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  • izupenrob 7:21 am on July 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    How to say “Badass” or “Cool” 

    かっこいい or かっこいい  badass or good looking/cool looking

    example.
    日本の足袋は かっこいいです。
    Tabi (traditional workman socks) that of Japan, is really cool looking (badass!)

    You can also use カッチョいいー! or カッケ―! for extra slangish conversation.

    example.
    この 音楽 めちゃ かっちょいい! 
    This music is so badass! ( This music is such a blast!)

    スゲエ かっけー!
    Wow definitely badass! (or This is definitely a blast! )

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  • izupenrob 2:16 am on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Great Resource for Essential Japanese 

    I found the wikitravels website to be really handy. It covers quite a lot of the essential phrases and also covers some basic grammar.

    http://wikitravel.org/en/Japanese_phrasebook

     
  • izupenrob 11:24 pm on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    How to say “must do” 

    The tone of voice for phrasing “must do” in Japanese sounds like you are saying “I am inclined to–” or “one(a person) must —” .

    Versions of “must do” (if do not do, its no good)
    Neg-い+きゃ ならない(/なりません) = (very casual)
    Neg-い+ければ ならない(/なりません) = formal

    Neg-い+きゃ いけない(/いけません)=(very casual)
    Neg-い+ければ いけない(/いけません)= formal

    Ex.
    今日の夜(/今晩)、勉強しな ければ ならないって。
    今日の夜(/今晩)、勉強しな きゃ ならないって。 (more casual)
    I hear (from Mary) that she has to study tonight.

    Other ways to say is with  basic formVERB + べき + (です*optional)

     
  • izupenrob 11:19 pm on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    時期(じき) timing (in relativity to an time frame, such as “life” “eternity””during adolesence”) 

    時期(じき) timing (in relativity to an time frame, such as “life” “eternity””during adolesence”)

     
  • izupenrob 11:17 pm on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Vocabulary   

    the perfectionist 完璧主義(者) 

    the perfectionist
    完璧主義(者)

    わたしは 完璧主義者です。 だから 作業が 遅くなってしまいます。
    I am a perfectionist. Therefore (that is why) (my) work is (time to time) late.
    *() = implications

    1. Justin Palmer 1.7.17
     
  • izupenrob 11:13 pm on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Long time no see! 

    しばらく for a while (usually used in negative connotations)
    ひさしぶり for a while (usually used in positive connotations, closer to “long time no see!”)
     #おひさしぶり = honorific way to say ひさしぶり、but usually it is also used in casual speech.

    以前お会いしてから、 しばらく ですね~
    It’s been a while since we have last met.

    ひさしぶりですね! お元気ですか?
    Long time no see! How are you today?

    #Justin Palmer 1.7.17

     
  • izupenrob 11:09 pm on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adjectives, Adverb,   

    rare and unusual things 

    珍しいこと rare thing/case
    珍しい、めずらしい=unusual, rare

    日本語を 話せる人と 会うのは 珍しいです。
    It is a rare to meet a person who can speak Japanese.

    日本語を 話せる人と 会うのは 珍しいことです。
    It is a rare thing(case) to meet a person who can speak Japanese.

     
  • izupenrob 11:05 pm on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    WikiTravel.
    A great way to recap the “essential” phrases.

    http://wikitravel.org/en/Japanese_phrasebook

     
  • izupenrob 12:59 pm on July 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ~じゃない です。 not ~ 

    「お茶をください。。。 あ、すみません。 お茶(おちゃ)じゃない!紅茶(こうちゃ)です!」

    ”Please give me tea… Oh, excuse me. Not green tea, it’s black tea!

    ~ じゃない   not ~
    ~ じゃない です。 not ~ (polite)

     
  • izupenrob 12:45 pm on July 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Months, Duration of months 

    1月(いちがつ) January
    2月(にがつ) Feburary
    3月(さんがつ) March
    4月(よんがつ)April
    ….

    1カ月間(かげつ かん) for duration of 1 month
    2カ月間(かげつ かん) for duration of 2 months
    3カ月間(かげつ かん) for duration of 3 months

     
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