Sunday, November 11, 2012

mimi + ate (みみあて): ear warmers

Another good example of a hard word that makes a lot of sense when broken down into kanji

verb stem + mono

Sensei thought us that the objects of a verb can be called by the verb stem + mono. For example, kaimasu (shopping/buy) makes kaimono, tabemasu makes tabemono, etc. At the same time, you can figure out that wearing a kimono is kimasu.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kanji stroke order guide

How To Guess A Kanji’s Stroke Order: Great website about general Kanji stroke order rules.

atashi (あたし): poor girl's watashi

Yesterday, the guys at U-Zen were enjoying my Japanese and wanted to teach me funny/unusual tango. They said "atashi" was used (instead of watashi) by young girls from the country side and that I would sound pretty funny talking like that. They said "atashaa" can replace watashi wa.

From Yuko: "You only hear in old tv shows about farmers life or samurai's old girlfriend from back home etc.  It is definitely a blue collar word. So SSG guys, especially Ayumu, will love it.

"Asha onaka ga suitan dayooooo "
(I'm hungry: I will say this if I'm playing a poor farmer girl in country side)."

Monday, November 5, 2012

kochira (こちら): more Japanese demonstratives

This Japanese demonstratives wiktionary page is great, it adds more to the "ko-so-a-do" rules:

re: object (kore, sore, etc)
no: when specifying noun (kono, sono, etc)
ko: location/place (koko, doko, etc)
nna: to describe the type of object (new!)
chira: direction (new!)

Japanese demonstratives (edit)
* irregular
** regular (long vowel)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

shitsurei shimasu (しつれいします): I am impolite

People say this when they serve you or walk behind you. It means "I am impolite" but you rarely get a free beer out of it.