This is the Cine Mike popcorn everyone’s talking about?
Looks good!
It’s a limited edition grilled golden corn flavor!
Huh? Wait a sec, popcorn is made from corn in the first place, right?
Doesn’t really matter to me! Let’s dig in!
What the hell’s this?!
I can’t stop eating!
This is what gold tastes like?!
The film’s gold! Even the popcorn’s gold! Now available for a limited time!
This is heaven!

Commercials are great, quick resource to brush up on your Japanese listening comprehension! Not to mention Japanese commercials are (barely) arguably the best in the world!

In Case・~といけないから

「〜といけないから」 means “in case,” like “do this in case…” Literally, the と is kind of like if, いけない means “no good,” and から is because.

As for it’s placement, it goes before the suggestion, right after the thing that the suggestion would prevent:

lose your key といけないから you should make a spare。

get lost といけないから take a map.

Use commas accordingly.

雨が降るといけないから、傘を忘れないでね。Ame ga furu to ikenai kara, kasa o wasurenai de ne.
Don’t forget your umbrella in case it rains. (in case it rains, don’t forget umbrella.)

かまれるといけないから、その犬にあまり近づいてはいけません。Kamareru to ikenai kara, sono inu ni amari chikadzuite wa ikemasen.
In case you get bitten, don’t go too near that dog. (in case bitten, don’t get very near that dog.)

バスに乗り遅れるといけないから出かけた方がいいよ。Basu ni nori okureru to ikenai kara dekaketa hou ga ii yo.
You’d better get going in case you miss the bus. (in case miss the bus, it’d be better to go out.)

I know this is a short post, but the phrase is really simple and easy to use! Message me if you have questions!


Resources for learning Japanese - my recommendations

Seeing lists of resources is always cool, so have some of my recommendations. This is the list of things (websites, apps) I’m using or I had been using in the past and that I can really recommend. It doesn’t include textbooks or random Japanese sites I use for practicing my reading, because it was getting way too big. It’s not an entry level list (although I think some of these will be helpful for people new to Japanese, too), so I skipped the stuff for learning kana. I hope at least some of those will be helpful to you!


Memrise – yeah, I know, everybody knows memrise by now, but I honestly can’t recommend it enough.  My favorite Japanese course at the moment is Core Japanese Vocabulary - I like it, because unlike many other courses, it doesn’t have separate levels for hiragana and kanji (those are kinda pointless, in my opinion, making you type the same thing twice as often) and I like the way the words are organized. There’s a lot of basic words that I already know, but the ignore function is there for a reason.

I also enjoyed 2136 Joyo Kanji by Grade - the course I used to learn the meaning of all the joyo kanji. I’m a bit hesistant recommending it, because it only has English meanings and no example words – but for me it was really great, because just recognizing general meaning of the character greatly improved my reading comprehension.  It’s not a method for everybody - you can try for yourself and see if it’s something you wanna do.

Iknow – this one is not free (the only non-free resource on this list) and I was wary of it, because with Japanese, there is a lot of paid apps/websites that offer basic things you can easily get for free elsewhere… But I found a promo code for 3 free months on there, gave it a shot and I’m absolutely in love. It’s similar to Memrise, only it has official courses made by staff and they have example sentences for every word, read by professional Japanese voice actors, as well as sentence making exercises and several different ways to check if you know the words you’re studying. I can honestly recommend it.

Renshuu - Renshuu is not only a vocab site, it also has grammar explanations, a language forum (which seems to have more newbies than native or very advanced users, so be careful while reading other people’s Japanese) and games/discussion prompts, so it’s pretty cool. I think it’s best for the vocab, though. It has many, many lists, some for JLPT, some using vocab from textbooks. There’s also a custom list creator and it’s really easy to use.

Kanji Sempai – a really nice vocab app, it shows you words and then quizzes you on them. The name is a bit misleading, because it doesn’t focus on kanji all that much, but it’s a solid vocab app.

