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Issunboushi and Mario

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

The main Nintendo character (or one of them) is known by probably everyone all over the world. Now that we are learning Japanese by translating the story of Issunboushi in our classes, I found a video that brings these two characters together. We will continue with Issunboushi’s story, but this time in anime starring Mario. [...]

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Issunboushi VII

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

What better way to learn Japanese than translating a little bit from the story of our hero Issunbousshi. Issunboushi had just left his house and was heading upriver in a bowl of rice to find some more adventures…   みやこい ついた いっすんぼうしは はじめに だいじんの やしきに いきました。  Miyako ni tsuita issunboushi wa hajime ni daijin no yashiki ni ikimashita.   As always, [...]

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Negative expressions in Japanese

Jan 20, 2013 No Comments

Although I have seen some examples of negative expression, I have not been given any explanation in terms of grammar. It’s not as easy as, for example, in the English language, where any expression can be turned into a negative one. But then again, it’s also not something extremely difficult. Keep in mind that what [...]

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Japanese verbs, infinitive and volitional

Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Verbs in Japanese, as we have seen, have a regular and formal version. So for the form masu (formal words) the –u is taken away and –imasu is added; the other verbs lose the -ru and –masu is added. As a curiosity, the verbs that lose the -u are called 五 段 (godan). Remember that [...]

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Differences in the Japanese language between women and men

Oct 06, 2012 No Comments

Once you are familiar with some basic Japanese, you will have learned vocabulary, grammar and basic verbs. You can try out a few phrases and perhaps start practicing at a higher level. So everything is perfect, but what happens if you use some words in the wrong context? For foreigners it is not such a [...]

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My first conversation in Japanese

Sep 18, 2012 No Comments

A few days ago, I wrote about the Conversation Exchange website. A Japanese native wrote to me that he would visit Cadiz and that he was interested in meeting somewhere with me. My Japanese level, as you can see for yourselves in this blog, is pretty limited, but I know some words and phrases to [...]

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The Kindle and Anki matrimony

Sep 13, 2012 No Comments

The Amazon Kindle is mainly designed for reading and is a truly wonderful device for this purpose, but it sometimes happens that you get tired of reading Japanese grammar or Japanese stories that make you feel frustrated because of their level of complexity or your lack of knowledge on hiragana. The Kindle 3 has a [...]

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