Articles for Pre-Intermediates

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Kiyasume — temporary easy of mind
気休め placebo; temporary ease of mind; allay one’s anxietyjust to satisfy; peace of mind; consolation
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi with MP3s by Clay & Yumi Boutwell
腹を割る a heart-to-heart (talk); be frank; tell all [Japanese Idiom] Japanese Idiom with Video:

腹を割る – a heart-to-heart (talk); be frank

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口が堅い tight-lipped; able to keep a secret Japanese Idiom with Video:

口が堅い – tight-lipped; able to keep a secret; lips are sealed

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口を割る to spill the beans Japanese Idiom with Video:

口を割る – to spill the beans; confess; tell all

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口が重い be slow to speak; tongue-tied Japanese Idiom with Video:

口が重い – to be slow to speak; tongue-tied

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第十二章  ゆきはどこだ? Where is Yuki?
Karate Dojo Kun
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Keigo, the Complete Mess More basic information on Japanese polite and humble language. More…
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Body Idioms Part VI
Body Idioms

目を皿(のよう)にする Look closely
目に入れても痛くない So cute!

目に入れても痛くない So Cute!
目に入れても痛くない Even if it pokes me in the eye, it wont hurt (it is VERY cute!) MORE…
第九章 家老の調査 The Chancellor’s Investigation
第九章 家老の調査

At the Prince’s direction, the Chancellor starts investigating Yuki’s past.
Now with Video!

Body Idioms Part V
Body Idioms

手の内を明かす Opening up your heart (but with your hands)
胸をなでおろす Stroking one’s chest in relief

Hand Idioms Part I Two idioms using 手 hands. With Audio
闇討ち Attack in the Dead of Night
闇討ち attack in the dead of nightWith Video
Body Idioms Part IV
Body Idioms耳にたこができる the ‘umpteenth’ time
足が棒になる My dogs are barkin’
Body Idioms Part III
Body Idioms足を引っ張る Drag someone down
小耳に挟む Eavesdrop
Iroha Uta いろは歌
Iroha UtaAn ancient poem & an order of kana (like あいうえお)
第十九章 鬼の敗北 The Oni’s Defeat ゆきの物語
Chapter 19: The defeat of the Oni
Volume 7: Number Units 数の単位 Volume 7: Number Units 数の単位
第八章  若殿との出逢い A Rendezvous with the Prince
第八章 若殿との出逢いYuki gets invited to the castle to show off her skill. Now with Video!
第七章  買物 Shopping Chapter Seven: Yuki goes shopping.
第六章  都に到着 Arrival at the City Yuki arrives at her destination and finds a job.
第五章 助けて! Help! As Yuki continues her journey, she encounters some ronin and needs some help.
At a Quiet Lakeside しずかな湖畔の
Hina Matsuri うれしいひな祭り
2 kyuu Kanji with One Pronunciation Page 1 All the Kanji on the JLPT Level 2 Test with ONE reading
太鼓腹 Taiko Belly
太鼓腹
Taiko (Japanese drums) Belly
百年の恋も冷める Even a 100 year old Love can turn Cold
百年の恋も冷める
Even a 100 year old love can turn cold
時代に取り残される Left behind the Times
時代に取り残される
Left behind the Times
土下座 Prostrating Oneself
土下座
kneeling down to the ground, prostrating oneself
たわごと Talk Nonsense
たわごと
Talk Nonsense
逆襲 Counter-attack
逆襲

counter-attack

追放 Banishment
追放

banishment

致命的 Fatal
致命的

Fatal

殴り込む Raid
殴り込む

raid

最高機密 Top Secret
最高機密

top secret

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口が軽い Talks too Much
口が軽い

Spill the Beans, loose mouth, talk too much

ポンコツ Piece of Junk
ポンコツ
junk, junky, piece of junk
顔面蒼白 Pale Face
顔面蒼白
face becoming white or pale because of a sudden fear or shock
難攻不落の要塞 Impregnable Fortress
難攻不落の要塞

impregnable fortress

証拠隠滅 Destruction of Evidence
証拠隠滅

destruction of evidence

言語道断 Something so Bad, There are no Words
言語道断

Something so Bad, There are no Words

寒中水泳 Swimming in the Middle of Winter
寒中水泳

swimming in the middle of winter; a midwinter swim

駆け落ち Elope, Elopement
駆け落ち

elope, elopement

根負け Beat & Worn Out
根負け

BEAT & WORN OUT

断っておくけど Let me Hasten to Mention…
断っておくけど

let me hasten to mention…

思いがけない Unexpected
思いがけない

unexpected

寝癖 “Morning Hair” that is, hair that sticks up due to sleeping
寝癖

morning hair that is, hair that sticks up due to sleeping

口を滑らせる Slip of the Tongue (mouth)
口を滑らせる

slip of the tongue (mouth)

