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Pīman (ピーマン - Green Pepper) With native lang

Do you know what "green pepper" is called in Japanese? As I wrote in this title, it's "pīman" (ピーマン). This ...
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Oct 31, 2017 11:12 English essay
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Kegirai (毛嫌い - Dislike) With native lang

Is there something that you don't like instinctively without any specific reason. In Japan, we use a verb "kirai" (嫌い) w...
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Oct 30, 2017 13:01 English essay
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Shinotsuku Ame (篠突く雨 - Intense Rain) With native lang

Unfortunately, today's weather is "shinotsuku ame" (篠突く雨). "Shinotsuku ame" means a pelting rain as much as it...
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Oct 29, 2017 16:59 English essay
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Lunchmate Syndrome With native lang

These days in Japan, "lunchmate syndrome" has become a problem. Lunchmate syndrome is a symptom that causes a kind of anxiet...
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Oct 28, 2017 20:06 English essay
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Gorioshi (ゴリ押し - Bulldozing) With native lang

To push one's opinion or way through forcely is called "gorioshi" (ゴリ押し) in Japanese. The "gori" (ゴリ) means a ...
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Oct 27, 2017 18:57 English essay
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A Desperate Japanese Homonym With native lang

Since Japanese has few sounds, there are so many homonyms. Among them, the homonym that has the most number of different meanings is &...
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Oct 26, 2017 21:23 English essay
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Tonton Byōshi (とんとん拍子 - Swimmingly) With native lang

I often use the Japanese term "tonton byōshi" (とんとん拍子), when things go as I want them to. The "tonton" (とんとん) of &...
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Oct 25, 2017 12:15 English essay
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Imoppoi (いもっぽい - Countrified) With native lang

When I watch TV shows or the Internet, I sometimes hear the term "imoppoi" (いもっぽい) or "imokusai" (いも臭い). The "...
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Oct 24, 2017 10:01 English essay
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Noraneko (野良猫 - Stray Cat) With native lang

There are many "noraneko" (野良猫) in Japan. Norameko means a cat that lives in the human living area and is not owned by a par...
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Oct 23, 2017 13:24 English essay
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Ohayo (おはよう - Good Morning) With native lang

The most common morning greeting in Japan is "ohayo" (おはよう). If you want to say it more politely, you can say "ohayo go...
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Oct 22, 2017 11:27 English essay
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Kogarashi (木枯らし - Cold Autumn Wind) With native lang

I think that "kogarashi" (木枯らし) will blow in a few days. "Kogarashi" is strong cold winds that are blew from late ...
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Oct 21, 2017 13:43 English essay
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Hipparidako (引っ張りだこ - Sought After) With native lang

Have you ever seen a person who is in great demand from many people? Or perhaps are you such a person? Such a demand or such a pers...
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Oct 20, 2017 10:27 English essay
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Manaita (まな板 - Cutting Board) With native lang

The Japanese word "manaita" (まな板) means a board that is used when cutting ingredients, that is a cutting board. Here the &qu...
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Oct 19, 2017 18:19 English essay
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The Definition of Vegetable Part 2 With native lang

In some countries, there are several definitions about the classification of vegetable and fruit like the following. ・It's a fruit...
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Oct 18, 2017 16:09 English essay
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The Definition of Vegetable Part 1 With native lang

In my previous post, I wrote something like "eggplant is a vegetable," but a commenter pointed out that "eggplant is a fru...
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Oct 17, 2017 13:50 English essay
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Akinasu wa Yome ni Kuwasuna (秋茄子は嫁に食わすな - Don't Let Daughter-in-Law Eat Autumn Eggplants) With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced the etymology of "nasu" (茄子 - eggplant). Today I'd like to talk about a Japanese proverb that us...
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Oct 16, 2017 05:21 English essay
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Nasu (ナス - Eggplant) With native lang

Do you like a kind of vegetable called "nasu" (ナス)? Nasu is a vegetable native to India, and is grown from summer to autumn....
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Oct 15, 2017 11:44 English essay
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Jigajisan (自画自賛 - Self-Admiration) With native lang

I think that everyone would like to praise himself/herself sometimes. To praise oneself is often referred to as "jigajisan" ...
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Oct 14, 2017 12:23 English essay
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Ame (雨/飴 - rain/candy) With native lang

Since there are so many homonyms in Japanese, I think that it's hard for foreigners to learn these Japanese words. Because of this...
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Oct 13, 2017 10:53 English essay
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Occhoko Choi (おっちょこちょい - Goofy) With native lang

People who do a careless thing without thinking are called "occhoko choi" (おっちょこちょい) in Japanese. It is thought that this te...
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Oct 12, 2017 14:50 English essay