Kotoba chan – a simple vocab quiz app with example sentences (that sometimes show sentences with the homophones of the words they were supposed to show, but oh well), very easy to use.

DICTIONARIES – Simple and great, jisho has been my friend since I’ve started learning Japanese. They have a lot of entries, not only words, but also idioms, they have a special section for kanji and example sentences, too. They are also better (although not perfect) than many other dictionaries when it comes to slang. - a pretty awesome dictionary of compound verbs. It has a Japanese-English version (and also Chinese-English and Korean-English), but I feel it works best as a monolingual dictionary. Just reading the definitions and figuring out what those compound words mean make for a nice reading practice, I think. - a monolingual dictionary of Japanese proverbs, really fun and informational.

Rikaichan – it’s a pop-up dictionary for Mozilla Firefox (it has versions for other browsers, too, but I haven’t tested those) that shows you the meaning of the word when you hover your mouse over it, as well as the furigana. It’s really, really helpful. Some people say that it’s easy for something like that to become a crutch and I see their point, but I think it’s good for me, as it keeps me from getting discouraged while reading longer texts. Definitely my favorite resource ever.


Delvin Language - this one isn’t really for advanced students (after a placement test I was starting from the most advanced level, and my listening skills leave MUCH to be desired – and I still find some of what I get to be too easy), but it’s a nice practice, since it uses clips from Japanese drama/anime or informative youtube videos about Japan. It’s both listening comprehension practice and a way to acquire new vocabulary.

Nihongo  no mori – it’s an absolutely amazing youtube channel ran by very lovely native Japanese speakers. I put this in the listening category, but those videos are about grammar and vocab, so watching them helps in so many ways. I’m watching the N3 and N2 stuff, but I know they also have some videos for beginners and N1 students.


Anki Aniki – it’s an iOS app for learning kanji. It’ll show you a set number of kanji every day, along with their meaning and possible readings, and then quiz you on it. I find it pretty helpful, even though there are no example words and I usually don’t like the idea of learning the readings without any context – but as a supplement to learning kanji in a more conservative way it’s pretty good.


Jgram- it’s kind of a grammar wiki. Many, many entries, with a lot of example sentences (some of their translations to English are really weird sometimes, but most of it is perfectly fine).

Maggie Sensei – a site that is not only absolutely adorable, but also very helpful. It has detailed explanations, many example sentences and a lot of lessons available. A lot of cute doggie pictures, too.

Japanese test 4 you- this site has a lot of information about grammar for all JLPT levels, with many example sentences and also all kinds of tests (grammar, listening, vocab, kanji).  I’ve just found it recently, but it’s already proven really useful to me.

Fun ways to study Japanese (Part One)

Hello everyone!

We all know that using text books and listening to speaking can help us study a new language, but the best way to learn is sometimes the fun way! Sure, a text book will help you gain knowledge, but sometimes it’s easier to retain information if you have fun with it!

Here’s part one of our ‘Fun Ways to Study in Japanese’ post!

Shiritori しりとり

Our favourite game to play in the car (yes, more than ‘I Spy’) is a game called ‘Shiritori’ しりとり which literally means ‘taking the end’. It;s a fun word game that will help you practice your knowledge and memory of words in Japanese. Get a friend (or friends) who is also studying Japanese, or someone who knows Japanese fluently, and play this game together!

How to play ‘Shiritori’:

1. The person who decides to go first says ‘shiritori’.

2. The second person will say a word beginning with ‘ri’ (eg. Ringo りんご- Apple).

3. The first (or next) player will say something beginning with go (eg. Gorira ゴリラ- Gorilla).

Each person will take turns saying a word beginning with the last character. If a word like ‘jitensha’ (bicycle) is used, always use the last character of the word, which in this case is ya (や).

The main rule of Shiritori is to make sure you don’t say words ending with ‘n’ (ん). 

