Japanese presents vocab

冠婚葬祭(かんこんそうさい)- ceremonial occasions
お祝い(おいわい)- celebration
誕生祝い(たんじょういわい)- birthday celebration/present
出産祝い(しゅっさんいわい)- celebration of a birth/present
結婚祝い(けっこんいわい)- wedding celebration/present
入学祝い(にゅうがくいわい)- school entrance celebration
卒業祝い(そつぎょういわい)- graduation ceremony
就職祝い(しゅうしょくいわい)- celebration for getting a job
お礼(おれい)- thanks/appreciation
お中元(おちゅうげん)- midyear present giving period
お歳暮(おせいぼ)- year-end present
お見舞い(おみまい)- an expression of sympathy
お土産(おみやげ)- souvenir or present
お香典(おこうでん)- money given to the relatives of a deceased person
お年玉(おとしだま)- money given to children on New Year’s day
バレンタインデー - Valentine’s day
ホワイトデー - White day
母の日(ははのひ)- Mother’s day
父の日(ちちのひ)- Father’s day
クリスマス - Christmas
記念日(きねんび)- anniversary

Japanese Stomach Phrases 腹

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腹が膨れる 「はらがふくれる」ー  飽きるほど飲み食いして満腹する。言いたいことを言わないので気が晴れないでいる。
To eat until full. To not speak one’s mind.

腹がいる 「はらがいる」ー 怒りがおさまる。気が済む。胸が静まる。
To calm down

腹が黒い 「はらがくろい」ー 心がねじけていて悪事をたくらむ性質である。
Black-hearted, scheming

はらが据わる 「はらがすわる」ー 物事に動揺しなくなる。
To have guts, to be composed

腹が立つ 「はらがたつ」ー 怒らずにはいられない。しゃくに障る。
To become angry

腹に落ちる 「はらにおちる」ー なるほどそうだと思う。納得する。
To make sense.

腹を固める 「はらをかためる」ー 覚悟を決める。
To resolve oneself.

腹を割る 「はらをわる」ー 本心を打ち明ける。隠さずに心の中をさらけ出す。
To be frank.

腹を抱える 「はらをかかえる」ー おかしくてたまらず大笑いする。
To hold one’s sides in laughter

腹を切る 「はらをきる」 ー 切腹する。 責任を取って辞職する。
To commit seppuku. To take responsibility and resign.

腹を探る 「はらをさぐる」ー それとなく人の意中を探り出そうとする。
To find out what’s on the others mind

腹を括る 「はらをくくる」ー いかなる事態にもひるまないよう心を固める。
To prepare oneself for the worst.

Korean Slang: Texting

ㅋㅋ  sound of giggling/laughing

ㅠㅠ/ㅜㅜ  sad/crying eyes

ㅎㅎ(하하)   Haha

ㅇㅇ(응)  Yes

ㅉㅉ  tsk tsk 

ㅇㅋ(오키)  Okay

ㄱㅅ(감사)  Thank you

ㅊㅋ(축하)  Congratulations

ㄴㄴ(노노)  No

ㅈㅅ(죄송)  Sorry

ㄱㄷ(기다려)  Wait

ㄱㄱ(고고)  Gogo

ㅂㅂ(바이바이)  Bye Bye

ㄷㄷ(덜덜)  I’m shivering

ㅅㄱ(수고) Well done/Good job

60 Japanese words for household objects

LIVING ROOM (リビング ribingu or 居間 ima)

1。 アーマチェア [āmuchea] ~ arm chair

2。電気スタンド [denki-sutando] ~ desk lamp; floor lamp

3。絵 [e] ~ painting

4。エアコン [eakon] ~ air conditioner

5。エンドテーブル [endo tēburu] ~ end table

6。電話 [denwa] ~ phone

7。ヒーター [hītā] ~ space heater

8。本棚 [hondana] ~ bookshelf; bookcase

9。コーヒーテールブ [kōhī tēburu] ~ coffee table

10。ソファー [sofā] ~ sofa

11。テレビ [terebi] ~ TV

BEDROOM (寝室 shinshitsu)

