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Japanese Words & Their Uses


Publisher:Tuttle Publishing



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300 Basic Japanese Words and Phrases and how to use them According to any Japanese-English dictionary, mijikai means "short" -- so why is it that mijikai cannot be used to say "He is short"? Taberu is usually translated as "to eat", but when you speak of eating soup, nomu must be used. And this same nomu is also used in "smoking a cigarette." Asobu means "to play" but not in reference to playing tennis. Many students dutifully memorize the simple English equivalents that are usually given for Japanese words--with the result that they speak poor Japanese. Effective communication requires an understanding of the unique usages of Japanese vocabulary items, which often differ greatly from those of their English "equivalents".

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