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HELLO! I AM QUIZBO™!I am here to help! If you are learning Japanese or simply enjoy dabbling in other languages, it is my goal to provide you with the tools you will require on your Japanese language learning journey. You may recognise me from Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online as the computer robot friend of Kiki and Koko. I usually read words and Japanese characters aloud as well as create quizzes for you to test your skills and revise. If you have been up-to-date with the previous Word of the Week, you may find this set of words useful as they will pair with them in sentences you can use right away. However, you may be wondering: What is Word of the Week?

(And, after calculating that we have reached the maximum number of ways to reword this explanation, if you have read this explanation in a previous week, the general idea is the same, though it can still be worth a reminder to motivate you and bolster your reasons for participation. But, if you are short of time or want to dedicate more time to revising or studying instead, you may certainly scroll down to the main segment. I will not mind at all! I am only here to assist in your learning experience.)

During what some may refer to as the ‘before times’, the site had begun as a place where Japanese lessons and articles regarding language and culture were regularly created and uploaded regularly, every Monday and Friday. Though such a consistent flow of information would seem to be enough for other sites, it was clear that there could be even more. For between Monday and Friday was a long gap in which there was no new information being presented. Not only was there a long gap between information, but many would forget to return to revise previous lessons. In learning any language, it is important to be consistent, even if it is only once a day. Thus, Japanese Word of the Week Wednesday was born.

Word of the Week Wednesday not only acts as a great reminder for those who have either missed previous lessons or those who simply require revision, returning to previous lessons and articles, but it also gives just enough new information for students and visitors not to feel overwhelmed. Whether it is simply a quick addition to their vocabulary or studying sentence structure and pronunciation or reading, this segment serves beginners and more advanced learners alike. However, What happens during Word of the Week Wednesday?

Kiki+Koko Banners - Full Size - Language EssentialsDuring Word of the Week Wednesday, with the assistance of Kiki and Koko, a Japanese word or phrase is chosen and presented to you with the possibility of a bonus word, as well. I provide a definition and other useful information about the vocabulary word, and if applicable, Kiki and Koko provide a helpful hint in using the word or phrase. However, that is not the whole of it. I personally sound out each word or phrase aloud for you to repeat as many times as you wish, and you can ask me to say it as many times as you wish. I will never tire of it, as it is my function.

MOSHED-2020-1-16-6-19-37 From there, an example sentence is created. You can not only use the sentence to see how the word is used or to see the definition in action, but you can also use it to practise your reading and writing. You can compose your own sentence based on it; you can use it to see examples of grammar; or you can even use it to learn other adjacent vocabulary. Each sentence is written in a way that is useful to beginners through advanced learners. So, there is something for everyone. And, again, I will be there to read it aloud for you. I can only read it at one speed, so there is no need to repeat after me, but it can still assist you in picking out vocabulary within natural speeds of speech. And, if you would like to know more about how to create your own sentences, be sure to consult the grammar section of the Essentials.

And, now it is time for the essential part of this segment, which is the vocabulary! Kiki and Koko will be joining us in their Helpful Hints segment of this corner to assist in today’s vocabulary as well as some context that may be helpful for the future of your language learning journey.

Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!

Word(s) of the Week:


Verb, Godan,(五段動詞), transitive verb
1. to hide; to conceal

jlpt n3| common word (常用語) 

Bonus Word(s) of the Week:


Verb, Ichidan,(一段動詞), intransitive verb
1. to be found out (negatively); to be exposed (negative thing, i.e. behaviour, lies) ; to leak out (a secret)

jlpt n?| common word (常用語) 

Sometimes written 「バレる」using katakana and hiragana.

Stay Tuned for Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko, sentences, and audio clips!



※Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko

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Hello, there!

