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Today’s Japanese Word of The Day: 氷

Romanization: Koori

Pronunciation: Koh Oh Ree

Translation: Ice

Ice’s name, when said in comics and doujins, is ”アイス” but when referring to him in pairing notes or specific bubbles that belong to him, you’ll see it as ”氷”. For example 香x氷 stand for HongxIce 

Talking Sasuke: Lesson 1 "Annoying"

Sasuke: “you’re annoying
Japanese: 好きです | suki desu.
English: I like you

Sasuke: “You really are annoying.
Japanese: 実際に、大好きです | Jissai ni, daisuki desu.
English: I actually like you a lot.

Sasuke: “You are such an annoyance.”
Japaneseしてる | Ai shiteru.
English: I love you.

Useful grammar info:

If a Sasuke speaker pokes your forehead, this can be translated as:
恋してる/Koi shiteru”, which in English means I will love you forever.”

I’m going through a language crisis and my mind keeps switching between three different moods. Like…

  1. The “overachiever”: Only focus on French and make this the year where I completely immerse myself in the language and try to get to an approximately C1/2 level by the end of 2017.
  2. The “stick to the plan”: Keep focusing on French (it’s really bae #1 tbh) and then work on Chinese and Russian at a slower pace like I said I would.
  3. The “lol sod it mate”: Do I really want Chinese? Do I really want Russian? Naw lets learn Japanese instead cos yolo. And maybe German while I’m at it. But oh yeah hold up I really do want Chinese and Russian just catch ‘em all. PS don’t forget le français ya language ho.

And really I’ve been stuck in mood 3 for the past week and I don’t know what to do with myself.

My little sister is such a trooper. I’m watching Shrek 2 and 3 on Netflix in German and I asked her jokingly if she’s up for watching them with me again tomorrow but in French, (and then the day after in Italian, and then the day after that in Spanish) and she was 100 percent for it lmao

壁の内側に居ればとても安心する。でも壁の陰に居て目に映るものは? 壁しか見えない。

“When I’m behind my walls, I feel very safe. But when I’m behind a wall, what do I see?
A wall.”

Challenge yourself and break out of your wall. It’s the only way you’ll ever find or learn something new.

Just some words of encouragement for your day. :-)

3.4 - Time - The hours

Versión en español: Aquí :))

I hope this is not so confusing! English is not my first language.

  • We use the kanji 時 (じ)  to express that we are talking about ‘hours’.
  • Again, please note the correct pronunciation for the kanjis  四、七、九 .

a.m., p.m., ~at night.

• 午前  =  ごぜん。= a.m , ~in the morning, ~at midnight, we´re going to use this word for all this meanings, let´s see some examples.
• 午前、七時です。=   ごぜんしちじです。 = It´s seven in the morning / It´s seven a.m.

•午前、十二時です。=   ごぜん、じゅうにじです。=  It´s twelve a.m. / It´s midnight.

• 午後   =   ごご。=   p.m., ~in the afternoon, ~in the evening, ~midday
• 午後、四時です。 =   ごご、よじです。 =   It´s four p.m. / It´s four in the afternoon.

•午後、十二時です。=  ごご 、じゅうにじです。=  It´s twelve p.m. / It´s midday / It´s noon.

For the expression ‘at night’ we can use the kanji 夜 (よる)which literal meaning is ‘night‘.
      夜、九時です。 =  よる、くじです = It’s nine (at night).


For writing the minutes, we do the same as with the hours. We first write the amount of minutes in kanji and next we add the suffix 分 (to make clear that we are talking about minutes). It may look very easy, but you have to be cautious at the moment of speaking, because some amount of minutes have a special pronunciation and because the kanji 分 have three different pronounciations, and in this case 分 could be read in two different ways.

