The time has come for me to announce my 2014 blog series: Word of the Week! Following the success of last year’s A to Wa of Japan, as well as A – Z of Japan and Weekly Shiritori before that, I’ve decided to continue having a weekly series here on Haikugirl’s Japan. Deciding on a theme wasn’t easy, but as one of my focusses this year is on improving my language skills I decided the topic this year should be Japanese language.
The series will follow the same pattern as last year’s series – A (あ) to Wa (わ). Next week’s post will feature a word beginning with ‘a’ (あ), the next will begin with ‘i’ (い), followed by ‘u’ (う), and so on, finishing with a word beginning with ‘wa’ (わ) sometime in December.
I want these posts to be fun, and possibly even educational, and I don’t want to be too strict about the rules. However, the main aim of the game is to choose a verb, adjective or expression each week. Unlike games in the past, I won’t be choosing nouns or proper nouns, so I won’t be writing about people, places and things. The Japanese language has some really interesting words and expressions which illustrate Japan’s unique culture, and I think it will be fun to explore some of these words by looking at their origins and how they are used today.
I would love for you all to join in with these weekly posts, as many of you have done before, so please do take a look each week and leave a comment with your suggestions for the following week. Also, if you notice any mistakes, or have anything to add, I would really appreciate your comments, as I’m hoping these posts will help me to learn too.
So, without further ado, let’s get started! Next week’s post will be about a word beginning with ‘a’ (あ), so please leave your suggestions below. The word can be a verb, adjective or expression, but no nouns please! For example, ‘arigatou’ (ありがとう) meaning ‘thank you’ would be acceptable, but ‘Aomori’ (青森), the place, would not. I look forward to reading your ideas! (*^_^)v