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6 years ago

 

Japanese Word for "Money"

The Japanese word for money is okane. The way to say it phonetically is "oh-kah-nay".

Here's the kanji for okane, the Japanese word for money:

The Japanese word for money-pronounced oh-kah-nay

And here's how to write okane in hiragana:

Hiragana for o, pronounced oh Hiragana for ka, pronounced kah Hiragana for ne, pronounced nay

The term for "rich person" in Japan is kanemochi. This literally means "have money".

Click here to check out how to say and write more Japanese words


Did you know...
The Japanese flag—the hinomaru—literally means "circle of the sun".


6 years ago

 

Japanese Word for "English"

The Japanese word for English language is eigo. The pronounciation of eigo rhymes with the words "gray" and "snow".

Below are the two kanji for eigo. The first kanji by itself means "England", and the second one means "language" or "words".

The kanji for England--pronounced eiThe kanji for language--pronounced go

Here's the hiragana writing of eigo, the Japanese word for English:

Hiragana for a, pronounced ahHiragana for i, pronounced eeHiragana, pronounced shi

The way to ask "do you speak English?" in Japanese is "Eigo o hanasemasu ka". To say that you do speak English, in Japanese you would say "Hai, hanasemasu."


Did you know...
Japanese women, rather than their husbands, traditionally make all the financial decisions at home.

6 years ago

 

Japanese Word for "Friend"

The Japanese word for friend is tomodachi. It's phonetically pronounced "toh-moh-dah-chee".

Here are the two kanji that make the Japanese word for friend. The first kanji means friend/friendship in a more abstract sense, and the second one means reaching or attainment.

The kanji for friendship--pronounced toh-moh The kanji for reaching--pronounced dah-chee

There's also an equally common way to write tomodachi. Because the second kanji is a bit complex, you use the first one and just write the second one in hiragana:

Hiragana for mi, pronounced mee Hiragana for da, pronounced dah Hiragana for chi, pronounced chee

And here's how to write the Japanese word for friend, tomodachi, in hiragana:

Hiragana for to, pronounced toh Hiragana for mo, pronounced moh Hiragana for da, pronounced dah Hiragana for chi, pronounced chee

To say somebody has become your friend, just say "[Person's name] wa watashi no tomodachi ni narimashita".

6 years ago

 

M

 

MA Row

ma

mee

moo

meh

mo

 

Y

 

YA Row

yah

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you

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yo

 

R

 

RA Row

rah

ree

roo

reh

ro

 

W

 

WA Row

wah

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Hiragana Writing Chart

 

 

 

 

A

 

I

 

U

 

E

 

O

 

Vowel Row

a (as in father)

 

ee (as in green)

 

u (as in blue)

 

e (as in red)

 

o (as in old)

 

K

 

KA Row

kah

kee

ku

keh

ko

 

S

 

SA Row

sah

see

sue

seh

so

 

T

 

TA Row

tah

tee

too

teh

toe

 

N

 

NA Row

nah

nee

new

neh

no

 

H

 

HA Row

ha

hee

hoo

heh

ho

 

M

 

MA Row

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Ah

a as in "father"

ee

ee as in "see"

oo

u as in "blue"

eh

"e" as in "net"

Oh

o as in "go"

Kah

Kee

Koo

Keh

Koh

Sah

Tsu

Su

Seh

Soh

Tah

Chee

Tsu

Teh

Toh

Nah

Nee

Nu

Neh

Noh

Hah

Hee

Fu

Heh

Ho

Ma

Mee

Mu

Meh

Mo

Yah

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Yu

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Yo

Ra

Ree

Ru

Reh

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Day, or Sun

Pronounced "Nichi" for day, but also "jitsu" and "hi" and "-ka"

Moon, or month

Pronounced "Tsuki" (moon) or "Getsu" (month) and "gatsu"

Bright

Pronounced "Ashita" and "Mei", "Myou"

Sky, heavens

Pronounced "Ten" and "Ame"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One

