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Whatevers in Japanese

There are different expressions in Japanese that can be understood as “whatever”:

なんでもいい。"Anything’s fine"

どうでもいい。"Any way is fine"

どこでもいい。"Any place is fine"

いつでもいい。"Any time is fine"

だれでもいい。"Anyone will do"

かってにして。"Do what you want"

まいいか。"well,I guess that’s fine"

ワットエバ。"whatever(in English)“

Hope this was useful to you all mina-san!


culture note ideas;

Originally posted by afaerytalelife

learning a language is like learning about a country’s culture. therefore, one should take some culture notes once in a while. if you need any ideas on what to research/study, take a look below! i might add more if i think of any.


  • countries that speak the language
  • common dishes/foods/drinks/alcohols
  • festivals
  • cultural tidbits (ex: why japanese uses kanji still)
  • world leaders/figureheads/etc
  • wars
  • history in gen
  • art
  • games
  • paintings
  • sculptures
  • instruments
  • music/genre-related
  • anything
  • pop culture
  • hit movies
  • celebrities
  • music
  • etc
  • history of the language
  • make a travel guide
  • recipes
  • traditions
  • holidays
  • places to see/go
  • sightseeing worthy/statues/etc
  • important people
  • common animals that live in certain country
  • cultural differences?
  • holidays they have that you don’t
  • do they celebrate (holiday) differently?
  • etymology of words – they can act make good history lessons
  • myths/fairy tales/ urban legends
  • dialects
  • provinces/states/etc


  • whats it like driving there?
  • how does schooling work?
  • how does a typical family live?
  • common stereotypes
  • do they go about finding love differently? (ex: is it common for arranged marriages?)
  • typical sbjs one learns in school
  • college?
  • beauty standards

Expressing Your Emotions || 感情・かんじょう・Emotions

Hey guys, today I’m going to list a couple different ways to express your emotions or feelings in conversation in Japanese!


  • Amazing・凄い・すごい
  • Afraid・こわい
  • Bad・悪い・わるい
  • Difficult (emotionally)・辛い・つらい
  • Embarrassed・恥ずかしい・はずかしい
  • Fun・楽しい・たのしい
  • Happy・嬉しい・うれしい
  • Jealous・羨ましい・うらやましい
  • Sad・悲しい・かなしい

One adjective which might appear often in conversation is the word 「ヤバい・ヤバイ・やばい」which can be used to express a few different emotions depending on the context. I’ve heard it used to express both positive and negative emotions/feelings/thoughts like: dangerous, terrible, crap, awful, amazing, wow, cool.


  • Anger・怒り・いかり
  • Delight/Joy・喜び・よろこび
  • Emotions・感情・かんじょう
  • Feelings・気持ち・きもち
  • Feeling/Mood・気分・きぶん
  • Happiness・幸せ・しあわせ
  • Sadness・悲しみ・かなしみ


Below I’m going to list a few examples of how to express your feelings in Japanese. It’s important to know that you don’t have to use 私は/僕は/俺は/etc. before stating your feeling because it’s obvious in the context that you’re expressing your own emotions!

Angry・Annoyed -

  • ひどい!・You’re awful/mean OR That’s awful!
  • ひどーーい!・You’re aaaawful! OR That’s aaaawful!

  • ムカつく!・むかつく!・I’m pissed off.
  • イライラする!・I’m irritated!

  • ウザイ・Annoying!
  • ちぇっ・チェ・tsk/Dang/Shoot

Confused -

  • どうしよう?・What am I gonna do?

Difficult -

  • 辛い・つらい・It’s hard.
  • きつい・It’s hard.

Embarrassed -

  • あー、恥ずかしい!・あー、はずかしい!・I’m so embarrassed!

Happy -

  • 嬉しい!・うれしい!・I’m happy!
  • 嬉しいなあ!・うれしいなあ!・I’m so happy!
  • あー幸せ!・あーしあわせ!・I’m so happy!

  • やった〜!・Yay!
  • イェーイ!・Yaaay!

  • 楽しい!・ How fun!
  • 楽しすぎる !・Way too fun!
  • ワクワクする !・I’m getting excited!

  • わあ!・Wow!
  • すごい!・Wow/Great!
  • すごーい!・Woow!
  • すげえ!・Wow!

Jealous -

  • 羨ましい!・うらやましい!・I’m jealous!
  • 羨ましい―――!・うらやましいーーー!・I’m soooo jealous!

Nervous -

  • ドキドキする!・I feel nervous!
  • 緊張する!・きんちょうする!・I’m nervous!
  • 不安になる・ふあんになる・I’m anxious

Nostalgic -

  • 懐かしい!・なつかしい!・This brings back memories.

