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To those in the US, Happy Thanksgiving! We decided to make a quick video with Thanksgiving related words in Japanese. This is a special video since my son edited it for us--thank you Makoto! Here are the words in the video, plus a few extra. Turkey 七面鳥 shichimenchou...read more
Alexa! Speak Japanese. Did you know you can set your Alexa device to answer in Japanese? Same thing with Siri and other AI assistants. While I am certain these commands work for other devices, let's look at Alexa specifically. SETTING UP ALEXA IN JAPANESE If you have...read more
何か食べたいです。 I want something to eat – nanika tabetai desu. Note: the ‘I’ is assumed, but it just as easily be ‘you’ in the right context. To make that into a question, just add か. 何か食べたいですか？ Would you like something to eat? – nanika tabetai desu karead more
In English we say "Japanese" and "Spanish," but not "Germanese" or "Americanish." In Japanese, saying language names is, in some ways, easier. Just add a 語 go after the country mainly associated with the language. Regular Examples 日本 nihon Japan 日本語 nihongo Japanese...read more
Adding ~tai adds the “want to” meaning. This is formed by finding the ~masu form and adding ~tai. For example: To eat → to want to eat: 食べる → 食べます → 食べ＋たい → 食べたい taberu → tabemasu → tabe+tai → tabetairead more
Aizuchi to show Attention.In English, we might say, “Oh, really?” or “Is that so?” or “Uh huh” to show the speaker we are interested and understanding what he or she is saying.read more
Today’s word for beginner – 桃 [peach].桃の花が咲きました。 もものはながさきました。 The peach flowers are blooming.(momo no hana ga sakimashita.)read more
Issue #8 November 2018 DOWNLOAD the eBOOK: Please note: We are providing the sound files from this issue openly, but to follow along and have full access to grammatical notes and the running gloss, please either purchase this issue at: TheJapanShop.com or, better...read more
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