12。ベッド [beddo] ~ bed

13。ふとん [futon] ~ futon

14。カーテン [kāten] ~ curtains

15。枕 [makura] ~ pillow

16。目覚まし時計 [mezamashi-dokei] ~ alarm clock

17。毛布 [mōfu] ~ blanket

18。ナイトスタンド [naitosutando] ~ nightstand

19。シーツ [shītsu] ~ sheet

20。たんす [tansu] ~ chest of drawers

BATHROOM (バスルーム or 風呂場)

21。バスタオル [basu-taoru] ~ bath towel

22。ブラシ [burashi] ~ brush

23。ドライヤー [doraiyā] ~ hair dryer

24。歯ブラシ [ha-burashi] ~ toothbrush

25。鏡 [kagami] ~ mirror

26。シャワー [shawā] ~ shower

27。石鹸 [sekken] ~ soap

28。トイレットペーパー [toiretto pēpā] ~ toilet paper

DINING ROOM (ダイニング or 食堂)

29。フォーク [fōku] ~ fork

30。コップ [koppu] ~ glass; cup

31。ナイフ [naifu] ~ table knife

32。紙ナプキン [kami-napukin] ~ napkin

33。皿 [sara] ~ plate

34。スパチュラ [supachura] ~ spatula

35。スプーン [supūn] ~ spoon

36。テーブルクロス [tēburu-kurosu] ~ table cloth

37。器 [utsuwa] ~ bowl

KITCHEN (キツチン or 台所)

38。電子レンジ [denshi-renji] ~ mircrowave oven

39。冷凍庫 [reitōko] or フリーザー [furīzā] ~ freezer

40。椅子 [isu] ~ chair

41。コンロ [konro] ~ stove

42。キャビネット[kyabinetto] ~ cabinet

43。オーブン [ōbun] ~ oven

44。冷蔵庫 [reizōko] ~ refrigerator

45。食器洗い機 [shokki-arai-ki] ~ dishwasher

46。流し台 [nagashidai] or シンク [shinku] ~ sink

47。テーブル [tēburu] ~ table

48。ボール [bōru] ~ mixing bowl

49。フードプロセッサー [fūdo purosessā] ~ food processor

50。フライパン [furaipan] ~ frying pan

51。包丁 [hōchō] ~ chef’s knife

52。泡立て器 [awatateki] ~ whisk

53。計量カップ [keiryō kappu] ~ measuring cup

54。計量スプーン [keiryō supūn] ~ measuring spoon

55。コーヒーメーカー [kōhīmēkā] ~ coffee maker

56。まな板 [manaita] ~ cutting board

57。ミキサー [mikisā] ~ blender

58。鍋 [nabe] ~ pot

59。トースター [tōsutā] ~ toaster

60。ざる [zaru] ~ colander

Weather & Seasons | In Japan
Hey guys, today we’re gonna talk about the seasons and weather in Japanese! It’s common to talk about the weather in any language when making small talk, so let’s check out what you might say in Japanese!

Winter・冬・ふゆ
In Japan Winter is from December to February! In Northern and Central Japan you’re likely to experience snowfall during Winter.

Spring・春・はる
In Japan Spring is from March to May! The Cherry Blossoms bloom during Spring.

Summer・夏・なつ
In Japan Summer is from June to August! There’s a month long rainy period during Summer in Japan. Besides the rainy season it’s generally very hot and humid.

Autumn・秋・あき
In Japan Autumn is from September to November! Autumn in Japan is very cool and breezy.