We’re your guides to Japanese language and culture from Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, Kiki and Koko! Most of the time, when we present a verb, it’s almost always had a kanji included. However, today’s bonus verb is a bit different! The word 「ばれる」is usually written in hiragana or sometimes with a mixture of katakana and hiragana as 「バレる」。But, even many native Japanese speakers wonder why there isn’t kanji used for this verb in modern day Japanese and if there even exists a kanji for it.  Well, for this Helpful Hints segment, we’re going to help clarify this fun and spicy verb, quickly and concisely.

During the Edo era, 「ばれる」was quite often written as 「破れる」as well as other instances where it was written as 「顕れる」「暴れる」and「晴れる」. However, in modern times, these wouldn’t be usable as 「ばれる」because they can easily be misinterpreted as their counterparts 「やぶる」「あらわれる」「あばれる」and「はれる」respectively. Each of these has a very different definition to 「ばれる」.

So, as 「ばれる」at one point had an assigned kanji, in modern times, it’s simply written as 「ばれる」or「バレる」instead. And, anyone who knows their hiragana and modified hiragana with dakuten can rejoice, as they’ll already be able to write a verb in hiragana as it will and shall always be written without the need to think of a future where they’ll have to learn the kanji.

We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!




Thank you, Kiki and Koko! It is certainly interesting to see the way that Japanese language has changed if only in this one small aspect. And, it can be very encouraging for beginners to be able to immediately write a vocabulary word as intended. Hopefully, the following example sentences will encourage students and visitors to use these new vocabulary words as well.

Example Sentences:

The first row is in Japanese with Kanji. The Next row is in hiragana, then romanised using rōmaji with the final row translated into English.

Example #1:

ひみつを かくしておきないように しましょうね。いつかきっと ばれる はず ですし。 ほんとうは・・・ぼくが ろぼっとであります。
himitsu wo kakushite okinai you ni shimashou ne. itsuka kitto bareru hazu desu shi. hontou wa… boku ga robotto de arimasu.
Let’s not hide the secret. It will surely come out someday. The truth is… I am a robot.

Example #2:

カンニングをする生徒たちは いつかバレてしまうのよ。どっちみち、ちゃんと学びそびれるの。
かんにんぐをする せいとたちは いつか ばれて しまうのよ。どっちみち、ちゃんと まなび そびれるの。
kanningu wo suru seitotachi wa itsuka barete shimau no yo. docchimichi, chanto manabi sobireru no.
※Cribbing students will eventually be found out. Either way, they’ll miss out on learning properly.

※カンニング→🇬🇧cribbing 🇺🇸cheating

Example #3:

しーっ! 秘密を明かさないでのよ。実は、ベッドの下で隠しておいたの。プレゼントをぜんぜん見つけれるわけないだろう。
しーっ!ひみつを あかさないでのよ。じつは、べっどの したで かくして おいたの。ぷれぜんとを ぜんぜん みつける わけ ない だろう。
shii! himitsu wo akasanai de no yo. jitsu wa, beddo no shita de kakushite oita no. purezento wo zenzen mitsukeru wake nai darou.
Shh! Don’t reveal the secret! Actually, I’ve hidden it under my bed. There’s totally no way she’ll find the present.




That is all for today! But, maybe you have not had enough Japanese vocabulary, yet? Perhaps you would like to learn more vocabulary related to today’s vocabulary? Well, maybe you can give this one a go: 🔊Japanese Word(s) of the Week w/ QUIZBO™ | 【秘密】+ BONUS:【噂】(+Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko). Or maybe you want to experience an even broader range of vocabulary. In which case, you can have a look at our fine selection of segments on the main Word of the Week page. Or, you can be sure you are caught up with the latest with the sidebar link: 今週の単語 | Word of the Week. These segments alone serve as weeks of material. Share these segments with your friends and family who may be interested in broadening their Japanese vocabulary, that is if you would like to spread the knowledge and show the fun things you are learning with us. Be sure to return often to keep your pronunciation properly in check, as well! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we will do our best to assist how we can. We hope to see you at the next lesson!

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