Nihongo Lesson 09/08/17

Measure your Japanese skills with these words!

By John Bae September 08, 2017

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Welcome to the Nihongo Lesson feature. We strive to give you useful manga-based Japanese language tips and maybe even a glimpse into the translation process. This week’s lesson will focus on the hilarious chapter of We Never Learn in last week’s issue. Nariyuki’s adventures in a lingerie store may have set a new standard for awkward humor. It sure was brave of him to cover for his sick mom at her job, but this young tutor was way out of his element.

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HAKARU (はかる)

HAKARU means “to measure.” In a series like We Never Learn that features three girls trying to improve their academic standing, HAKARU must have shown up in the chapter because of science class, right? Nope! Last issue’s chapter was all about Nariyuki learning how to HAKARU a girl’s bra size. Unfortunately for him, that’s probably not a skill with a wide range of uses…

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TETSUDAU means “to assist” or “to help.” If you ever need help, Nariyuki seems like the guy you want, no matter the task! In this chapter, though, it was Uruka helping Nariyuki learn how to measure Rizu’s bra size. Uruka was a good teacher in this case, but it looks like Nariyuki was too freaked out to pay attention. Hopefully his mom doesn’t get sick again anytime soon.

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