Top 100 Most Read Bible Verses In Japanese – Number 91 – 100

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#91 1 Peter 2:24: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

さらに、わたしたちが罪に死に、義に生きるために、十字架にかかって、わたしたちの罪をご自分の身に負われた。その傷によって、あなたがたは、いやされたのである。

Kanji Used – 罪 – Sin (Tsumi) / 死 – Death (Shi) / 義 – Righteousness (Gi) / 生きる – To live (Ikiru) / 十字架 – Cross (Jujika) / 自分 – Oneself (Jibun) / 身 – Body (Mi) / 負う – To Bear,Edure (Ou) / 傷 – Wound (Kizu)

#92 Joshua 1:8: Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

この律法の書をあなたの口から離すことなく、昼も夜もそれを思い、そのうちにしるされていることを、ことごとく守って行わなければならない。そうするならば、あなたの道は栄え、あなたは勝利を得るであろう

Kanji Used – 律法 – Law,Torah (Rippo) / 書 – Document,Book (Shyo) / 口 – Mouth (Kuchi) / 離す – To divide (Hanasu) / 昼 – Day (Hiru) / 夜 – Night (Yoru) / 思い – Feelings (Omoi) / 守る – Protect,Guard (Mamoru) / 行う – Perform (Okonau) / 道 – The Way (Michi) / 栄え – Glory (Hae) / 勝利 – Victory,Triumph (Shori) / 得る – Get,Obtain (Eru)

#93 Matthew 28:18: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

イエスは彼らに近づいてきて言われた、「わたしは、天においても地においても、いっさいの権威を授けられた。

Kanji Used – 近づいて – Closely (Chikadzuite) / 言う – To say (Iu) / 天 – Heaven (Ten) / 地 – Earth (Ji) / 権威 – Authority (Keni) / 授ける – To be granted (Sugukeru)

#94 Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

何をするにも、人に対してではなく、主に対してするように、心から働きなさい

Kanji Used – 何 – What,Whatever (Nani) / 人 – Men (Hito) / 対して – For (Taishite) / 主 – Lord (Shu) / 心 – Heart (Kokoro) / 働き – Activity,Work (Hataraki)

#95 Matthew 22:37: Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

イエスは言われた、「『心をつくし、精神をつくし、思いをつくして、主なるあなたの神を愛せよ』。

Kanji Used – 言 – To say (Iu) / 心 – Heart (Kokoro) / 精神 – Spirit (Seishin) / 思い – Feelings (Omoi) / 主 – Lord (Shu) / 神 – God (Kami) / 愛 – Love (Ai)

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#96 Psalms 133:2: It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

それはこうべに注がれた尊い油がひげに流れ. アロンのひげに流れ. その衣のえりにまで流れくだるようだ。

Kanji Used – 注ぐ – Pour (Sosogu) / 尊 – Precious (Mikoto) / 油 – Oil (Abura) / 流れ – Flow (Nagare) / 衣 – Clothing (I)

#97 Matthew 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

そのように、あなたがたの光を人々の前に輝かし、そして、人々があなたがたのよいおこないを見て、天にいますあなたがたの父をあがめるようにしなさい。

Kanji Used – 光 – Light (Hikari) / 人々 – People (Hitobito) / 前に – Infront of (Mae Ni) / 輝く – To Shine (Kagaya) / 見て – See (Mite) / 天 – Heaven (Ten) / 父 – Father (Chichi)

#98 Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

わが思いは、あなたがたの思いとは異なり. わが道は、あなたがたの道とは異なっていると. 主は言われる。

Kanji Used – 思い – Thoughts (Omoi) / 異なり – Unlike (Kotonari) / 道 – Way (Michi) / 主 – Lord (Shu) / 言 – To say (Iu)

#99 Hebrews 4:15: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

この大祭司は、わたしたちの弱さを思いやることのできないようなかたではない。罪は犯されなかったが、すべてのことについて、わたしたちと同じように試錬に会われたのである。

Kanji Used – 大祭司 – High Priest (Dai Saishi) / 弱 – Weak (Yowai) / 思い – Thought,Feelings (Omoi) / 罪 – Sin (Tsumi) / 犯す – Commit an offense (Okasu) / 同じ – Same (Onaji) / 試練 – Trial,Test (Shinen) / 会 – To meet (Kai)

