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Shizentai (自然体 - Being Oneself) With native lang

Shizentai I might not be good at being 'shizentai' (自然体). Since 'shizen' (自然) means "natural" and 'ta...
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May 31, 2019 22:02 English essay
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Shitasaki Sanzun (舌先三寸 - Glib Tongue) Part 1 With native lang

Shitasaki Sanzun Yesterday, I introduced the term 'shitasaki sanzun' (舌先三寸), which describes people who persuade someone only ...
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May 30, 2019 18:18 English essay
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Shitasaki Sanzun (舌先三寸 - Glib Tongue) Part 1 With native lang

Shitasaki Sanzun Part 1 There are people who persuade someone only with their big mouths and smooth talk. Such people can be descri...
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May 29, 2019 10:53 English essay
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Tenohira Kurū (テノヒラクルー - Turning a 180) With native lang

Tenohira Kurū YesterdayYesterday, I introduced the Japanese idiom 'tenohira wo kaesu' (手のひらを返す), which means to make a 180-deg...
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May 28, 2019 23:39 English essay
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Tenohira wo Kaesu (手のひらを返す - Turning a 180) With native lang

Tenohira wo Kaesu I often find people who do an act called 'tenohira wo kaesu' (手のひらを返す). Since 'tenohira' (手のひら/掌)...
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May 27, 2019 20:10 English essay
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Aiso Warai (愛想笑い - Fake Smile) With native lang

Aiso Warai I am not good at doing 'aiso warai' (愛想笑い). 'Aiso warai' is a diplomatic smile to get on someone's g...
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May 26, 2019 17:15 English essay
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Laugh Ways of Ha-gyō With native lang

Laugh Ways of Ha-gyō In Japan, many laugh ways are represented by 'ha-gyō' (ハ行). 'Ha-gyō' (ハ行 - literally means &qu...
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May 25, 2019 21:26 English essay
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Kokoro Machi (心待ち - Being Eagerly Waiting) With native lang

Kokoro Machi Have you ever been eagerly waiting for something? To describe such a situation, you can use the Japanese term 'kok...
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May 24, 2019 21:12 English essay
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Hinemosu (ひねもす - Whole Day) With native lang

Hinemosu Yesterday, I introduced the classical Japanese term 'yo mo sugara' (夜もすがら), which means "all through the night.&...
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May 24, 2019 20:28 English essay
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Yo mo Sugara (夜もすがら - Through the Night) With native lang

Yo mo Sugara Today I would like to introduce one of the classical Japanese terms that has a beautiful sound, 'yo mo sugara' (夜...
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May 22, 2019 22:05 English essay
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Sobazue wo Kū (側杖を食う - Becoming Embroiled) With native lang

Sobazue wo Kū Yesterday, I introduced the Japanese word 'tobacchiri' (とばっちり), which means to become embroiled in something. ...
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May 21, 2019 19:36 English essay
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Tobacchiri (とばっちり - By-Blow) With native lang

Tobacchiri Have you ever been involved in an irrelevant accident caused by someone? Such an event is described as 'tobacchiri&#...
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May 20, 2019 14:05 English essay
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Zaisu (座椅子 - Legless Chair) With native lang

Zaisu Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese word 'isu' (椅子), which means "chair." Chairs are one of the mos...
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May 19, 2019 19:22 English essay
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Isu (椅子 - Chair) With native lang

Isu Yesterday, I introduced the Japanese 'koshikake' (腰掛け), which means "chair" or "makeshift job." How...
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May 18, 2019 22:35 English essay
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Koshikake (腰掛け - Chair/Makeshift Job) With native lang

Koshikake People often use 'koshikake' (腰掛け) when getting tired from walking or standing. 'Koshi' (腰) means "l...
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May 17, 2019 18:41 English essay
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Koshi ga Hikui (腰が低い - Humble) With native lang

Koshi ga Hikui I am sometimes told 'koshi ga hikui' (腰が低い). Since 'koshi' (腰) means "low back" or "w...
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May 16, 2019 10:32 English essay
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Kenka-goshi and Yowa-goshi (喧嘩腰と弱腰 - Defiant Attitude and Bearish Attitude) With native lang

Kengka-goshi and Yowa-goshi In my post yesterday, I used the Japanese term 'kenka-goshi' (喧嘩腰), which means an attitude that y...
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May 15, 2019 23:27 English essay
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Uri Kotoba ni Kai Kotoba (売り言葉に買い言葉 - Tit for Tat) With native lang

Uri Kotoba ni Kai Kotoba Have you ever exchanged harsh words with someone? Such an act is called 'uri kotoba ni kai kotoba'...
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May 14, 2019 22:42 English essay
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Kichin-to (きちんと - Neatly) With native lang

Kichin-to Japanese parents may say 'kichin-to shinasai' (きちんとしなさい) when scolding their children. 'Kichin-to' (きちんと)...
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May 13, 2019 23:35 English essay
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Ateji (当て字 - Phonetic Equivalent) Part 2 With native lang

Ateji Part 2 Yesterday, I introduced two meanings of 'ateji' (当て字). I would like to show you examples of them. [Ateji ba...
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May 12, 2019 22:11 English essay