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    Re: Post the Japanese you learn today here

    こっそり = stealthily, sneakily
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    Thanks for the tip, Rin!
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    Today's language lunch vocab:

    薄着(うすぎ): (wearing) light clothes (e.g. a t-shirt)
    厚着 (あつぎ): (wearing) heavy clothes (e.g. long sleeves and a sweater)
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    認める (みとめる): among other things, to affirm as in a judicial decision or to grant a motion. (In the original context I heard, I think, it was to recognize a claim for intentional infliction of...
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    Ice mountain, actually. 水 vs. 氷 Mnemonic:...

    Ice mountain, actually.

    水 vs. 氷

    Mnemonic: set a drop of the water aside to make a single ice cube.
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    許す (ゆるす): to forgive. Came up today when a JTE asked me about "Excuse me, but". Which also led to:

    起源 (きげん): origin (I was originally saying 由来 but he seemed to suggest 起源 was a better...
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    This same metaphor is also often used to describe...

    This same metaphor is also often used to describe proper sword-gripping technique: you twist the hands inwards as though you were wringing out a towel. (Well, wringing out a towel in the opposite...
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    ださい: unstylish, dorky, unfashionable.

    It came up when I was describing the goofball with the buttoned-up polo shirt in the back of Eigo Noto. I was like, "That's really dorky, having the top...
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    Lately, I've been trying to use free periods to watch other classes, both out of curiosity and to improve my Japanese. (In the case of history class, sometimes I actually also learn some things...
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    You're probably right, but on the other hand, I...

    You're probably right, but on the other hand, I thought the freaking giant "chuukaman" in Yokohama's Chinatown were also called "manjuu". Then again, I was with some other Americans, so maybe one of...
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    Oh, one more from yesterday's "Vader goes to the conbini" story. I asked how many manjuu Vader had bought. (He bought a nikuman.) The kids all said "zero", and I noticed the JTE in his notes had...
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    I got asked to do a listening activity on the fly (I tell a little story, they answer questions) today...it was a bit rough, but I managed to throw something together each time. (It was harder than...
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    What? They don't say あのさ everywhere? It's...

    What? They don't say あのさ everywhere?

    It's right here in the dictionary:


    (prt) (sentence end, mainly masc.) indicates assertion; (P)
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    I played tag with the kids at recess today:

    鬼ごっこ(おにごっこ): tag.
    Not new Japanese to me, but just for interest, some common phrases:
    だれ鬼?! (who's it?)
    逃げて! (にげて) (RUN! FLY YOU FOOLS!)
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    ちゃりんこ: (Or: ちゃりん) Bicycle, apparently. On two occasions, girls have run up and been like, WAKATTA-SENSEI, ちゃりんこ! And I'm like, what are you crazy bitches talking about?! What is a ちゃりんこ? I...
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    I recently refined my understanding of Japanese words for varying stages of drunkenness:

    ほろ酔い(ほろよい): Tipsy/buzzed.
    千鳥足 (ちどりあし): Tipsy. It apparently literally refers to how a certain kind of...
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    誇張 (こちょう) - Exaggeration. I've been wondering what this was for a long time! Just realized it today. Very useful for teaching.

    I remember an aikido teacher back in the states with quite...
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    I think that's a good idea! Also: I made...

    I think that's a good idea!

    Also: I made sushi again for the first time in a while, and Avocado, you were -delicious-.
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    Learned yesterday, actually:

    下品 (げひん): Vulgarity. I'd known several words for "bad word" or whatever in Japanese, but this seems to be the popular one for things that a person of quality should...
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    I remember at one school, they'd ask me to give...

    I remember at one school, they'd ask me to give little talks. (It was a really great school...excellent teaching method and really interested students. I'm just a little sad that the ichinensei are...
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    Ahahaha. Awesome! It's like the giant mecha-robot-champion of J-Go.


    Speaking of unnecessary, I think that kanji's official meaning should be "needless". It should be an い-adjective.


    I...
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    WHOA. 體   龜 What the hell?! I'm guessing...

    WHOA.

    體   龜

    What the hell?!

    I'm guessing they didn't need to write about bodies or tortoises very often. Seriously; that's not a turtle, that's a circuit diagram. It is information on how...
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    The ず form (something I only started noticing in writing/speech recently, I'm sorry to say) of する is せず

    漢字を勉強せず日本語を勉強してはいけません。


    And a major one: it's not "かんべき", it's "かんぺき". (Perfect)
    I...
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