Pronounced "Ichi", "Itsu" and "Hito"

Ten

Pronounced "Juu" and "To"

Up, or Top

Pronounced "Kami", "Shou", and "Ue"

Down, or Bottom

Pronounced "Ka", "Ge", "Shita" and "Shima"

 

 

6 years ago

 

Basic Japanese Phrases and Playing Games

  • Dono gemu ga shitai? --- What game do you want to play? (Direct style).
  • 3 retsu ni natte (kudasai) --- Let's make 3 rows.
  • Sensei no mane o shite (kudasai) --- Do as the teacher does.
  • Maru ni natte suwatte (kudasai) --- Sit in a circle.
  • Senshu no fukusyu o shimasyo --- Let's review last weeks lesson.
  • Te o tsunaide utaimasyo --- Join hands and let's sing.
  • (Tonari no hito to) te o tsunaide --- Join hands with the person next to you.

 

 

 

Basic Japanese Phrases To Use With Giving Tests

 

  • Kyo tesuto o shimasu --- Today we have a test.
  • Tesuto no mae ni fukushu o shimasu --- Let's review before the test.
  • Atteru kotae ni maru o kaite (kudasai) --- Circle the correct answer.
  • Hatsuon shita oto ni sen o hiite --- Draw a line to the sound I say.
  • Hatsuon shita oto ni maru o kaite (kudasai) --- Circle the sound I say.
  • Hon o katazukete (kudasai) --- Please put your books away.
  • Tepu o kiite (kudasai) --- Please listen to the tape.
  • Tepu o kikitotte kaite (kudasai) --- Write down what you hear on the tape.
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    • Mo ikkai ---- Once more.
    • Mo ikkai itte ne --- Won’t you say it once more?
    • Hayaku itte (kudasai) --- Say it fast.
    • Motto hayaku itte (kudasai) --- Say it even faster.
    • kono kado o mite (kudasai) --- Look at the card
    • Hayaku go kai itte (kudasai) --- Say it 5 times fast.

     

    Basic Japanese Phrases With 'Masho'

    "Masho" parallels "let's" in English. So as you might have guessed it's a very popular pattern and can used in countless basic Japanese phrases. Avoiding confrontation is big in Japan - but I digress... 

    • X o utai masho --- Let's sing X. (Whatever X is).
    • Hon o akemasho --- Let's open (our) books.
    • Tachimasho --- Let's stand up.
    • Gemu o shimasho --- Let's play a game.
    • Utai masho --- Let's sing.
    • Odori masho --- Let's dance.
    • Fukusyu shimasho --- Let's review.

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    Basic Japanese Phrases with 'Kudasai'

    • Mite kudasai --- Look please.
    • Kaite kudasai ---Write please.
    • Yonde kudasai --- Read please.
    • Shizukani shite kudasai --- Be quiet please.
    • Suwatte kudasai --- Sit down please.
    • Tatte kudasai --- Stand up please.
    • Narande kudasai --- Line up please.
    • Itte kudasai --- Speak please.
    • Yamete kudasai --- Please stop doing that.
    • Hon o akete kudasai --- open your books.
    • 16 peji o akete kudasai --- Turn to page 16.
    • Tsugi no peji o akete kudasai --- Turn to the next page.
    • Kite kudasai --- Come here please.

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    The 10 "Musts" of Japanese Pronouns

    You still need to know the right pronouns to use. Here are the basic ones you need to know. If you get these, you're covered 95% of the time:

    • Watashi—This is the most common way to say "I" or "me". It is polite, and you can pretty much always use it. This is a unisex term.
    • Watashi-tachi—Generally, if you see "tachi" at the end of a pronoun, it means that it's a plural. So in this case, watashi-tachi means "we".
    • Boku—Means the same as watashi. The only difference is that boku is strictly used by males, and is somewhat informal. Don't use this one if you are meeting the Emperor.
    • Boku-tachi—Yep, you guessed it. Boku-tachi is a male, slightly informal way of saying "we".
    • Anata—Means "you". This is a really tricky term, but the big rule here is NOT to use it when speaking to someone who is your senior, teacher, boss…you get the idea. As a rule of thumb, substitute "you" with someone's last name (with -san) or their title.
    • Kare—"He". This is one of those terms you should use sparingly, because the situation usually doesn't require you to clarify "he" versus "she". Be careful, though-in many contexts, this can also mean "boyfriend".
    • Kanojo—"She". No need to use this one too much, either. As you probably picked up, this can also mean "girlfriend".
    • Kare-ra—Means "they", referring to people only.
    • Sore-ra—Also means "they", but instead refers to inanimate objects.
    • Minna-san—Means "everybody", as a plural "you". A good time to use this is when addressing several people. This is very polite.

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    Japanese Word for "Woman"

    The Japanese word for small is onna. That's pronounced "ohn-nah".

    The kanji for onna is very simple. It is actually supposed to represent a figure kneeling down with her arms crossed.

    The kanji for woman--pronounced ohn-nah

    Here's how to write the Japanese word for woman in hiragana:

    Hiragana for o Hiragana for n Hiragana for na, pronounced nah

    Another way to say "woman" in Japanese is "onna no hito". This literally means "a person of femininity".

    To say "women" in Japanese, you would say "onna no hito-tachi" to make the word for woman plural.

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    Japanese Word for "Daughter"

    The Japanese word for water is musume. It's phonetically pronounced "moo-soo-may".

    The kanji for musume is quite simple:

    Word for daughter--pronounced moo-soo-may

    Here's how to write the Japanese word for water, mizu, in hiragana:

    Hiragana for mu, pronounced moo Hiragana for su, pronounced soo Hiragana for me, pronounced may

    The kanji for musume is made up of two parts (called "radicals"). The one on the left means "woman" and the one on the right means good. The literal meaning of musumeis "a woman who is still good".

    You would only refer to your own daughter as musume. The polite way to refer to someone else's daugher is musume-san

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    Japanese Word for "Love"

    The Japanese word for love is ai. The way to say "I love you" in Japanese is pronounced "aishiteru". Phonetically, you say it "ah-ee-shee-tay-roo", but pronounce it fairly quickly.

    Here is the kanji for ai alone:

    The Japanese kanji for love--ai

    Here is the whole phrase aishiteru, with the kanji:

    The Japanese kanji for love--aiHiragana, pronounced shiHiragana, pronounced teHiragana, pronounced ru

    Finally, below is the hiragana writing of the Japanese way to say "I love you":

    Hiragana for a, pronounced ahHiragana for i, pronounced eeHiragana, pronounced shiHiragana, pronounced teHiragana, pronounced ru

    Generally, the Japanese don't express love too openly. Though aishiteru is the literal Japanese way to say "I love you" the way we do in English, the Japanese often use other ways to express love. A common example of this is to say "daisuki desu", which literally means "I like [you] a lot".

    6 years ago

     

    Japanese Word for "Friend"

    The Japanese word for friend is tomodachi. It's phonetically pronounced "toh-moh-dah-chee".

    Here are the two kanji that make the Japanese word for friend. The first kanji means friend/friendship in a more abstract sense, and the second one means reaching or attainment.

    The kanji for friendship--pronounced toh-moh The kanji for reaching--pronounced dah-chee

    There's also an equally common way to write tomodachi. Because the second kanji is a bit complex, you use the first one and just write the second one in hiragana:

    Hiragana for mi, pronounced mee Hiragana for da, pronounced dah Hiragana for chi, pronounced chee

    And here's how to write the Japanese word for friend, tomodachi, in hiragana:

    Hiragana for to, pronounced toh Hiragana for mo, pronounced moh Hiragana for da, pronounced dah Hiragana for chi, pronounced chee

    To say somebody has become your friend, just say "[Person's name] wa watashi no tomodachi ni narimashita".

    6 years ago

    I have to admit, the only Japanese I know right now comes from food products and watching anime!