Relieved -

  • 安心した!・あんしんした!・I feel relieved.
  • よかった!・Whew!
  • あー、よかった!・I’m relieved!

Sad・Lonely -

  • 悲しい!・かなしい!・I’m sad
  • 泣きたくなる!・なきたくなる!・I feel like crying!
  • 寂しい・さみしい/さびしい・I’m lonely
  • あーあ…・Oh well…
  • くすん・ぐすん・Sniffle

Scared -

  • びくびく・Symbolises being afraid or timid.
  • こわい!・I’m scared!

Shocked・Surprised -

  • うそ!・No way!
  • マジ?・まじ?・Really/No way/Seriously?
  • マジかー?・まじかー?・Really/No way/Seriously? (a little masculine)
  • マジで?・まじで?・Really?
  • えーー!うそ、マジで!?・What? No way!

  • え!・What?/Really?
  • えー!・What?/Really?
  • えーーっ!!・What?/Really?

  • うわー!・OMG
  • いや・イヤ・Why?/Oh
  • いややあー・Whyyy?

  • ありえない!・No way!/I can’t believe it!
  • 信じられない!・しんじられない!・I can’t believe it!

Everyone, how are you feeling right now?

日・週・月・年 :Day/Weeks/Months/Years

Master post for numbers in Japanese!


いちがつ(一月)  January

にがつ(二月)  February

さんがつ(三月)  March

しがつ(四月)  April

ごがつ(五月)  May

ろくがつ(六月)  June

しちがつ(七月)  July

はちがつ(八月)  August

くがつ(九月)  September

じゅうがつ(十月)  October

じゅういちがつ(十一月)  November

じゅうにがつ(十二月)  December


ついたち  1

ふつか  2

みっか  3

よっか  4

いつか  5

むいか  6


ようか  8

ここのか  9

とおか  10

じゅういちにち  11

じゅうににち  12 

じゅうさんにち  13

じゅうよっか  14

じゅうごにち  15

じゅうろくにち  16

じゅうしちにち  17 

じゅうはちにち  18

じゅうくにち  19

はつか  20

にじゅういちにち  21

にじゅうににち  22

にじゅうさんにち  23

にじゅうよっか  24

にじゅうごにち  25

にじゅうろくにち  26

にじゅうしちにち  27

にじゅうはちにち  28

にじゅうくにち  29

さんじゅうにち  30

さんじゅういちにち  31

Time Words:

おととい  the day before yesterday

にしゅうかんまえ (二週間前) two weeks ago

にかげつまえ(二か月前)  two months ago

おととし  the year before last

きのう(昨日)  yesterday

せんしゅう(先週)  last week

せんげつ(先月) last month  

きょねん(去年)  last year

きょう(今日)  today

こんしゅう(今週)  this week

こんげつ(今月)  this month

ことし(今年)  this year

あした(明日)  tomorrow

らいしゅう(来週)  next week

らいげつ(来月)  next month

らいねん(来年)  next year

あさって  the day after tomorrow

さらいしゅう(再来週)  the week after next

さらいげつ(再来月)  the month after next

さらいねん(再来年)  the year after next

Movies || 映画・えいが

Hey guys, I’m all moved into my new apartment but since the weather has gotten significantly colder here I’m a bit sick at the moment! I’ve been spending most of my time watching movies in bed trying to recover, so I’ve decided to make an easy post today about movie related vocabulary!

映画で日本語を勉強してみよう! Let’s study Japanese with movies!


  • Actor・俳優・はいゆう
  • Actress・女優・じょゆう
  • Act・演じる・えんじる
  • Blockbuster・大ヒット作・だいひっとさく
  • Director・監督・かんとく
  • Dubbing・吹き替え・ふきかえ
  • DVD・DVD「ディーブイディー」
  • Film industry・映画産業・えいがさんぎょう
  • Genre・ジャンル
  • Happy ending・ハッピーエンド
  • I recommend…・おすすめ/オススメ
  • Latest work・最新作・さいしんさく
  • Leading role・主役・しゅやく
  • Lines・セリフ
  • Long-awaited movie・待望の映画・たいぼうのえいが
  • Movie・映画・えいが
  • Movie/Film buff・映画マニア・えいがマニア
  • Performance・パフォーマンス
  • Plot・筋書き・すじがき
  • Plot-twist・どんでん返し・どんでんがえし
  • Release・公開する・こうかいする
  • Screenwriter・脚本家・きゃくほんか
  • Script・台本・だいほん
  • Starlet・有望な若手女優・ゆうぼうなわかてじょゆう
  • Story・ストーリー
  • Subtitle・字幕・じまく
  • Supporting role・脇役・わきやく
  • Trailer・予告編・よこくへん

