Japanese Vocab

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Pronunciation of certain words ending with a u

In lesson 1.9 I've noticed that different recordings pronounce the same word differently, specifically words that end with a silent u. For example, the word hanashimasu is initially pronounced with the u being silent, but a later recording has the word being spoken with the u sound at the end...

5 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 -
Jun 16, 2018

Kanji for hayai 速い or 早い

In lesson 3.6 the sentence "Bullet trains are faster than cars" and "Bullet trains are fast" both use 速い for はやい. Another book I used taught me that the kanji for はやい (fast) is 早い . When I use Google translate, 新幹線は車より速いです and...

3 replies - Last post by Mike_UK -
Jun 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, preferably in digital format. It's really...

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

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

My current knowledge of kanji is from the genki books... I started from basic and finished until intermediate.. Now, I'm trying my way to expand my knowledge both on tango before I focus more on grammar patterns. So, I want to find a good book that focus more on daily life or activities. While...

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Sep 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 yes. Are there anymore? Thanks!

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

あい、あえ、おう Difficulties

I'm having a really hard time figuring out if a word ends with い or え when it's preceded by an あ sound, なまえ for example sounds like なまい to me. I also can't tell when an お sound is supposed to be lengthened with a う. Is this something that gets easier to decipher over time...

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

can you learn japanese with anime

Watching anime is good for vocabulary, but it doesn't help learn proper Japanese :)

5 replies - Last post by Nick Hoyt -
Feb 9, 2017

Visualizing and acting it out.

When I do the "Play it!" part of the testing at the end of the lesson, I like to pretend that I am actually there in the room having the conversation with Sayaka or Kenny.  For Example: In lesson 5.1 At the Dinner Table when I say "どうぞ、召し上がって下さい。(please help...

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Jan 11, 2017


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 everyday things I would find around the...

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Mar 8, 2016

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 -
Mar 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?  

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Dec 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?

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Nov 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 -
Nov 4, 2015

How Do You Type in Japanese

I always see people with japanese characters on their screen... how so? A second question I have is, how do you spell my name in Katakana... It's Daryan by the way. I think I know...but I don't know how to type in Japanese. Thank You!! >w<

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?

A flashcard stated Kore wa ii nioi ga shimasu This is a nice smell.   Why is shimasu used here with ga also. I thought shimasu was a kind of 'doing' word?   Thanks

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

Printable's to help with Kanji?

I know this is a weird question, but I suppose it never hurts to ask. I'm just getting started with the Rocket program and I was wondering if there are any printable sheets of the vocabulary words in Konji to help with writing them? I hope that makes sense. Ok for example, I took a semester of...

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Dec 21, 2014

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!

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Dec 19, 2014

When to use hotto vs. atatakai?

Are both these words synonyms or is atatakai used in some instances vs. hotto?

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

Dictionary Japanese-English Romanji

Hello, I'm looking for a dictionary, any suggestions on which one should I get?, my major interest are the verbs. Thanks.

5 replies - Last post by Liz-W10 -
Apr 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 -
Feb 5, 2014

Thank you!

May I know how to say "Thank you all for your birthday greetings!" in Japanese? Thank you in advance!

3 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor -
Jan 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 obvious, but it's really bugging me. Also,...

2 replies - Last post by Liam-K -
Jan 1, 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 that up for me as well please? Thanks...

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Jan 1, 2014

chotto and sukoshi

What is the difference between chotto and sukoshi?

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

Rocket Rehearsal

I am a premium subscriber to Rocket Japanese. Where do I find the Rocket Rehearsal that was mentioned in today's Rocket fuel?

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

Verbs Involving 上 and 下

My problem is differentiating between the then verbs associated with 上 and 下. These verbs are: 上がる、上げる、上る、上す、下がる、下げる、下る、下さる、下りる、下ろす。 [:'(] I did some research, and this is what I came up with. I am unsure if it is...

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

How to pronounce 分?

I find several resources that 分 = minutes is pronounced either "fun" or "bun"? Which is it?

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

dono/dore gurai

This course uses 'dore gurai'; I often hear and see 'dono gurai' which seems to be synomymous. Are both correct? Is there any difference? In usage (regional, age, sex etc) or 'nuance' maybe? Or are they truly correct and synonmymous?

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

How do you add to MyVocab

How do you add to MyVocab? I don't see any buttons to add words.

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

Sentence Structure???

Konnichiwa.Watashi no namae wa Keyatta desu. Hello. My name is Keyatta. I really want to learn Japanese. And some day I want to live in Japan. But the most important thing right now is that I need to know the Japanese word structure. I am going to make some sentences in English in the Japanese...

