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Articles for Intermediates

Articles for Intermediates of Japanese
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Body Idioms Part V

Body Idioms

手の内を明かす Opening up your heart (but with your hands)
胸をなでおろす Stroking one's chest in relief

Iroha Uta いろは歌
Iroha Uta

An ancient poem & an order of kana (like あいうえお)

第十九章 鬼の敗北 The Oni's Defeat ゆきの物語
Chapter 19: The defeat of the Oni
Volume 7: Number Units 数の単位 Kotoba Zamurai
Volume 7: Number Units 数の単位
第八章  若殿との出逢い A Rendezvous with the Prince
第八章 若殿との出逢い

Yuki gets invited to the castle to show off her skill. Now with Video!

第七章  買物 Shopping Chapter Seven: Yuki goes shopping.
第六章  都に到着 Arrival at the City
Yuki arrives at her destination and finds a job.
第五章 助けて! Help! As Yuki continues her journey, she encounters some ronin and needs some help.
ほら吹き Blowing a Shell or Tell a Lie
ほら吹き
Blowing a Shell or Tell a Lie
土下座 Prostrating Oneself
土下座
kneeling down to the ground, prostrating oneself
一人残らず Everyone
一人残らず

everyone
しぶい子供 Sophisticated Child
しぶい子供
Sophisticated Child
顔面蒼白 Pale Face
顔面蒼白
face becoming white or pale because of a sudden fear or shock
難攻不落の要塞 Impregnable Fortress
難攻不落の要塞

impregnable fortress
寒中水泳 Swimming in the Middle of Winter
寒中水泳

swimming in the middle of winter; a midwinter swim
辻斬り Samurai who Kills Someone with a Sword on the Street
辻斬り

Samurai who kills someone with a sword on the street
馬が合わない Not get along
馬が合わない
Not get along
弓を引く Draw the bow; rise up against...
弓を引く
Draw the bow; rise up against...
Volume 4: Kanji Form Categories 六書: What is it? Today we will look at how etymology of kanji are categorized. That is, there are 6 ways the ancient Chinese used to explain how each kanji is put together.
Volume 3: Letters to Kotoba Zamurai's Little Brother The Defender of what is right, the corrector of already correct Japanese, That's right, it's "Letters to Kotoba Zamurai's little brother" time!
Volume 2: Useless Questions for Today In This Day and Age, Totally Useless Questions
Here are a few questions that once stirred the heart of every Japanese, but today are no longer in debate...

The Kotoba Zamurai Archives
"Kotoba zamurai" articles are written to be "a non-systematic approach to learning unusual, but useful words." While these not-so-serious articles are written with the upper-beginner to intermediate in mind, even beginners should be able to get something out of them. If not, I may have wasted 15 minutes of your life... I will leave it up to you to take the chance.

芥川龍之介 - 鼻 Akutagawa's Hana This story, The Nose (鼻 hana), was composed in 1916 and is about a monk with a very large nose (hence the title). The story addresses jealousy, egoism, and the making fun of others all with a hint of humor here and there. Complete Story with Audio.
幕末 - Words About the End of the Edo Period

幕末 - End of the Edo Period Vocabulary

和製漢字 Kanji, made in Japan Exploring a few 和製漢字, Kanji that were Created in Japan.
Murphy's Law in Japanese A few important Murphy's Law statements in Japanese
折り紙つき certified to be good The etymology of 折り紙つき certified to be good
語源 J Etymology 語源 gogen - Japanese Etymology articles
New Years Day Words A few important words and customs for the Japanese New Year
Why study Osaka-ben?

Some reasons to study the Osaka dialect

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