Somebody owes me an apology! I just can't remember who...ha ha!

Good morning everyone,

Well, yesterday turned out to be a great day! It was actually almost a bit too hot for late September! Not that you'll hear me complaining! Today, the weekend and early in the week will all be similar to today with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to high 20s. From Tuesday it's looking a bit cloudy, but still no rain in the forecast! 

I swear that I've told more than a few Japanese friends/students/acquaintances and just strangers I've met on the street (ok...maybe not really-but I swear I've done it a lot.) that speaking Japanese is easy! Especially making verbs! All you need to do is take a noun and add "suru" (the verb which means "to do" in Japanese). You can say dance-suru or karaoke-suru and people will always know what you mean.

It turns out that not only foreigners do it, but Japanese too!

I bet there are one or two that you do every day-in fact, studies show that 90% of Japanese use one of them in their daily lives. Can you guess which one it is? I'll give you a hint. It has to do with cooking...do you give up? It's chin-suru! That's right! 90% of Japanese people know and use this noun-verb combo! Of course 'chin' is not really an English noun, but it still works-apparently it's the sound that microwave makes when it's done cooking or heating something up. So, instead of using microwave as a verb (like we do in English), Japanese people say 'chin-suru' which is handy.

Hmmm...what other ones do they mention? Oh! Apparently the expression 'taku-ru' used to be more common, but now only 5% of people know what it means. Any ideas? Here's a hint...you might say this after drinking...it means "Let's catch a taxi".

While 'chin-suru' is used amongst all generations, other expressions are more common with younger or older people. For example, an older person might say "ocha-suru" which means, "Let's go for a coffee" whereas a younger person would say "Sutaba-ru" which means, "Let's go to Starbucks".

When I first told someone about my technique of using a noun + suru or ru, they told me that I'd better not, that Japanese people wouldn't understand...and it turns out that not only do they understand...they already do it!! Ha ha!

Whoever you are...well, I'll let you off the hook this time. I know you were only trying to give me some good advice! Ha ha!

Have a great day!

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