Vocabulary
Seasons・季節・きせつ
Autumn・秋・あき
Dry Season・乾季・かんき
Four Seasons・四季・しき
Rainy Season・雨期・うき
Spring・春・はる
Summer・夏・なつ
Winter・冬・ふゆ

Weather・天気・てんき
Cloud・雲・くも
Cloudy・曇り・くもり
Cool・涼しい・すずしい
Cold・寒い・さむい
Flood・洪水・こうずい
Fog・霧・きり

  • Evening Fog・夕霧・ゆうぎり
  • Morning Fog・朝霧・あさぎり

Hail・雹・ひょう
Heavy Rain・大雨・おおあめ
Heavy Snow・大雪・おおゆき
Hot・暑い・あつい
Humidity・湿度・しつど
Hurricane・ハリケーン
Rain・雨・あめ
Snow・雪・ゆき
Sun・太陽・たいよう
Sunny・晴れ・はれ
Temperature・温度・おんど
Thunder・雷・かみなり
Tsunami・津波・つなみ
Typhoon・台風・たいふう
Warm・暖かい・あたたかい
Weather Forecast・天気予報・てんきよほう
Wind・風・かぜ

You can add the word 「とても」, which means ‘very’, before the phrases to emphasise the weather. For example, to say that it’s very cold 「とても寒い」or very hot「とても暑い」.

Expressions:
e.g.  
風が強いです。
        It’s windy.

        今日はいい天気です。
        The weather today is nice.

        ひどい天気ですね。
        Terrible weather, isn’t it?I

        外は雨が降っています。
        It’s raining outside.

        ここ最近はとても暑いですね。 
        It’s been very hot lately, hasn’t it?

tips for learning a language (things i wish i knew before i started)
  1. don’t be intimidated by foreign alphabets, embrace them. for me, learning the alphabet is actually one of the most fun parts of the learning experience. 
  2. learn to laugh at yourself because you are going to make a lot of mistakes. its all part of the fun. 
  3. take it easy. if you’re getting frustrated, take a quick break and just breathe. no one just learns an entire language overnight. work to the best of your ability but don’t overwork yourself.
  4. learning a language isn’t just about memorising. learning a language is about learning to communicate, and you’ll need to form an understanding of the thought process behind the language in order to achieve fluency. this is not an overnight process. take it slow friends. 
  5. dont worry too much about pronunciation at the beginning. of course, pronunciation is important but don’t beat yourself up over not getting it right away. try your best but cut yourself some slack.  
  6. be proud of yourself! you’re taking the time to learn a completely new language! its tough, but you’re doing it! that in itself is admirable. so be proud of yourself and keep going!

In Japanese we don’t say “I’m just going to stay home tonight” we say “今夜は家でゴロゴロしてる (konya wa ie de gorogoro shiteru)” meaning “Tonight I’m just going to roll around at home” and … #same

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Self-Introduction | 自己紹介「じこしょうかい」

Hey guys, today we’re gonna look into self-introductions in Japanese. I’m going to try and go into some detail, and provide examples of the different topics you can talk about in your introduction! I’ll use random information in the examples, so just substitute those details for your own when practicing or writing your own introductions!

Meet someone for the first time | 初めて人に会う 「はじめてひとにあう」

When you meet someone for the first time in Japan you should say 始めまして「はじめまして」 or よろしくお願い「よろしくおねがい」 (or both) and bow. はじめまして is generally translated as “Nice to meet you” but its literal translation is ‘first time’, so it’s like saying “It’s my first time meeting you”. よろしくお願い is kind of hard to translate directly into English, but it also basically means “Nice to meet you” and “Please look after me”. In response to よろしくお願いします, you can say こちらこそよろしくお願いします which basically means “It’s nice to meet you, too”.

The level of politeness that you should use when speaking to the person for the first time depends on who that person if. If it’s a boss/teacher, someone in a higher position than you, or someone that is older than you then you should definitely use keigo 「敬語・けいご」! But if it’s someone the same age as you, you can get away with using teineigo 「丁寧語・ていねいご」!And if it’s a friend of a friend that is a similar age to you, then it would be fine to use informal language!

An example of a basic introduction would be;
トム:始めまして。トムです。よろしくお願いします。
ベッキー:始めまして。ベッキーです。こちらこそよろしくお願いします。

Introduction | 自己紹介「じこしょうかい」

If you’re in a situation where you have to provide more details in your self-introduction, I would follow this guideline:

  1. Say your full name (say your last name first, and then your first name).
  2. Say where you’re from (you can go into detail and say the name of the country you’re from, where you were born, where you live, etc.)
  3. Say your age.
  4. Here is where you can talk about anything really: occupation, studies, hobbies and interests, favourite things, etc.
  5. Finish off with a polite greeting.

