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Hoshikage (星影) With native lang

What comes to your mind when you hear 'hoshikage' (星影)? Hoshi (星) means 'star' and kage (影) means 'shadow.' ...
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Jun 30, 2018 20:59 Egnlish essay
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Lack of Sleep With native lang

These days I have trouble getting to sleep. I think the reason is that I fiddle with my computer and smartphone before going to bed or...
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Jun 29, 2018 14:36 Egnlish essay
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Me and the Foreign Language With native lang

Today I would like to write my post under the theme of 'me and the foreign language.' The reason that I study English is close...
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Jun 28, 2018 17:13 English diary
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Anata (あなた - You/Sweetheart) With native lang

I wrote about Japanese two person pronouns yesterday. In that post, I said that you should not use two person pronouns blindly, such a...
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Jun 27, 2018 21:04 Egnlish essay
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Second Person Pronouns With native lang

It may be very difficult for Japanese learners to treat Japanese second person pronouns. Second person pronouns are pronouns used when...
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Jun 26, 2018 15:25 Egnlish essay
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Mokuhyō (目標) and Mokuteki (目的) Part 2 With native lang

Mokuhyō and Mokuteki Part 2 Today I would like to introduce you to the difference between mokuhyō (目標) and mokuteki (目的); even Japanes...
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Jun 25, 2018 16:20 English essay
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Mokuhyō (目標) and Mokuteki (目的) Part 1 With native lang

Mokuhyō and Mokuteki Part 1 I introduced you to the Japanese word meyasu (目安) yesterday. Meyasu can mean 'aim,' 'target...
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Jun 24, 2018 10:42 Egnlish essay
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Meyasu (目安 - Rough Standard) With native lang

I write short English texts every day on Lang-8 while defining 100 words as 'meyasu' (目安). Meyasu means goals, rough standards...
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Jun 23, 2018 21:32 Egnlish essay
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Aibou (相棒 - Buddy) With native lang

Do you have aibou (相棒)? Aibo means a partner who works or plays with you. Ai (相) means ‘each other’ and bou (棒) means ‘stick.’ T...
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Jun 22, 2018 13:12 English essay
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Sea of Blood With native lang

Sea of Blood Around 4:30 am today, I woke up because of feeling uncomfortable. I was sleeping on my face down, and I felt that some...
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Jun 21, 2018 21:49 English diary
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Bokou (母校 - Old School) With native lang

I visited my "bokou" (母校) yesterday. Bokou is a school that one's graduated from, that is, it is "old school" ...
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Jun 20, 2018 20:59 Egnlish essay
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Usotsuki wa dorobou no hajimari (嘘つきは泥棒の始まり - He that will Lie will Steal) With native lang

Usotsuki wa dorobou no hajimari I think that many people have had a lie at least several times. There is a Japanese proverb that is...
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Jun 19, 2018 17:08 English essay
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Ni no Ashi wo Fumu (二の足を踏む) With native lang

Have you ever hesitated or been reluctant to do something? Such an action is called "ni no ashi wo fumu" (二の足を踏む) in Japanes...
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Jun 18, 2018 20:11 English essay
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Kiku wa Ittoki no Haji, Kikanu wa Isshō no Haji (聞くは一時の恥、聞かぬは一生の恥) With native lang

Since I felt ashamed today, I would like to talk about a proverb related to 'shame.' It is "kiku wa ittoki no haji, kikan...
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Jun 17, 2018 18:13 Egnlish essay
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Rainy Season With native lang

Rainy Season The rainy season has started since last week. For a while, rainy and cloudy days will continue. I heard that you co...
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Jun 16, 2018 21:43 English essay
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Ikari Shintō ni Hassuru (怒り心頭に発する - Getting Furious) With native lang

Ikari Shintō ni hassuru For the last two days, I introduced you to idioms that mean a feeling of anger. If you want to express your...
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Jun 15, 2018 16:14 Egnlish essay
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Tosaka ni Kuru (トサカにくる - Getting Mad) With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to "atama ni kuru" (頭にくる), which means a feeling of anger. There is a slang term, "tosaka n...
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Jun 14, 2018 11:07 English essay
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Atama ni Kuru (頭にくる - Getting Mad) With native lang

There are many idioms that mean a feeling of anger. For example, I introduced you to the "hara ga tatsu" (腹が立つ) before. htt...
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Jun 13, 2018 20:00 Egnlish essay
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Sekishō Idai (積小為大) With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese term, "zayū no mei" (座右の銘), which means 'motto.' Today I would like to i...
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Jun 12, 2018 21:18 Egnlish essay
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Zayū no Mei (座右の銘 - Motto) With native lang

Do you have a "zayū no mei" (座右の銘)? "Zayū no mei" means words that you keep in your mind and use to admonish/encou...
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Jun 11, 2018 13:38 Egnlish essay