Another fun way of studying Japanese is by watching children’s shows! Although watching anime can help a bit with learning phrases and words, you’ll be surprised by how much more you can pick up by watching a show designed for children! It helps you practice your listening skills, as well as hear simple phrases and words.

Here are a few shows that we both recommend:

Juppon Anime  じゅっぽん あにめ

This show is a silly short show about 10 sticks (yes, sticks) who go on adventures. Although that may sound a little boring at first, this show has funny little skits that will make you giggle. It’s a fun show to watch when you have a little bit of spare time.

Hotch Potch Station ハッチポッチステーション

This show is a very similar to Sesame Street. It’s a show with lots of songs and music. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn, and how you’ll end up getting the catchy theme song stuck in your head!

Yatter Man やったーまん

Although this show did get a revamp in 2008, the 1977 original anime is amazing and has simple Japanese to help with your studies. It’s a crime fighting anime so it’s always exciting!

Chi’s Sweet Home チーズスイートホーム

I’m sure most of you know about this adorable anime! Chi’s Sweet Home is all about the adventures of a little kitten named Chi. Prepare for many ‘aww’ moments and cuteness! 

(All pictures from Google).

You can also find episodes of The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants and other shows dubbed in Japanese! You know the shows well, and if you know an episode off by heart, watch it in Japanese and see how well you remember it! You may even pick up a few phrases and handy words.

That’s it for this blog post! Stay tuned for part two next week!

As usual, we’re here to answer any questions you have. Happy studying!

Clare and Yu.

「Learn Japanese」 “ You were saying how much you hate yourself so much that I had to let you know all the wonderful things about you ”  (Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu #18. - Anime Line of the Day)

Vocabulary List:
自分 (じぶん/jibun) - oneself, yourself
嫌い (きらい/kirai) - dislike, hate
知る (しる/shiru) - to know, to understand

Subaru-kun ga jibun no koto (w)o kirai datte, sou iu nara, Subaru-kun no ii tokoro ga konna ni aru tte, Rem ga shitteru tte koto (w)o shitte hoshiku nattandesu.
“You were saying how much you hate yourself so much that I had to let you know all the wonderful things about you.”

✧¸¸.•*¨*• •*¨*•.¸¸✧

Interested in learning Japanese by watching anime? Check out more Anime Vocabulary here to learn new words and grammar in Japanese through various anime series!

School Words in Japanese


Kanji (kana) - English

学校 (がっこう) - school

小学校 (しょうがっこう) - elementary school

中学校 (ちゅうがっこう) - middle school

高等学校 (こうとうがっこう) or 高校 (がっこう) - high school

In Japan, 1st - 6th grade is elementary school, 7th - 9th is middle school, and 10th - 12th is highschool. However when saying your grade level, you say your grade level in whatever school you are in, so a 10th grader in the US would be a high school first-year student in Japan (高校の一年学生).

大学 (だいがく) - university

学生 (がくせい) or 生徒 (せいと) - student

先生 (せんせい) - teacher

教授 (きょうじゅ) - professor

校長 (こうちょう) - principal, headmaster

先輩 (せんぱい) - senior (relative to you)

後輩 (こうはい) - junior (relative to you)

同級生 (どうきゅうせい) or クラスメート - classmate

クラス - class

専攻 (せんこう) - major

学位 (がくい) - academic degree

公立 (こうりつ) - public (e.g public school 公立の学校)

私立 (しりつ) - private (e.g school)

教育 (きょういく) - education

卒業 (そつぎょう) - graduation

質問 (しつもん) - question

机 (つくえ) - desk

レッスン - lesson

科目 (かもく) - school subject

数学 (すうがく) - math

英語 (えいご) - English

国語 (こくご) - Japanese study

科学 (かがく) - science

化学 (かがく) - chemistry

美術 (びじゅつ) - fine arts

歴史 (れきし) - history

修学旅行 (しゅうがくりょこう) - field trip

チャイム - school bell

テスト - test

小テスト (しょうテスト) - quiz

宿題 (しゅくだい) - homework

復習 (ふくしゅう) - review


留年する (りゅうねんする) - to repeat a grade

学ぶ (まなぶ) - to learn

教える (おしえる) - to teach

受かる (うかる) - to pass (a test)

