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Are you feeling “Waku waku” today?

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
‒Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Hi there! Hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend! We spent our family time by the coast this past weekend. Weather was amazing where scenery was beautiful with plenty of sunshine, but above all, I got to eat at my favorite seafood restaurant, which I might have enjoyed a bit more than the weather. 🙂

So, I was feeling excited all weekend about this short day trip to the coast. Feeling excited can be expressed as “wake waku (わくわく, excitement)” in Japanese. This is another word that describes the state or condition. It is more so to be used as ” wake wake suru (わくわく する, feeling excitement)”

So, let’s get today’s lesson started~~ Read on~

Waku waku (わくわく, ワクワク) – feeling excited, thrilled

Feeling excited

Waku waku suru

わくわく する

I am so excited to see you tomorrow.

Asu kimini aeru to omouto waku waku suruyo.

あす きみに あえると おもうと わくわく するよ。

(明日 君に 会えると思うと わくわく するよ。)

She is so excited about her new job.

Kano jo wa atarashi shigoto ni waku waku shiteiru.

かのじょは あたらしい しごとに わくわく している。

(彼女は 新しい 仕事に わくわく している。)

I am so excited to go to Japan and can’t wait to be there.

Nihon ni iku noni waku waku shiteite machi kirenai.

にほんに いくのに わくわく していて,まちきれない。

(日本に 行くのに わくわく していて 待ちきれない。)

I am so thrilled to be here today.

Kyo koko ni korarete waku waku shiteimasu.

きょう ここに くることが できて,わくわく しています。

(今日,ここに 来ることが出来て, わくわく しています。)

Why are you so excited?

Nande sonna ni waku waku shiteiruno?

なんで そんなに わくわく しているの?

(何で そんなに わくわく しているの?)

How thrilling?

Waku waku surune!

わくわく するね!

I knew you would be thrilled!

Zettai waku waku suruto omottayo.

ぜったい,わくわく すると おもったよ。

(絶対 わくわく すると 思ったよ。)

What are you feeling waku waku about today? Hope you will have an amazing day today with all waku waku excitement! 🙂

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: Japanese Elementary School Event Schedule

Probably the most important piece of paper your child will bring home from Japanese elementary school is the yearly schedule of events — it basically determines the whole family’s plans for the next 12 months. It’s a long list of too many to-dos, which for many foreign moms can be a tad frustrating to figure out and make sense of. Having spent a long time trying to decipher this important list myself, I decided to put my experience into practice and share everything I’ve learned over the years here with you.

So if you’re a mom to a child who attends a Japanese school and want to make sure that your return home in summer doesn’t interfere with sports day, parent-teacher meetings and irregular holidays, read on!

Japanese school event calendar Kanji And Kana

  • 行事予定 (Gyouji yotei) Event schedule
    This details the main events that the school has planned for a particular period. You should receive an annual (年間, nenkan) one at the start of each school year. It will probably be in a list or chart format, with a title like this: 平成30年度 主な行事予定 (Heisei 30nendo omona gyouji yotei) 2018 Main event schedule
  • (4月)行事予定 (4 gatsu gyouji yotei) (April) event schedule
    You will also regularly receive a monthly plan, which will be more detailed and up to date.
  • 始業式 (Shigyou-shiki) Commencement ceremony
    This gathering is held at the start of the school year, and on the first day back at school after vacation, but usually doesn’t involve parents.
  • 入学式 (Nyuugaku-shiki) Entrance ceremony
    This big day may be held on the same day as the commencement ceremony, or the day after.

  • 給食開始 (Kyuushoku kaishi) Start of school lunch
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How to use かもしれない/かも ( = kamo shirenai / kamo)

= Ashita, deeto shiyouyo.
= Let’s go on a date tomorrow.
= Ashita wa, muri kamo shirenai.
= I think it could be difficult tomorrow.
= Hyottoshite boku, sekai de ichiban kawaii kamo…
= (I might be wrong but) I could be the cutest in the world.

