Japanese Word of the Week: 褒美

Reading

Kanji: 褒美
Hiragana: ほうび
Roman letters: HOUBI

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English Meaning

Reward, prize

Kanji Used

  • 褒 (praise, admire) [N1]
  • 美 (beauty) [N3]

Example Sentences

  • テストの成績が良かったらご褒美に、ゲームを買ってあげる / If you get good exam results, I’ll buy you a new game.
  • 犬が新しい芸を覚えたから、ご褒美をやったんだよ / The dog learned a new trick so I gave him a reward.

Japanese Word of the Week: 発音

Reading

Kanji: 発音
Hiragana: はつおん
Roman letters: HATSUON

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English Meaning

Pronunciation

Kanji Used

  • 発 (departure, discharge) [N4]
  • 音 (sound) [N4]

Example Sentences

  • 英語を上手に話したい場合は、発音記号を勉強した方がいいと思います。 / If you want to be able to speak English well, it is recommended that you study phonetics.
  • 私の発音は決して完全ではない。 / My pronunciation is far from perfect.

Japanese Word of the Week: 総理大臣

Reading

Kanji: 総理大臣
Hiragana: そうりだいじん
Roman letters: SOURI DAIJIN

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English Meaning

Prime minister

Kanji Used

  • 総 (whole, total) [N2]
  • 理 (logic, arrangement, justice) [N4]
  • 大 (large, big) [N5]
  • 臣 (subject, retainer) [N2]

Example Sentences

  • 総理大臣が辞任しました。 / The prime minister has resigned.
  • 日本の総理大臣は安倍晋三です。 / The prime minister of Japan is Shinzou Abe.

Japanese Word of the Week: 温度

Reading

Kanji: 温度
Hiragana: おんど
Roman letters: ONDO

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English Meaning

Temperature

Kanji Used

  • 温 (warm) [N2]
  • 度 (degrees, time) [N4]

Example Sentences

  • お風呂の温度は40度くらいが一番気持ちいいと思います。 / I think the best temperature for a bath is about 40 degrees.
  • 温度計は温度を測る器具です。 / A thermometer is an instrument for recording temperature.

Japanese Word of the Week: 税金

Reading

Kanji: 税金
Hiragana: ぜいきん
Roman letters: ZEIKIN

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English Meaning

Tax, duty

Kanji Used

  • 税 (tax, duty) [N2]
  • 金 (gold, money) [N5]

Example Sentences

  • この美術館は、多くの税金を使って建てられました。 / This museum was built with a large amount of tax money.
  • 誰もが税金を払わなければなりません。 / Everyone must pay their taxes.