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“Sō ja Nai” lyrics Morning Musume. 16

Updated on : November 20, 2016   *  Last modified on : November 24, 2016


Hi there!


I have been thinking about writing Japanese lesson blog but have not done much yet.

I think it will be really fun learning Japanese with lyrics for music lover so today I am going to use Morning Musume. ’16 new song “Sō ja Nai” to learn first 5 basic Japanese alphabet (5 vowels in Japanese) and see how people like it.

If you read & watch this post, let me know what you think!

Pronunciation :


The 1st one pronounce as “a” — maybe close to the word “now”‘s “o”??
(should probably add some sound info later on…)


The 2nd one is “i” — maybe “eat”‘s “ea” sounds?



The 3rd one is “u” — “oops”‘s “oo”



The 4th one is “e” — “edge”‘s first “e”



The 5th one is “o” — “object”‘s “o”


OK! I am going to teach you 5 Japanese basic words & expressions using these first 5 letters. Some of them, you can hear them in the new song :D!!

These first two letters


ai” means “Love in Japanese!

There are many songs about love right? And so as MM. ’16 new song
“Sō ja Nai”. Check out the 1:54 of the above video.

English subtitle is “Love is probably… Love is like…”

Did you catch the word “ai” in Japanese?? Ya~~~y you!!

This word is also in the other new song “Mukidashi de Mukiatte”.

Check it if you can catch them. There are two parts with that word :D!!

All right, then next word.


iie” is formal “no in Japanese.

This is good to remember if you are coming to Japan.






“ue” is “up” in Japanese. It could be “above” “on” as well.

Check out the 2:56 of the above video.

English subtitle is “Those condescending remarks”

hummmm I am not really familiar with the word “condescending” * looking up *

condescending --- characteristic of those who treat others with condescension

condescension - a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient

OK so if condescending is referring someone superior to inferior, it makes sense.

Sine the Japanese lyrics “Ue kara mesen no sono phrase“, “the phrase from looking down from higher position” sort of.

Anyways, let’s just remember “ue” in Japanese means “up” and try to catch the word in the song!


“ee?” is not really a phrase but we say it when we are surprised XD!

You say that in English too right? Guess we have that in common so you can use that in Japan as well. People would understand you :p.





And so as the previous one, this is not really a phrase but

“o-!” (“o” plus bar) we say this one also when we are surprised as you say “Oh-!” in English. I wonder those surprising sounds are universal…

But I know in Chinese people say “aiya—” when they are surprised… well we say “ah—!” as well but not quite the same.

Writing order :

OK! Now let’s write about writing order of each of those five Japanese alphabet.

You can remember, we write basically from left, top, right, down order.

Let’s explain with the first letter “a”


Get it?

The first stroke is from the very left of this letter. And the second stroke is the one at the top. The third stroke start with the next high position.

So the second letter is easy I think. You can try.

Try by yourself :





Probably the last one was a bit difficult. You can check the answer at the very bottom of this post ;)!

Note :

When we write Japanese, we have two ways to write.

One way is like in English, write from left —> right then go down.

Like… this one down here.


Another way is, as you can see on the above 5 basic Japanese, write from top to down and this one goes right to left.


Answer of “Try by yourself”


The word “ai (love)” in song “Mukidashi de Mukiatte” –>  1:06, 2:30  <– Check the answer by dragging the space~~.

OK! Hope this was fun lesson!

Leave comment if you notice something or have some suggestion etc. I will be shedding tears to see your comment ;)!

How to say “Want to” in Japanese

Updated on : April 3, 2014   *  Last modified on : April 5, 2014





As I shot a new Japanese Lesson video on my YouTube yesterday,

I am writing on it and explain a bit more about the Lesson I made.


I explain how to say

“I want to do something” in Japanese :).



If you like the video, please subscribe my channel from here!!

“Want to” part is “たい (tai)” in Japanese.


You will add this “tai” after verbs.


There are some rules when you add this “tai”.

Will explain the most basic pattern first then move on to other 2 patterns.

** Pattern 1 **

First of all, Japanese verbs end withu” sound in the dictionary form

(dictionary form = the most simply form and this one you see

in the dictionary when you look the words up).


When you add “tai” to say ‘I want to do something’ in Japanese

you would need to change the ending to “i” sound.


For example,

If you want to say “I want to go”, then “go” in Japanese is “iku (行く)”

so you change the last “u” to “i” ( = “iku” —> “Iki“) and add “tai”.

