 小松菜 (こまつな, komatsuna) – Japanese mustard spinach (Brassica rapa var. perviridis) 空芯菜 (くうしんさい, kuushinsai) – Chinese water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica); ong choy; kang kong; water morning glory; water convolvulus; swamp cabbage; hung tsai;… Read more »

Vocabs: Merry Christmas!

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Season greetings everyone! With Christmas just round the corner… I thought I’d post some holiday season related Japanese vocabulary! Of course, since it’s a holiday originating from the west, with loads of western terms, expect plenty of words in katakana. What’s even more interesting though, is that many ‘versions’ of the same word exist, because they adapted that same word… Read more »

Vocabs: TV Life 28th Feb 15 snippet

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Just some words from a very short snippet from the magazine. 魅力 (みりょく, miryoku) – charm; fascination; glamour; glamor; attraction; appeal Ohno talked about the appeal and charm of the songs in their first single of 2015, Sakura. 心境 (しんきょう, shinkyou) – mental state グラビア (gurabia) – gravure; photogravure; rotogravure; gravure picture インパクト (inpakuto) – impact The song sakura has an impactful… Read more »

Vocabs: Arashi songs – Fly

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Fly is one of the coupling songs in the Limited Edition single of GUTS by Arashi. I really love this song, the tune is catchy and upbeat. It’s my favourite out of all the tracks in GUTS, coming a close second would be GUTS though. The single was released in 2014, you can still get the LE from PlayAsia, whereas… Read more »

Vocabs: Sakurai Ariyoshi Abunai Yakai 15th Oct 2015 edition

Ok! Well, these vocabs are actually only from the first half of the show – the Sakurai in Miyagi segment. Following last year’s invasion of Sho’s hotel room during the Hawaii Blast concert, they invaded his room again during the Miyagi Blast concert this year. It was a really fun episode/segment! Showcasing just how adorable that dorky Sho can be…. Read more »

Vocabs: AnShi 29th Aug 2015 edition

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Ok. I picked out a really long list of vocabs from this episode. Probably the longest I’ve done so far from a single episode…. As usual, the vocabs are in order of appearance in the show, so that it’s easier for you to spot the word when it’s used in the show. Overall, I really enjoyed watching this episode. From… Read more »

Vocabs: Sakurai Sho GQ Magazine Interview July 2010, No. 86

Here’s some vocab I picked out while reading Sho’s magazine interview in the GQ magazine. It’s not the MOST exciting magazine interview out there, but it’s still pretty interesting. Like. How Sho managed his time in his university days, taking the night train back to Tokyo after having work elsewhere, just so that he can catch the lecture the next… Read more »

Vocabs: Matsumoto Jun – Jweb – Enjoy Vol. 128

So… Jweb is well, a website by Johnny’s Entertainment. It contains informations about their various artists, and gives fans a place to get official news about their idols. Some of the artists have their own blogs too, and Matsumoto Jun (of Arashi, I’m an Arashi fan, sorry) has a blog called ‘Enjoy’. So here’s some vocabs I picked up from… Read more »