Word of the Day

Japanese Word of the Day - 構う

Today's word is 構う (かまう) spelled kamau in romanji.

構う is the Japanese word for to mind or to care about or be concerned with. This word is commonly used in the negative form such as 構わない. This is most similar to the english phase "do you mind" as in "do you mind doing this."

Sample sentence: さきに晩御飯をたべてもかまわないですか。
Translation: Do you mind if we eat dinner first?

NOTE: If you cannot read the above kanji, I would recommend using Mozilla Firefox and downloading a plugin called rikaichan. It allows you to hover over kanji characters in websites like mine and translate them on the fly and show you the romanji behind that kanji as well as the English meaning. I highly recommend it and it can be easily found by searching google.


Japanese Word of the Day - 忘年会

Well, I thought it would be nice to share a Japanese word with everyone on a daily basis. Now, I am fairly busy so I don't know if I can honestly commit to posting a Japanese word daily, but I will try. So here we go:

Today's word is 忘年会 (ぼうねんかい) spelled bounenkai in romanji.

忘年会 is the Japanese word used for the Japanese year end party. Usually celebrated with your company or with your family and friends. Depending how popular you are you may have a good 5 to 10 bounenkai's.

Sample sentence: 今日は私の会社の忘年会があります。私たちはステッキのレストランに行きます。
Translation: I have my company's year end party today. We will be going to a steak restaurant.

NOTE: If you cannot read the above kanji, I would recommend using Mozilla Firefox and downloading a plugin called rikaichan. It allows you to hover over kanji characters in websites like mine and translate them on the fly and show you the romanji behind that kanji as well as the English meaning. I highly recommend it and it can be easily found by searching google.


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