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Japanese - English Language Basics

Basic Japanese - English phrases for the business traveler or visitor: meeting people, emergencies, travel, sports, entertainment and numbers.


Popular New Japanese Words 2006

Popular New Japanese Words for 2006: Japanese as a language is constantly evolving especially from the influence of English loan words. Mary Noguchi looks at new words that entered the language in 2006 (from the 2006 editions of Imidas and Gendai Yougo no Kiso Chishiki).

乳間ファッション (breast-between fashion, nyuu-kan-fasshon)

Womens' magazine Nikita came up with the zippy new kanji compound 乳間 (nyuukan), meaning "cleavage". 胸の谷間 ("the valley in the chest," mune no tanima) is the more traditional term. Nikita encourages its readers to take full advantage of their cleavage in appealing to the opposite sex, through the use of long necklaces and revealing tops.



The kanji for love.

The kanji for "love" 愛

Popular New Japanese Words 2005

Popular New Japanese Words for 2005: Japanese as a language is constantly evolving especially from the influence of English loan words. Mary Noguchi looks at new words that entered the language in 2005 (from the 2005 editions of Imidas and Gendai Yougo no Kiso Chishiki).

"Shiku shiku sagi" (boo-hoo-swindle)

Yet a new form of telephone fraud in which a male swindler telephones a female target and convinces her to transfer large sums of money into a bank account. Sobbing, the man pretends to be her husband and relays some shocking news: He has just caused a traffic accident. She must immediately send money to the victim's bank account for a private settlement or there will be dire consequences for the family. One resident of Yokohama was swindled out of 9,990,000 yen in June, 2004 through this scam.


Popular New Japanese Words 2004

Popular New Japanese Words for 2004: Japanese as a language is constantly evolving especially from the influence of English loan words. Mary Noguchi looks at new words that entered the language in 2004. Here's an example below:

heisei-san-shu-no-jingi (Heisei-three-types-sacred-vessels)

In the 1950s the "Three Sacred Treasures" of Japanese households were the black and white television, the washing machine, and the refrigerator. Heisei Era (i.e. 1989-present) counterparts are said to be the dish washer, microwave oven, and raw garbage disposal machine. Other candidates include: cell phones with cameras, DVD recorders, and high-vision televisions.


Counting in Japanese

The Japanese numbering system explained: Numbering in Japan is overwhelmingly 'Western-style' (i.e. Arabic). However, when dining and/or drinking, especially in more traditional establishments, it may be useful to know how to read Japanese (i.e. Chinese character) numbers.



Kanji Characters

Kanji: The Japanese system of writing Chinese characters.


Katakana

Katakana: Katakana is an angular Japanese syllabary used mainly for writing foreign loan words.


Hiragana

Hiragana: Hiragana is an rounded Japanese syllabary derived from kanji.


Romaji

Romaji: romaji - lit. "Rome letters" is a Japanese writing system used to transcribe the Latin alphabet.


The General Union & Teaching In Japan

The General Union: The majority of members are teachers and staff at conversation schools, junior and senior high schools, universities, and similar workplaces. However, the union is open to any full- or part-time worker in Japan of any nationality.


Books On Studying Japanese Language

Studying Japanese: Book reviews of useful resources for learning Japanese and about the nature and use of the Japanese language.


Remembering The Kanji

Interview with Remembering The Kanji author, James Heisig.


Useful Links for Studying Japanese & Teaching English in Japan

Japanese & English language learning and teaching links: Japanese language schools, English language schools, English teachers' union, TEFL, ESL, kanji, online Japanese and English language learning sites.


Kodansha's Communicative English-Japanese Dictionary

Interview with lexicographer, Peter Sharpe and co-author of Kodansha's Communicative English-Japanese Dictionary.


Electronic Dictionaries for Studying Japanese

Casio & Canon electronic dictionaries: The latest word in electronic Japanese-English, Japanese-French, Japanese-German and Japanese-Chinese dictionaries. The Casio EX-word series and Canon Word Tank series.


Online Resources & Dictionaries for Studying Japanese

Online Resources & Dictionaries for Studying Japanese.

There are several good free online dictionaries for the student of Japanese language including eijiro, mahou.org and Jim Breen's WWWJDIC Server.


Japanese Word of the Day

Learn a new Japanese Word of the Day with katakana and hiragana spellings and listen to the pronunciation.


Books on Japanese