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Articles for Pre-Intermediates of Japanese
Title Teaser
ポンコツ Piece of Junk
ポンコツ
junk, junky, piece of junk
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
証拠隠滅 Destruction of Evidence
証拠隠滅

destruction of evidence
言語道断 Something so Bad, There are no Words

言語道断

Something so Bad, There are no Words

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

swimming in the middle of winter; a midwinter swim
駆け落ち Elope, Elopement
駆け落ち

elope, elopement
根負け Beat & Worn Out
根負け

BEAT & WORN OUT
断っておくけど Let me Hasten to Mention...
断っておくけど

let me hasten to mention...
思いがけない Unexpected
思いがけない

unexpected
寝癖 "Morning Hair" that is, hair that sticks up due to sleeping
寝癖

morning hair that is, hair that sticks up due to sleeping
口を滑らせる Slip of the Tongue (mouth)
口を滑らせる

slip of the tongue (mouth)
Golden Week
kikitorino renshuu koinobori Download PDF and MP3
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Koinobori
kikitorino renshuu koinobori Download PDF and MP3
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万年床 Unmade Bedding
万年床

unmade bedding
接着剤 Super Glue
接着剤

super glue
夢遊病 Sleepwalking
夢遊病

Sleepwalking
食い逃げ Eat & Leave Without Paying, to Bilk
食い逃げ

eat & leave without paying, to bilk
毒見役 Taste Tester
毒見役

taster (of food or drink) for poison
果たし状 letter of challenge (to fight)
果たし状

letter of challenge (to fight)
接吻 Kiss
接吻

kiss (old word)
馬が合わない Not get along
馬が合わない
Not get along
猫ばば take something someone left as your own
猫ばば
take something someone left as your own; pocket (to swip something regardless of whose it is)
天然ボケ Naturally Air Headed
天然ボケ
Naturally Air Headed
Volume 5: The Great いらず Collection Today we will look at a few set or idiomatic phrases using いらず don't need.
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...

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"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.

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