Students often ask me what is a good way to learn English vocabulary and it is a difficult question to answer. One suggestion I often make is to learn words in sets. For example for adjectives (形容詞) you can often
Hinamatsuri is usually called Girls’ Day or the Doll Festival in English. It is celebrated each year by families to pray for the health (健康) and happiness (幸福) of young girls. Hina-ningyo can be translated as ornamental dolls. They represent
Dates in English can be a little complicated (複雑). We write and say dates in different ways and there are also differences between British and American English. In the UK we usually say the day first and then the month.
At the end of my last post I mentioned some phrases that you can use to introduce Japanese things when you don’t know the right word or can’t find a perfect translation in English. I always tell my students that
In my last post I said that oni is often translated in English as an ogre, demon or devil. Personally I think that the closest translation is an ogre. An ogre is a monster that appears in Western legends (伝説)
In my last blog post I talked about New Year’s resolutions (新年の抱負).Recently I have been teaching my students some useful phrases for talking about future hopes and goals (希望と目標）: (weaker) ↓ I hope to…/I would like to… ↓ I want