落ちる (おちる) - to fail

申し込む (もうしこむ) - to apply for

卒業する (そつぎょうする) - to graduate

受験する (じゅけんする) - to take an (entrance) exam

研究する (けんきゅうする) - to research or study

欠席する (けっせきする) - to be absent

出席する (しゅっせきする) - to attend

遅刻する (ちこくする) - to be late

早退する (そうたいする) - to leave early

質問する (しつもんする) - to ask a question

I’ll probably make a Quizlet set later, any questions, comments, corrections are welcome.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Could you guys please Make a post with apologetic sentences for when you re talking to a native speaker and want to apologize / explain you still suck? Like 'sorry for my bad English // sorry i havent learned this grammar or kanji yet etc"? Thx!

Sure! Here a few phrases you could use:

Excuse me (apologetic)

Watashi no nihongo/eigo ga heta desu.
My Japanese/English is poor.

Watashi no nihongo/eigo wa warui desu.
My Japanese/English is bad.

I speak a little Japanese/ English.

Kono kanji/bunpou wa wakarimasen.
I do not understand this kanji/grammar.

Sore wa nihongo de dou iimasu ka.
How do you say that in Japanese?

Sore wa dou hatsuon shimasu ka.
How do you pronounce that?

Hope this helps!

Vocabulary Learning Tool

Website: ; ;
Languages: English, Russian, Japanese
Targeted at : Beginning to Advanced/Native Students

  • You can learn Russian, Japanese or (English for Russian speakers).
  • You learn vocabulary through real sentences and texts.
  • You take a placement test so that it knows what you should be learning.
  • Works by spaced-repetition to make it easier to learn vocab.
  • Has a progress bar so you can see how much you have learned.
  • Saves the words you don’t know so that you can review them later.
  • Let’s you choose the words you don’t know and translates the sentence for you.
  • Shows you multiple meanings for a word.
  • Click on a word to see it used in sentences, wiktionary, and images.
  • Has a large selection of vocabulary so you don’t have to worry about not having words to study.

So this is a website I recently found and haven’t seen mentioned anywhere. When I took the placement test, it estimated I knew 21,000 words, which I know is a lie. I then did the study session and it readjusted the words I knew down to 9,000, which is more accurate since it is able to identify the gaps in my vocabulary. I think that anyone can benefit from this site and it is my preferred way of learning vocabulary since I can quickly see the different contexts a word can be used and its different meanings. You can also set goals for yourself to learn more vocabulary and it will let you know if it is possible or not. My main complaint with this is that if you accidently click a word you can’t remove it. I hope that you like it and that it is useful for you!

For people who want to learn Japanese but don’t know how to start!

NOTE: This is not a post for resources. I mention some in this post, but you can find way more on posts like this or this. Also, keep in mind that these are just my personal opinions and methods. I tried many different things to get over that beginner hurdle, and I found that this method was most effective. Take away whatever you think will work best for you. Good luck!

1. Make some decisions

First, come up with a couple reasons why you want to learn Japanese. These reasons must be specific and meaningful enough to get you through those times of frustrations. Write them down somewhere. 

Next, decide whether or not you want to learn how to handwrite. Handwriting is definitely important and can help in the learning process, but it isn’t completely necessary in this digital age. It takes time out of learning other aspects of the language, and you probably won’t handwrite too often anyway. It really just depends on what your goals are and your reasons for learning.

