Monday, April 27, 2015

Hooked On!!

*Japanese Word of the Day*
/saikin, e wo kaku no ni hamatterun dayone/
I'm recently hooked on painting a picture!!

*最近(さいきん) /saikin/ recently, these days

*絵(え) /e/ a drawing, a painting, a sketch, a illustration
絵(え)を描(か)く /e wo kaku/ to draw/paint a picture

*~にハマ(はま)ってる / hamatte iru/ to be hooked on, to be into
When we speak, this  is often omitted.

You may thought what between 絵を描く and ハマってる means. It's one of the particles! It's added after a verb to change it into a noun. Sometimes we use こと instead of . (Or, we use instead of こと sometimes?? I'm not sure...)

◎ 絵を描く の にハマってる。
◎ 絵を描く こと にハマってる。
× 絵を描く に ハマってる。

Read this post to know the other usage of . :)
の=of ?

Actually, I'm into painting with oil pastels! I recently upload some of my paintings on Pinterest. Please visit my page if you're interested. :3

And I want to add one more phrase today.
Guess what it means, and let me know your answer! haha

By the way, I found a very interesting blog post!!
How to Write in Japanese - A Beginner's Guide
This is a step-by-step guide to reading and writing Japanese, Kana and Kanji.

That's all for today! Thank you for reading. See you next time! :)

Related post:
Kanji Lesson
Japanese is easier than you think!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How long do you stay?

*Japanese Word of the Day*
/nanhaku(nanpaku) suru yotei?/
How many nights do you plan to stay?

/sanpaku-yokka dayo/
For 4 days and 3 nights.

You can say only 三泊(3 nights) instead of 三泊四日(4 days and 3 nights), but we usually say the latter. means "to stay" and it's pronounced as はく/haku/ or ぱく/paku/.

・一泊(いっく)二日(ふつか) 2 days and 1 night
・二泊(にはく)三日(みっか) 3 days and 2 nights
・三泊(さんく)四日(よっか) 4 days and 3 nights
・四泊(よんはく/よんく)五日(いつか) 5 days and 4 nights
・五泊(ごはく)六日(むいか) 6 days and 5 nights

*~泊する/...haku(paku) suru/ to stay ... nights

*予定(よてい)/yotei/ a plan
*~する予定 /...suru yotei/ I'm going to ...

/konshuu no nichi-youbi nanika yotei aru?/
Do you have any plans for this Sunday?
I'm going to hang out with my friends.

I took a trip to Matsu Island, which is one of the small islands in Taiwan. It was a 4-day trip (三泊四日). I stayed in a pretty village, Chinbe Village, which has a beach right in front of it.

Chinbe Village

The hotel I stayed
It was foggy on the last day. All flights cancelled due to dense fog, so I tried to get a ferry ticket instead. It would take 7 hours from the island by ferry but it was the only way to go back. There were a lot of people in the small port. It was exhausting and stressful... I couldn't buy a ticket after all. They ran just one ferry a day, and they were close the next day.

I heard that there was another route to go back to Taiwan: Take a ferry to China first, and then take a plane to Taiwan. So I tried anything I could do. It was hard but a great practice speaking Chinese! :'D Unfortunately, the ferry also cancelled. I had to wait until the fog was cleared. I ended up staying 2 more days!

Anyway, it was a nice trip.