#100 John 13:35: By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

互に愛し合うならば、それによって、あなたがたがわたしの弟子であることを、すべての者が認めるであろう」。

Kanji Used – 互に – Together,Mutually (Katamini) / 愛 – Love (Ai) / 合う – To do together (Au) / 弟子 – Disciple (Deshi) / 者 – Person,People (Mono) / 認める – Acknowledge (Shitatameru)

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Top 100 Most Read Bible Verses In Japanese – Number 81 – 90

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#81 Romans 8:39: neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

高いものも深いものも、その他どんな被造物も、わたしたちの主キリスト・イエスにおける神の愛から、わたしたちを引き離すことはできないのである。

Kanji Used – 高い – High,Tall (Takai) / 深い – Deep (Fukai) / 他 – Other (Hoka) / 被造物 – Creature (Hizoubutsu) / 主 – Lord (Shu) / 神 – God (Kami) / 愛 – Love (Ai) / 引き離す – Pull Apart (Hikihanasu)

#82 Heb 10:25: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

ある人たちがいつもしているように、集会をやめることはしないで互に励まし、かの日が近づいているのを見て、ますます、そうしようではないか。

Kanji Used – 集会 – Meeting,Assembly (Shukai) / 互 – Mutual (Tagai) / 励まし – Encouragement (Hagemashi) / 日 – Day (Hi) / 近づいて – Closely ( Chikadzuite) / 見て – To see (Mite)

#83 2 Peter 1:4: Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

また、それらのものによって、尊く、大いなる約束が、わたしたちに与えられている。それは、あなたがたが、世にある欲のために滅びることを免れ、神の性質にあずかる者となるためである

Kanji Used – 尊 – Promises (Mikoto) / 大い – Big (ooi) / 約束 – Promise,Agreement (Yakusoku) / 与え – Gift (Atae) / 世 – World (Yo) / 欲 – Greed,Wants (Yoku) / 滅びる – To perish (Horobiru) / 免 – Dismissal (Men) / 神 – God (Kami) / 性質 – Nature (Seishitsu) / 者 – Person,People (Mono)

#84 Philippians 1:6: being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

そして、あなたがたのうちに良いわざを始められたかたが、キリスト・イエスの日までにそれを完成して下さるにちがいないと、確信している

Kanji Used – 良い – Good (Yoi) / 始める – To begin (Hajimeru) / 日 – Day (Hi) / 完成 – Complete (Kansei) / 確信 – Conviction (Kakushin)

#85 Psalms 133:3: It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

またヘルモンの露がシオンの山に下るようだ。これは主がかしこに祝福を命じ、とこしえに命を与えられたからである

Kanji Used – 露 – Dew (Ro) / 山 – Mountain (Yama) / 下る – Descend (Kudaru) / 主 – Lord (Shu) / 祝福 – Blessing (Shukufuku) / 命 – Life (Inochi) / 与え – To give (Atae)

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#86 Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

だから、わたしたちは、あわれみを受け、また、恵みにあずかって時機を得た助けを受けるために、はばかることなく恵みの御座に近づこうではないか。

Kanji Used – 受け – Received (Uke) / 恵み – Blessing (Megumi) / 時機 – Opportunity (Jiki) / 得 – Gain (E) / 助け – Assistance (Tasuke) / 受ける – Receive (Ukeru) / 御座る – To be (Gozoru) / 近づく – Draw close (Chikadzuku)

#87 Psalms 37:4: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

主によって喜びをなせ。主はあなたの心の願いをかなえられる。

Kanji Used – 主 – Lord (Shu) / 喜び – Joy (Yorokobi) / 心 – Heart (Kokoro) / 願い – Wish,desire (Negai)

#88 John 3:17: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

神が御子を世につかわされたのは、世をさばくためではなく、御子によって、この世が救われるためである。

Kanji Used – 神 – God (Kami) / 御子 – God’s Son (Miko) / 世 – World (Yo) / 救う – Save,Rescue (Sukuu)

