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The logo for Expo 2025

today28/8月/20

loyalty life in Kansai

大阪関西おおさかかんさい万博ばんぱくのロゴが発表はっぴょうされました。 


It represents the “brilliance of life”, the designer said that he was inspired by Taro Okamoto who is my favorite artist. This surreal looking logo definitely catches our eyes.


Expo 2025


おもしろいデザインだと思います。万博が楽しみです。



万博(ばんぱく)→expo     ロゴ→logo

発表(はっぴょう)→ announcement  発表される→be announced

Reading practice

today17/8月/20

loyalty Learn Japanese

Many students ask me if there are any books they can read when they complete the beginner level.

Some students try to read Japanese books for children because they have more hiragana and furigana, but sometimes the vocabulary and expressions in these books are much too difficult, or their stories are not interesting enough for adult students.

I use 「小説ミラーさん」for reading practice.

I recommend this novel because it is about Miller’s daily life in Japan, using basic vocabulary and grammar points for those who have finished elementary study. This book is based on the series of「みんなの日本語 Minna no Nihongo」textbooks , but even though you have never used this series it is still good to read when you finished elementary level.

I cannot deny that there are some stereotypical terms related to “being in Japan as a foreigner” in this book, but it is still good for reading practice and creates a certain sense of accomplishment at having read a whole novel in Japanese.

Pluralization

today01/8月/20

loyalty Learn Japanese

The Japanese language is not so strict about pluralization as English is.

Normaly the word ねこ which means cat , can be a cat, some cats or cats in general. There are some specific words and suffixes to pluralize nouns, but when you are a beginner please don’t worry too much about whether they are singular or plural.


ねこが好きです。  I like cats ( in general )



あそこにねこがいます。can be “there is a cat over there” or “there are some cats over there”.



友だちと学校へ行きます。 can be ” I go to school with my friend ” or ” I go to school with my friends.”