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What are you reading?
What are you reading in Japanese? I just received two new books of Japanese folk tales from the "Learn Japanese with Stories" series. These are easy stories with just a few sentences on each page and notes on Vocabulary and Grammar for the sentences on ...
2 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - April 2, 2020
Is the vocabulary taught culturally accurate?
I have just begun studying Japanese, but I have access to native speakers. I tried to to use what I learn. "Anata wa" is not used much and is basically considered rude. The first lesson teaches "O genki desu ka?" to ask if the person is doing well. I lear...
2 replies - Last post by Erik933 - March 27, 2020
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?
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 sens...
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
Looking for recommendations for good Kanji practice apps for iOS. I like KanjiDraw because it lets me practice drawing the Kanji on my iPhone or iPad, will give me a customizable level of hints when drawing the Kanji, will provide lists of words using the...
13 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - September 14, 2019
What's the newest Japanese word you have learned from a non-Rocket source?
I just subscribed to TV Japan and am learning lots of new words. The two latest are: 問い, question, query and 戦線, war front. What words have you learned from somewhere other than Rocket Japanese?
29 replies - Last post by teacup - 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?
In Module 3.13, Matsuura-さん talks about the children's game しりとり. One person says a word to start, and then the next person must think of a word that starts with the last syllable of that word. It sounds tailor made for a forum and a great way to learn ...
180 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - June 2, 2019
There is a Japanese children's book called うくろう しゅろ わたり の まき by Matsuzaki Naotoshi, currently free for Kindle on Amazon (US). It's entirely Japanese, kana-only which is great for beginner reading practice but I am confused about a translation for the tit...
1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - May 22, 2019
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 ï¿½Iï¿½m going to Tokyoï¿½ ) made kara - ( "Tokyō kara ikimasu" translates as ï¿½Iï¿½m going from Tokyoï¿½ ) dake - ( "Tokyō dake ikimasu" roughly translates as ï¿½Iï¿½m 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」
How do you know when to use あい（相）vs. いっしょ(一緒)?
4 replies - Last post by teacup - January 31, 2019
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 - 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?
I have been watching TV Japan and am constantly hearing a word that sounds like "sukoshi". The difference is that the long o sound in --koshi sounds like a short o sound, --kawshi. Would that be just a dialectic pronunciation or a completely different w...
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
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
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 b...
6 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - June 22, 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 新幹線は車より早いです both translate t...
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?
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...
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
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 d...
4 replies - Last post by Stefan-Minehan - March 2, 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 ...
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
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 - April 30, 2015
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?
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 - 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
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 - 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
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
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 - November 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 correct. Rough translations: Agaru = to ...
3 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 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 - November 26, 2013
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 - November 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 - November 8, 2013
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 so...
9 replies - Last post by 477580 - September 6, 2013
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 :)
5 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - August 21, 2013