takuwaeru – to store, keep, put aside, save

September 22, 2013 at 4:54 am | Posted in Verbs | 2 Comments


sounds like “tack where?” EXCEPT again like a japanese speaker would say it…”taku wheru?” trust me it works once you get used to it.

visual – japanese person running around looking worried, screaming out “TAKU WHEREU? TAKE WHEREU?”


storekeeper running around screaming taku whereu because he is missing his precious tacks. insert some image that helps you remember the meaning of to store / keep. i use a storekeeper but you can use a banker maybe, whatever works. this one is pretty easy to remember based on novelty of the taku whereu phase. just to be clear this is supposed to be how you might think a japanese person speaking english would say “tack where” – taku whelu?

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shitsurei – rudeness, impoliteness, excuse me

September 22, 2013 at 4:47 am | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

失礼 しつれい

“shitsurei shi mas” is how you’ll usually hear this. for example if you are trying to get by someone you say it, it’s like “excuse me.”

sounds like “shitsu ray” (imagine how a japanese person would say shit…shitsu. this trick works for lots of words.)

visual – a ray of…shitsu, maybe a wizard casting some weird shitsu ray spell?


wizard casting the shitsu ray spell…”please excuse me”

some sort of moving shitsu ray running wild, pushing people around, knocking stuff over, very rude wouldn’t you say

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shippai – failure, mistake, unsuccessful

September 22, 2013 at 4:41 am | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

失敗 しっぱい

sounds like – “ship pie”

visual – a ship full of pies


maybe filling up a SHIP with PIES was a mistake

a business idea involving delivering pies by ship turns out to be unsuccessful

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shinu – to die, to pass away

September 21, 2013 at 6:02 am | Posted in Verbs | Leave a comment

死ぬ しぬ

sounds like “she knew”

visual – girl looking at a withered flower dropping it’s petals


SHE KNEW eventually the flower would die

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shitsumon – a question, interrogation, inquiry

September 21, 2013 at 5:55 am | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

質問 しつもん

sounds like “shit summon”

visual …. you figure it out.


the question is…how did you shit summon?

being questioned in a dark interrogation room – summoning (bull)shit to tell the detective!

police officer talking to you about something you want to get out of, time to summon (bull)shit!

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shitaku – preparations

September 21, 2013 at 5:42 am | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

支度   –   したく

sounds like “she talks” (but like how a japanese person might say talk – talku. pretty clever huh.)

visual – a talkative girl you know


sometimes SHE TALKU too much about the preparations, lets just start already!

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tonari – next to, nearby

September 21, 2013 at 5:32 am | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

隣   となり

sounds like “tonally” as in tone.

visual – sitting in your apartment, hearing your neighbors through the wall.


you can’t hear their exact words, but you can hear them TONALLY.

if people are close enough you can start to hear them TONALLY.

semai – narrow, confined, small

September 21, 2013 at 5:22 am | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

狭い   せまい

sounds like “semi” as in semi-truck.

visual – semi truck trying to fit through a narrow tunnel.

this semi is probably not going to fit in this narrow tunnel.

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