New Learning Japanese Project and Traveling in Japan

I have been traveling around Japan for the last 4 weeks. I still have another week left before going back to the states.

After living in Japan for 7-8 years, I come back about once a year so my kids can see their grandparents and to visit friends. We always have a great time and enjoy our trip, but this year was different. This year I found opportunity and remembered why I fell in love with Japan in the first place.

I found myself wanting to share these experiences again. Except, I couldn’t. After a long period of focusing on other things this site was broken. I had also deleted my twitter account in order to streamline my online presence.

After a little bit of work, this site is working again.

But I want to take it further.

I am starting a new Youtube channel all about Japan, the culture, and learning the language. I am bringing back several items from Japan to give away to subscribers, including figures, toys, and Japanese manga.

I am already planning my next trip back to Japan.

I need your help!

To make the best videos and offer the best giveaways, I need to know what you want to see?

In the comments section, please let me know:

  1. What you want to see- are you interested in traditional culture, do you want to see pop culture, anime, games?
  2. What are your favorite shows? Who are your favorite actors and musicians.
  3. Which places in Japan do you want to see?
  4. What help do you need with Japanese language or traveling in Japan?
  5. Are you interested in living or studying in Japan?
  6. What kind of items would you like to see as giveaways?

I’m really excited to get started on this project. With your help, I can produce the videos and content you really want to see.

Please comment and let me know what you would like to see. I look forward to hearing from you.

1000 Common Japanese Words for Anki or Mnemosyne

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The most popular post on JapaneseWords.net has been 1000+ Japanese Words List. As the title suggests, the post contains a list of over 1000 common Japanese Words and Kanji. I am proud to announce that the list has just gotten much better.

This list is available for Anki and Mnemosyne. In addition to making the list usable in Anki and Mnemosyne, it is divided into multiple lists (English to Hiragana, Hiragana to English, English to Kanji, etc). The ability to use Anki will allow you to study over 1000 common words and kanji in a very efficient manner.


I have included two files below. One is in “mem” format (Mnemosyne format) and the other in txt format. Either one can be imported into Anki.

 

Japanese Word Lists

Click Here to download Mnemosyne format

Click Here to download txt format

Japanese Study Tip

When dealing with a list of this size it can be a little bit overwhelming. Setting up a study schedule and a goal will prove to be very helpful. For instance, you might try to learn 5 or 10 new words a day. Or choose the date of completion and then figure out the number of words you will need to remember each day!

Japanese Adjectives in Sentences Part 9

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Here is part 9 of using Japanese Adjectives in Sentences. Hopefully you have learned a lot of new Japanese words, a bit of Japanese grammar, and have a better understanding of how to use different adjectives. You can find all of the previous adjectives posts at the bottom of the list.

81    昨日、不思議な夢を見ました。
きのう、ふしぎなゆめをみました。
Last night, I saw a mysterious dream.

82    彼は真面目な顔で話し始めた。
かれはまじめなかおではなしはじめた。
He began to talk with a serious face.

83    彼女は離れて暮らす母親の事が心配そうです。
かのじょははなれてくらすははおやのことがしんぱいそうです。
He looks worried about his mother who lives separately from him.
*Adjective + そう(な)=looks (adjective)

84    前の会社は、楽な仕事ばかりで物足りなかった。
まえのかいしゃは、らくなしごとばかりでものたりなかった。
I was not satisfied with all the easy work at my previous company.

85    今日の夕飯に必要な材料を買いに行く。
きょうのゆうはんにひつようなざいりょうをかいにいく。
I’m going shopping for the ingredients I need for today’s dinner.

86    駅で変な人に声をかけられた。
えきでへんなひとにこえをかけられた。
A strange person spoke to me at the (train) station.

87    危険な場所で遊んでいる子供たちに注意をした。
きけんなばしょであそんでいるこどもたちにちゅういをした。
I warned the children who were playing in the dangerous place.

88    私は正直な性格なので、嘘がつけません。
わたしはしょうじきなせいかくなので、うそがつけません。
I have a honest personality, so I can’t tell a lie.

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Japanese Adjectives in Sentences Part 8

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Part 8 of Using Japanese adjectives in sentences. This page contains only “NA” adjectives. After this there is only one more post to go. 頑張って!  As always please leave comments if you have questions. Previous adjective lists can be found at the bottom of this post.

71    誕生日に家族から素敵なプレゼントをもらった。
たんじょうびにかぞくからすてきなプレゼントをもらった。
I got a lovely present from my family on my birthday.

72    ピアノの上手な人に憧れる。
ピアノのじょうずなひとにあこがれる。
I long for a person who can play piano well.

73    下手な言い訳なら、しない方がいい。
へたないいわけなら、しないほうがいい。
It’s better not to  use a bad (unskilled) excuse.

74    好きな食べ物は何ですか?
すきなたべものはなんですか?
What kind of food do you like?

75    何か嫌いな食べ物はありますか?
なにかきらいなたべものはありますか?
Is there any food that you don’t like (hate)?

76    簡単な日本語の単語はほとんど全部覚えました。
かんたんなにほんごのたんごはほとんどぜんぶおぼえました。
I remembered almost all the easy words in Japanese.

77    大変な仕事を任されてしまった。
たいへんなしごとをまかされてしまった。
The hard work has been left up to me.

78    自分にとって一番大切な事はなんだろう。
じぶんにとっていちばんたいせつなことはなんだろう。
I wonder what’s the most important thing to me.

79    それは無理な話だ。
それはむりなはなしだ。
That’s an impossible matter.

80    ケーキは私の大好きなスイーツです。
ケーキは私の大好きなスイーツです。
Cakes are my favorite desserts.
* スイーツ=sweets (desserts or something sweet)

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Japanese Adjectives in Sentences Part 7

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Part 7 of Using Japanese adjectives in sentences. In this one we start getting into the “NA” adjectives.  As always please leave comments if you have questions. Previous adjective lists can be found at the bottom of this post.

61    青い目をした美しい人に出会った。
あおいめをしたうつくしいひとにであった。
I encountered a beautiful person with blue eyes.

62    結婚式には白いネクタイをします。
けっこんしきにはしろいネクタイをします。
Wear a white necktie for weddings.

63    お葬式には黒いネクタイをします。
おそうしきにはくろいネクタイをします。
Wear a black necktie for funerals.

[な形容詞]

64    先週、姉が元気な男の子を生みました。
せんしゅう、あねがげんきなおとこのこをうみました。
My sister gave birth to an energetic baby boy last week.

65    友達のお姉さんはとても奇麗な人だ。
ともだちのおねえさんはとてもきれいなひとだ。
My friend’s sister is very pretty.

66    もう少し静かな場所へ行こう。
もうすこししずかなばしょへいこう。
Let’s go to somewhere little more quiet.

67    世界的に有名な歌手になるのが夢です。
せかいてきにゆうめいなになるのがゆめです。
My dream is to be a world famous singer.

68    便利な世の中になったものだ。
べんりなよのなかになったものだ。
This world has become convenient.

69    うちの近所にはコンビニが無くて不便だ。
うちのきんじょにはコンビニがなくてふべんだ。
It is inconvenient not to have a convenience store around my house.

70    その店員さんは親切な対応をしてくれた。
そのてんいんさんはしんせつなたいおうをしてくれた。
The clark gave me kind assistance.

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