Practice Your Hiragana #1

がばって!:) Use a Hiragana alphabet table while you practice if you’re struggling – you will still improve. Practice Task 1: I will write several sentences in Romaji. Try to write it out by hand in Hiragana. (answers will be at the bottom of the page) a) Konnichi wa, watashi no namae wa yamato desu. Kochirakoso douzo yoroshiku! b) Hontou…

Neat Blog Award

Hey, guys. SO, A little while ago I was nominated for the Really Neat Blog Award! I was nominated by TheLinguistGamer, ありがとう!! ;D QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1. What recent news from the entertainment and/or pop culture world (TV, movies, video games, books, etc.) has got you excited? Star Wars Episode 7! That’s recent enough… it…

Japanese Verbs for Every Day Use (50 common verbs)

Verb (Eng.)  –  Japanese plain form (Hiragana) to run  –  はしる to walk  –  あるく to swim  –  およぐ to eat  –  たべる to drink  –  のむ to know  –  しる to fight  –  たたかう to heal  –  なおす to stand  –  たつ to sit  –  すわる to wash  –  あびる to wake up  –  おきる…

日本語の試験 – Exams in Japanese

It’s the end of the first year of university. All that’s left – 4 Japanese exams, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Speaking is already done and out the way, so that leaves just 3 exams between me and my holiday to Cyprus! But somehow I ended up procrastinating revision for my listening exam THIS AFTERNOON…

Where to begin with Japanese?! 10 Golden Steps

When you’re setting out to learn a language it can be very daunting knowing how much don’t know… and the more you learn the more you realise how much you have to learn, so by learning a language it can seem like you’re even further from learning it, though that probably makes no sense. SO,…

Kaiawase – Culture Exchange Class (Japanese at WLV Uni)

The last class before the Easter break, semester 2… Our teacher gave our little language class the chance to try either Japanese calligraphy or Kaiawase (shell painting) and we chose the latter. ☆ ~(‘▽^人)  Out came the box of shells, an array of paints and paintbrushes, and some awesome (untranslatable) Japanese newspapers that were about…

Months and Seasons in Japanese

Months are really very simple in Japanese. All you need to know are Japanese numbers from 1-12 and the word がつ (gatsu – 月 in Kanji). You express the month by the number of the month in the year: January – Ichigatsu – 一月 February – Nigatsu – 二月 March – Sangatsu – 三月 April…

Time for TIME in Japanese

So you’re staying in Japan for a few months and decided to get yourself a job. You got yourself an interview at half 3 and spent all morning shopping and your phone battery died! (-_-;)… So you’re gonna need to remember how to ask for the time: Vocabulary: Hour – ji – じ – 時 Minutes –…

Ichidan and Godan Verbs (Dictionary Form)

There are 3 groups of verbs in Japanese. The 2 main ones are Ichidan verbs (iru/eru verbs) and Godan verbs. The different groups conjugate in different ways, so it’s important to recognise the group that a verb belongs to. Godan Verbs: These are pretty much all the other verbs, that don’t end in ‘iru’ or…