That will make “iki tai” = “want to go”.

If you want to say “I want to go to Nippon Budokan” then

“Nippon Budokan ni ikitai” would be the sentence :D!

The word “magaru (曲がる)” = “make turn”

would change as

“magaru” —> “magari” + “tai” —> “magaritai” = want to make turn

The word “aruku (歩く)” = “walk”

would change as

“aruku” —> “aruki” + “tai —> “arukitai” = want to take a walk

** Pattern 2 **

The verbs end with “suru”

will have slightly different way when adding the “tai”.


For these, you will take off the last “ru” and change the second last

sound “su” to “shi” (changing “u” to “i” the same as pattern 1)

For these verbs, you can just think take off “suru” and replace

it with “shitai”.

Whichever easy for you to remember would be good I think.


For example,

If you want to say “want to drive”, “drive” in Japanese is “unten suru (運転する)”

so you will take off “suru” and replace with “shitai”.

So it will be “unten shitai”


With the word “move”, “move” in Japanese is “idou suru (移動する)”

so “ido shitai” will be “want to move”

If you want to say “I want to move to some place else” then

“betsu no basho ni idou shitai” would be the sentence.

In above sentence “betsu no basho” = different place

And…. as I am writing this blog….. I just discovery something else that

I did not notice while I was shooting the video…… (*__*). Oopsy oopsy……..!

Sorry! Being Japanese, I really do not know the grammatical rules very well….

Forgive me!!

So add the additional video here.

** Pattern 3 **

The verbs end with “e + ru”.

This “e” means the sound with vowel “e” such as “ke”, “se”, te” etc.


For these verbs, take off the last “ru” and just add “tai”.

The verb “eat in Japanese is taberu(食べる)”.

If you want to say “I want to eat”

it will be “tabe” + “tai” —-> “tabetai” = I want to eat.

Another example,

the verb “ageru (あげる)” is “give” in Japanese.

If you want to say “want to give” then it will be

“agetai” take off the “ru” and just add “tai”.

If you want to say “I want to give a present to my girlfriend”

it will be

“kanojo ni present wo agetai”

In above sentense “kanojo” is a girlfriend in Japanese ;).


Please subscribe my channel if you like my video. Thank you!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave comment at the video!

Hope my teaching will progress in time so as your Japanese!!!


Japanese : Ask directions in Japan

Updated on : September 4, 2013


Hi there!


I have been thinking of making Japanese Lesson videos on YouTube,

and finally recorded one lesson last week, yay!


Here is the lesson video.

I am going to explain the keywords in the video on this blog.

Since this was the first trial for me, the contents can be improved a lot :p.

Hope you will bare it!!


OK here you go :)!


In this video, I used Nippon Budokan as an example since there are friends

who are going to C-ute concert in Nippon Budokan on Sep 9th :D!

Used this map as an example.

Trying to get Nippon Budokan from exit 2 on the map XD!



As with my experience with English,

we tried to understand everything said in un-known languages

when we try to understand them, but that is not a good idea.


If you tried to understand everything,

then you would get stuck with the words you do not understand and

fail to listen the rest of the sentences. And that is not what you want to do.


So first, try to remember the very essential words.


Believe me or not, if you pay attention to the words you understand,

you will get the idea where the conversation going than try to understand every single word!!


Pay attention to the keywords.

Try NOT to understand every single word

especially if you are a beginner!!

Goooooood luck!



There are 4 essential keywords in the video.

Try to remember these 4!

1) すみません (su mi ma sen)

Excuse me

– – – 26 seconds in the video

This is a good word to remember.

You can use in many occasions when you want to get attention.


2) まっすぐ (ma ssu gu)


– – – 39 seconds, 49 seconds, 54 seconds


If you ask directions, you would be hearing this word and if you know the meaning of this word, it will be a lot easier to understand what the person is saying, so try to remember this one =D!!


3) ひだり (hi da ri)


– – – 42 seconds, 47 seconds, 1 min 18 seoncds


This is also an essential word when you ask directions!


4) みぎ (mi gi)


– – – 1 min 3 seoncds


This one as well!



If will try to explain more in a few days of other keywords in the video

for those who are comfortable with above 4 keywords already.

Those of you who are rather advanced Japanese learner!

So stay tuned~~~!!


Thanks for watching and reading!!!