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Let’s talk about the different Animals in Japanese

  Let’s talk about the different Animals in Japanese   The Japanese word for Animals is 動物 ( どうぶつ ).   The Kanji book that I’ve been using for my Kanji lessons listed only three animals for N5 while N4 has four Kanji. Recently, I have been studying Kanji again as I have already forgotten most of it. So, I will start with the 7 animals from the book that I’ve been using.     N5 Kanji for Animals: Insect – むし ( 虫 ) Dog – いぬ ( 犬 ) Shellfish – かい ( 貝 )   N4 Kanji for Animals: Cow – うし ( 牛 ) Fish – さかな ( 魚 ) Horse – うま ( 馬 ) Bird – とり ( 鳥 )   Animals that I haven’t studied their Kanji’s: Cat – ねこ ( 猫 ) Mouse – ねずみ ( 鼠 ) Tiger – とら ( 虎 ) Rabbit – ウサギ ( 兎 ) Sheep - ヒツジ ( 羊 ) Pig - ブタ ( 豚 ) Chicken – にわとり ( 鶏 ) Snake - ヘビ ( 蛇 ) Monkey – さる ( 猿 )   Butterfly – チョウチョウ ( 蝶蝶 ) Ant - アリ ( 蟻 ) Mosquito - カ ( 蚊 ) Fly – ハエ ( 蝿 ) Cockroach - ゴキブリ Spider - クモ ( 蜘蛛 )   Duck – かも ( 鴨 ) Pigeon –

Let's talk about colors in Japanese

  Let's talk about colors in Japanese   Color in Japanese is いろ ( 色 ) .   In Japan, the standard colors are Black , Red , Blue , White , and Yellow . These colors have the 'i-adjectives'.   Like most non-English speaking countries, Japanese also have English loan words for color. These loan words are written in Katakana.   Listed below are the noun words of each color:   Primary colors ( 原色 ):   Red - あか / レッド Yellow - きいろ / イエロー Blue - あお / ブルー   Secondary Colors ( 二次色 ): Green - みどり / グリーン Purple - むらさき / パープル Orange - だいだいいろ / オレンジ   Blue and Green were the same Kanji 青 ( あお ) before 緑 ( みどり ) word entered Japan during Heian Period and that time みどり was considered as the shade of blue. あお was used to describe certain 'green' things like vegetables and apples.   The traffic light 'green' that signals one 'to go' is referred to as あお even though the Japanese know that it is green. So, don&