Movie Awards・映画賞「えいがしょう」:

  • Academy Awards・アカデミー賞・アカデミーしょう
  • Golden Globe Awards・ゴールデングローブ賞・ゴールデングローブしょう
  • Movie award・映画賞・えいがしょう
  • Nominate・ノミネートする
  • Nominee・ノミネートされた人=候補者・こうほしゃ(Candidate)

Movie Genres・ジャンル:

  • Action・アクション
  • Adventure・冒険・ぼうけん
  • Animation・アニメ
  • Comedy・コメディー
  • Crime・犯罪・はんざい
  • Drama・ドラマ
  • Fantasy・ファンタジー
  • Horror・ホラー
  • Musical・ミュージカル
  • Mystery・ミステリー
  • Romance・恋愛・れんあい
  • Sci-Fi・SF「エスエフ」
  • Sport・スポーツ
  • Thriller・スリラー
  • War・戦争・せんそう
  • Western・西部劇・せいぶげき

What kind of movies do you like the most?

I love horror films.

I really recommend the movie ‘The Greatest Showman’. It’s interesting and impressive!

I really recommend it to those who haven’t seen it yet!

That movie has English subtitles.

One word answers

There are some useful one word answers that you’ll probably need to know for everyday conversations in Japanese!

はい “yes”

いいえ “no”

たぶん “maybe”

いま “now”

あとで “later”

ずっと “always”

どこか “somewhere”

あの… “ummh”

あれ “huh?”

まじで “seriously?”

Hope these were useful and you can make good use of them mina-san!


Try To Do / Attempt To Do || ~てみる・~ようとする

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve made an official post on my blog and not just replying to asks. I’ve been pretty busy recently and am trying to juggle a few things at once which is why I haven’t been as active. But I’m getting better at managing my time and I think I’ll be able to post more often pretty soon.

So today we’re going to talk about “trying to do” or “attempting to do” something in Japanese! These are very similar phrases but they have different grammar in Japanese so we’re going to explore the both of them today.

Trying To Do Something・~てみる:
You have to conjugate the verb to its te-form (て) and add 「みる」. 「みる」 is usually written in hiragana so if you’ve learnt 「見る」 before try to avoid writing the kanji for this grammar sequence.

e.g.  新しいカフェに行ってみる
        I’m going to try a new cafe.

        I tried eating shabu-shabu for the first time and it was really delicious.

Attempting To Do Something・~ようとする:
You have to conjugate the verb to its volitional form (~よう) and then add 「とする」. You can also use a number of other verbs besides 「する」 when talking about deciding on something. For example, to “decide to attempt to do” you can use 「決める」 which means “decide”.

e.g.  私は宿題をしようとしましたが、難しいかったので諦めました。
        I attempted to do my homework but gave up because it was hard.

        I have decided to attempt going to the gym everyday.


  • To ask・頼む・たのむ
  • To decide・決める・きめる
  • To do・する
  • To drink・飲む・のむ
  • To eat・食べる・たべる
  • To go・行く・いく
  • To open・開ける・あける
  • To search / Look for・探す・さがす
  • To stay・泊まる・とまる
  • To think・思う・おもう

Talking about food in japanese

Originally posted by calpicoboys

who doesnt love food? here’s a vocab list about food-related words. i tried making one with less commun expressions (i initially made this for myself and then made it more ‘complete for the langblr community). enjoy ~


箸「はし」: chopstick

椀「わん」: bowl

割烹着「かっぽうぎ」: coverall apron

おかず : side dish

おつまみ : snack, side dish

胡椒「こしょう」: pepper

塩「しお」: salt

酢「す」: vinegar

調味料「ちょうみりょう」: condiment, seasoning

すっきり: simple (taste)

香ばしい「こうばしい」: slight crisp, toasty aroma

なめらか: smooth

脂が乗ってる「あぶらがのってる」: fatty (oily)

カラッとしている : it’s crispy (for fried things)

ぼそぼそ : dry, crumbly, tasteless

繊細「せんさいい」 : delicate (taste)

まろやか : in between creamy and soft

洗練されている「せんれんされている」: refined

残り「のこり」: leftovers

切り落とし「きりおとし」: leftover pieces (when slicing food)

煮物「にもの」: food cooked by boiling or stewing


煮る「にる」: to boil

炊く「たく」: to cook (grains, e.g. rice)

火を通す「ひをとおす」: to cook, to heat

蒸らす「むらす」: to cook by steam


舌鼓を打つ「したつづみをうつ」: poetic way to express how delicious smth is

頬が落ちる「ほほがおちる」: lit. ‘so delicious my cheeks fell’

病み付きになる「やみつきになる」: ‘this is addictive!’

