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Japanese Word of the Day – volleyball (noun)

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バレーボール (バレーボール) volleyball (noun)

浜辺でバレーボールをしよう。
はまべでバレーボールをしよう。
Let’s play volleyball at the beach.

チームでバレーボールをしている。
チームでバレーボールをしている。
The teams are playing volleyball.

ビーチバレーボールは、見るのもするのも楽しい。
ビーチバレーボールは、みるのもするのもたのしい。
It’s fun to watch and to play beach volleyball.

ビーチバレーボール
ビーチバレーボール
beach volleyball

バレーボールをする
バレーボールをする
play volleyball

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Japanese Word of the Day – strawberry (noun)

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苺 (いちご) strawberry (noun)

イチゴは美味しくて体に良いです。
イチゴはおいしくてからだによいです。
Strawberries are delicious and good for the body.

イチゴはすばらしいビタミンCの源です。
イチゴはすばらしいビタミンシーのみなもとです。
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C.

熟れたイチゴ
うれたイチゴ
ripe strawberry

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Japanese Word of the Day – dog (noun)

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犬 (いぬ) dog (noun)

小さくて白い犬が、庭で黄色いボールで遊んでいる。
ちいさくてしろいいぬが、にわできいろいボールであそんでいる。
The little white dog is playing with a yellow ball in the yard.

毛むくじゃらの犬がボールを追いかけている。
けむくじゃらのいぬがボールをおいかけている。
The shaggy dog is running after the ball.

犬は人間の一番の友達です。
いぬはにんげんのいちばんのともだちです。
Dogs are a man’s best friend.

茶色い犬と黒い犬
ちゃいろいいぬとくろいいぬ
a brown dog and a black dog

大きい犬
おおきいいぬ
big dog

年老いた犬
としおいたいぬ
old dog

家の外にいる茶色い犬
いえのそとにいるちゃいろいいぬ
brown dog outside house

毛深い犬
けぶかいいぬ
hairy dog

かわいい犬
かわいいいぬ
cute dog

犬小屋
いぬごや
dog house

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Japanese Word of the Day – sweet (i-adjective)

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甘い (あまい) sweet (i-adjective)

チョコレートは甘いです。
チョコレートはあまいです。
Chocolate is sweet.

甘いペストリー
あまいペストリー
sweet pastry

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Japanese Word of the Day – boy (noun)

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男の子 (おとこのこ) boy (noun)

男の子が、ホットドッグを食べている。
おとこのこが、ホットドッグをたべている。
The boy is eating a hot dog.

男の子は女の子より背が高い。
おとこのこはおんなのこよりせがたかい。
The boy is taller than the girl.

悲しそうな男の子
かなしそうなおとこのこ
sad boy

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How to Learn Japanese with Video Games?

Do you remember holding your first Game Boy? Do you remember the “Golden Age” of Japanese video games? I bet it was the reason to start learning Japanese in the first place for some of us. And you are here reading this article, so you probably have a keen interest in video games!

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If you are learning Japanese and you do like video games, this is perfect. By knowing how to read Hiragana and Katakana, and with a bit of foundation in Japanese grammar, I have the pleasure to announce that you unlocked a new achievement: Playing video games to practice Japanese!

After a long day of work or school, sitting down at your desk with an other textbook might be the last thing you want to do. It is a way more fun to use our entertaining audio and video podcasts related to everyday life topics, but video games could supplement your studying. It would be misleading to say any video game can teach you Japanese, but as a supplement of JapanesePod101.com, it appears to be a legitimate and fun tool to study.

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Nowadays, more and more games offer you the opportunity to change the language settings to be in Japanese, they are not region locked or requiring to buy a Japanese system anymore. From Animal Crossing to Final Fantasy, choose a game, and check those tips for studying by playing!

1. Choose a genuinely fun game. It’s your chance to have a good time while learning. It shouldn’t be a chore! Take your time and go easy, you don’t want to get bored quickly or to suffocate because learning too much at once. You don’t need to stop and look up for every single word or kanji you don’t know. If you can understand the meaning of the sentence through the context, you can go on, otherwise you will get bored really quickly.

2. Start with a game you are familiar with. It will make it easier to know the framework of the story and understand the context. Try to avoid horror games, you could assimilate negative emotion from the game to studying. It would be difficult to learn Japanese while associating it to the sensation of fear!