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= Minasan, konnichiwa! Devon to Navi desu.
= Hello everyone! Devon and Navi are here.
= Kyou wa, “kamo shirenai” no tsukaikata wo oshiemasu yo.
= We will teach you how to use “kamo shirenai”
:i: 〜かもしれません ( = kamo shiremasen) formal  …continue reading


What does Sowa sowa (そわそわ)mean in Japanese?

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Hi everyone, hope everyone is having a great first week of June. Everyday is just passing by so quickly. Before we know it, summer is almost here. My kids will be out of school by the end of this week, and oh boy, it will be a long summer!

Since this week is the last week of school for them, they have been swamped with their last quiz, presentation, and papers to write, etc. This morning, my older son was acting so nervous about the presentation, I had to ask, why are you acting so “sowa sowa”? (Nande sonna ni sowa sowa shiteruno? なんで そんなに そわそわ してるの?)

In Japanese, we have many many words that describes or express a state or condition. We call it “Yosu no kotoba (ようすの ことば,様子の言葉). If I start listing these words, it will be a long long list, but wanted to focus on them this month so you can learn the common ones. So, today’s topic is all about the word “sowa sowa”. Read on~

Sowa sowa (そわそわ,ソワソワ) – feeling jittery, nervous, unable to focus,

Feeling jittery

Sowa sowa suru

そわそわ する。

He is feeling nervous about today’s presentation.

Kare wa kyō presentation ga arutame sowa sowa shiteiru.

かれは きょう,ぷれぜんてーしょん が あるため そわそわ している。

(彼は 今日 プレゼンテーションが ある為 そわそわ している。)

Stop feeling so jittery.

Sonna ni sowa sowa shinai deyo.

そんなに そわそわ しないでよ。

Why are you feeling jittery?

Nande sonna ni sowa sowa shiteiruno?

なんで そんなに そわそわ しているの?

Feeling jittery does not help you any.

Sowa sowa shitemo hajimaranai yo.

そわそわ しても はじまらないよ。

(そわそわ しても 始まらないよ。)

He looks like he is feeling jittery.

Kare wa sowa sowa shiteiru yō ni mierune.

かれは そわそわ しているように みえるね。

(彼は そわそわ しているように 見えるね。)

So, above is a small but very useful collection of the expression “sowa sowa(そわそわ)” that are most commonly used. I hope you are not feeling sowa sowa today. Let’s focus on what we need to do, …continue reading


Kanji on the street Actual street ver.1 ~Awaji Highway Oasis~


Hi everyone! 皆さんこんにちは!
Here is the follow-up summary of our Kanji on the street (KOS) Actual street version. vol.1.
We’re at Awaji Highway Oasis.

Kanji on the street (KOS) actual street ver.1 @ Awaji Highway Oasis

Kanji on the street (KOS) actual street ver.1 @ Awaji Highway OasisPlease chekc below comment section for follow-up summary

Posted by Japanese Language & Culture on Monday, June 4, 2018

Below are the Kanji phrases we introduced in the video.

  • ご注意下さい : gochuui kudasai: Please be careful
  • ~下さい(ください)~kudasai: Please~
  • トンビ tonbi : Black kite (smaller than hawk)
  • 食べ物 tabemono: food
  • 狙っています neratteimasu :aiming, hunting -> 狙う nerau : aim at, go for, watch for
  • お客様 okyaku-sama: customer (in honorific way -お is prefix for politeness, -様 is honorific suffix
  • 連れておられる tsurete-orareru (honorific way to say 連れている turete-iru : bringing
  • 糞 fun: poop
  • 飼い主 kainushi : pet owner
  • 責任 sekinin : responsibility -責任をもって sekinin wo motte: with responsibility
  • 処理 shori: handling, management, treatment
  • お願いします onegai shimasu: please

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