Oh, My Ears are Burning! Japanese Idioms 耳が痛い

Oh, My Ears are Burning! Japanese Idioms 耳が痛い

耳が痛い
mimi ga itai
(of a reprimand) to make one’s ears burn; hit where it hurts

 

 

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When someone says something that hits on a touchy subject or reminds you of a weakness you have, then your “ears hurt.”

Literally, “ears hurt.” The “hurt” in your ears comes from hearing something you don’t want to hear.

彼の忠告を聞くのは、耳が痛い。

kare no chuukoku o kiku no wa, mimi ga itai.
Hearing his advice really hit a nerve.

kare—he
忠告  chuukoku—advice; warning
聞く kiku—to hear; to listen

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Meeting and Greeting: Basic Japanese Conversation Dialogue for Beginners

Meeting and Greeting: Basic Japanese Conversation Dialogue for Beginners

Learn Japanese through Dialogues: Meetings and Greetings


DIALOGUE ONE: Meeting for the First Time

In this article, we will examine a dialogue between two people who are meeting for the first time. Listen to the dialogue while going through the text, spend some time going through the grammar notes, and then listen to it once more–this time, hopefully, with greater comprehension.

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Let’s begin today’s lesson…

 

Dialogue One: in Japanese
Meeting for the First Time

 

はじめまして。マイクと申します。
hajimemashite. Maiku to moushimasu.
How do you do? I am Mike.

Grammatical Notes

はじめまして。由美です。
hajimemashite. Yumi desu.
Nice to meet you. I’m Yumi.

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どうぞよろしくお願いします。
douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
Pleased to meet you.

Grammatical Notes

どこから来ましたか?
doko kara kimashita ka?
Where are you from?

Grammatical Notes

アメリカです。
amerika desu.
America. (U.S.)

Grammatical Notes

アメリカのどこですか?
amerika no doko desu ka?
Where in America?

Grammatical Notes

ロリダ州です。
furorida shuu desu.
Florida.

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フロリダは暑いでしょう?
furorida wa atsui deshou?
Florida is hot, isn’t it?

Grammatical Notes

はい、暑いです。由美さんの出身はどこですか?
hai, atsui desu. yumi-san no shusshin wa doko desu ka?
Yes, it is hot. Where are you from?

Grammatical Notes

東京です。
toukyou desu.
Tokyo.

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僕は東京が好きです。
boku wa toukyou ga suki desu.
I like Tokyo.

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そうですか、あ、私はそろそろ仕事に行かなくちゃ。それじゃまた。
sou desu ka, a, watashi wa sorosoro shigoto ni ikanakucha. sore ja mata.
Really? Oh! I have to go to work soon. See you later.

Grammatical Notes

はい。さようなら。
hai, sayounara.
Yes, goodbye.

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Learn the vocabulary:

Listen to the dialogue again. This time with repetition.

 


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