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Did you know there was a superstition in Japan that causes the birth rates to plummet one year in 1960s? #learnJapanese #JapaneseImmersion
- 十二支 12 animal signs of Chinese zodiac
- 干支 60 year cycle of 12 zodiac signs and 5 elements in Chinese astrology
- 暗記する memorize
- ~歳違い ~ years apart
- ひと回り １２年 [one full cycle of 12 zodiac signs]
- ~年区切り(で) by ~ year segment
- マンモス校 very large school; school with a large number of students
- 当たり前 usual; common; ordinary
- 少子化 declining birth rate [少 (few; a little); 子 (child); 化 (change toward)]
- 根強い persistent; deep-rooted; deep-seated
- 迷信 superstition
- とんでもない outrageous; terrible
- 江戸時代 Edo period [the last era of ruling of samurai government]
- 八百屋 produce store; fruits and vegetable store
- 小説家 novelist; fiction writer
- 現代的な modern; contemporary
- 世代 generation
- ~年生まれ born in year ~ [one word and it’s adjective]
- 気にする worry (about)
- 明治時代 Meiji period [the first era after the fall of the samurai government]
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