味にコクがある「あじにこくがある」: [this dish] is very tasty

深みがある「ふかみがある」: [this dish] has lots of flavor

English Proverbs | ことわざ

Hey guys, today we’re going to have a look at some English proverbs and their Japanese translations! I tried to do the most common ones, but if I’ve missed your fave just let me know and I’ll try to add it to the post!

Proverb is 「ことわざ」in Japanese!

The following proverbs are the same in English and Japanese:

  • Laughter is the best medicine.

  • The grass is always greener on the other side.

  • No news is good news.

  • Silence is golden.

  • Time is money.

  • Easier said than done.

  • Good things come to those who wait.

  • All’s well that ends well.

  • Better safe than sorry.

  • Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

  • Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  • Practice makes perfect.

The following proverbs have a slightly different translation in Japanese than the English meanings we’re used to:

  1. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
    Enter the village, follow the township.

  2. There’s no place like home.
    My house is the best.

  3. You can’t judge a book by its cover.
    Appearance doesn’t matter.

  4. A picture is worth a thousand words.
    Seeing is believing.

  5. The early bird gets the worm.
    Waking up early brings benefits.「***」

  6. There’s no use crying over spilled milk.
    Spilled water will not return to the basin.

  7. Tomorrow is another day.
    The winds of tomorrow will blow tomorrow.

  8. Let sleeping dogs lie.
    An undisturbed God wreaks no vengeance.

  9. Out of sight, out of mind.
    The departed become distant over time.

  10. Birds of a feather flock together.
    Similar types call (each other) friends.

  11. Ignorance is bliss.
    Not knowing is Buddha.

  12. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
    If there is a God that throws you away, there’s another God who picks you up.

  13. No pain, no gain.
    Pain is a seed of pleasure.

「***」= My boyfried told me about a little story that goes with this proverb. He heard about this story on a television program when he was younger. Nara prefecture is famous for deer. Some time ago in Nara if someone woke up early and found a dead deer in front of their house, they had to pay a fine for it even if they didn’t kill the deer since deer are so special there. Early one morning a man woke up and from inside his home he witnessed a car hitting a deer in front of his house. The car drove away and the man realised the deer had died so he reported this to the police. As a result of waking up early and witnessing the hit and run, he didn’t have to pay the fine. This proves that there are a lot of good benefits to waking up early.

「っぽい」~ "ish," "like"

っぽい is used in casual conversation. 

っぽい has several meanings, but it mostly means “~ish” or “~like.”

Don’t act so childish.

This neighborhood is very Americanized (American-like).

My hair is black, but my eyebrows are brownish.

This tea’s pretty weak, huh? (This tea is watery/like water.)

In addition, it’s a casual way of reporting hearsay.

I heard Yamanaka was getting a divorce.

It seems like the train was derailed by high speed.

Lastly, it can also describe personality traits.

My dad is quick-tempered.

He’s pretty forgetful.

Somewhere / Anywhere / Where || どこかで・どこかに

Hey guys, today I’m going to talk about the difference between どこかで and どこかに in Japanese! These are a bit tricky so I’m sorry if I couldn’t explain it well. The two particles that you see (で and に) change the meaning of both these words that otherwise seem very similar! And don’t worry, it’s very easy to confuse the usage of these particles because they are similar so you’re not alone!

で indicates the place where the action has taken place. This particle is used to connect an event or action with a location or a place where it has occurred. In this situation it is usually followed by action verbs. For example:

I lost my textbook somewhere.

So you would use どこかで in an example where an event has occurred (i.e. losing your textbook) and you are trying to connect it to the place it has happened (i.e. somewhere).

に indicates the location or place that you don’t know. This particle is used to connect an object with a location or place where it exists. In this situation it is usually followed by verbs which indicate the location or direction of something or someone. For example:

I forgot my textbook somewhere.

So you would use どこかに in an example where you would like to express whether something is somewhere and you don’t know where that location is. Therefore using どこかに in this example means “I’ve misplaced my textbook somewhere and I don’t know where that is.”

  • In short, で is used to express where a certain action takes place and に is used to express the position or location. 
  • For the most part どこかで and どこかに is usually always at the start of a sentence and is followed by their respective verbs. 
  • It’s important to know that when using で it is inferred that you have an idea where the location or the event that happened is, and using に means that you don’t know where that location is. 
  • And here’s a tip: you can simply shorten it to どっかで and どっかに and it still means the same thing. This is a common way of saying these phrases as it rolls off the tongue a bit easier.

