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Learned Kanji 18


Today I’ve been reviewing Kanji for the first time in a long time ^_^;; So I took the opportunity to memorize a small new group of them:

熱 netsu/atsui (heat, fever)
病 byou/yamai (sick/ill)
誤 go/ayamaru (mistake)
夜 ya/yoru (night/evening)
昼 chuu/hiru (noon/daytime)
暑 sho/atsui (summer heat/hot)
温 on/atatakai (warm/temperature)

Here you have two Kanji that can have the reading “atsui”, it’s true that both are related to “heat” but they don’t have the exact same meaning which is shown by the different Kanji.


Japanese Verbs – The Book


It arrived last week and I’m really happy with my purchase ^_^ It’s the book by Tim R. Matheson called “Japanese Verbs – Saying What You Mean”.

Some photos (I apologize for the weak quality u_u):

If you know and like Tim’s material from his website you’ll certainly won’t regret buying this book. The contents are explained in a clear, simple manner, always with examples to aid the comprehension. It has helped me immensely to understand the language and to form sentences, all the Japanese that I can speak and understand is thanks to Mr. Tim’s works ^_^

Besides the Japanese verbs lessons it also features other relevant materials to complement your learning and the good thing is that you can use it if you’re just starting to learn Japanese Grammar and also if you’re a more advanced student.


Kanji compounds 3


I went trough my Kanji flashcards and discovered more compounds I can read:

人生 (life)
お手洗い (bathroom)
小学校 (elementary school)
火花 (sparks)
外国人(foreign person)

And the days of the week:

Study Update!


It’s been so long! (again) -_-

Unfortunately my studies have slowed  down a bit in the past few weeks… u_u  So I’m in need of some reviewing before I can move forward again.

KanjiBox is a great aid, there you can review your Kana, Kanji, Vocabulary and Reading in a quiz- like mode.

It’s no secret that I appreciate Tim R. Matheson’s work, most grammar that I know and understand from Japanese comes from reading  materials from his site, so lately I’ve been thinking in purchasing his book “Japanese Verbs – Saying what you mean” since it’s more complete.

Another thing I’ve been missing is reading and analyzing lyrics from songs  I like, that used to do wonders on my Japanese learning…. *sighs*

Kanji compounds 2


I’ve been wanting to update for so long! >.< I really need to organize better (meh!)

So, here are more Kanji compounds that I can read :

天国 (heaven/paradise)

有名 (famous)

上手 (skill/skillful)

時間 (time)

多分 (perhaps/probably)

花火 (fireworks)

旅人 (traveler)

甘口 (sweet flavour/mildness)

本屋 (bookstore)

安心 (relief/peace of mind)



Adjectives 2


I have written, very briefly, about Japanese adjectives here and since I’m currently reviewing them, I thought it would be a good idea to add a little more info on this subject.

In the other post is mentioned how to use them in a plain positive way, so now let’s see plain negative:

For true adjectives just drop the final i , add ku and then nai.

Examples :

おいしくない Oishiku nai (it’s not delicious)

寒くないsamuku nai  (it’s not cold)

For quasi – adjectives add de and then nai.


べんりでない Benri de nai (it’s not convenient)

元気でない Genki de nai (not feeling well)

Taken from  Tim Matheson’s  Japanese Adjectives available in http://www.timwerx.net/home/index.htm .


Kanji compounds


I’ve been wanting to post this for a while now, even if it’s not much, there are many Japanese words formed by more than one Kanji that I’m able to read now. I can say that making all that vocabulary learning  in the first stages of learning Japanese really pays off now, because when I learn the Kanji (or Kanjis) for a certain word that I already know,  it’s makes so much sense and sticks to my brain so much easily.  And it’s cool to know “oh so this is how this word is written!”

Some examples of these words are:

音楽 (music)
映画 (movie)
日本風 (Japanese style)
手紙 (letter)
先生 (teacher)
大学 (university)
今月 (this month)
お天気 (weather)
名前 (name)
家族 (family)
電車 (train)
小犬 (puppy)