Japanese Vocab

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kanji?

so i am early on in the Japanese courses, im on 1.5-1.9 and im getting quiz questions about what certain kanji characters mean. is there a way for me to study this? up to this point i have no knowledge on kanji so i have just been getting them wrong. am i...

4 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - January 13, 2020

Printable's to help with Kanji?

Another useful resource for PDF Kanji Worksheets (follows Genki and Genki II up to Lesson 23) https://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/kanji_main.html

10 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - September 26, 2019

Kanji practice apps for android

I use obenkyo for kanji but I was wondering if their were any other apps I can use to learn kanji, thanks.

0 replies - Last post by Ramsey-P - September 24, 2019

Kanji practice apps for iOS

The obenkyo app gives you thousands of kanji and is totally free

13 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - September 14, 2019

What's the newest Japanese word you have learned from a non-Rocket source?

壁掛け かべかけ wall hanging or wall-mounted I learned this word while shopping for a 2019 calendar.

29 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - August 24, 2019

どれ ぐらい dore gurai

In lesson 1.4 どれ ぐらい  ( dore gurai ) is translated as "how long" and refers to a length of time.  "How long have you been studying Japanese?" Would I also use that phrase to refer to a distance?  Example: "How long is that piece of pipe?"

4 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - June 19, 2019

Want to play shiritori / しりとり?

すうがく 数学 Math

180 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - June 2, 2019

うくろう シユロわたりのまき?

When you get hiragana like that copy each word individually and enter into google translate. Sometimes it will come up with the word and suggested kanji. It is difficult to say by looking at that.

1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - May 22, 2019

japanese

This is a great website.  I use it all the time.

1 reply - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - May 7, 2019

Hanasemasu / Anata wa

Hello everyone, I have two questions about the survival phrases that I'm stumped on: 1.  I'm a little confused as to how I should understand "hanasemasu" If "hanasemasu" means "I can speak / I speak" Then why doesn't "hanasemasu ka" mean "can I speak" ...

7 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - April 11, 2019

Strange letterin in Japanese course: e - ( "Tokyō e ikimasu" translates as �I�m going to Tokyo� ) made kara - ( "Tokyō kara ikimasu" translates as �I�m going from Tokyo� ) dake - ( "Tokyō dake ikimasu" roughly translates as �I�m going only

Have you got a fix for the strange lettering in the testing area of the Japanese course in Lesson 2.8? It is a recent change, I would say. I never noticed it before and I am now revising.

3 replies - Last post by Barry-S22 - April 7, 2019

かっこいい? かっこういい? (Module 4.4 Sporting Conversation 2nd half)

The word for "good looking" 「かっこいい」 is used to describe a soccer player in the dialogue for module 4.4. However, in the vocabulary section the word for "good looking" is written as 「かっこういい」 Is there any rule regarding which to use in a given situation? I...

3 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - March 28, 2019

あい(相)vs. いっしょ(一緒) 「together」

Thank you Crystal. That provides some clarification, though now I have a new question: why is the pronunciation of 相 「あい」 instead of 「そう」 when it is paired with 乗る? (this construction is in Module 2.4) Also, while looking around I found the verb 「乗り合わせる...

4 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - January 31, 2019

can you learn japanese with anime

I heard that it can help a lot, but you should wait until you've got a certain level of familiarity with Japanese. Say, a couple months of studying it. Then one of the best ways to use it is to: (1) Watch it in Japanese with English subtitles (2) Immedia...

5 replies - Last post by Nick Hoyt - January 24, 2019

Best suggested setup for flashcards?

Just wondering how others studying Japanese set up their flashcards in Rocket… Sound On/Off ? Front of FlashCard: Kana?  Kanji? Romaji?  English? Back of FlashCard:  Kana?  Kanji? Romaji?  English? Initially I chose Sound:on, English on the fro...

1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - January 1, 2019

Dialect or a completely different word?

Probably dialect or expression maybe. I have heard when Japanese people sing for instance they can change how words sound entirely.

5 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - December 27, 2018

Releasing My custom Flashcards

I have been recently adding some N4 to N3 level flashcards to the system. They are progressively being added. This is stuff not included in the course. If anyone is interested please have a look at them and give any feedback about them.