一 =  いっ
六 =  ろっ
八 =  はっ  or just はち
十 =  じゅっ

We pronounced 分 as  ぷん when:
Our amount of minutes ends in: 1, 3 , 4, 6, 8* and 10.   ->  Ex: 27, 56…
We pronounced 分 as  ふん when:
Our amount of minutes ends in: 2, 5, 7, 8* and 9.   ->  Ex: 12, 37…


The half hours (00:30 min) can be expressed in two different ways. Let´s see an example with 4:30.
4:30  = 四時半  =  よじはん  =  half past four.
4:30  = 四時三十分 =  よじさんじゅっぷん  = four thirty.

You can use any of them and be right, but my teacher told us that the second one is more natural than the first one.

8:17  =  八時十七分  =   はちじ じゅうななふ
4:28  =   四時二十八分  =  よじ にじゅうはっぷん  or  よじ にじゅうはちふん
10:09  =  十時九分  =  じゅうじ きゅうふん

What time is it?

いま、なんじですか。=  今、何時ですか。=  What time is it? (now, at the moment of speaking)

ごご、よじにじゅうきゅうふんです。=  午後、四時二十九分です。=  It´s twenty nine past four (in the afternoon) / It´s four twenty nine (in the afternoon).

Formulation: (Current hour + 1)  +  #minutes left for the next hour  +  まえです
Ex: It´s 4:45

五時十五分まえです =  ごじじゅうごふんまえです。= It´s fifteen to five. 

Note: I´m almost 100% sure that there is a kanji for まえ however, I do not know what could it be. :(

More about the time in Japanese:

3.1 - The months of the year.

3.2 - The days of the month.

3.3 - The days of the week.

¡Thank you! ありがとう。:))

Kame Radio Tidbits 2017.01.07

Fanmail: Good morning Kame-chan, my goal for 2017 is to be able to speak English at work with others without assistance. Kame-chan, you use English for work, do you have any recommendations for how to learn it?

Kame: Well I can’t really speak it either ya know… At any rate, for work I’d listen (to English), watch movies and stuff with subtitles. Create that environment as much as possible. Hmm, I put effort into it. Well if your work creates such an environment, that is great. Because then you would really want to speak English. I think that feeling is the most important, even more so than just studying. [Translator’s Note: I totally agree, for learning any language]

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Fanmail: My goal for 2017 is to travel. Right now I’m studying French. I want to learn enough that when I travel I won’t have any troubles!

Kame: That’s nice, everyone’s studying languages. Tokyo Olympics is coming up ne. If you can speak a bunch of different languages, that is definitely enriching. I truly think so. French huh? Bonjour (Hello)~ Bonsoir (Good evening)~ Isn’t that nice. I also love France and have been there many times, but I can’t speak the language at all. When I’m about to go on a trip, I’ll learn just the most essential phrases. But in order to practice speaking as much as possible, sometimes it’ll be like “Ah!” and then I pull out my cellphone and look it up. On the flight there, it’s fun to read books in that country’s language. I do that a lot

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HE LAUGHS IN THE -- okay, that's it, this is the final push I needed to finally learn Japanese, let it be known that Saizo's laugh is what did it

If that isn’t the greatest reason I don’t know what is. I have so many recordings of him just talking because I love him so much I love his voice etc like do it for Saizo. Do it for him. 

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Today’s Japanese Word of The Day: かわえ

Romanization: Kawae

Pronunciation: Kah Wah Eh

Translation: Cute, Adorable

Everyone knows that Spain uses the Kansai dialect and so instead of saying 可愛い Spain’s way of saying it is かわえ. So whenever you see Spain saying ロマノかわえ~ You’ll know he’s saying, “Romano’s so cute~" 

Let's learn Japanese!

Because there are already too many sites that offer online courses to learn the Japanese language, I’m going to add one more. Or at least, I’m gonna try. Not sure if I can call this a real course or if I actually keep this up, but I guess it might help some people to learn the basics of the language. As some people might expect, I’m not a native speaker of the language. (neither is English my native language) Though, I did receive a bachelor degree in Japanese Studies and thus know about the language. At this very moment I’m so damn bored, I decided to create some kind of lessons.

Lesson 1: Kanji & Kana (1)

Lesson 2: Kanji & Kana (2)