#89 Acts 4:12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

この人による以外に救はない。わたしたちを救いうる名は、これを別にしては、天下のだれにも与えられていないからである」。

Kanji Used – 人 – Person (Hito) / 以外 – With the exception of (Igai) / 救う – Salvation (Sukuu) / 名 – Name (Na) / 別 – Different,Separate (Betsu) / 天下 – World (Tenka) / 与え – Given (Atae)

#90 Isaiah 26:3: You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

あなたは全き平安をもって. こころざしの堅固なものを守られる。 彼はあなたに信頼しているからである

Kanji Used – 全き – Perfect (Zenki) / 平安 – Peace (Heian) / 堅固 – Solid,Steadfast (Kengo) / 守る – Protect (Mamoru) / 彼 – He (Kare) / 信頼 – Trust (Shinrai)

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Top 100 Most Read Bible Verses In Japanese – Number 71 – 80

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#71 Psalms 133:1: How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

見よ、兄弟が和合して共におるのはいかに麗しく楽しいことであろう。

Kanji Used – 見よ – Behold (Miyo) / 兄弟 – Brothers (Kyodai) / 和合 – Harmony (Wagou) / 共 – Together (Tomo) /
麗しく – Beautiful (Uruwashiku) / 楽しい – Fun (Tanoshii)

#72 John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

わたしは平安をあなたがたに残して行く。わたしの平安をあなたがたに与える。わたしが与えるのは、世が与えるようなものとは異なる。あなたがた は心を騒がせるな、またおじけるな。

Kanji Used – 平安 – Peace (Heian) / 残す – To leave behind (Nokosu) / 行く – To go (Iku) / 与える – To give (Ataeru) / 世 – World (Yo) / 異なる – Disagree (Kotonaru) / 心 – Heart (Kokoro) / 騒がせる – To Disturb (Sawagaseru)

#73 Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

というのは、神の言は生きていて、力があり、もろ刃のつるぎよりも鋭くて、 精神と霊魂と、関節と骨髄とを切り離すまでに刺しとおして、心の思いと志とを見分 けることができる

Kanji Used – 神 – God (Kami) / 言 – Word (Gen) / 生きて行く – Living (ikiteiku) / 力 – Force (Chikara) / 刃 – Sword (Ha) / 鋭い – Sharp (Surudoi) / 精神 – Spirit (Seishin) / 霊魂 – Soul (Reikon) / 関節 – Joint (Kansetsu) / 骨髄 – Marrow (Kotsuzui) / 切り – Limits (Kiri) / 離す – Separate (Hanasu) / 刺し – Pierce (Sushi) / 心 – Heart (Kokoro) / 思い – Feelings (Omoi) / 志 – Will (Kokorozashi) / 見分け – Distinction (Miwake)

#74 John 15:13: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

人がその友のために自分の命を捨てること、これよりも大 きな愛はない。

Kanji Used – 人 – Person (Hito) / 友 – Friend (Tomo) / 自分 – Oneself (Jibun) / 命 – Life (Inochi) / 捨てる – Throw Away (Suteru) / 大きな – Big (Ookina) / 愛 – Love (Ai)

#75 Micah 6:8: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

人よ、彼はさきによい事のなんであるかを あなたに告げられた。 主のあなたに求められることは、ただ公義をおこない、いつくしみを愛し, へりくだってあなたの神と共に歩むことではないか。

Kanji Used – 人 – Man (Hito) / 彼 – He (Kare) / 事 – Thing,Matter (Koto) / 告げる – To Announce (Tsugeru) /
主 – Lord (Shu) / 求め – Request (Motome) / 公義 – Justice (Kimiyoshi) / 愛 – Love (Ai) / 神 – God (Kami) / 共 – Together (Tomo) / 歩む – Walk (Ayumu)

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#76 Romans 10:17: Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

したがって、信仰は聞くことによるのであり、聞くことはキリストの言葉から来るのである.

Kanji Used – 信仰 – Faith (Shinko) / 聞く – Listen (Kiku) / 言葉 – Word (Kotoba) / 来る – To come (Kuru)

#77 John 1:12: Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

しかし、彼を受けいれた者、すなわち、その名を信じた人々には、彼は神の子となる力を与えたのである.