0 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - December 3, 2018

How to ask for a box of matches

Hi, I'm going hiking in Japan and whilst I know how to ask for camping gas, I do not know how to ask for a box of matches. Google translate seems to get a bit confused with this one. Matchi no bokkusu is about it's best guess. Anyone care to suggest some...

2 replies - Last post by Kevin2067 - September 11, 2018

Labels!?

Hi Everyone  In an effort to "think" in Japanese I thought it would be a good idea to label the heck out of all of the everyday items I come into contact wish. So I was wondering if anyone knew where I might find pre made labels that I  can stick to ever...

9 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - July 13, 2018

Pronunciation of certain words ending with a u

So, Crystal, does that mean then, we can say the u sound at the end of verbs or not, as we choose?

6 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - June 22, 2018

Kanji for hayai 速い or 早い

速い is used more often for speed, while 早い is used more for time. However, they basically mean the same thing and are used interchangeably.

3 replies - Last post by Mike_UK - June 9, 2018

Japanese Manga for Study

So, I already know of BookWalker for some manga (even some free volumes on occasion!), but it doesn't have all of the series I'd like to read in Japanese.  I'm just curious if anyone knows any other non-pirating ways of obtaining Japanese manga, preferabl...

1 reply - Last post by Nick Hoyt - November 29, 2017

Is there a book out there related to kanji's used for daily life?

computer programs or online courses are no good for kanji memorisation, in fact they are totally useless. The only way to learn kanji is with pen to paper. You must get the brush stroke correct, learn the radicals and keep writing it over and over to get ...

3 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - September 22, 2017

How many ways can you say "yes" in Japanese?

Hey everyone, in English there are lots of ways to basically say "yes" like "yeah, yep, yes, mhmm" etc. How many ways are there to say "yes" in Japanese? I know you can say はい (hai) as the formal yes, and I just learned about ええ (ee) for a more informal ...

3 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - April 17, 2017

あい、あえ、おう Difficulties

Hi haneybd87さん, This is something that does come with time and practice. Keep at it and I'm sure you will be able to decipher between them in no time! がんばって ください! Crystal

4 replies - Last post by Stefan-Minehan - March 2, 2017

Visualizing and acting it out.

Yes.  I find I do the same!  Not as far advanced as you are but when I was doing the introductions module I practiced bowing when making introductions.  And shaking my head when I said no etc.

1 reply - Last post by BengalCatLady - January 11, 2017

は ha? wa?

は ha ? wa?  confusing to this phrase . It should be ha , but sometimes written in wa in a sentence  ?????

2 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 8, 2016

にん or  じん

i always choose the wrong on'yomi reading between にん & じん。 how can i keep them separate in my mind?

1 reply - Last post by Shirakawa-T - December 29, 2015

How would you spell 今夕 in hiragana?

It seems that it could be spelled either こんゆう or こにゅう, which might depend on how it's pronounced.  Is there a more correct choice, or is it situational?  Or does it not make any difference, since it'd generally be written in kanji anyway?

2 replies - Last post by Samuel--88 - November 8, 2015

Lesson 4.2 - Sonnani Spelling

I'm guessing that you don't use "っ" for representing a double "n" since Sonnani is spelled そんあに?

2 replies - Last post by Shirakawa-T - November 4, 2015

How Do You Type in Japanese

Konnichiwa Kitty Cupcake! I unfortunately only know how to type in Japanese on a PC, so if you have a Mac, hopefully someone else will be able to tell you. Anyways, here are the steps to be able to type in Japanese: 1. Go to the start menu on your compu...

16 replies - Last post by Stefan-Minehan - May 29, 2015

what does kaisha wo tsukurimashita mean.

daigaku wo sotsugyous suru maeni kaisha wo tsukurimashita. Does this mean "before I graduated from college I made a company". It doesn't sound right.

1 reply - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - May 4, 2015

Why is shimasu used in this sentence?

Thank you :)

2 replies - Last post by Stefan-Minehan - April 30, 2015

Additional phrases

May I know how to say it in Japanese for the following phrase: “Thank you all for your birthday wishes!” Thank you in advance!

0 replies - Last post by wilson-k2 - December 19, 2014

When to use hotto vs. atatakai?