So for example you could say something like:
始めまして、ハリス・ベッキーと申します。生まれはブリズベーンですが、育ちはシドニーです。二十四歳です。私は大学生です。学部の二年生です。私の専攻は言語学です。趣味は日本語を勉強することです。よろしくお願いします。

Nice to meet you. My name is Becky Harris. I was born in Brisbane, but grew up in Sydney. I’m 24 years old. I’m a university student. I’m in my second year. My major is linguistics. My interest is studying Japanese. Please look after me.


It’s important to note that when saying your own name, you shouldn’t attach suffixes such as ~さん、~ちゃん、etc. to your own name because it’s considered rude to address yourself like that.

Hobbies
My hobby is…・私の趣味は….・わたしのしゅみは….

Cooking・料理をする ・りょうりをする
Dancing・ダンシングをする
Hanging out with friends・友達に会う・ともだちにあう
Listening to music・音楽を聞く・おんがくをきく
Reading・読書・どくしょ
Singing・歌う・うたう
Sports・スポーツをする
Studying・勉強をする・べんきょうをする
Surfing the net・ネットにのる
Watching movies・映画を見る・えいがをみる

Occupation
I’m an…・私は…です

Doctor・医者・いしゃ
English Teacher・英語の先生・えいごのせんせい
Hairdresser・美容師・びようし
Nurse・看護師・かんごし
Office worker・会社員・かいしゃいん
Photographer・写真家・しゃしんか
Shop assistant・店員・てんいん
Teacher・先生・せんせい
University student・大学生・だいがくせい
Vlogger・ブロガー

Introducing Language Printables

My boyfriend and I are trying to save up so we can rent a new place and get married, so we have been working hard on a new project: Japanese Learning Printables, which we’re selling on Etsy. He’s a professional graphic designer and I have been teaching languages since 2003, so we decided to put our professional skills together and design some products that we hope Japanese learners will find useful.

Here’s a brief overview of what we’ve made so far:
Language Study Printables Pack 1

This bundle contains eight different printables in PDF format, both in A4 and letter size. Colour and black and white versions are included.

There are New Kanji blank sheets for you to practice kanji, with spaces for mnemonics, stroke order, on’yomi and kun’yomi, example sentences and more. Language Exchange sheets allow you to document new vocabulary and phrases, as well as cultural points as you participate in language exchange, meaning you get more out of your experience and can review afterwards. There’s also space for feedback for your partner and goal tracking. 

To increase productivity you can track your reading and study hours with these Reading Log and Study Log pages.

To keep track of new words or compounds you can use our New Vocabulary sheet, with space for readings, example sentences, so you can lean in context, and review tracking included.
Learning in real-life context is particularly difficult for self-studiers, so with this in mind we designed  this Grocery List printable, which you prepare at home, as you would a normal list, then take shopping so that you can use Japanese in context, even if you’re in a non-Japanese environment. 
Also included in the Language Study Printables Pack 1 are Anime Log and Drama Log trackers, where you can note down examples of words in context you encounter when watching Japanese TV, track where and when you heard them and monitor your reviews.

Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Journal Prompt Printables
There are three different levels available individually, or you can buy the bundle and get all three at a discount.  Again the printables come in PDF format, including both A4 and letter size versions.

Designed with self-studiers in mind, these packs cover basic to advanced Japanese, including topics on your interests, memories, goals, as well as your opinions on a variety of current events, cultural points and social issues.

Each pack contains 31 unique language prompts, one for every day of the month.

  • Beginners Journal Prompts should be good for self-studiers who are at around JLPT N5/N4 level, or who are working through Genki I and II. Topics include writing about your environment and interests, whilst giving you opportunities to use beginner level grammar and vocabulary. An English translation cheat sheet is included to help you if you get lost. 
  • Intermediate Journal Prompts would best suit those at about JLPT N3/N2, or working through a textbook like Tobira.  Topics include writing for different purposes, talking about culture, re-telling anecdotes and expressing your opinions. An English translation cheat sheet is included to help you if you get lost.
  • Advanced Journal Prompts are designed for those at N2/N1 JLPT level, or beyond. They are written by a native Japanese speaker and are designed to help you create independent texts on engaging and relevant topics, whilst using advanced language skills such as persuasion, criticism, and expressing nuanced opinions that often appears at this level.

