Tag Archives: 家

Word of the Day: Hatsumei 発明

21 Feb

Slapstick (SNES)

Word of the Day: 発明はつめい (noun, suru verb) (An) invention.

Notes: 発明 has a few derived terms: 発明家はつめいか (noun: inventor), 発明者はつめいしゃ (noun: inventor), and 発明品はつめいひん (noun: invention).

発 appears in a variety of compounds, including 発表はっぴょう (noun, suru verb: announcement), 発売はつばい (noun, suru verb: to sell) and 不発ふはつ (noun: misfire).

明 appears as the base of the adjective 明るいあかるい (bright). It’s the first character in 明日あした and the めい in 説明せつめい (noun, suru verb: explanation) and 明治めいじ (noun: the Meiji Era, 1868-1912).

Word of the Day: Kerai 家来

17 Feb


Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou (SNES)

Word of the Day: 家来けらい (noun) A follower, servant, vassal, retinue, etc.

Notes: 家, by itself, means “house” and can be read as 「いえ」 or 「うち」. It’s a part of compounds like 家族かぞく(noun: family), 家庭かてい(noun: home, family, household), and 画家がか(noun: painter). 来 is the base of the verb 来るくる(to come) and appears in compounds like 未来みらい(noun: the future), 以来いらい(temporal/adverbial noun: since, henceforth), and 来訪らいほう(noun, suru verb: to visit).