I am a native Japanese speaker, but an old one. When I was a young girl living in Japan, there were no ホットチョコレート. We called it ココア then and ココア was always hot. We don't usually say 暖かいお水, because 暖かいお水 is called お湯. 暖かいお水 sounds a little bit strange to me...

7 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - May 20, 2014

Dictionary Japanese-English Romanji

Anyone know of a good Spanish English dictionary?

5 replies - Last post by Liz-W10 - April 9, 2014

は: ha or wa?

Kind of unsure if this is a vocab or grammar question, so I just stuck it here... I was wondering in this sentence "Sayaka san, konnichiwa!" Why is は wa, when it's usually pronounced as ha? Or, does it depend on where you put it in the sentence? Thank you c:

3 replies - Last post by J742129 - February 5, 2014

Thank you!

Hi Wilsonさん、 If you wish to be more formal you could say: 誕生日(たんじょうび)の お祝(いわ)いの お言葉(ことば)ありがとうございました。 Thank you for your birthday well wishes. :)

3 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - January 27, 2014

Two thousand and fourteen

I'm sorry for re-posting this question, but it appears that the link for my previous post is broken or something. I've realised that I don't know how to say 2014 in Japanese! Is it 'ni sen jū SHI' or 'ni sen jū YON'? I apologise if I'm asking for the obv...

2 replies - Last post by Liam-K - January 1, 2014

2014!

I've just realised that I'm not sure how to say 2014 in Japanese! Is it 'ni sen jū SHI' or 'ni sen jū YON'? I apologise if I'm asking for the obvious, but it's really bugging me. If there's a reason for why it is whichever one it is, then could you clear ...

0 replies - Last post by Liam-K - January 1, 2014

chotto and sukoshi

What is the difference between chotto and sukoshi?

3 replies - Last post by J742129 - December 5, 2013

Rocket Rehearsal

Hi Linda, Our apologies for any confusion caused. The Rocket Rehearsal tests have recently been replaced by our newer testing features: Hear It Say It, Write It and Know It. You can find these tests in your lessons under the "Testing" tab. I hope that he...

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - November 26, 2013

Verbs Involving 上 and 下

ブレントさん、 こんにちは。 上がる(あがる)=To go up/rise (prices, status, climb, etc) E.g. へやの温度が上がりました。 The room temperature went up. 温度=おんど (Temperature) 上げる(あげる)=Raise,lift (prices, status, etc) *Someone does the action. E.g. 寒いから部屋の温度をあげましょう。 Let's raise the room t...

3 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 26, 2013

How to pronounce 分?

Fredさん、 The pronunciation of 分D depends on the minute. It's a bit tricky as it depends on the minute. It's a bit tricky but once you remember it, it'll be easy. 一分=いっぷん 二分=にふん 三分=さんふん 四分=よんふん 五分=ごふん 六分=ろっぷん 七分=ななふん 八分=はっぷん 九分=きゅうふん 十分=じゅっぷん Or  じっぷん 十一分...

3 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 26, 2013

dono/dore gurai

Hnruttさん、 こんにちは。 Re: どのぐらい vs どれぐらい Yes, the two have similar meanings so usually it can be used interchangeably. The slight difference in meaning is: どのぐらい can be used when you are not sure of the context(counter form). E.g. How long have you studied、...

3 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 26, 2013

How do you add to MyVocab

Be careful when you do it though. When using a Macbook Pro, it resets the audio lesson time back to zero - even if you pause the audio first.

3 replies - Last post by Charlie-S14 - November 8, 2013

Sentence Structure???

the Japanese language has a structure sentence of SOV (subject, object, verb) Like in the sentences above...'watashi wa' (subject); 'sono eiga o' (object); 'mitai' (verb form); maybe that helps? English is SVO (subject, verb, object) That way you can str...

9 replies - Last post by 477580 - September 6, 2013

Totemo or...

Pascal - great list. I'm in Japan right now. I'll try some of these out on the locals.

5 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - August 21, 2013

how do you say breakfast time in japaneses

Asagohan/Asameshi. But the most common word still is: Choushoku

0 replies - Last post by 2679 - August 20, 2013

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, 12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19, 21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29

http://www.shotokankarate.ca/counting%20in%20japanese.htm

0 replies - Last post by 2679 - August 20, 2013

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