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Socha (粗茶 - "Coarse Tea") With native lang

Socha In Japan, when serving tea to visitors, we sometimes say "socha desuga" (粗茶ですが). Since 'so' (粗) means "...
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Jul 31, 2018 23:08 English essay
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Giri-giri (ぎりぎり - "Barely") With native lang

Giri-giri Today I 'giri-giri' (ぎりぎり - "barely") met a deadline. Giri-giri is an onomatopoeia that represents that...
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Jul 30, 2018 22:04 English essay
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Kanji (漢字 - "Chinese Character") With native lang

Kanji Japanese people often use 'kanji' (漢字), which are characters born in China. The term kanji is written as "Chines...
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Jul 29, 2018 17:49 English essay
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Tyhoon No. 12 With native lang

Tyhoon No. 12 It is raining cats and gods. This is because Typhoon No. 12 is approaching. Also, I have a terrible headache. ...
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Jul 28, 2018 22:54 English diary
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Yamayama (山々 - Mountains) With native lang

Yamayama "Yama" (山) means "mountains," and the kanji 々 means a repetition of the last character. Therefore, 山々 ...
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Jul 27, 2018 23:04 English essay
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Gokiburi (ゴキブリ - Cockroach) With native lang

Gokiburi Many people don't like 'gokiburi' (ゴキブリ - cockroach). I talked about 'gokiburi' a few times on Lang-8,...
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Jul 26, 2018 21:51 Egnlish essay
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Akaten (赤点 - Failing Grade) With native lang

Akaten Have you ever gotten an 'akaten' (赤点) on an exam? Since 'aka' (赤) means 'red' and 'ten' (点) ...
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Jul 25, 2018 20:50 Egnlish essay
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Natsubate (夏バテ - Summer Lethargy) With native lang

Natsubate The hot humid weather has continued lately. Please be careful not to become a state called 'natsubate' (夏バテ). ...
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Jul 24, 2018 23:40 English essay
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Jama (邪魔 - Hindrance) With native lang

In the area where I live, some people park their cars on a street, though it is prohibited by law. Such cars are called 'jama'...
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Jul 23, 2018 17:38 Egnlish essay
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Choromakasu (ちょろまかす - Sneaking) With native lang

Choromakasu To steal something surreptitiously or to cheat on someone's money is called 'choromakasu' (ちょろまかす) in Japanese...
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Jul 22, 2018 15:37 Egnlish essay
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Hatena Māku (はてなマーク - Question Mark) With native lang

Hatena Māku I told you that the exclamation mark '!' is called "bikkuri māku" (びっくりマーク) in Japan. Similarly, the ...
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Jul 21, 2018 13:30 English essay
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Bikkuri (びっくり- Surprise) With native lang

There are a lot of 'surprises' in our life. In Japan, surprises are referred to as 'bikkuri' (びっくり) in spoken language...
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Jul 20, 2018 16:02 English essay
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Ukkari (うっかり - Carelessly) With native lang

Ukkari Several days ago, I 'ukkari' (うっかり) made a mistake. 'Ukkari' is a Japanese adverb that represents that someo...
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Jul 19, 2018 21:17 Egnlish essay
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Himojī (ひもじい - Hungry) With native lang

If you are hungry and painful, you can express the feeling by using the Japanese 'himojī' (ひもじい). In the past in Japan, people...
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Jul 18, 2018 23:17 English essay
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Kahō wa Nete Mate (果報は寝て待て - Everything Comes to Those who Wait) With native lang

Kahō wa Nete Mate A Japanese TV show conducted an interesting survey related to Japanese proverbs. The targets are Japanese people ...
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Jul 17, 2018 20:33 Egnlish essay
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Uma ga Au (馬が合う - Compatible) With native lang

Uma ga Au Do you have a friend who gets along or a compatible person? You can use the expression, "uma ga au" (馬が合う), to ...
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Jul 16, 2018 16:57 English essay
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Mono Iu Hana (物言う花 - A Beautiful Woman) With native lang

Mono Iu Hana The Japanese word, 'Hana' (花 - flower), can be used to imply a beautiful woman. If you want to mean that it is...
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Jul 15, 2018 14:28 English essay
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Ohana Batake (お花畑 - A Field of Flowers) With native lang

"A field of flowers" is translated into Japanese as "hana batake" (花畑) or "ohana batake" (お花畑). 'O&#...
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Jul 14, 2018 20:35 English essay
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Ohana (お花 - One's Favorite) With native lang

Previously, I introduced you to the phrase "ohana tsumi ni iku" (お花摘みに行く - I will go picking flowers) as a code word to mean th...
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Jul 13, 2018 21:49 Egnlish essay
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Gyūjiru (牛耳る - Dominating) With native lang

Gyūjiru When someone controls an organization or a community as he/her want, we refer to the action as 'gyūjiru' (牛耳る). ...
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Jul 12, 2018 20:34 English essay