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This game looks interesting.

This game looks interesting. ウイイレはおもしろい。 Pro Evolution Soccer is interesting. This is an assertive sentence that ends with an adjecti...
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May 31, 2014 18:18
Meadowlake

“Midori”, or green in Japanese

I think that basic words like “shiro”「白」white, “kuro”「黒」black, “aka”「赤」red, and “ao”「青」blue are very old. The fact that they mean colors ...
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May 31, 2014 16:02
Meadowlake

To have and to know

There is a difference between “motsu”「持つ」in Japanese and “to have” in English.「持つ」is an action verb which means to hold something. This i...
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May 31, 2014 11:19
Meadowlake

Terms that express colors

Terms that express colors In Japanese, there are a lot of color names. I think the number of the color names are more than one hundred...
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May 31, 2014 10:19
Meadowlake

A boy whose name is Taro

I would like to say more about the usage of “to iu”. It is used when you disclose a detail about something. “Taro to iu namae no otoko n...
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May 28, 2014 23:29
Meadowlake

The rumor that I am dead

The rumor that I am dead. “sakura ga saiteiru tokoro ni ikitai.”「桜が咲いているところに行きたい。」I want to visit a place where cherry blossoms are bl...
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May 27, 2014 22:26
Meadowlake

When you drive a car, you should fasten your seat belt.

How about these two “you”s? “kuruma wo untensuru toki wa seat belt wo shimeru beki da.”「車を運転するときはシートベルトを締めるべきだ。」 One of the best tra...
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May 26, 2014 22:26
Meadowlake

You can see Mt. Fuji from here.

“anata wa koko kara Fuji-san wo miru koto ga dekiru.”「あなたはここから富士山を見ることができる。」 We never say this. We instead say “koko kara Fuji-san ga mi...
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May 26, 2014 20:21
Meadowlake

I think he is unfair.

“watashi wa kare ga zurui to omou.”「私は彼がずるいと思う。」I think he is unfair. “kare wa zurui to omou.”「彼はずるいと思う。」I think he is unfair. These ...
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May 25, 2014 22:06
Meadowlake

Natural sentences / Foreign sentences

When I explained the wrapping particle in the previous journal, I said that the following sentences are good. “naze anata wa sonna ni ut...
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May 25, 2014 13:14
Meadowlake

The demonstrative adjectives “ano”, “sono” and “kono” (revised)

The demonstrative adjectives “ano”, “sono” and “kono” "pari ni tomodachi ga imasu. ano tomodachi wa yasashii desu." 「パリに友達がい...
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May 25, 2014 09:41
Meadowlake

Daily conversation

Taro: “kinou no eiga mita?”「きのうの映画、見た?」Did you watch the movie yesterday? Hiroshi: “mita mita.”「見た見た。」Yes, I did. Taro: “doudatta?”「どうだ...
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May 24, 2014 22:29
Meadowlake

The Wrapping Particle “no”

The Wrapping Particle “no” "naze anata wa gakkou ni ikimasuka?" 「なぜあなたは学校にいきますか?」Why do you go to school? I am afraid this ...
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May 24, 2014 08:35
Meadowlake

Magic word in Japanese

よろしくお願いします。 I ask for your good will. (literally) We nearly always put this strange sentence at the end of our e-mail messages. 明日、同僚が伺...
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May 22, 2014 21:22
Meadowlake

Be quiet!

When you ask someone to be quiet, various phrases are possible in Japanese. I would like to write down some of them. “oshizuka ni nasa...
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May 22, 2014 20:23
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Japanese imperative

Japanese Imperative We don’t use the plain imperative such as 歩けvery often because it sounds hard-handed as if a criminal is ordering ...
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May 21, 2014 21:09
Meadowlake

The Topic-Indicating Particle “wa”

The Topic-Indicating Particle “wa” <The topic-indicating particle “wa”> "inu wa doubutsu desu." 「犬は動物です。」Dogs are ani...
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May 20, 2014 21:45
Meadowlake

The hidden function of the topic indicating particle ‘wa’

I would like to introduce a beautiful approach to reveal the hidden function of the particle ‘wa’ which was advocated by A. Mikami more t...
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May 19, 2014 21:32
Meadowlake

Third person pronouns

I had not known the Japanese third person pronouns ‘kare/kanojo’ until I started learning English at junior high school. In Japanese, a s...
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May 18, 2014 20:43
Meadowlake

There is a dog. There is a pond.

There is a dog. There is a pond. “kouen ni inu ga imasu.”「公園に犬がいます。」 There is a dog in the park. “kouen ni ike ga arimasu.”「公園に池がありま...
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May 18, 2014 17:10