Lastly, figure out which areas you want to focus on: reading, writing, listening, or speaking (any combination of them or all of them), depending on your reasons for learning. If your main goal is to be able to read Japanese books, you’d obviously want to work more on reading, and if your main goal is to be able to communicate with Japanese people, you’d want to concentrate most on speaking or writing. As with any language, input (reading and listening) is going to be much easier than output (writing and speaking). Of course, focusing on all four will be the best option, but realistically, it will take much longer to master all of them at once compared to focusing on specific ones. 

2. Learn hiragana and katakana

In my opinion, romaji (English spellings of Japanese) should not exist in any textbooks at all. The very first thing you should learn is Hiragana, the most basic writing system of the three, so you never have to rely on romaji. You can put off learning Katakana until a little later, but Katakana should be memorized fairly early on as well.

Here is a really good guide to Hiragana by Tofugu. They also have a guide for Katakana here. Use mnemonics! If you like to doodle, make up and draw your own mnemonics. This website is a good place to test yourself. There’s also this website.

For both, aim to be able to recall the character almost immediately after it pops up, in under 2 seconds. You want to be able to recognize them as well as you recognize ABC’s!

Keep reading

Japanese Conditionals

There are many ways to say “if”, “when”, and other variants in Japanese, and they aren’t very difficult to learn either.

時 (とき) - When

とき serves almost the exact same purpose as the English “when” (and this is rare so appreciate it). It goes after a verb.


Nihon ni iku toki, yatara to takusan taberu.

When I go to Japan, I impulsively eat a lot.

場合 (ばあい) - In the case…

場合 is used just like  とき , and it means “in the case that…”. By itself it is a noun that means “case”, of course.


Kaji no baai, tatemono o dete kudasai.

In the case that there is a fire, please leave the building.

ば - If

ば is a verb construction that means, quite plainly, if. However it cannot be used if sentence B is a command or suggestion. You conjugate it by:

-u verb: -う changes to -え, add ば

-ru verb: drop れ, add れば

kuru –> kureba | suru –> sureba

-i adjectives and negative verbs: drop the final い and add ければ


Sonna you ni kanjireba, kanojo wa sude ni wakarimasu ne.

If you feel that way, she alread knows.

と - If

と is placed at the end of a clause, and it means that “if A happens then the immediate consequence is B

燃やすと 煙が出るぞ。

Moyasu to kemuri ga deru zo.

It it burns, there will be smoke.

たら - If

This expression is very common because it is easy to use and generally, pretty neutral of implications. When using it, it hints that the incident is accidental, but the result is definite. In other words, If A happens, B will happen. It’s formed by simply adding ら to the past tense form.


Detara, boku mo deru yo.

If you leave, I will leave too.

なら - If

なら is a bit uncommon in speech, and it is used when the speaker makes an assumption and comes to a conclusion. It goes right at the end of a sentence.


Aka wa ao nara, midori wa murasaki.

If red is blue, then green is purple.

Don’t use it for scenarios that are likely to happen.


Sinces Japanese puts verbs at the end of the clause, the listener must wait until the very end to find out how the objects in the sentence are related and involved. With もし, which goes at the beginning of a たら or なら clause, the listener will know that the sentence is indeed a conditional.

That’s all I have for now, thanks for reading, comments, questions, and corrections are welcome!

Okay guys, I’ve seen a lot of people’s kanji handwriting on tumblr these past couple of months and it’s driving me insane. So, here’s a post to try and help you write kanji better. 

First of all, please stop writing kanji solely based on how it shows up as a computer font, it’s wrong. Sometimes, the computer font and the way you actually write the kanji are two different things. Think about it, you don’t write in a Times New Roman font when you write with pen and paper, right? Same goes for kanji. You can look up how to write them correctly here, herehere、and here.

