Favourite new words

Caterpillar - wool bug :smiley:

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指揮者 musical conductor- finger brandishing person

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I love this! How is it pronounced?

人質 ひとじち
person + quality/substance

“Human substance” means a hostage.

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しきしゃ level 36 https://www.wanikani.com/vocabulary/指揮者

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単に (たんに)- Simply.
I’ve been waiting to learn this word as I use it frequently while speaking english. Its simply an amazing word. :slight_smile:

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One I learned recently : 研修医 (けんしゅうい), “medical intern”.

I like how the Japanese word makes sense (研修=training, 医=medical); while I still have no idea to what “intern” actually refers to…

And also 食道 (しょくどう), how I could understand it is esophagus even without the need of a dictionary (given the proper context)

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匂う. It can mean to smell good AND to smell bad. What.

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No WaniKani-word as far as I know, but I really like 惚れ惚れ (ほれぼれ), admiringly.
Really usefull, if you want to make a compliment. :wink:

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I would have totally guessed じんしつ without knowing. lol

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My favorite word/sentence that I encountered today was in the example sentence :

そんなにが虫を噛みつぶしたような顔をするなよ。

They gave the translation as “Don’t make such a sour face” and I love the as if bitten by an insect part, it envokes such a clear image!

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I love that:

  • day is sun, and that tomorrow is bright day 明日
  • testicles is golden balls
  • bright is star+moon
  • 話 looks like two mouths chatting
  • adult is big person 大人
  • fire flowers and fire mountains :slight_smile:
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I really like 大好き, Big Like. Lol.

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Another translation would be “resident” as in a resident physician. Though, residents are sometimes also referred to as interns.

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I’ve got a new one: じき, to fix
stab lion in the eye - is to fix
incidentally, the two syllables together mean savage in Polish, dziki
easy one to remember!

目玉焼(めだまや)
literally “baked eyeballs”
It’s eggs sunny-side up

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あおぞら - Blue Sky (Also the name of a wonderful soundtrack from Tokyo Ghoul OST)

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