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Makeup Terminology メイク用語


Makeup Terminology メイク用語  in Japanese

How do you say "apply primer" or "curl my eyelashes with an eyelash curler"?

What is "pimple," "dark spots," or "dark circles" in Japanese?

Find out in the video!

Listen to あいちゃん (Aichan) go through her makeup routine and learn Japanese makeup terminology.

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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.

Check out the food オノマトペ (onomatopoeia) video as well here.

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How to Count Food and Drinks in Japanese


How to Count Food and Drinks in Japanese — 食べ物や飲み物の数え方

Since there is a multitude of counters in Japanese, learning all of them can be overwhelming. So in this series, we're introducing the most frequently used ones, by category. (Learn why we use counters here.)

Once you learn a handful of the basics, you'll see a pattern as some cover a range of items that are similar in shape and form.

In the video, you'll find that counters for food and drinks differ depending on the form of serving.

Below are the counters introduced in the video:

一品 (いっぴん、ひとしな)

一皿 (ひとさら)

一人前 (いちにんまえ)

一膳 (いちぜん)

一個 (いっこ)

一貫 (いっかん)

一杯 (いっぱい)

一合 (いちごう)

一玉 (ひとたま)

一本 (いっぽん)

一串 (ひとくし)

Happy counting!

Learn how to count everyday items in this video:
https://youtu.be/p4LpAHy1xCc

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How to Count Everyday Items in Japanese


How to Count Everyday Objects in Japanese — 日用品の数え方

Japanese nouns don't have a plural form. Instead, a counter called 助数詞 (じょすうし) follows the noun when specifying a number or amount.

Once you learn the counters, you'll see a pattern as some counters cover a range of items that are similar in shape and form.

Learn how to count clothing, paper, books, e-mail, vitamins, home appliances, and more, up to ten in Japanese. Below are the counters introduced in the video:

一枚 (いちまい)

一本 (いっぽん)

一着 (いっちゃく)

一足 (いっそく)

一個 (いっこ)

一巻き (ひとまき)

一箱 (ひとはこ)

一通 (いっつう)

一件 (いっけん)

一冊 (いっさつ)

一粒 (ひとつぶ)

一脚 (いっきゃく)

一台 (いちだい)

Happy counting!

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Learn Vegetables in Japanese


Learn Vegetable Names in Japanese 

How many vegetables can you name in Japanese? Learn how to say each vegetable 野菜 (やさい) in Japanese:

アスパラ asparagus

おくら okra

かぼちゃ pumpkin

きゅうり cucumber

ゴーヤ bitter gourd

ごぼう burdock

さつまいも sweet potato

しいたけ shiitake mushroom

じゃがいも potato

ズッキーニ zucchini

だいこん Japanese radish

たまねぎ onion

ちんげんさい bok choy

トマト tomato

なす eggplant

にんじん carrot

ネギ leek

にんにく garlic

ピーマン green pepper

ブロッコリー broccoli

まいたけ hen-of-the-wood

モロヘイヤ Egyptian spinach

ルッコラ arugula

れんこん lotus root

The standard rule of kana-writing is to write Japanese nouns in hiragana, and 外来語 (gairaigo), foreign-borrowed words, in katakana. So why are some Japanese words written in katakana?

One rule is that in biological contexts, fruits, vegetables, plants, and animals are written in katakana. Other times, words are written in katakana merely to make them stand out, especially when they are next to hiragana. For example, うさぎリンゴ or ウサギりんご. More often, it is a visual solution for legibility.

Now, how many fruits do you know in Japanese? Check out the fruit video here.

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