Japanese Idioms Using Body Parts

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Useful Japanese Idioms Using Body Parts

Japanese has many idioms using body parts. They enrich our conversations, but it's common to misunderstand a phrase for its literal meaning when you are new to them.

A: Why are you still with him? You always fall for the bad boys. You should really break up with him. You deserve better.

B: あー、耳(みみ)が痛(いた)い

A: What? Do you have an ear infection?

B: ...

However, some can take both the idiomatic and literal meaning so you'll have to pay attention to the context of the sentence or conversation.

Have you heard any of the following idioms?

・頭(あたま)が固(かた)い

You have a hard head??

・顔(かお)から火(ひ)が出(で)る

Your face is on fire??

・鼻息(はないき)が荒(あら)い

Snorting??

・鼻(はな)が高(たか)い

Tall nose??

・耳(みみ)を疑(うたが)う

You question your ear??

・耳(みみ)が痛(いた)い

Your ear hurts??

In the video, you'll learn their idiomatic meaning and how to use them in a sentence with sample phrases.

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Japanese Onomatopoeia for Eating and Drinking


Japanese Onomatopoeia for Eating and Drinking

If you are a Japanese manga and anime fan, you're probably familar with Japanese オノマトペ onomatopoeia.

In this video, we introduce another round of オノマトペ around eating and drinking. 

Find out how many you know!

And check out the food オノマトペ (onomatopeoia) video as well.

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How to Describe Food in Japanese


How to Describe Food in Japanese

You probably already know おいしい (oishii) — "good," "delicious" in Japanese. It's a useful word to know. Yes, when in doubt, just say おいしい!

But as much as Japanese people love eating, we also love talking about the food, which is why there are many words to describe the nuances.

In this video, we introduce the basics to help you get through a conversation about food in Japanese.

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