Kanji Used – 彼 – He (Kare) / 受け – Received (Uke) / 者 – Person (Mono) / 名 – Name (Namae) / 信じる – To believe in, have faith (Shinjiru) / 人 – Person (Hito) / 神の子と – Children of God (Kaminokoto) / 力 – Strength,Power (Chikara) / 与え – To give (Atae)

#78 James 1:12: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

試錬を耐え忍ぶ人は、さいわいである。それを忍びとおしたなら、神を愛する者たちに約束されたいのちの冠を受けるであろう

Kanji Used – 試練 – Test,Trial (Shinen) / 耐え忍ぶ – Endure (Taeshinobu) / 人 – Person (Hito) / 忍ぶ – Endure (Shinobu) / 神 – God (Kami)  / 愛する – Love (Aisuru) / 者 – People (Mono) / 約束 – Promise (Yakusoku) / 冠 – Crown (Kanmuri) / 受ける – To Receive (Ukeru)

#79 James 1:3: because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

あなたがたの知っているとおり、信仰がためされることによって、忍耐が生み出されるからである。

Kanji Used – 知っている – To Know,Understand (Shitteiru) / 信仰 – Faith (Shinko) / 忍耐 – Patience,Endurance (Nintai) / 生み出される – Produced (Umidasareru)

#80 Romans 8:38: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers.

わたしは確信する。死も生も、天使も支配者も、現在のものも将来のものも、力あるものも

Kanji Used – 確信 – Confidence,Conviction (Kakushin) / 死 – Death (Shi) / 生 – Life (Nama) / 天使 – Angel (Tenshi) / 支配者 – Governor,Ruler (Shinhaisha) / 現在 – Present,Current (Genzai) / 将来 – Future (Shorai) / 力 – Force (Chikara)

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Cool Games to learn Mandarin

Imagine if you could play a role playing game and by the end of it, you would be fluent in Chinese? Sounds stupid, right? Traditional logic states it is stupid and that Language Acquisition is something that should be hard, something that should be “earned”. In the eyes of most snooty academics, you shouldn’t be able to have fun and learn a language. ESPECIALLY not Mandarin Chinese, the “hardest” of the languages to learn. However, that is exactly what EnterZon promises,

EnterZon

EnterZon was created to fulfill the dream of teaching via a role playing game (RPG). An immersive Mandarin learning RPG, Enterzon is a comprehensive execution of a lofty concept. It plays just like Legend of Zelda with observable dialogues and a linear learning format that is based on situations. For example, the first lesson is about learning how to obtain your bags at the airport..It does a great job of giving learners reading and comprehension practice. But don’t take my word for it…

However, there is one problem and it is no longer publicly available. When I found this out after re-visiting the project a few months ago, I was devastated. I thought to myself… WHY ZON, why have you left me?!!!!

Apparently the exclusive distributor has stopped making it publicly available and will now be licensing it to academic programs. I also found out that you can still purchase a license to Zon, but you have to enquire directly. I am currently enquiring and will update this blog once I have heard back.

Regardless, tools like Zon beg the question, why haven’t games been utilized for Mandarin Learning on a broader scale?  Why are there no comprehensive learning solutions for Mandarin that are gamified? Duolingo has 100,000,000 users, but no Mandarin? What is going on?

The truth is, if you look hard enough, there are several options that can augment your Chinese study in a way that is compelling, but also gives a break from the daily grind of drilling vocabulary with flashcards.

Here are several games that can provide a gamified Chinese Learning Experience that are currently available, or on the verge of release:

Influent:

Originally created as a Japanese learning game, influent now has over 10 extra languages including Chinese.

As you can see from the video, influent is a compelling concept that is eye-catching, as a 3D immersive language learning game; it really is a field-leading product. As a language teaching tool however, it is limited in its ability. The game mostly works as a vocabulary builder, I would recommend it for learners that are just starting to learn Chinese from zero as it provides plenty of “a-ha!” moments, being able to learn words by exploring. Definitely a must get game though, just because of how different and cool it is.

