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In Casablanca, when Humphrey Bogart speaks Japanese, everyone listens. Okay, this only happens with subtitles, but that's kind of the same thing, isn't it? Did you know "Here's looking at you, kid" apparently was not written in the original script, but was an...read more
Basic Japanese grammar lesson: Using ～たい ~tai--to want to... 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 → tabetaiTo...read more
耳が痛い mimi ga itai (of a reprimand) to make one’s ears burn; hit where it hurts CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LESSON SHEET WITH MP3s When someone says something that hits on a touchy subject or reminds...read more
大きな顔をする To look as if one is important; puffed up CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LESSON SHEET WITH MP3s Said when someone is overly proud (and the speaker thinks that he should be more humble). Literally, “to make one's face large.” Having a large face means people are...read more
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...read more
Japanese Idiom Lesson: 口が重い kuchi ga omoi This is used when someone speaks only a little or is very quiet. The antonym of this expression is 口が軽い。 kuchi ga karui. One's mouth is light. This idiom literally...read more
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