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Daily Japanese #144

2013, May 31 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

幼虫 (ようちゅう/youchuu)

-larva; chrysalis

Word of the day EX:

神隠し (かみかくし/kamikakushi)

-mysterious disappearance; being spirited away

Word of the day EXX:

秘湯 (ひとう/hitou)

-secret hot spring

…For those who are interesting in vacuum forming objects, here’s an easy solution that’s fairly cheap.

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Daily Japanese #143

2013, May 30 Leave a comment

Proverb of the day:

可愛い子には旅をさせよ (かわいいこにはたびをさせよ/kawaiiko niwa tabi wo saseyo)

-lit. make the cute child go on a journey
-If a child is cute, instead of spoiling them while they are at home, you should have them experience the hardship and bitterness of the world
-When you leave your home, and enter an unfamiliar world, there are many hardships and trouble, but that harsh experience of a child leaving their parents home is what growing up is.
-derived from the fact that in the past, transportation facilities are not how they were now, and a journey was a relentless undertaking.

Word of the day:

微生物 (びせいぶつ/biseibutsu)

-microbe; germ

Word of the day EX:

恐竜 (きょうりゅう/kyouryuu)

-dinosaur

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Daily Japanese #142

2013, May 29 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

落書き (らくがき/rakugaki)

-scrawl; scribble; graffiti

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響き (どよめき/doyomeki)

-commotion; stir

Word of the day EXX:

産廃 (さんぱい/sanpai)

-industrial waste

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Daily Japanese #141

2013, May 28 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

卵黄 (らんおう/rannou)

-egg yolk

Word of the day EX:

一喜一憂 (いっきいちゆう/ikki ichiyuu)

-now rejoicing, now worrying; swinging from joy to sorrow; alternating hope and fear
-unable to put one’s mind at ease

Word of the day EXX:

鴛鴦 (おしどり/oshidori)

-mandolin duck

…Results of the first preliminary votes. It’s surprising to see Sashihara top the rankings, but there’ll be big changes as the days go by.

http://ameblo.jp/akihabara48/entry-11535824621.html

Daily Japanese #139

2013, May 27 Leave a comment

Proverb of the day:

鹿を追う者は山を見ず (しかをおうものはやまをみず/shika wo oumono wa yama wo mizu)

-lit. One who chases deer can not see the mountain
-someone who chases the gains in front of them lose sight of other things and lose all reason
-‘You can not see the wood for trees’

Word of the day:

勘当 (かんどう/kandou)

-disinheritance

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野獣 (やじゅう/yajuu)

-beast; monster; wild animal

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Daily Japanese #138

2013, May 26 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

侵食 (しんしょく/shinshoku)

-encroachment; erosion; corrosion

Word of the day EX:

優越感 (ゆうえうtかん/yuuetsukan)

-superiority complex

Word of the day EXX:

嫉妬 (しっと/shitto)

-jealousy; envy

…those awkward video cuts, but otherwise an interesting collaboration with Mythbusters, Chris Hadfield and David Chang.

Daily Japanese #137

2013, May 25 Leave a comment

Word of the day:

接着剤 (せっちゃくざい/secchakuzai)

-adhesive; glue

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有名税 (ゆうめいぜい/yuumeizei)

-the price of fame
-noblesse oblige

Word of the day EXX:

どんでん返し (どんでんがえし/dondengaeshi)

-(sudden) complete reversal (of plot); unexpected twist (at end of story)

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