Japanese Word of the Week: 約束

Every Thursday, we’ll be looking at a Japanese word, including its kanji and examples of use.

Reading

Kanji: 約束
Hiragana: やくそく
Roman letters: YAKUSOKU

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English Meaning

Promise, appointment

Kanji Used

  • 約 (promise, approximate) [N3]
  • 束 (bundle, manage) [N3]

Example Sentences

  • すみません、約束がありますのでパーティーへ行けません。 / Sorry, I have an appointment so I can’t go to the party.
  • 彼はお約束を破った。/ He broke his word.

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: 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.