Next, please try and avoid stiff, boxy writing. You have you’re own fluid style when writing in your own language, and you should try and do the same for Japanese. Find the balance between natural handwriting and not changing the kanji (or kana.) For instance, with 思 and other kanji that use the 田 radical, it doesn’t have to be a perfect box with straight corners and edges. Kanji such as 淡 and 泳 with the  氵radical have a release on the that third stroke in the radical when writing. Kanji that have hooks in them such as 丁、子、見 have a release on the hook. Doing these small things can make your handwriting look natural and 1000x better.

Lastly, work on penmanship! Don’t get me wrong, my handwriting in English isn’t all that great, but penmanship in Japanese is important. If you don’t write neatly, you could make the kanji unreadable. Not to mention if you write sloppily like a child, you come off as lazy and can even have your intelligence level judged by it. Kanji are an important part of the Japanese language, don’t be lazy or sloppy with them!


Japanese Teabag Vocabulary!

  • 標準 [ひょうじゅん] = standard
  • 充分 [じゅうぶん] = enough
  • 注意 [ちゅうい] = being careful
  • 香りひろがるお茶 [かおりひろがるおちゃ] = aromatic tea
  • 注ぐ [そそぐ] = to pour
  • 熱湯 [ねっとう] = boiling water
  • 袋 [ふくろ] = tea bag (counter)
  • 取り出す [とりだす] = to take out
  • お好みの濃さ(さ-form of 濃い)[おこのみのこさ] = desired strength
  • 上下 [うえした] = up and down
  • 緑茶 [りょくちゃ] = green tea
  • 約40秒後 [やく40びょうあと] = after about 40 seconds
  • 動かす [うごかす] = to move, stir
  • おいしい = delicious
  • 飲む [のむ] = to drink
  • 方 [かた] = how
  • 開ける [あける] = to open

Be hit or struck by something.

  • 大雪(たいせつ)に見舞われる:Be hit by heavy snowfall
  • 大雨(おおあめ)に見舞われる:Be hit by heavy rain
  • 豪雨(ごうう)に見舞われる:Be hit by heavy torrential rain
  • 地震(じしん)に見舞われる:Be hit by an earthquake
  • 暴風雨(ぼうふうう)に見舞われる:Be hit by a rainstorm
  • 暴風(ぼうふう)に見舞われる:Be hit by a storm
  • 大火(たいか)に見舞われる:Be ravaged by conflagration
  • 洪水(こうずい)に見舞われる:Be ravaged by a flood
  • 台風(たいふう)に見舞われる:Be hit by a typhoon
  • 津波(つなみ)に見舞われる:Be hit by a tsunami
  • (かみなり)に打たれる(うたれる):Be hit/struck by lightning

Other examples:

  • 不安(ふあん)に見舞われる:Suffer from anxiety
  • 不幸(ふこう)に見舞われる:Suffer from misfortune or misery
  • 不運(ふうん)に見舞われる:Suffer from misfortune 
  • 不況(ふきょう)に見舞われる:Suffer from recession
  • 睡眠不足(すいみんふそく)に見舞われる:Suffer from lack of sleep/sleep deprivation.
  • 食欲不振(しょくよくふしん)に見舞われる:Suffer from loss of appetite.

Other words used with 〜に見舞われる:

  • 卒中(そっちゅう):A stroke
  • 危機(きき):A crisis
  • 自然災害(しぜんさいがい):A natural disaster
  • 悪天候(あくてんこう):Bad weather

The verb:

  • 舞う(まう):to flutter, to circle, to dance, to swirl
  • 見舞う(みまう):To visit
  • 見舞い(みまい):A visit
  • 見舞われる(みまわれる):be hit, be struck (by), to experience, to suffer from, to witness, to undergo smth.

Make your own sentence to learn 見舞われる


(The city which I visited ten years ago had a terrible earthquake last year.)


(The city which he visited three years ago was hit by a tsunami last year.)


(The city in which Donald Trump lives suffers from recession this year.)



(I’m suffering from anxiety because of school,)


(I suffer from anxiety because of homework.)

If you see any mistakes, feel free to point it out. Feel free to share your progress with me as well!!

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