Daily Words

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Today’s Words

Nov 16, 2018
N5
かみ
Definition
paper
N4
しょうかい
Definition
introduction, presentation, referral, listing
N3
じんぶつ
Definition
person, character, figure, personage, man, woman, one's character, one's personality, able person, talented person
N2
すいへい
Definition
level, horizontality
N1
きんろう
Definition
labor, labour, exertion, diligent service

Daily Word History

November 15

N5

かばん、カバン
bag; satchel; briefcase; basket
N4

10分

十分
じっぷん、じゅっぷん
10 minutes
N3

心配

しんぱい
worry; concern; anxiety; care; help; aid; assistance
N2

随筆

隨筆
ずいひつ
essays; miscellaneous writings; literary jottings
N1

勤務

きんむ
service; duty; work

November 14

N5

すみ、すま
corner; nook; recess; downstage right (on a noh stage)
N4

柔道

じゅうどう
judo
N3

慎重

しんちょう
careful; cautious; prudent; discreet; deliberate
N2

水筒

すいとう
canteen; flask; water bottle; thermos
N1

勤勉

きんべん
diligent; industrious

November 13

N5

家庭

かてい
home; family; household
N4

住所

住処
じゅうしょ
address (e.g. of house); residence; domicile
N3

身長

しんちょう
height (of body); stature
N2

水滴

すいてき
drop of water; vessel for replenishing inkstone water
N1

禁ずる

vt
きんずる
to forbid; to suppress

November 12

N5

カップ

カップ
cup (drinking vessel, measure, brassiere, prize, etc.)
N4

習慣

しゅうかん
habit; custom; cultural practice
N3

身体、躰、躯
からだ、しんたい、しんだい、しんてい
body; torso; trunk; build; physique; constitution; health; corpse; dead body
N2

推定

すいてい
presumption; assumption; estimation
N1

禁じる

v1
vt
きんじる
to prohibit

November 11

N5

学校

學校
がっこう
school
N4

自由

じゆう
freedom; liberty; as it pleases you
N3

心臓

しんぞう
heart; guts; nerve; cheek; gall; spine; central part
N2

垂直

すいちょく
vertical; perpendicular
N1

近視

きんし
myopia; shortsightedness; nearsightedness

November 10

N5

方、状
さま
Mr.; Mrs.; Miss; Ms.; makes words more polite (usu. in fixed expressions); state; situation; appearance
N4

社長

しゃちょう
company president; manager; director
N3

新鮮

しんせん
fresh
N2

水素

すいそ
hydrogen (H)
N1

均衡

きんこう
equilibrium; balance

November 09

N5

家族

かぞく
family; members of a family
N4

社会

しゃかい
society; public; community; the world; social studies
N3

親戚

親せき
しんせき
relative; relation; kin
N2

水蒸気

すいじょうき
water vapour; water vapor; steam
N1

近郊

きんこう
suburbs; outskirts

November 08

N5

風邪

かぜ、ふうじゃ
common cold; cold; influenza; flu; ague
N4

事務所

じむしょ
office
N3

人生

じんせい
(human) life (i.e. conception to death)
N2

炊事

すいじ
cooking; culinary arts
N1

近々

近近、近ぢか
ちかぢか、きんきん
soon; nearness; before long

November 07

N5
ふう
method; manner; way; style; appearance; air; tendency; folk song (genre of the Shi Jing); wind (one of the five elements)
N4

市民

しみん
citizen; citizenry; public; city inhabitant; townspeople; bourgeoisie; middle class
N3

信じる

v1
vt
しんじる
to believe; to believe in; to place trust in; to confide in; to have faith in
N2

水産

すいさん
aquatic products; fisheries
N1

緊急

きんきゅう
urgent; pressing; emergency

November 06

N5

貸す

藉す
かす
to lend; to loan; to rent out; to hire out
N4

しま
island; territory (of a prostitute, organized crime gang, etc.); turf
N3

人種

じんしゅ
race (of people); type of person
N2

醋、酸
vinegar
N1

近眼

近目
きんがん、ちかめ
nearsightedness; shortsightedness; myopia

November 05

N5

から傘

唐傘、傘
からかさ
paper umbrella; bamboo-and-paper umbrella parasol
N4

暫く

須臾、暫らく
しばらく、しゅゆ、すゆ
little while; short while; moment; instant; a while; quite a time; it's been a long time
N3

