Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother: Haha/ Okaasan (Learning Japanese with Dogs)

Unlike the English language, the term for mother is different depending on one's point of view.

For instance, if you are referring to your mother, you use the word haha (はは).

If you are referring to another person's mother, you use the word okaasan (おかあさん).

Chooey-ちゃん は しんせつな おかあさん です。(Chooey-chan ha (pronounced as wa) shinsetsu na okaasan desu.) Chooey is a kind mother.  
The Japanese word for mother as used in the sentence:

はは は きれいな ひと です。Haha ha(pronounced as wa) kirei na hito desu. [My] Mom is a beautiful person.

「わたし は わたし の」 ともだち の おかあさん に カメラ を あげました。「Watashi ha (pronounced as wa) watashi no」tomodachi no okaasan ni kamera wo agemashita.  [ I ] gave [my] best friend's mother a camera.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Pawrents out there!
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Dog- Inu (Learning Japanese with Dogs)

Today's word is pretty basic and always used in bloggyville.

The term inu means dog. So most of bloggyville have inu (dog) or neko (cat) masters dictating their posts.

ちいさい いぬ- chiisai inu- small dog 
いぬ (Hiragana characters for inu) is a noun. The sound a dog makes in Japan is ワンワン (Katakana characters for wanwan)
しろい いぬ - shiroi inu- white dog
Check this dog's talent out.

これ いぬのビデオ は とても かわいい です。(Kore inu no bideo ha totemo kawaii desu.) This dog video is very cute. 

Yes! In Japan, even dogs aren't spared from pranks.

Sample Sentences:

チョオイ-ちゃん は げんきないぬ です。Chooey-chan ha (pronounced wa) genki na inu desu. Chooey is a healthy/lively/energetic dog.

(あなた は)いぬ が すき です か。(Anata ha) Inu ga suki desu ka. Do you like dog(s)?

わたし の いぬ は わたし の かぞく です。Watashi no inu ha watashi no kazoku desu. My dog is my family.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Like- Suki (Learning Japanese with Dogs)

Today's word is suki. It's pronounced as "ski".

According to JED (Android's Japanese-English Dictionary), the term suki means fondness, love, or liking. So, if you've come across a few Japanese drama or anime  series, when a person is in-love with another, he/she says "Daisuki desu" (silent u) or "Suki desu" (again, with a silent u). The term love is barely used.

 マンゴ が すき です。 - Mango ga suki desu.- I like mango. More correctly put, I like mangoes.
Unlike the English language, suki is used as noun rather than a verb. So, when they say Inu ga suki desu (いぬ が すき です), it roughly translates to "I like a dog." or "I like dogs." It can also mean "I love dogs!"

Breakdown of Definitions:

Inu (いぬ) -dog
ga (が)- particle used to denote ability or preference.
suki (すき)- like
desu (です)- is/are/be/am; polite filler

So, to create a sentence where you want to express liking/ loving something, just pick a word and add "ga suki desu" after it.


バナナ が すき です。- Banana ga suki desu. I like banana(s).
チョウィ-ちゃん が すき です。-Chooey-chan ga suki desu. I like/love Chooey. 

Note: The suffix -chan or -san is added after a name just like Mr. and Ms. is added before a name in the English language. However, chan is added after a child's name while san is added to an adult's name.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hiruyasumi (Learning Japanese Words with Dogs)

ひるやすみ - Hiruyasumi - (n.) Lunch Time

The term hiruyasumi means lunch break/ noon time recess. Hiru means "noon" and yasumi means "rest". Often, it is depicted by a person eating their lunch or relaxing under a tree. 

Since the dogs only eat twice a day, lunch time means nap time for the pack. Asti works 24/7. Just like any good employee, it is imperative that we provide our hardworking pooches their well-deserved hiruyasumi to recharge.

P.S. Please feel free to correct/ augment me on this description, Mr. K.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Doggy-gram: Dog Telegrams

Telegram from Haopee
To my dearest and ever-understanding bloggy friends.
Life's picking up.
Chooey and the pack have my hands full.
Chooey and Baby Girl resumed rigorous tricks and treat training.
Puppy Brown and Asti have a new best friend--who isn't me.
Asti's A Smiling
Need another living, breathing Haopee to split the jobs.
Telegram from Chooey
Dear Bloggy Friends,
We need to report a case of neglect.
Haopee is busy with offline work.
Dogs are the best travel companions!
She's missing out on keeping up correspondences with you.
She's learning Japanese when she should be learning Doginese.
Japanese Kakana Characters with her Daily Corgi Fix
We need tender love and affection.
We demand treat support and lots of cuddles.
Please help us tell Haopee she's being irresponsible.
She will be put in puppy prison if she fails to meet our demands.
Her undivided attention belongs to us.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Summer and Dog Powered-Scooters

So, summer is coming...

Pigeons are EVIL!
Anyway, I don't have much to say. Summer is here. The dogs are sporting their summer look, an almost-bald haircut with ears that look like pony-tailed hair.

Our little Peke is all smiles. 
Also, I wanted to share this picture of dog-powered scooters. It gave me a good morning laugh.

Courtesy of Mark Schuette. He's the owner of the Dog Powered Scooter website.

Check out the video above. The genius dog-centric invention was featured in CNN.

Disclaimer: This isn't a paid/sponsored post. I simply believe in its awesomeness. Oh, and I had a blast scanning through their pictures, so I'm sharing them with you. 

Besides, who doesn't dream of making their own little dog sled team. And I quote, Mark further adds, "even the little ones can do it!"
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