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Sep 6, 2013

Totemo or...

The word totemo is used a lot in the lessons, but I was wondering if there's other ways of saying it? Like in English how we say really, so, very, extremely etc.. I just don't want to sound like I'm repeating myself all the time! Thanks for any help :)

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Aug 21, 2013

how do you say breakfast time in japaneses

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

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Aug 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


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Aug 20, 2013



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Aug 20, 2013

when you right

up -> down and right -> left

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Aug 14, 2013


Where is the ABC vocabulary now

2 replies - Last post by Merrie-E -
Jul 10, 2013

Asking for something specific?

If I want to state something specific like "I would like some water to drink." would this be the correct way of saying it? (Watashi Wa) mizu o hoshi nomimasu. I am trying to get the correct word order and I close or really far off? Thanks Brian

13 replies - Last post by coolcader -
Jun 10, 2013

What's the difference between hito and jin?

hello! I was just a little confused at this going over the different lessons. thank you!

4 replies - Last post by kitty-cupcake -
Apr 26, 2013


Hi konnichiwa... What is the meaning of hodo in the following lyrics? 風に吹かれるほど烈しくなる心にはぐれそうな想い出がまた優しく灯る l appreciate your help. Onegaihimasu.

2 replies - Last post by Shivam-S -
Apr 12, 2013


I am using a deck of playing cards in order to help me learn the numbers from 2 to 10. What is the Japanese for Ace, King, Queen, and Jack?

2 replies - Last post by Pascal-P -
Apr 8, 2013

tomorrow we need a tsuren...

What does tsuren mean? I am right now translating for a technical job some Japanese people are doing here, and I think it means something like a load lifter or something?? "tomorrow, to do the job, we need thinner, a tsuren, clamps and other tools..."

5 replies - Last post by Miss-P -
Mar 19, 2013

Reading of 昨日

I know the word for ‘yesterday’ as kinou きのう The kanji from the dictionary is 昨日 and I’ve seen that elsewhere. But the readings of these kanji don’t seem to make kinou in either On or Kun! 昨 Only seems to have a On reading of サク In fact the dictionary gives one meaning...

3 replies - Last post by 2679 -
Jan 29, 2013

Kanji and Caligraphy

I've just returned from my second trip to Japan and feel that the only way I shall get anywhere with the language is to make a serious attempt at Kanji. I feel it's essential to read Japanese written word, without that ability you remain illiterate and not able to develop a vocabulary or a real...

4 replies - Last post by CatPanda -
Jan 28, 2013

Learning Kanji

I'm learning kanji from a book ('let's learn kanji') and it's going really well so far (I strongly reccomend it!), but the book mainly focuses on reading, writing and remembering kanji, so it only teaches 250 kanji. Does anyone know any good websites, books or anything that I can use after I've...

4 replies - Last post by CatPanda -
Jan 28, 2013


Hi, I have been studying Japanese for a month now and I am trying to get in more verbal practice. I do not know anyone in South Florida that is studying or fluent in Japanese. I did sign up for Lang-8 but I have a hard time connecting with anyone on Skype because of the time difference between...

10 replies - Last post by Mark-D1 -
Dec 7, 2012

2 writings for 飴 (Why..? :O)

Hello! I realised the computer shows 'sweets' (ame) as 飴. I searched the web to find the stroke order and was surprised to see it written differently: http://tc1.search.naver.jp/?/kaze/mission/USER/1/5/12545/1293/265x163xb524993505b328a10edee394.jpg/r.300x600 Are both writings acceptable?...

2 replies - Last post by thanhsonnguyen-- -
Dec 1, 2012

What does this mean?

After Sayaka says " Minna-san konnichiwa", she also says right after that: "Mata ai mashita me" (I guess that's how you spell it) So what does "Mata ai mashita me" mean?

10 replies - Last post by 2679 -
Oct 14, 2012

Translation for (a horse) was 'spooked', or 'bolted'?

I can dig translations for startled, frightened, reared (up) etc out of the dictionary; but 'spooked' and 'bolt' are more difficult. Riders often say their horse was 'spooked' by something, it is common riding slang. This means the horse reacted to something with surprise or fright & became...

2 replies - Last post by Hnrutt -
Jul 30, 2012

Adjective for 'old' which can be used for age?

Dictionaries invariably note that you cannot use ふるい for age of a person. So what adjective can you use? Ive been forced into awkward circumlocutions which I'm sure are wrong; what is the best word to use for 'old' as applied to a person? There are nouns for a 'senior' etc such os...

1 reply - Last post by Pascal-P -
Jul 25, 2012

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