Practicing the word ‘気’ (き, ki, “spirit”) with 50 example sentences from Japanese news sites.

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The word ‘気,’ (ki) which is usually translated as ‘spirit’, is one of the most common words in Japanese. It appears in many different idioms that express feelings and emotions. The sentences below can help you master this fascinating kanji by studying real, relevant example sentences written by native speakers for other native speakers in recent news articles.

Have you tried studying Japanese in WordBrewery's Explore Mode yet? Here is a screenshot showing how it works. Click a word you don't know to see additional example sentences with that word, then add those sentences to study lists that you can export and download audio files for. Have you tried studying Japanese in WordBrewery’s Explore Mode yet? Here is a screenshot showing how it works. Click a word you don’t know to see additional example sentences with that word, then add those words and sentences to study lists from which you can create Anki decks, audio files, and automatic sentence lists.

To help Japanese learners get a handle on , I used WordBrewery’s automatic sentence list creator to find fifty real example sentences from Japanese-language news sources that use in different forms. Most or all of these sentences are from the Japanese sentences in WordBrewery’s database; this means, among other things, that they contain only the 500 most important high-frequency Japanese words as well as proper nouns. They are also short and to memorize.

  • Audio of example sentences: WordBrewery has a new ]feature allowing learners to automatically generate audio files for any sentence list so they can practice their sentences while walking or driving. Here is a free audio file in which the sentences are read aloud. Our Japanese sentences are read by one of several text-to-speech voices from IBM Watson and other sources.
  • CSV export of example sentences: WordBrewery users can export their word and sentence lists as CSV (comma-separated value) text files. These can be opened by a spreadsheet program or text editor, and they can be imported into flashcard programs such as Anki, Memrise, Quizlet, and others. Here is a CSV file with the sentences in this list.
  • Reviewing your lists with WordBrewery’s Explore Mode: You can also study sentences from your lists with WordBrewery’s Explore Mode by changing the default “Study by Levels” setting to “Study by Lists.” Here’s an example of what this looks like with one of the sentences in this list: You can use WordBrewery’s “study from lists” option in Explore Mode to review the sentences in your sentence lists. You can use WordBrewery’s “study from lists” option in Explore Mode to review the sentences in your sentence lists.

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