We really hope that you will take a look at LanguagePrintables on Etsy and favourite our store. We put a lot of thought into making these as useful as possible, and so we would very much appreciate your support through buying or simply reblogging this post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. If you have a request for a language learning printable you’d like to see on our store in the future, then please let us know!

cute onomatope words

ビュービュー whistling sound; sound of the wind

わくわく tremble; excited

ぽかぽか nice and warm

ふんわり gently; airily; fluffy

ピンピン lively

にこにこ friendly smile

そっと softly; gently; quietly

すらすら smoothly

すやすや sleeping peacefully

ザーザー heavy rainfall

さらさら murmuring

ころころ lightly rolling

きらきら sparkle

ふわふわ fluffy

ぴかぴか glitter; twinkle

Medical Terminology! YAY! ✺◟( • ω • )◞✺

Just more fun words to know. :)

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Acne にきび :  面皰
Allergy アレルギー
Asthma ぜんそく :  喘息
Bee sting ハチさしきず  :  ハチ刺し傷
Bruise だぼくしょう :  打撲傷
Burn やけど :  火傷
Cold  かぜ  :  風邪
Constipation べんぴ :  便秘
Cough せき :  咳
Diarrhea げり :  下痢
Dizziness めまい :  目眩
Ear infection じえん :  耳炎
Fatigue ひろう  :  疲労
Fever ねつ :  熱
Flu  インフルエンザ
Food poisoning しょくちゅうどく :  食中毒
Frostbite とうしょう :  凍傷
Headache ずつう :  頭痛
Heartburn むねやけ  :  胸焼け
Hives じんましん :  蕁麻疹
Indigestion しょうかふりょう :  消化不良
Ingrown nail かんにゅうそう :  陥入爪
Itchy かゆい :  痒い
Lump こぶ :  瘤
Nausea はきけ :  吐き気
Nosebleed はなぢ :  鼻血
Pain くつう :  苦痛
Rash はっしん :  発疹
Runny nose はなみず :  鼻水
Sore throat のどのいたみ :  喉の痛み
Sprain ねんざ :  捻挫
Sunburn ひやけ :  日焼け
Toothache しつう :  歯痛
Vomiting おうと :  嘔吐

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Mimetic Words | Onomatopoeia

Hey guys, today we’re gonna talk about mimetic words and onomatopoeia in Japanese! Mimetic words, just like onomatopoeia, are words that phonetically resemble the source of sound that they’re describing – they mimic sounds, feelings, and senses! You will often see these mimetic words and onomatopoeia in either ひらがな or カタカナ! It doesn’t really matter which one you use.

Animal and Human Sounds・擬声語・ぎせいご:
Bear・ガオー・Roar
Bee・ブーン・Buzz
Cat・ニャー・Meow
Cow・モーモー・Moo
Dog・ワンワン・Woof
Duck・ガーガー・Quack
Fox・コンコン・???
Frog・げろげろ・Ribbit
Horse・ひひいん・Neigh
Monkey・ウキウキ・Oo-oo-aa-aa
Mouse・チューチュー・Squeak
Pig・ブーブー・Oink
Sheep・めーめー・Baa

Child crying loudly・うわーん
Chuckling secretively・ウフフ・(´∀`*)ウフフ
Clearing your throat for attention・おほん
Loud laugh・アハハ
Speaking a foreign language fluently・ぺらぺら
Surprised scream・うぎゃー
Unable to contain laughter・クスクス

Inanimate Objects and Nature Sounds・擬音語・ぎおんご:
You will often see 擬音語used in manga!

