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Articles for Upper Beginners of Japanese
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Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi with MP3s by Clay & Yumi Boutwell
腹を割る a heart-to-heart (talk); be frank; tell all [Japanese Idiom]

Japanese Idiom with Video:

腹を割る - a heart-to-heart (talk); be frank

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Body Idioms Part I
Body Idioms

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

口を割る to spill the beans

Japanese Idiom with Video:

口を割る - to spill the beans; confess; tell all

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口が重い be slow to speak; tongue-tied

Japanese Idiom with Video:

口が重い - to be slow to speak; tongue-tied

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Japanese Idiom 足が棒になる My Dogs are Barking

Japanese Idiom with Video:

足が棒になる - to walk one's legs off; have very sore legs; my dogs are barking

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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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John Chapter 1:1-5 Studying Japanese with the Bible: John Chapter 1:1-5 -- broken down and with audio! Click Here
Japanese Idiom 穴があったら入りたい to be so ashamed, one wishes to crawl in a hole

Japanese Idiom with Video:

穴があったら入りたい - to be so ashamed, one wishes to crawl in a hole

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Japanese Idiom あけすけに言う say something frankly; openly; without reserve

Japanese Idiom with Video:

あけすけに言う - say something frankly; openly; without reserve

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Japanese Idiom 赤子の手をひねるよう taking candy from a baby

Japanese Idiom with Video:

赤子の手をひねるよう - something very easy; taking candy from a baby

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Japanese Idiom 味をしめる Develop a Taste For...

Japanese Idiom with Video:

味をしめる - develop a taste for...; to be encouraged by initial success

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Japanese Dialogues: At the Restaurant

Japanese Dialogues: At the Restaurant. Click Here.

Strong (Iron) Man 無敵の鉄人ボブは夏の小雨で錆びた。
muteki no tetsujin bobu wa, natsu no kosame de sabita.
Bob, the invincible Iron Man rusted in a light summer sprinkle.
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顎で人を使う To Use People (in an arrogant way) with One's Chin 顎で人を使う To Push Someone Around. Click for video.
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...
Love Words in Japanese Love words in Japanese--Common ways of expressing one's love and other fun stuff. More...
Keigo, the Complete Mess More basic information on Japanese polite and humble language. More...
あつあつ Lovey-Dovey
一目ぼれ Love at First Sight
Hand Idioms Part II
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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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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

Hand Idioms Part I Two idioms using 手 hands. With Audio
Body Idioms Part IV
Body Idioms

耳にたこができる the 'umpteenth' time
足が棒になる My dogs are barkin'

ウサギと亀 The Tortoise and the Hare
Tortoise and the Hare at TheJapanesePage.com The Tortoise and the Hare in Japanese
With sound - Beginner +
Body Idioms Part III
Body Idioms

足を引っ張る Drag someone down
小耳に挟む Eavesdrop

Body Idioms Part II
Body Idioms

~を尻に敷く be henpecked
腕が鳴る to show one's skills With Video!

一寸法師 The Inch-High Samurai Issunboushi
Traditional Japanese story Issunboushi The Inch-High Samurai Traditional Japanese Story. Hiragana and very basic Japanese is required. Online e-book with Audio.
At a Quiet Lakeside しずかな湖畔の Japanese traditional song a quiet lakeside
When I Become a First Grader

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