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感謝の言葉 Kansha no kotoba: Appreciation words in Japanese


Have you heard of “Power of appreciation or gratitude”?

To receive help from Japanese, showing gratitude in advance works!
Let’s learn variety of useful Japanese thank you words!

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Here are the words & phrases used for showing appreciation.
Please check them out each meaning in the video 🙂

  • ありがとう arigatoo
  • ありがとうございます arigatoo gozaimasu
  • どうもありがとうございます doomo arigatoo gozaimasu
  • ありがとうございます vs ありがとうございました
    Arigatoo gozaimasu Arigatoo gozaimashita
  • たすかります。 tasukarimasu
  • とても たすかります。Totemo tasukarimasu
  • ほんとうに たすかります。Hontoo ni tasukarimasu
  • ありがたいです。Arigatai desu.
  • かんしゃです。Kansha desu. (<- Apologies, spelling mistake in the video😅)
  • おせわになっております。
    osewa ni natte orimasu.
  • いつもありがとうございます。
    Itsumo arigatoo gozaimasu.
  • どうぞよろしくおねがいします。
    doozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
  • ひきつづき、どうぞよろしくおねがいします。
    hikitsuzuki, doozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

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How to use 通り=とおり= toori


= Watashi no iu toori ni mainichi, nihongo wo benkyou shinai to koukai shimasuyo.

= I bet you will regret if you don’t study Japanese every day.

みなさん、こんにちは!= Minasan, konnichiwa! = Hi, everyone!

元気にしていますか? = Genki ni shite imasu ka? = How are you holding up?

= Iroiro taihenna jiki desu ga, douka minasan, kenkou ni sugoshite kudasaine.
= I know we have been through a tough time, but please stay healthy.

= Watashi wa minna ga genki ni naru you ni nihongo no ressun wo tsukuri tsuzuketai to omoimasu.
= I would like to keep making Japanese lessons to cheer you up!


Hello, I am your guest teacher, Nimbus. I was told Maggie Sensei to make a lesson so that you can keep studying Japanese.
OK, today’s lesson is how to use
通り= とおり= toori
(You can write it with kanji or hiranaga)

How to form:

* verb (dictionary form / past tense/ present continuous form / past continuous form / passive form / honorific form, etc) + 通り( = とおり) toori

* 言う通り= 言うとおり= iu toori = as one says (said)

* 言った通り= 言ったとおり= itta toori = as one said

* 言っている通り= 言っているとおり= itte iru toori = as one has been saying

* 言っていた通り = 言っていたとおり = itte ita toori = as one was saying/had been saying
言われた通り = 言われたとおり = iwareta toori = as one was told / (honorific ) as someone superior said

Note: Polite form:

*おっしゃる通り = ossharu toori = as you say (said)

*申し上げた通り = moushiageta toori = as I said

* noun / verb noun form + (
= no) 通り ( = とおりどおり) = toori/doori

(天気)予報通り =(天気)予報どおり= (tenki) yohou doori = as the (weather) forecast said
テキストの通り = テキストのとおり= tekisuto no toori = as it is said in the textbook

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: Going to the Dentist in Japan

Source: Gaijin Pot
GaijinPot Health and Safety Study

Going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience on its own, let alone going to the dentist in a country where you only have an elementary grasp of the language?

I remember the time I urgently needed dental care. I’d gone on countless trips to the dentist as a kid, but this pain was unlike anything I’ve felt before. It started on the morning of my second month in Japan, and I recall frantically scouring the internet for the nearest dentist in my area. In the end, they had to do an extraction, and now I wear a removable tooth.

Photo: Ray Larabie

Unsurprisingly, most, if not all, the dentists I found only spoke Japanese. In Tokyo, clinics with English speaking services are expensive. At the time, I was more stressed about effectively making my dental appointment than the actual pain I felt in my tooth.

Going to the dentist isn’t fun, but we can make the process easier. In this kanji guide, you’ll brush up on the basics of visiting the dentist.

Finding a clinic

If the pain is too severe, and there aren’t any English speaking clinics available, I highly suggest looking up the nearest dental clinic in your neighborhood. Search up dental clinic 歯科クリニック(shikakurinikku) and add the name of your area. If you’re looking for something a little more specialized like an orthodontist, use 歯列矯正(shiretsu kyousei).

English Japanese Romaji
Dentist 歯医者 haisha
Dental clinic 歯科クリニック shikakurinikku
Orthodontist 歯列矯正 shiretsukyousei

Talking about symptoms

Once you’ve successfully found a clinic, you’ll need to describe the pain you’re feeling and where you’re feeling it. For your canine teeth, use 犬歯 (kenshi) or 切歯 (sesshi) for your incisors. Next, if you think you may …continue reading


7 Tips To Build A Consistent Reading Habit

7 Tips To Build A Consistent Reading Habit

Reading is a habit that will become easier and more pleasant with practice, just like working out! At first, the process is slow and very tiring and you are prone to give up fast, but over time it will become more enjoyable and rewarding. Maintaining a good reading habit is healthy: it reduces stress, improves your memory, and it will help against the decline of mental ability. Plenty of reasons to start now!

1. Ask yourself why you want to read more

Writing down your reasons might help you stick to your newly implemented habit

What is your purpose in reading? Do you want to get smarter, develop a skill, or be informed in a specific area? Do you just enjoy wandering into fictional worlds but can’t find time to read?

What do these questions have in common? They are personal! You need to find your own reason to read. This will ensure that you form a healthy reading habit that will not be swayed by the accomplishments of others. Don’t forget to remind yourself from time to time why you started this reading habit journey, so you can stick to it.

2. Get into the habit of reading

7 Tips To Build A Consistent Reading Habit

Yes, reading with your dog on your lap is a valid reading habit!

Wanting to “read more” is a good start, yet unfortunately, it is not enough to build a habit. Let me clarify: reading more is not a goal but an intention, and a dubious one of that. If you want to read more, you have to start making a habit out of “reading”. Setting yourself a yearly reading goal is …continue reading


Secrets of a Japanese Ninja Warrior

If there was one group of warriors that produced more myth and exaggeration and shrouded in so much mystery, it would be the ninja. The word ninja(忍者, or its alternative name shinobi, appears throughout historical accounts in the context of secret intelligence gathering or stealthy assassinations carried out by martial-arts experts. Many opportune deaths may be a result of clandestine activities by ninjas but because they work in so much secrecy it is impossible to prove them. The ways of the ninja are an unavoidable part of samurai warfare, and no samurai can ignore the utility and fear that they represented. However, ninjas were despised because of how they contradicted the samurai code due to their use of secretive and underhanded methods.

In the mid 15th century onward, certain samurai families began to develop particular skills in intelligence gathering during feudal warfare. These were the ninja families. Like so many martial arts traditions in Japan, their skills were passed down from father to son or more usually from sensei (master) to chosen pupil, who may not always have been a relative.

The most celebrated “professional” ninjas were leaders of the provinces in Iga and Koga. They were minor landowners who, just like any daimyo of any size, emphasized the value of family and loyalty.

Ninja Training

Ninja Training (Photo Credit: Ninja by Stephen Turnbull)

1 – Learning to balance exceptionally well
2 – Breathing underwater using a bamboo tube. This technique will come in handy when hiding underwater for hours
3 – Practicing how to handle a sword
4 – Training to aim shuriken accurately
5 – Survival skills in the mountains
6 – A Shonin (ninja leader) evaluates the trainee before he is sent to his first mission
7 & 8 – Acrobatic skills that allow them the ability to “fly”
9 – Human pyramid technique
10 – Training in using …continue reading