Bursting into flames・メラメラ
Heavy rain pouring down・ザーザー
Rock tumbling down a hill・ゴロゴロ
Running at full speed・タタタタ
Stepping on dirt or sand・サクサク
Thunder rumbling・ゴロゴロ
Water bubbling gently・こぽこぽ

Movement and Motion・擬容語
 ・ぎようご:
Asleep・ぐっすり
Fast paced walking・すたこら
Joints shaking・がくがく
Nodding off・うとうと
Trembling from cold, fear, or anger・ブルブル
Wandering aimlessly・ウロウロ

Feelings・擬情語・ぎじょうご:
Excited from anticipation・わくわく
Fascinated by something beautiful・うっとり
Happy, full of hope・うきうき
Running around hurriedly・あたふた
Throbbing pain・ずきずき
Worrying about the past・くよくよ
Worrying or wondering what to do・もやもや

Onomatopoeia・オノマト:
Banging・ごんごん
Chubby・ぽっちゃり
Grass rustling・わさわさ
Gushing water・ごぼごぼ
Knocking・こんこん
Loud snoring・ぐーぐー
Long yawn・ふわ~
Moving slowly・のそり
Rough・ざらざら
Rustling・ばらばら
Smooth / Silky・さらさら
Strong cough・ごほん
Suddenly waking up・がばっ
Tapping・とんとん
Vomiting・げっ
Wandering around aimlessly・のらりのらり

Satori Reader ~ A new project by the team that brought us Human Japanese (°◡°♡)

Morning fam! Because I am a huge throbbing nerd for the Human Japanese series and use it every other day for routine study, their latest project - Satori Reader - was brought to my immediate attention.

Screenshots have been taken of the website’s free content to give you a peek into what is on offer. I’m giving it a trial run for the moment, but my fingers are itching to subscribe - something I can do at any point with relative ease.

For anyone who is floundering in the grey waters of intermediate study, and especially for those whose study is self perpetuated, there’s a good chance you’re looking for some sort of landmark in that churning mess to orient yourself by. A metaphorical island, with sparkling shoreline, verdant forest, and plentiful resources to help you grow and flourish.

I’m talking content. As many bloggers have mentioned, there is a plethora of material out there to help us learn the framework and mechanics of 日本語. It’s not at all difficult to source grammar lessons, vocabulary lists, kanji writing schematics, charts and even entire textbooks - and for that we are eternally thankful. However, the intermediate learner sitting at their own dining room table with an open laptop, a cup of tea, the latest anime OST on repeat and a Japanese novel in their quivering hands is leafing through the pages and quietly mouthing how in the everliving f**k…

This is where SR gently takes your hand and says, here’s how, you foulmouthed otaku.

This is an excerpt from a level 3 difficulty article about Kona the cat (可愛いね)

Like every other article available on the website, it is voiced over by a native speaker, clearly and naturally - with all the intonation you would expect to hear in conversation *heavy breathing* Not only that, but as the audio plays, the corresponding Japanese text is underlined in blue to show where in the text they are reading from. This means that if you are proficient enough, you can follow along at pace.

Too slow? They got you fam! Individual lines of text are divided into sound bytes, meaning you can take this task one sentence at a time.

Individual kanji, jukugo (several kanji that make up one word) and particles within the text can also be clicked to reveal a Human Japanese style dictionary entry. Words you’d like to revisit can be added to your studylist.

The symbol marking the end of each sentence, when clicked, offers you an english transliteration, which I advise you utilise with a degree of self control. Try to hold off clicking it until you’ve really given the sentence a go - clicking on kanji you don’t recognise and piecing all the information together in order to get an idea of what’s being said. Then, when you finally check the translation, your hard work might be rewarded with a confirmation that you indeed read correctly. Which, by psychology standards, is a healthy and affirming process. We are hardwired for rewards my dudes!

I could go into detail about the many little features that make this web project so well thought out and considerate of our individual study methods and goals, but I’ll leave that to you to explore and find out. For me at least, the true worth of SR lies mainly in the reading content and the empathetic format it’s presented in.

The way it Aladdin style reaches out, offering us a whole new world.

Give the free subscription a whirl! If you like it, consider a paid subscription. This directly funds future content which directly benefits you!

