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This video has somehow been popular, so I will share it with you, too! このビデオ、なぜか学校で評判がいいので、シェアしておきます。
I wonder why some foreigners like to see only bright sides of Japan. And why some foreigners like to see only its horrible sides. This may happen to any country but it seems extreme. どうして一部の外国の方々は日本のいい面ばかりみたがるのでしょう。そして別の外国の方々はひどい面ばかり見たがるのでしょう。どの国にもあることなのでしょうが、極端です。

Amity Language Institute was created in 2005 in the hope of building friendly relations between people of all nationalities. Our mission is to promote cultural exchange through Japanese language instruction.

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WHILE MY EYES ARE BLACK
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Long time ago, all Japanese eyes were black. Hence the expression “while my eyes are black.” It means “while I am alive”, but it’s a very strong expression. When do you use it? Click and find out!
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/words-and-expressions/while-my-eyes-are-black/

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THE BEGINNING-OF-THE-YEAR GREETING (a new post)
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A Happy New Year! In Japanese, we say: AKEMASH*TE OMEDETOO GOZAIMASU!
To learn more and further about this expression, click here.
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/seasons/the-beginning-of-the-year-greeting/

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A HAPPY NEW YEAR! “YOI O-TOSHI O! (よいお年を!)"; THE YEAR-END GREETING
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There are two expressions for “Happy New Year!” in Japanese. Today we have to say this one:

YOI O-TOSHI O OMUKAE-KUDASAI! (Welcome a wonderful year!)

We say it today (until the day changes), because we are still in the “old” year which is about to leave us.

Tomorrow, we will tell you the other greeting we say in the new year.

http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/seasons/year-end-greeting/

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GUESTS AND FISH / 客と魚は
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What’s common between guests and fish? ...This is a short reading material for you to enjoy and to learn expressions you can use in conversation!
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/words-and-expressions/guests-and-fish/

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HOW TO WRITE A POSTCARD TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS
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This is the continuation of the “...te imasu” sentence. When we send you a card, we start with “Ima Tokyo e kite-imasu!” (I am visiting Tokyo now!) Please read the post on a little more advanced grammar of the “...te imasu” sentence, and you will find it useful!
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/grammar/the-te-imasu-sentence-2/

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THE LUCKY BIRD
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Here is a good sign, and we would like to share it with you.

On the Internet, we found this photo taken last month. It is the Izumo Taisha Shrine under a cloud looking like a big bird spreading her wings over it.

People like it since the bird looks like the “Hoooo (鳳凰 or ほうおう)”, a Chinese (and therefore Japanese) imaginary bird which brings you good luck. And the shrine enshrines Ookuninushi, the powerful god who is believed to connect people with good relationships including marriage.

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The “...te imasu” Sentence (1)

This is a good review of the three important meanings of “...te imasu” sentence: (1) an action is ongoing (2) a habitual and (3) a present state. More advanced functions, but as practical as this, will be explained tomorrow.

learnjapanesewithyuko.com We say “tokei ga kowarete imasu” to say “the clock is broken. Please read to

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「What has happened to me」~A testimony of a Uyghur woman~|清水ともみ|note

One of the popular cartoons in today’s Japan: The original is in Japanese but we post the English translation for your quick review. If you love the clean lines of her drawing like us, here is another: https://note.com/tomomishimizu/n/nc007abdbd9f0?fbclid=IwAR2j7LZWfkVg3pdpAQbh5rJDQlsf6DJi_Ox3efUuJnxnmtpNIR19QnPsAxA

note.com 「What has happened to me」~A testimony of a Uyghur woman~

Top photo is “hubuki (snow storm)” for people in the Kantoo Region
Bottom one is “hubuki” for people in Hokkaidoo Region

上 関東の人のいう吹雪
下 北海道の人のいう吹雪

https://matome.naver.jp/odai/2138434729424806901

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November 22 is Day of Good Couples

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NOVEMBER 22 IS DAY OF GOOD COUPLES
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Numbers are often transcribed to words in Japanese. This post is from two weeks ago and we are reposting it in the hope that you will know how 11-22 was converted to Good Couple.

learnjapanesewithyuko.com 和文は英文の下です。The Japanese text is at the bottom of this page. A possibly symbol of a

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THE PARTICLE “DE” (で)
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In this post, we addressed to the three main functions of the real particle “de”. Then we sidetracked a little and discussed another kind of “de (and)”, which beginner students sometimes confuse with “to” (and). Please read this and you will know the difference as well as anyone. Wish you a great new week!

http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/grammar/the-particle-de/

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THE PARTICLE “TO” (と)
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The particle “to” has two main functions; “with [someone]” and “and”. As for the second function, however, the particle “to” cannot connect everything (such as noun, verb, adjective, adverbial, sentence...) as the English “and” can. We will explain it in this post and the next “The Particle ‘de’ (で)”. “The Particle ‘de’(で)” will be posted tomorrow.
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/grammar/the-particle-to/

These are the shapes of the mouth of only five vowels you need to speak Japanese; a, i, u, e, and o (please disrecard the bottom right, which is “n”. If you say one of them short (for one mora’s worth of time), it’s the basic short vowel. If you say the same thing long (for two mora’s) WITHOUT CHANGING THE SHAPE OF THE MOUTH, that’s your long vowel!
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/pronunciation/long-vowels/
これが、日本語に必要なたった五つの母音、あ、い、う、え、おの口の形です。このうちひとつを短く言えば基本の短母音、口の形を変えずに長く言えば長母音になります!