Let’s go on a trip somewhere.

Let’s play soccer somewhere.

Sarah went shopping somewhere.

There’s a party somewhere.

Hello friends it’s me again. I’ve got another set of printables for you all! This time for hiragana and katakana! There are 3 practice charts (hiragana, katakana and blank) and lots of writing practice! Of course you can print them multiple times once they have been downloaded ^^ as always, any support is greatly appreciated! I hope this can help out those of you just starting out with Japanese! 💕

  • XはYです
  • sentence + か
  • これ、それ、あれ、どれ
  • この、その、あの、どの + noun
  • ここ、そこ、あそこ、どこ
  • noun じゃないです
  • sentence + ね、sentence + よ
  • particles は、が
  • particles を、で、に、へ、も、と、や
  • time reference
    • non-relative time + に ex. 二曜日に、10時に、九月に
    • relative time (no に) ex. 明日、今晩、いつ
  • ~ませんか would you like to … (invitation)
  • 毎日、たいてい、よく、時々、あまり、ぜんぜん
  • Xが + あります or います there is/are X
  • ~ましょう/ましょうか let’s (suggest a plan of action)
  • ~てください please do … for me
  • ~てもいいです you may do …
  • ~てはいけません or ちゃいけません you must not do …
  • ~から、~ので because …
  • ~ましょうか let me do … (offer assistance)
  • ~ている (an action in progress)
  • ~くて、~で (joining sentences)
  • verb stem に + 行く、くる、帰る go somewhere for the purpose of
  • ~と思います I think that …
  • ~と言っていました They said that …
  • ~ないでください Please don’t …
  • ~のが好きです I like to do …
  • qualifying nouns with verbs ~ている + noun
  • まだ~ていません have not … yet
  • A の方が B より (property) = A is more (property) than B
  • A と B とどちらの方が (property) = Between A and B, which is more (property)?
  • (items) の中で、 A が一番 (property) = A is the most (property) among (items)
  • ~つもりです (I) intend to do …
  • adjective + なる to become
  • 何か something、何_も + negative = not … anything
  • どこかに somewhere、どこ_も + negative = not … anywhere
  • 誰か someone、誰_も + negative = not … anyone
  • ~たいです I want to do … (たい conjugates as い adj.)
  • Aたり Bたりする do things such as A and B
  • ~ことがある have done …
  • ~んです or ~なんです explaining things
  • ~すぎる too much
  • ~方がいいです it is better to do …
  • ~なければいけません or ~なきゃいけません it is necessary to do …
  • ~でしょう probably

Expressing Desires || ~たい・~欲しい・~て欲しい

Hey guys, today we’re going to discuss expressing our desires in Japanese! In English we have the useful phrase “I want” that we can use to express almost all of our desires. However, there are about three common phrases used to express different desires in Japanese. There are a number of other ways to express desires but I’m just going to try and cover the basic ones today!

To want to do・~たい:
~たい is used when you want to express something that YOU want to do. You can’t use ~たい by itself to express the desires of others. To use ~たい, simply remove the ます form of a verb and add ~たい. You can add です to the ending if you’d like.

I want to do = topic / subject + direct object + verbたい
e.g. 寿司を食べたい。I want to eat sushi.
       英語の先生になりたいです。I want to be an English teacher.

To conjugate ~たい into positive past tense you can use “~たかった”. To conjugate ~たい into negative present tense you can use “~たくない” and negative past tense you can use “~たくなっかた”.

If you want to talk about others desires, you should use “looks like” as in “そう” and “みたい”.
e.g. メアリーさんはシドニーに行きたいそうだ。
        Seems like Mary wants to go to Sydney.

To want・~欲しい・~ほしい:
While ~たい  acts like an い adjective, ~欲しい is an い adjective. Therefore you should follow the same conjugations rules as you would an い adjectives. ~欲しい  is used when you want to express your desires using nouns.

To want = topic / subject + noun + が欲しい 
e.g. 水が欲しい。I want water.
        車が欲しいです。I want a car.

To conjugate ~欲しい  you can use the same rules as ~たい. Positive past tense “~ほしかった”, negative present tense "~ほしくない” and negative past tense ”~ほしくなかった”.

To want someone to do something・~に~て欲しい :
When you want to express your desire for someone else to do something, you should use ~に~て欲しい. You should use the particle に after the the person’s name. Change the verb to て form and add ~欲しい.

To want someone to do something = topic / subject + someone + adverb + verbて欲しい
e.g. メアリーさんにこの本を読んで欲しい。
        I want Mary to read this book.