Golden Week
kikitorino renshuu koinobori Download PDF and MP3
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Koinobori
kikitorino renshuu koinobori Download PDF and MP3 
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万年床 Unmade Bedding
万年床

unmade bedding

接着剤 Super Glue
接着剤

super glue

夢遊病 Sleepwalking
夢遊病

Sleepwalking

食い逃げ Eat & Leave Without Paying, to Bilk
食い逃げ

eat & leave without paying, to bilk

毒見役 Taste Tester
毒見役

taster (of food or drink) for poison

果たし状 letter of challenge (to fight)
果たし状

letter of challenge (to fight)

接吻 Kiss
接吻

kiss (old word)

馬が合わない Not get along
馬が合わない
Not get along
猫ばば take something someone left as your own
猫ばば
take something someone left as your own; pocket (to swip something regardless of whose it is)
天然ボケ Naturally Air Headed
天然ボケ
Naturally Air Headed
Volume 5: The Great いらず Collection Today we will look at a few set or idiomatic phrases using いらず don’t need.
Volume 4: Kanji Form Categories 六書: What is it? Today we will look at how etymology of kanji are categorized. That is, there are 6 ways the ancient Chinese used to explain how each kanji is put together.
Volume 3: Letters to Kotoba Zamurai’s Little Brother The Defender of what is right, the corrector of already correct Japanese, That’s right, it’s “Letters to Kotoba Zamurai’s little brother” time!
Volume 2: Useless Questions for Today In This Day and Age, Totally Useless Questions
Here are a few questions that once stirred the heart of every Japanese, but today are no longer in debate…
The Kotoba Zamurai Archives
“Kotoba zamurai” articles are written to be “a non-systematic approach to learning unusual, but useful words.” While these not-so-serious articles are written with the upper-beginner to intermediate in mind, even beginners should be able to get something out of them. If not, I may have wasted 15 minutes of your life… I will leave it up to you to take the chance.
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幕末 – Words About the End of the Edo Period 幕末 – End of the Edo Period Vocabulary
Long, Useless Words Long strings of kanji better expressed in katakana
和製漢字 Kanji, made in Japan Exploring a few 和製漢字, Kanji that were Created in Japan.
Murphy’s Law in Japanese A few important Murphy’s Law statements in Japanese
防 -proof Japanese word study 防 -proof
うるさい Fussy Study on うるさい Fussy
Word Studies Japanese Word Studies
折り紙つき certified to be good The etymology of 折り紙つき certified to be good
語源 J Etymology 語源 gogen – Japanese Etymology articles
New Years Day Words A few important words and customs for the Japanese New Year
A Blizzard of Snow Words Learn several useful vocabulary words relating to snow
Why study Osaka-ben? Some reasons to study the Osaka dialect
Osaka-ben: Grammar 1- The Plain Form Copula 「や」 Osaka-ben: Grammar 1- The Plain Form Copula 「や」
Kansai Ben A little about the Kansai dialect
Japanese Dialects Japanese Dialects
Samurai Page How to sound like a samurai (almost)
The Yubikiri Song
Sparrow’s Song
Studying Japanese with the Bible Use the Bible to improve your Japanese!
The Planets in Japanese
Japanese Lesson on how to say the planet names in Japanese.
Animal Names Vocabulary List
For beginners: Learn a few common animal names in Japanese.
Three Japanese Proverbs about Food
Three Japanese proverbs about food: Hana yori dango – Food over Flowers E ni Kaita Mochi – Can’t eat a painted cake Bushi wa kuwanedo taka youji – Even if a samurai hasn’t eaten he holds his toothpick high.
Sick Japanese Part II
More advanced words related to being sick in Japanese
Ame ni mo Makezu Japanese Poem
Ame ni mo Makezu Japanese poem by Miyazawa Kenji
第二章の漢字 Chapter 2 Kanji Chapter 2 Kanji
Japanese Kotowaza, Sayings, and Four Letter Words Japanese Proverbs and Sayings-a growing collection of lessons with audio and video
第一章の漢字 Chapter 1 Kanji Chapter 1 Kanji
Reversable Kanji Combinations A List of kanji that can be reversed to form a different word
敬称 Name Titles A look at the many name titles in Japanese
第十八章 鬼の襲撃 The Oni’s Attack The oni attacks Yuki’s wedding banquet.
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第十七章 家来の不満 The Retainer’s Complaint One of the lord’s retainers is upset.
第十六章 鬼 The Oni A bargain is made with an oni.
第十五章 大名 The Lord The lord of the neighboring country takes an interest in Yuki.
第十四章 救出 The Rescue Yuki is rescued.
第十三章 一本の毛 A Single Hair Yuki desperately tries to find a way to summon the fox.
第十二章  ゆきはどこだ? Where is Yuki? Yuki’s absence gets noticed.
第十一章 忍者の襲撃 Attack of the Ninja Yuki gets abducted by ninja.
第十章 家老の調査報告 The Minister’s Report The Minister delivers his report.
第四章 商人との出会い Encounter with a Merchant
As Yuki continues her journey, she meets a merchant.
第三章 狐との出会い Encounter with a Fox As Yuki continues her journey, she meets a fox.
第二章 漁師との出会い Encounter with a Fisherman As Yuki continues her journey, she meets a fisherman.
第一章 ゆきの紹介 Introducing Yuki Yuki sets out on her journey.
ゆきの物語 – Yuki’s Story