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THE PARTICLE “NI” (に)
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"San-gatsu ni, Yanaka Ginza ni ikimash*ta.” (In March, I went to Yanaka Ginza in March.) The particle “ni” has several very useful functions. Read this and be familiar with it!
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/grammar/the-particle-ni/

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HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE SOMEONE WAITING FOR YOU AT KINOKUNIYA BOOKSTORE? / 紀伊国屋書店で待っている人を、どう説明しますか?
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FAQ on “X wa A ga B”: In saying “Erika has long hair”, what’s the difference between “Erika wa kami ga nagai desu.” and "Erika no kami ga nagai desu”?
「エリカさんは髪が長い」と「エリカさんの髪が長い」はどう違いますか?
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/grammar/faq-on-the-a-wa-x-ga-y-sentence-pattern/

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NOVEMBER 22 IS DAY OF GOOD COUPLES
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(和文は英文の下です)
In Oceania and Asia, it’s already passed, but November 22 is “Good Couples’ Day or いい夫婦(ふうふ)の日”ii huuhu no hi” in Japan.

The reason is just a word play. November 22 can also be written “1122", which can be read “i” “i” “hu” and “hu” in Japanese. You know “i” is the first part of “ichi” meaning “one” and “hu” is the old Japanese way of saying “two” as in “hutatsu (two pieces)” and “hutari (two persons)”.

We didn’t know what “good couples” do in Japan on this day and checked on the Internet.

It seems that the Japanese are not usually able to say “I love you and I thank you for being with me” to their spouses.

So the promoters tell people to “materialize your love and gratitude and all your feelings for your spouse” on this day, such as by buying a bunch of red roses or something for the wife. After all it’s again another opportunity for prompting people to spend money on something...?

But maybe there are simply a lot of Japanese who are so shy that they find buying a present and giving it is much easier than saying “I love you and I appreciate that you are with me.”

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11月22日はいい夫婦の日
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オセアニアとアジアではもう終わってしまったけど、11月22日は日本では「いい夫婦の日」です。

理由はただの語呂合わせで、11月22日は1122と書いて、「い」「い」「ふ」「ふ」と読めるからです。「ふ」は「2」の古い日本語で、「ふたつ」「ふたり」などとも言いますね。

私たちは、日本の「いい夫婦」たちがこの日に何をするのか知りませんでしたので、インターネットで見ました。

日本人はふだん配偶者に「大好きです。一緒にいてくれてありがと」ということがなかなかできないようです。

それで、この日を推進しようとしている人々はこの日、夫や妻への愛情や感謝などの気持ちを形に表しましょう、と人々に勧めています。赤いバラや何か妻のために買うとか。結局、また何か買えという話になるのでしょうか? 

でも、たぶん、日本人には、気持ちを表すことがとても恥ずかしくて、何か買ってプレゼントする方が「大好きだよ。一緒にいてくれてありがとう」と言うよりやさしいと思う人が多いということなのでしょうね。

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The Particle “e” (へ)

THE PARTICLE ”E (へ)” is one of the basic particles and means “to [a place]” but it is also used to address someone in a letter!
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/grammar/the-particle-e/

learnjapanesewithyuko.com A handmade card from a little niece saying “To Yuko and Joe” in the front.

“ELEPHANTS HAVE LONG TRUNKS” is an example of the “X wa A ga B” sentence pattern. It’s one of the six important sentence patterns in Japanese, so let’s master it today!
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/grammar/the-a-wa-x-ga-y-sentence-pattern/

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The Particle “no” (の)

ON THE PARTICLE “NO” (の): You may have learned that “no” is basically the possessive maker, but here are some ways you can use “no” in your speaking and writing more naturally!

learnjapanesewithyuko.com Kore wa watashi no pen-keesu desu. これは私のペンケースです。(This is my pen case.) Table of Contents In

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The Particle “wa” (は)

ON THE PARTICLE “WA”: This is our first in the series of reviews of particles. Ten more are coming.

learnjapanesewithyuko.com Kore wa JR Kyuushuu no maaku desu. これはJR九州のマークです。(This is the logo of JR Kyuushuu.) ************************

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PARTICLES AND THEIR RELATED VERBS

This is the first of our twelve small posts on eleven of the Japanese particles. It is originally intended to be a quick review for people studying for the JLPT N5 and N4 but there is something interesting and beneficial for all levels!

learnjapanesewithyuko.com Originally intended for advanced beginner people preparing for N5 or N4, this review of particles has interesting and beneficial info for all levels!

