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Shisshō (失笑 - Bursting into Laughter) With native lang

Shisshō Have you ever burst into laughter because something was so funny? Such a laugh is referred to as 'shisshō' (失笑) in ...
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Mar 31, 2019 22:19 English essay
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Misoji (三十路 - Thirty Years Old) With native lang

Misoji I was 'misoji' (三十路) last year. 'Misoji' means "thirty years old." When describing one's ag...
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Mar 30, 2019 21:59 English essay
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Nagori (なごり - Remnant) With native lang

Nagori Today is the last working day at my university. Now I am feeling 'nagori' (なごり) to this university where I have been...
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Mar 29, 2019 06:55 English essay
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Dowasure (ど忘れ - Lapse of Memory) With native lang

Dowasure I often do 'dowasure' (ど忘れ). 'Dowasure' means that you suddenly forget something you know well and simply ...
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Mar 28, 2019 17:11 English essay
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Suima ni Osowareru (睡魔に襲われる - Getting Sleepy) With native lang

Suima ni Osowareru I am very sleepy now. When you become very drowsy or sleepy, it can be described as 'suima ni osowareru'...
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Mar 27, 2019 22:23 English essay diary
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Saiketsu (採血 - Blood Sampling) With native lang

Saiketsu Today I went to a hospital for a health check. Among the health check, there was 'saiketsu' (採血) that I do not lik...
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Mar 26, 2019 23:05 English essay
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Bon to Shōgatsu ga Issho ni Kita-yō (盆と正月が一緒に来たよう - Very Busy) With native lang

Bon to Shōgatsu ga Issho ni Kita-yō I am very busy now because of retirement, entering a new job, and moving. Such a busyness can b...
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Mar 25, 2019 16:48 English essay
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Nizukuri (荷造り - Packing) With native lang

Nizukuri Now I am doing 'nizukuri' (荷造り) for moving out of my apartment. Since 'ni' (荷) means "package" a...
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Mar 25, 2019 00:55 English essay
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Sudatsu (巣立つ - Leaving a Nest) With native lang

Sudatsu In my yesterday's post, I used the Japanese word 'sudatsu' (巣立つ). Since 'su' (巣) menas "nest"...
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Mar 23, 2019 23:56 English essay
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Megashira ga Atsuku Naru (目頭が熱くなる - One's Eyes Fill with Tears) With native lang

Megashira ga Atsuku Naru The day before yesterday, a graduation ceremony took place at my university. When I saw students who would...
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Mar 22, 2019 23:49 English essay
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Sihou Happou (四方八方 - Every Direction) With native lang

Sihou Happou In my previous post, I introduced the word 'happou' (八方), which means every direction in the surroundings. Of ...
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Mar 21, 2019 20:58 English essay
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'Yōshi Tanrei' and 'Bimoku Shūrei' (「容姿端麗」と「眉目秀麗」 - "Beautiful Features") With native lang

'Yōshi Tanrei' and 'Bimoku Shūrei' Yesterday, I introduced you to the four-character idom 'saishoku kenbi' (才色...
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Mar 21, 2019 01:03 English essay
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Saishoku Kenbi (才色兼備 - Being both Talented and Beautiful) With native lang

Saishoku Kenbi Have you ever seen a person with both talent and beautiful features? Such a person is described as the four-characte...
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Mar 20, 2019 21:43 English essay
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Atama ga Panku (頭がパンク - One's Head is Explode) With native lang

Atama ga Panku I am about to 'atama ga panku' (頭がパンク). 'Atama' (頭) means "head" and 'panku' (パンク)...
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Mar 19, 2019 00:20 English essay
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Shucchō (出張 - Business Trip) With native lang

Shucchō I am now visiting the US on a business trip. To visit a different area from one's usual place of work is referred to as...
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Mar 18, 2019 12:54 English essay
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Monku (文句 - Complaint/Criticism) With native lang

Monku I do not like people who often say 'monku' (文句). Since 'mon' (文) means "sentence" and 'ku' ...
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Mar 17, 2019 12:26 English essay
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Yō wo Tasu (用を足す - Go to the Bathroom) With native lang

Yō wo Tasu I used the expression 'yō wo tasu' (用を足す) in my yesterday's post. 'Yō' (用) means "errand" ...
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Mar 15, 2019 23:56 English essay
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The Toilet was Clogged With native lang

The Toilet was Clogged I have visited Washington D.C. to attend an academic conference. And I have stayed at a hotel near the Walte...
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Mar 15, 2019 05:47 English diary
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Shichiten Hakki (七転八起 - Never Giving Up) With native lang

Shichiten Hakki If there is a person who tries many times despite repeated failures, his/her behavior can be described as the four-cha...
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Mar 13, 2019 04:11 English essay
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Gobu Gobu (五分五分 - Half and Half) With native lang

Gobu Gobu Yesterday, I introduced you to the four-character idiom 'kubu kurin' (九分九厘), which means that a probability or achie...
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Mar 12, 2019 18:20 English essay