Tuesday, May 29, 2007

JLPT 2 Kanji: 歯

onyomi: シ
kunyomi: は、よわ(い)、よわい、よわい(する)

TOOTH, teeth, cog

common use: 歯を磨く、to brush one's teeth

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
-How nice that we can translate that sentiment...


スーパースマイル 」のサンプルが届きました♪
"A sample of the American-made whitening paste 'Supersmile' has found its way into my hands♪"


Some of these are really interesting. A cavity is a bug in the teeth (虫歯). The feel of biting into something (歯切れ) must be one of those senses that the Japanese passionately enjoy about eating.

I need more detail on some of these.

向かう means face, go towards. So, facing with teeth is a strike back? A blogsearch got me here:
"It's not really that I'm striking back, but I am ceasing to be obedient." [TN: This blog looks really personal...]

歯切れ looks like a good vocab word for speaking about your 発音 (pronunciation). From ALC:

歯切れが悪い - being unclear, slurring one's words [what we do]

歯切れの良い話し方 - articulate way of speaking [what we aspire to do]

Okay, that'll do it for a first JLPT 2 post.

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