We are going to post a series of great grammar reviews for Beginner-Advanced Beginner-Low Intermediate Level. In this post, we grouped some verbs according to the particles they frequently appear with. Whether for your conversation practice or JLPT preparation, it will be much easier to find your particles after reading this!
We will post about INDIVIDUAL particles soon!
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/grammar/verb-grouping-for-particles/

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Grammar Review: IMPORTANT PARTICLES AND GROUPING OF VERBS
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In these posts on grammar review, we call the following verbs, but not exclusively, the Verbs of Existing. The reason is they express the state of existing, being or staying at one place. And they are used in the same sentence pattern.

be います imasu
be あります arimasu
stay います imasu

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Grammar Review: IMPORTANT PARTICLES AND GROUPING OF VERBS
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1. In short: The particle “wa” (は) is a subject marker

は is not the equivalent of “be” in English. は only shows its preceding word is the subject. If there is anything like “be”, it is ですbecause it conjugates to make a question, a negative, or a statement in the past.

Example 1: 私は30歳です。Watashi wa sanjussai desu. (I am thirty years old.)

2. A bit more on the particle “wa” (は)

In general, は has the function of highlighting a word and attracting the attention of the listener or reader to it. It doesn’t always have to be for the grammatical subject of the sentence. As in the following example, it frequently comes after a grammatical object.

Ex. 2: たばこは、ここで吸わないでください。Tabako wa koko de suwanai de kudasai. (Please don’t smoke cigarettes here.)

3. Bonus

By the same token, it can emphasize other types of words. The following are a couple of examples with adverbials. Observe that the real subject with は can coexist in the same sentence.

Ex. 3: 2月には私は日本にいません。Ni-gatsu ni wa watashi wa nihon ni imasen. (In February I will not be in Japan.)

Ex. 4: 私はみんなといっしょには出ません。あとで公園でみんなに会います。Watashi wa minna to issho ni wa demasen. Ato de kooen de minna ni aimasu. (I am not leaving with you guys. Later I will see you at the park.)

Also, は can replace が in a sentence with a Verb of Existing (for this kind of verbs, please refer to the post immediately after this). In doing so, は expresses an emphasis on the specific subject and often excludes the possibility of another (thing, person, place, idea, etc.). Please see the following examples to get the feeling.

Ex. 5: クレジットカードはあります。Kurejitto kaado wa arimasu. (I have a credit card. It implies I don’t have cash or another form of payment.)

Ex. 6: 玉ねぎはあります。Tama-negi wa arimasu. (I have some onions. It implies that I may not have any, some or all the other ingredients.)

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Grammar Review: IMPORTANT PARTICLES AND VERB GROUPING
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Suppose you have continually studied Japanese for about a year and half and we guess that you have finished or are about to finish your first book.
At this point, it’s good to have a review.

From today, we will post a small explanation on each of the following eleven particles. We will collect them on our website for your future reference.

Each explanation has three parts:“in short”, a quick reminder of what it is, “a bit more” for a little more explanation and examples, and a “bonus” for relevant knowledge from a more advanced level. If you are reviewing quickly for your exam, you can skip the last part.

(1) wa は (this is the only case in modern Japanese in which “wa” is spelled with は, not わ)
(2) no の
(3) e へ (this is the only case in modern Japanese in which “e” is spelled with へ, not え)
(4) ni に
(5) to と
(6) de で
(7) o を (this is the only case in modern Japanese in which “o” is spelled with を, not お)
(8) kara から
(9) made まで
(10) ga が
(11) yori より



Many particles are closely related to and often required by a specific sentence structure.

Since it is the main verb that decides a sentence structure, we grouped some verbs according to the structure and the particles they typically come with. We will present some examples of each of the verbs on the following list:

* The Verbs of Existing
* The Verbs of Giving
* The Verbs of Receiving
* The Verbs of Moving
* The Verbs of Common Activities
* The Verbs of Moving About
* The Verbs of Leaving a Place

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PRESIDENT’S GREEN BEAN PASTA SAUCE
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A Japanese lady shares in her book a delicious pasta sauce recipe. Originally it was created for a former president of Italy by his private chef. The gentleman was a pasta lover and he was on a diet... With the author's permission, we are sharing it with you!
日本人の女性が、とてもおいしいパスタソースを著書で紹介しています。ダイエット中ながらパスタ愛好家のイタリアの元大統領のため、お抱えのシェフが考案したもの。著者の了解を得て、このレシピを皆様とシェアいたします。
http://learnjapanesewithyuko.com/food-食べ物/presidents-green-bean-pasta/

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