Intro for Future Ninja Penguin Videos

We just released Ninja Penguin Talks Japanese in Japan in paperback and eBook format. We have an iPhone/iPad game in the works and I also plan to create some educational (and some… less-so) videos staring our penguin friend.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7O-WEebXFA&feature=youtu.be%5DWith that in mind, I made this intro video that will begin the videos. Any comments and suggestions about this or ideas for videos staring the penguin would be appreciated.

Japanese Reader Momotaro, the Peach Boy Video Review

Momotaro, the Peach Boy is now out for Kindle (soon for Nook and elsewhere!) and paperback. Here is a video showcasing the paperback.


Only $3.99 USD for the ebook and $8.99 for the paperback.

Kotowaza, Japanese Proverbs and Sayings Paperback + FREE MP3 Download

We are happy to introduce our totally updated and expanded Kotowaza, Japanese Proverbs and Sayings in paperback. As with the ebook version, we are including, free of additional charge, MP3s–but also, the PDF and ebook versions too!

Right now we are selling the paperback for JUST $6.99 at Amazon.com and TheJapanShop.com. For a 118 page book covering 50 important proverbs plus media extras, we feel this is an amazing deal. I don’t know how long we can keep the price this low.

  • 108 Pages covering Fifty Useful Proverbs
  • Literal English translations and similar English proverbs given
  • Helpful notes explain grammar and background
  • An Example sentence shows how the proverb is used
  • Vocabulary defined for every Japanese word
  • For Beginners up FREE MP3s (download link found on the last page)

Get it today at Amazon.com or TheJapanShop.com.

Three New Videos on Japanese Idioms

It is kind of plug and play–hope you don’t mind, but I uploaded three new Japanese Idioms videos last night:

口が重い

This is used when someone speaks only a little or is very quiet. The antonym of this expression is 口が軽い。 kuchi ga karui. One’s mouth is light.
Literally, “mouth is heavy.”


口を割る

kuchi wo waru
confess; spill the beans; tell all

犯人は、ようやく口を割った。
hannin wa, youyaku kuchi wo watta.
The criminal finally spilled the beans.


口が堅い

口が堅い
kuchi ga katai
tight-lipped; able to keep a secret; lips are sealed

彼は、口が堅いので、秘密を話しても大丈夫だ。
kare wa, kuchi ga katai node, himitsu wo hanashitemo daijoubu da.
He is pretty tight-lipped, so even telling him secrets is fine.

Our 4th and 100th Youtube Video

I joined Youtube on December 7th, 2006. I remember it well. A friend of mine confessed that she was spending way too much time watching videos on Youtube.

“Youtube,” I said, “what’s that?”

I immediately signed up and began buying a lot of animations, backgrounds, and royalty free music from Digital Juice. It was a lot of fun, but it wasn’t earning any money for my family so I stopped making videos for a while. It still isn’t bringing in any money to speak about, but people seem to enjoy the educational videos and I can make video reviews of products we stock. [for example here (which is on sale today) and here (which is a great, cheap book)]

I’m back trying to make 1-2 videos a week. I’ll never make enough to cover what I spent on Digital Juice media (A great company, by the way), but I’ll have a lot of fun trying.

Here is the most popular of our videos: Introduction to Japanese

It has 1,292,536 views and 5,729 likes and 155 dislikes

I’m glad the likes outnumber the dislikes!

That was the fourth video. Here is the hundredth:

100th Youtube Video Post: Japanese Idiom 足が棒になる My Dogs are Barking

  • ashi ga bou ni naru
  • to walk one’s legs off; have very sore legs; my dogs are barking
  • Have you ever walked so much your legs feel like boards? Next time that happens, say, “ashi ga bou ni natta.
  • Literally, “legs become staffs.” This comes from tired legs getting as stiff as a board.

Please check out the Japanese lesson page here. (Free, of course!)

And if you have an iPhone or iPad (or both), check out the Learn Japanese Idioms app from which this was taken.

Or if you don’t have an iPhone (Android version coming soon!), we also have it packaged as a PDF and MP3 download here.