3. Take notes while playing game. When you face unknown expressions, just pause the game, and write it down on your notebook. Once you are done playing, use a dictionary and look up each of the words. Learn those new words among other things you are already studying. As the same vocabulary words are often used over and over again, your list might get shorter and shorter.

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4. Enable Japanese subtitles. It will help you to identify unknown words and kanji. It will be useful as far as you’re using a dictionary while you play. If you prefer to play with English subtitles make sure you are not only focused on subtitles but also on the Japanese voices. If you realize you are only reading English, better switch everything to Japanese or it won’t be of any help.

5. Make real-world friends. A lot of games offer you the opportunity to connect with people online while playing online. Depending on the game, it could be “learn or die”, you won’t be able to go further if you are not able to communicate with other players. You will meet people sharing the same interest. Just plug in your headset and enjoy conversing with native speakers, which will improve your speaking and listening skills. While playing online and through forums and gaming community, you can get the benefit of immersion.

If you don’t have the resources required to play but you really want to learn Japanese with video games, there is a solution for you: YouTube. Today is the golden age of “Let’s Play” videos on the platform, video showing game walkthroughs. Those video offer you some gameplay clips with audio commentaries by the gamer explaining every step. It can a great listening practice, a native speaker addressing to the viewers in an everyday life Japanese, sometimes using some slang you won’t find in any textbooks! Risa’s adventure videos can also be an alternative full of cuteness and a good material to improve your level! Here is the reason why you should learn slang if you want to become fluent!

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Japanese Word of the Day – forehead (noun)

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額 (ひたい) forehead (noun)

その女性は、額にはっきりとしたシワがある。
そのじょせいは、ひたいにはっきりとしたシワがある。
The woman has clear wrinkles on her forehead.

彼は頭が痛くなると、額をさすります。
かれはあたまがいたくなると、ひたいをさすります。
When he has a headache, he rubs his forehead.

額のシワ
ひたいのシワ
wrinkles on the forehead

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10 Best Responses to “How Are You” in Japanese

Hi Japanese Learner, how are you? This is one of the most common question used in everyday life. There are many possible responses to this question and various tons to use.

You must learn those different ways to respond because one answer may fit better, and having a greater range of expression is a sign of fluency. With this Japanese lesson, Risa will teach you the 10 best responses to “How Are You” in Japanese. Here we go!

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1.私は元気です。
わたしはげんき。
Watashi wa genki desu.
I’m fine.

2.大丈夫です。
だいじょうぶで。
Daijōbu desu.
I’m okay.

3.眠いんです。
ねむいんです。
Nemui n desu.
I’m sleepy.

4.絶好調です。
ぜっこうちょう。
Zekkōchō desu.
I’m great.

5.調子が悪いです。
ちょうしがわるいです。
Chōshi ga I’m feeling bad.
Warui desu.

6.いい感じです。
いいかんじです。
Ii kanji desu.
I feel good.

7.悪くないです。
わるくないです。
Warukunai desu.
I’m not bad.

8.おかげさまで。
Okagesama de.
Thank you for asking.

9.まあまあです。
Māmā desu.
I’m feeling so-so.

10.ぼちぼちです。
Bochibochi desu.
So-so.

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Japanese Word of the Day – notebook (noun)

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ノート (ノート) notebook (noun)

男性がノートをとっている。
だんせいがノートをとっている。
The man is writing in the notebook.

私はそれぞれの授業でノートを分けている。
わたしはそれぞれのじゅぎょうでノートをわけている。
I have a separate notebook for each class.

白い線の入ったノート
しろいせんのはいったノート
white lined notebook

一つの科目のノート
ひとつのかもくのノート
one subject notebook

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Japanese Word of the Day – kind (na-adjective)

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親切 (しんせつ) kind (na-adjective)

年配の女性に花を贈るのは、親切なことだ。
ねんぱいのじょせいにはなをおくるのは、しんせつなことだ。
Giving the elderly woman flowers is a kind act.

彼女は、笑顔が素敵で、親切な人だ。
かのじょは、えがおがすてきで、しんせつなひとだ。
She is a kind person with a big smile.

親切な行為
しんせつなこうい
kind act

親切心
しんせつしん
a kind heart

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