診察

しんさつ
medical examination
N2

神話

しんわ
myth; legend
N1

僅々

僅僅
adv
きんきん
merely; no more than

November 04

N5

掛ける

懸ける
かける
to hang (e.g. picture); to hoist (e.g. sail); to raise (e.g. flag); to sit; to take (time, money); to expend (money, time, etc.); to make (a call); to multiply; to secure (e.g. lock); to put on (glasses, etc.); to cover; to burden someone; to apply (insurance); to turn on (an engine, etc.); to set (a dial, an alarm clock, etc.); to put an effect (spell, anaesthetic, etc.) on; to hold an emotion for (pity, hope, etc.); to bind; to pour (or sprinkle, spray, etc.) onto; to argue (in court); to deliberate (in a meeting); to present (e.g. idea to a conference, etc.); to increase further; to catch (in a trap, etc.); to set atop; to erect (a makeshift building); to hold (a play, festival, etc.); to wager; to bet; to risk; to stake; to gamble; to be partway doing ...; to begin (but not complete) ...; to be about to ...; indicates (verb) is being directed to (someone)
N4

品物

しなもの
goods; article; thing
N3

深刻

しんこく
serious; severe; grave; acute
N2

針路

しんろ
course; direction; compass bearing
N1

極めて

adv
きわめて
exceedingly; extremely; decisively

November 03

N5

学生

がくせい
student (esp. a university student)
N4

辞典

辭典、言葉典、ことば典
じてん、ことばてん
dictionary
N3

人工

じんこう
artificial; man-made; human work; human skill; artificiality
N2

親類

しんるい
relation; kin
N1

木綿

木棉
もめん、きわた
cotton (material); red silk-cotton tree (Bombax ceiba)

November 02

N5

書く

かく
to write; to compose; to pen; to draw; to paint
N4

失敗

しっぱい
failure; mistake; blunder
N3

信号

しんごう
signal; signalling; signaling; traffic light; traffic signal
N2

森林

しんりん
forest; woods
N1

さい
on the occasion of; circumstances; juncture

November 01

N5

かぎ、カギ
key; lock
N4

確り

聢り
しっかり
tightly (holding on); firmly; securely; strongly (built); solidly; sturdily; steadily; properly; well; sufficiently; hard (working, etc.); fully; completely; reliably; dependably; levelheadedly; shrewdly; wisely; cleverly
N3

信仰

しんこう
(religious) faith; belief; creed
N2

深夜

しんや
late at night
N1

切れ目

切目
きれめ
break; pause; gap; end; rift; interruption; cut; section; notch; incision; end (of a task)

October 31

N5

掛かる

懸かる、掛る、懸る
かかる
to take (a resource, e.g. time or money); to hang; to come into view; to arrive; to come under (a contract, a tax); to start (engines, motors); to attend; to deal with; to handle; to have started to; to be on the verge of; to overlap (e.g. information in a manual); to cover; to (come) at; to be fastened; to be covered (e.g. with dust, a table-cloth, etc.); to be caught in; to get a call; to depend on
N4

下着

したぎ
underwear
N3

真剣

真険
しんけん
seriousness; earnestness; real sword (as opposed to unsharpened or wooden practice weapon)
N2

人命

じんめい
(human) life
N1

綺麗

奇麗、暉麗
きれい
pretty; lovely; beautiful; fair; clean; clear; pure; tidy; neat; completely; entirely

October 30

N5

帰る

還る、歸る
かえる
to return; to come home; to go home; to go back; to leave; to get home; to get to home plate
N4

時代

じだい
period; epoch; era; age; the times; those days; oldness; ancientness; antiquity; antique; period piece
N3

神経

しんけい
nerve; nerves; sensitivity
N2

人文科学

じんぶんかがく
humanities; social sciences; liberal arts
N1

気流

きりゅう
atmospheric current; air current; airflow

October 29

N5

返す

反す
かえす
to return (something); to restore; to put back; to turn over; to turn upside down; to overturn; to pay back; to retaliate; to reciprocate; to repeat ...; to do ... back
N4

地震

じしん、ない、なえ、じぶるい
earthquake
N3

進学

しんがく
entering a higher-level school, esp. going on to university
N2

侵入

しんにゅう
invasion; incursion; raid; aggression; intrusion; trespass; penetration
N1

切り替える

切替える、切り換える、切換える、切り変える
v1
vt
きりかえる
to change; to exchange; to convert; to renew; to throw a switch; to replace; to switch over

October 28

N5

買う

かう
to buy; to purchase; to value; to have a high opinion; to stir; to provoke
N4

事故

じこ、ことゆえ
accident; incident; trouble; circumstances; reasons
N3

しろ
castle
N2

診断

しんだん
diagnosis; medical examination
N1

きり
paulownia tree; Paulownia tomentosa

October 27

N5

買い物

買物
かいもの
shopping; purchased goods
N4

試験

しけん
examination; test; study; trial; experiment
N3
いん
seal; stamp; mark; print; mudra (symbolic hand gesture); India
N2

寝台

しんだい、ねだい
bed; couch
N1

切り

限り、限
きり
end; finish; stop; bounds; limits; delivery date (of a futures contract); finale (of a noh song); end of an act (in joruri or kabuki); final performance of the day (in vaudeville); counter for slices (esp. thick slices); counter for cuts (e.g. fish, meat); only; just; since; after; remaining (in a particular state)