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Because ので is a Conjunction--although のに is one too!

Because ので is a Conjunction--although のに is one too!

 In today's blog post, let's examine two kind-of unrelated but useful conjunctions: ので and のに. Because—ので node  In English, we start the phrase with “because”; in Japanese, you often end with because (ので). Just add it after an adjective. そのかばんは高いので、ずっと使うつもりです。 sono kaban wa takai node, zutto tsukau tsumori desu. Since that bag was expensive, I plan on using it for a long time.[CAUSE + ので + EFFECT] Just add it to the simple form of any verb. ゴジラが来るので、東京は怖いところです。 gojira ga kuru node, toukyou wa kowai tokoro desu. Because Godzilla comes, Tokyo is a scary place.[CAUSE + ので + EFFECT] After a...

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Godzilla Always Attacks Tokyo and How to Defeat Jet Lag

Godzilla Always Attacks Tokyo and How to Defeat Jet Lag

Wikipedia says the recovery period for jet lag tends to be one day per time zone crossed. Florida to Japan crosses 14 time zones. That's about right. When I haven't attempted any preventative anti-jet lag solutions, it has taken about two weeks to fully recover. Wait, Clay, what's jet lag? I remember my first trip to Japan. I had no idea what jet lag was. Of course, I had heard of the term, but didn't know it meant extreme fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, and overall miserableness. Someone asked me if I had jet lag back when I first arrived in Japan in...

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Family Words and Terms in Japanese Explained

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Family Words and Terms in Japanese Explained

家族 kazoku family お父さん otousan father お母さん okaasan mother 息子 musuko son 娘 musume daughter 兄 ani older brother 弟 otouto younger brother 姉 ane older sister 妹 imouto younger sister 赤ちゃん akachan baby The above lists the most common and useful terms of family relationships. However, it should be noted that there are different words used whether you are talking about your own family or talking about someone else’s family. Japanese also distinguishes between older and younger siblings. TERMS OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIP Japanese has two sets of family relationship words depending on whose family member you are talking about....

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Was $4.49 now .99! Japanese Reader Collection Volume 5: Shitakiri Suzume

Was $4.49 now .99! Japanese Reader Collection Volume 5: Shitakiri Suzume

 Our fifth installment in the Japanese Reader Collection series is on sale at Amazon for only .99!  Japanese Reader Collection Volume 5: Shitakiri Suzume That price won't last long (all other in the series are $4.49). This includes not only the Amazon Kindle version, but also the last page has a download link to get ALL the MP3s for the stories.   GRAB IT NOW FOR .99 AT AMAZON!  

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Pining over the Nostalgic Days of the Denshi Jisho

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Pining over the Nostalgic Days of the Denshi Jisho

I came of age regarding learning Japanese in the mid-nineties. Mangajin was on its way out (I discovered that grand magazine a month before they ceased publishing!) and denshi jishos (electronic dictionaries) were on their way in. Big time. When I finally made it to Japan in 1998, everyone had or wanted one.  You'd see them everywhere. Gaijin at the library with a stack of books and on top of the stack, a denshi jisho. Gaijin at the super market squinting their eyes and looking up ingredients on their dictionary. It was all very fun.  But time consuming. Nowadays, some apps can...

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