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Kanji: 十 juu ten Untitled Document

5 + 5 = +
JLPT N5: 10 / 100 | 2 Strokes

Kanji: 九 kyuu nine Untitled Document

Don't confuse this one with 力 chikara (power)
JLPT N5: 9 / 100 | 2 Strokes

Kanji: 八 hachi eight Untitled Document

If you have studied katakana, you will notice this looks like "ha." So HAchi = 8
JLPT N5: 8 / 100 | 2 Strokes

Kanji: 七 shichi seven Untitled Document

A diagonal line through a "L" means "7."
JLPT N5: 7 / 100 | 2 Strokes

Kanji: 六 roku six Untitled Document

A picture of a man stretching his hands and legs is the character for "6."
JLPT N5: 6 / 100 | 4 Strokes

Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi with MP3s by Clay & Yumi Boutwell
Kanji: 五 go five Untitled Document

This is modern art. 五is an artist’s impression of the number 5. [Well, it kind of looks like the number!]

Kanji: 四 yon four Untitled Document

Think of two little legs dangling in a FOUR sided box.
JLPT N5: 4 / 100 | 5 Strokes

Kanji: 三 san three Untitled Document

Three lines = 3
JLPT N5: 3 / 100 | 3 Strokes

Kanji: 二 ni two Untitled Document

Two lines = two, logical!; a little harder, but don’t run for the aspirin yet!)
JLPT N5: 2 / 100 | 2 Strokes

Kanji: 一 ichi one Untitled Document

And so begins your kanji journey and it couldn’t get any easier! (...and believe me it won’t!)

Body Idioms Part I
Body Idioms

鼻が高い to be proud
顔が広い to know many people

Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 12
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motto yukkuri hanashite kudasai.
Please speak slower.

mou ikkai hanashite kudasai.
[one more time-say-please]
Please say that again.

Japanese Idiom 朝飯前 child's play; cinch; no sweat; piece of cake

Japanese Idiom with Video:

朝飯前 - child's play; cinch; no sweat; piece of cake

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Japanese Dialogues: At the Restaurant

Japanese Dialogues: At the Restaurant. Click Here.

Japanese Dialogues: Meeting and Greetings

Japanese Dialogues: Meetings and Greetings. Click Here.

Japanese Dialogues: Directions to the Library directions


How do I get to the library from here? More...

本物 or 偽者? 本物 honmono (the real thing) and 偽物 nisemono (a fake) are opposites. But there is a third word: 偽者 nisemono - an imposter. Click here for More...
Gitaigo & Giongo Sound words for expressing tiredness. More...
Feelings and Emotions Feelings and Emotions with audio.
Love Words in Japanese Love words in Japanese--Common ways of expressing one's love and other fun stuff. More...
Can You Really Learn Japanese Online?

Occasionally, you may hear of books, websites, or snake oil salesman claiming you can learn Japanese online painlessly and in a short time. But is it true? Can you really learn Japanese online?

The answer is, yes and no.

Can Anybody Learn To Speak Japanese?

You don’t have to be born in Japan to learn how to speak Japanese. The truth is anybody can learn to speak this intricate, beautiful language. You may never rid yourself totally of your accent, but anyone who puts in the time and effort can become fluent.

iPhone Application: Common Japanese Proverbs

Common Japanese Proverbs iPhone app

25 proverb lessons and extensive notes.

iPhone Application: JLPT N5 Vocabulary

JLPT N5 Vocabulary iPhone app

Over 1400 sound files, many with notes, quizzes, and flashcards. More...

Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 10
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アメリカamerika America
アメリカ人 amerikajinan American
英語 eigo - English
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iPhone Application: 101 Japanese Idioms

Our second iPhone application RELEASED!: 101 Common Japanese Idioms

Over 300 sound files, extensive notes.

iPhone/iPad Application: Japanese Phrases

Our first iPhone application: a Beginning Japanese Talking Word & Phrase e-book

Download the free version and let us know what you think! The Paid version comes with a $5 coupon good at theJapanShop.com.

Hiragana Lessons
Learn Hiragana for free at TheJapanesePage.com Hiragana Lessons: Newly Updated (and better quality) Sounds added with MP3 player; many broken links patched-- Hiragana Lessons 2.0!
Hand Idioms Part II

Japanese is a language full of fun idioms. Let's explore a few Body Part Idioms using the Hand.

These two idioms are perhaps the most useful 'hand' idioms in Japanese.

手がいっぱい to have one's hands full; be up to here (with something); busy
手に入れる to obtain; get; come by...

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