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?

example sentence


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

example sentence

kinyuu – fill out a form

March 5, 2008 at 7:35 am | Posted in Verbs | 1 Comment

記入 きにゅう (suru verb)

sounds like “can you”

this one is dedicated to all of you out there who dream of growing up and working in a japanese office. kinyuu sounds like “can you”…so.

“CAN YOU fill out these forms?” Or, if you want to get crazy and memorize this one along with the last entry, documents – shorui(show louie), then…

“after you SHOW LOUIE the forms, CAN YOU fill them out?

hairu – to enter

December 22, 2007 at 12:25 am | Posted in Verbs | Leave a comment


sounds like – “hi lou”

you have a friend named lou right? if you don’t, then make one up. and then make up a corner store that he owns. now ENTER that store, raise your hand, and say “hi lou“.

kiru – to wear

November 6, 2007 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Verbs | 1 Comment

着る ( きる)

sounds like – “kill”

there is this ancient japanese legend about the “black jacket.” usually it’s found abandoned in a forest. when someone finds it, it always appears new, and very expensive. also depending on the time period (it has appeared all throughout history), it takes on the appearence of the most fashionable name of the period.

but, this jacket has a curse. if you wear it, it slowly takes control of your entire body. eventually, over the course of a couple weeks, it will controll you, like a puppet. then, it will slowly walk you out into the deep forest, then it will kill you! after, it will lie in wait for the next victim.

stay away from the black jacket, if you wear it it will kill.

kookai (suru) – to regret

April 11, 2007 at 7:55 am | Posted in Nouns, Verbs | Leave a comment

keyword – kookai sounds like “coke I”.

I have REGRET for all the “COKE I” did.

coke as in cocaine. and no i didn`t. but most people do have regret from doing coke, right? you can either build your mnemonics from the “COKE I” keyword, or just memorize the sentence like I did. it`s a suru verb remember, so it can be used as a noun without suru.


August 23, 2006 at 6:53 am | Posted in Nouns, Verbs | Leave a comment

Cook = Ryõri (Noun, Suru Verb)

Sounds like – “Yo Lee”

Story – You are at your favorite resturant Chinese restaurant, “Lees.” You go in, sit down, and wait. No one comes to take your order. You get agitated, and finally yell out, “YO LEE, YO LEE.” Unfortunetly, Lee is to busy cooking to hear you yell out “Yo Lee.” You keep yelling, and eventually Lee comes and kicks you out, now you will never taste Lee’s cooking ever again.

Yo Lee = Ryõri (Suru) = Cook (ing)

Choose, Pick

July 20, 2006 at 6:14 am | Posted in Verbs | Leave a comment

Choose, Pick = Erabu (verb)

Sounds like – “A” + love (or as a Japanese speaker would say, “Labuu”)

Story – A Japanese person is standing in front of you outside a supermarket. In one hand he is holding a giant “A,” and in the other, a giant “B”. He doesn’t know English very well. He asks you “A labuu? Do you labuu A?” He asking whether you choose (“labuu“) the A or the B.

“A” + labuu(love) = Erabu = Choose, Pick

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