    Dog (inu); demon (yasha); steel (hagane)

    OK, I've kind of blanked out on the few other words I know! But, ah, well, I will learn more, I'm sure!

    6 years ago

    Katakana characters are more angular than their hiragana counterparts and are used for words of foreign origin, emphasis and a whole bunch of swearwords:

    Well I should have learned this one a long time ago LOL

    6 years ago

    Japanese did not have letters until chinese introduced their letters
    in second or third century. After then we japanese are using chinese
    letters. Of course ancient japanese used these letters for learning
    chinese progressed culture. As you know, chinese letters are basically
    ideograms that were originally pictograph and every single letter has
    its own meaning.    For example, the letter for turtle is  e.
    This letter is simplified one as compared to original one but still the
    shape of turtle is obvious. I do not know how many chinese letters are
    there, probably more than hundred thousands. Roughly saying, average
    japanese can read letters of 5,000 or more but can write down 2,000 or
    less. At elementary school and junior high school, 1,800 of letters are
    taught.    Chinese letters are used of course in China and in Japan
    and also in Korea. Chinese use chinese letters only. In Japan, as we
    are doing nowadays too, the chinese invented letters were arranged
    otherwise to form a group of letters expressing sounds. Therefore,
    japanese have ideograms and phonograms. The phonogram letters were
    contrived in eighth century. Before that time, ancient people used a
    group of chinese letters as phonograms very hard to read.    The
    way of making phonograms was to deform the chinese letters that has
    similar sound with japanese basic sounds. Here is a example of making
    "a" sound letter".
     d   The top most letter is print style and the bottom letter is the letter for "a" sound. Another three letters show the trend.    The letterd is a synthesis of two parts. s means a house and emeans woman. The original pictograph for woman is d kneeling obediently. When woman is in the house, she is at ease and safe. Therefore the meaning ofd is "ease" and "safe".
        Forty
    eight letters were thus made. two letters are now rarely used because
    of similarity of sounds. Ancient people discerned these sounds but
    people of nowadays are hardly able to discern these sounds. This group
    of phonograms is called hiragana.  

     

    6 years ago

    you have any words to suggest for popular kanji, please email me. I will consider adding them in the future.

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    Achievement (Tassei)Adventure (Bouken)Ancestor (Senzo)Art (Geijutsu)Bond (Kizuna)Cooperation (Kyouryoku)Creation (Souzou)Destiny (Unmei)Dignity (Igen)Elegance (Yuuga)Environment (Kankyou)Era (Jidai)Generosity (Kandai)Glory (Eikou)Gorgeous (Gouka)Hallucination (Genkaku)Harmony (Chouwa)Hero (Eiyuu)Imagination (Souzou)Jealousy (Shitto)Kaleidoscope (Mangekyou)Karate Mercy (Jihi)Milky Way (Ama no gawa)Miracle (Kiseki)Music (Ongaku)Myth (Shinwa)Ninja Patience (Nintai)Planet (Wakusei)Poem (Shi)Prosperity (Ha
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    Ambition (Yabou)Beauty (Bi)Belief (Shinnen)Bravery (Yuukan)Buddhism (Bukkyou)Courage (Yuuki)The Code of Samurai (Bushidou)Desire (Yokubou)Dragon (Ryuu)Dream (yume)Enlightenment (Satori)Eternity (Eien)Freedom (Jiyuu)Friendship (Yuujou)God (Kami)Happiness (Koufuku)Honor (Meiyo)Hope (Kibou)Ideal (Risou)Illusion (Gensou)Justice (Seigi)Legend (Densetsu)Love (Ai)Loyalty (Chuujitsu)Meditation (Mokusou)Moon (Tsuki)Nature (Shizen)Ocean (Umi)Passion (Jounetsu)Peace (Heiwa)Perfect (Kanzen)
    Love
    6 years ago

    dpronunciation: aibu
    keyword: love

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    if anyone know any Japanese please post in both languages thank you