MindSnacks Chinese:

Probably the best put together mobile game app for language learning, mindsnacks is just plain fun. It has gamified levels and a linear progression. It builds from simple vocabulary to complex sentences and it is all around just a great game to play. I can’t say much about its function or ability to teach conversation, but it’s a great alternative to flashcards. Where it fails is that there is not enough native review of previous concepts without you having to prompt it. It is very fun, almost fun enough to just be a stand-alone game, regardless of the Chinese learning content which sets it apart from similar applications like ChineseSkill and HelloChinese.

ChineseSkill:

Chinese Skill is also a linear learning product that has gamified mechanics and flashy graphics. A fun “gameplay” like learning method with its cute design, bright graphics, a friendly panda, and a very efficient learning path. Although not a game in the true sense of the word, it functions as a game in many aspects with picture matching and speech, as well as a Kanji building point and click interface. It has a very sleek design and I am excited to see what the future holds for it.

HelloChinese:

Although not a game, a very slick app much like hellochinese, it is the closest to being a “game”, along with HelloChinese that we have seen.

A very slick app, much like ChineseSkill, and in the same vain, an “almost game” that does a wonderful job of helping you learn the basics of Mandarin. One of the features that sets it apart from the other previously featured learning apps is the native way it teaches stroke order by allowing you to write characters through a stroke by stroke interactive format. However, ChineseSkill promotes a sort of click and drag interface that teaches you radicals. Overall, Hellochinese is earlier in its development cycle so time will tell what improvements both camps come up with.

Aside from the cutting edge technology to come out of these promising apps, there are also more analog solutions in development.

AiYa

The people making this game are a systems engineer, math teacher, and a Chinese teacher who are living in Guangzhou. The game is basically a set of character cards than can be used to play a series of different game types depending on the learner’s level. For beginning learners, they basically play go-fish to match vocabulary sets, whereas the more advanced learners form sentences and learn grammar patterns. The game is currently being re-designed and a newkickstarter will be launched towards the end of 2015.

In conclusion, it is a shame that more story-based immersive games has yet to be invented. However, with advancements in Virtual Reality technologies and mobile computing power, I am excited to see what the future holds for Mandarin learning in an increasingly globalized world. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have a tip on an upcoming project that you would like me to feature and review in a future article. I am always on the lookout for emerging ideas!

What I learned taking the JLPT N4 Practice Test – Steps to study going forward.

Yesterday My wife and I were able to have the opportunity to take the JLPT N4 Practice exam.

Here are the key take-aways.

1) You know much less Kanji than you think you do.

2) You know much less Grammar than you think you do.

3) You know much less than you think you do.

I would say that after 6 months of study, we were able to fail respectably.  However in the next two weeks, we have time to prepare.

Here is our course of action –

Memrise –

Tae Kim’s guide to Grammar Course

JLPT Bootcamp – JLPT N4 Course

JapanesePod101 –

JapanesePod101 – NEW JLPT N4 Prep Course  (Under the bonus courses section)

We will both try to study for about 3-4 hours per day for the next two weeks in order to obtain a passing Grade.

I had an unfortunate experience of sitting next to a very urusai person who scribbled loud notes during the listening section. Note to Self – Keep coffee intake light.

Please wish us luck!!!!

6 Quick and Dirty Chinese Words: How to talk about Flavors in Mandarin Chinese

Here is a quick and dirty list of words that you can use to talk about flavors in Mandarin Chinese, they won’t be poetic, but you’ll be able to express yourself clearer:

1. 苦 (adj)  – kǔ – Bitter

 一点苦的绿色蔬菜

yì diǎn kǔ de lǜsè shūcài
A bitter green vegetable

2. 辣 (adj) – là – Spicy

太辣了有点刺痛

tài là le yǒudiǎn cìtòng
so spicy that is smarts

3. 味道 (n) – wèidào – Taste

恶心的味道

ěxīn de wèidao
disgusting taste

4. 酸 (adj) – suān – Sour

酸柠檬

suān níngméng
sour lemons

5. 咸 (adj)- xián – Salty

咸土豆片

xián tǔdòupiàn
salty chips

6. 甜 (adj) – tián – Sweet

甜糕点

tiángāodiǎn
sweet pastry