~ Thanks Human Japanese team ~

Update (╯✧▽✧)╯

After giving SR a good go and fully testing its arsenal of functions, I realised my initial review bordered on plain lazy. This update is going to give you warm prickles because it turns out that one of the features included in the Review section of SR is an integrated flash card program with full Anki support *prayer hands emoji*

This means that whatever vocabulary you add to your studylist automatically generates a flashcard that you can either review within the SR website, or via your Anki software. Here’s an example:

Straight away, SR gives you an edge in your revision by implementing context. In fact, as well as offering you the sentence you saved the word from, it offers you a link to the entire article it was taken from (see: REVEAL IN FULL ORIGINAL CONTEXT)

This is incredibly helpful, as dictionary entries for any word or phrase you select often include a specific explanation about how that word is being used within the context of the sentence or how it is being used by the narrator to portray his or her story.  

I hope that this extra glimpse into the Review section of Satori Reader gives you an idea of how incredible a resource this is.

Go ahead and enjoy the unique pleasurable pain that is reading and comprehending 日本語!!

専攻 (せんこう)ー speciality/major

大学 (だいがく)ー university

学生 (がくせい)ー student

小学生 (しょうがくせい)ー elementary school student

中学生 (ちゅうがくせい)ー middle school student

高校生 (こうこうせい)ー high school student

大学生 (だいがくせい)ー university student

大学院生 (だいがくいんせい)ー graduate student

留学生 (りゅうがくせい)ー international/overseas student


学校の科目 (がっこうのかもく)ー school subjects

算数 (さんすう)ー simple math

数学 (すうがく)ー advanced math

統計学 (とうけいがく)ー statistics

理科 (りか)ー simple science

科学 (かがく)ー advanced science

医学 (いがく)ー medical science

化学 (かがく)ー chemistry

生物学 (せいぶつがく)ー biology

物理学 (ぶつりがく)ー physics

地質学 (ちしつがく)ー geology

天文学 (てんもんがく)ー astronomy

社会 (しゃかい)ー social studies

歴史 (れきし)ー history

地理学 (ちりがく)ー geography

経済 (けいざい)ー economics

ビジネス ー business

国際関係 (こくさいかんけい)ー international relations

心理学 (しんりがく)ー psychology

社会学 (しゃかいがく)ー sociology

人類学 (じんるいがく)ー anthropology

哲学 (てつがく)ー philosophy

政治 (せいじ)ー politics

文学 (ぶんがく)ー literature

美術 (びじゅつ)ー art

音楽 (おんがく)ー music

体育 (たいいく)ー physical education

自習 (じしゅう)ー self study (study period)


例:

私の大学の専攻は歴史です。

My university major is history.

私は高校生です。

I am a high school student.

私は医者になれるように医学を勉強しています。

I am studying medical science so that I can become a doctor.

私は体育が嫌いです。

I don’t like physical education.

私の好きな学校の科目美術です。

My favourite school subject is art.

Beginners Japanese textbooks

So I get a lot of questions here and on Instagram about the books I use for Japanese and what I would recommend to beginners. So I thought I’d put together a little list of books I would suggest you start off with as a beginner in Japanese (these are all books I have used myself or had/would consider using) Obviously I’m not saying you need all of these books, pick one and see how it goes (although I do recommend using more than one resource)! I may do another post like this for intermediate learners if there’s enough interest (with the textbook series they will take you to a higher level, but this is just recommendations as a starting point) ^^ 

Learning Hiragana and Katakana Flashcards

Japanese Kanji Flashcards Volume 1

Japanese Kanji for Beginners

Japanese From Zero Series

Kana From Zero | Hiragana From Zero | Katakana From Zero | Kanji From Zero

Japanese From Zero 1 | Japanese From Zero 2 | Japanese From Zero 3

Japanese From Zero 4

Genki Series

Level 1 textbook | Level 1 workbook | Level 2 textbook | Level 2 workbook

Japanese For Busy People Series

Kana workbook | Level 1 kana ver | Level 1 romaji ver | Level 2

Basic Japanese

Japanese for Beginners

A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

Essential Japanese Grammar

Essential Japanese Vocabulary

600 Basic Japanese Verbs