Happy Valentines Day in Japanese

Japanese

TO say Happy Valentines Day in Japanese you can say yukai barentain dei.

Yukai translates into “happy.” And barentain dei is basically Valentine’s Day in a Japanese accent.

The Western holiday Valentine’s Day is only observed in Asia because of clever marketing, which is why it doesn’t have a Japanese word of its own. In the 1960′s a Japanese confectioner created the Valentine’s Day custom that goes on today of Japanese women gifting chocolate to men. For some reason, this scheme was a success and chocolate sales soared!

But the typical Japanese politeness spawned a reciprocal custom – eventually. More than fifteen years later, White Day was created, wherein men “reply” to the women’s chocolate gifts one month after Valentine’s Day on March 14 with gifts of candy and cookies, although these day Japanese women are desiring pricier presents such as jewelry and handbags.

Women shower their sweethearts – honmei – with chocolate, but they also give colleagues and friends chocolate gifts too. These are called giri-choco or “obligation chocolate.” For less liked male coworkers, they give chō-giri choko – or “cheap obligation chocolate.” Ouch!

So now you know how to say Happy Valentine’s Day in Japanese.

How to Count to Ten in Italian

Italian

Here’s how to count to ten in Italian:

1. one — uno (oo-noh)
2. two — due (doo-eh)
3. three — tre (treh)
4. four — quattro (kwah-troh)
5. five — cinque (cheen-kweh)
6. six — sei (say)
7. seven — sette (seh-teh)
8. eight — otto (oh-toh)
9. nine — nove (noh-veh)
10. ten — dieci (dyeh-chee)

Bonus number: zero — zero (zeh-roh)

How to Say Happy Mother’s Day in Portuguese

Portuguese

Wondering how to say Happy Mother’s Day in Portuguese? Here’s how:

Feliz dia da mãe

Feh-LEESS GEE-ah dah myŋ

Mãe is pronounced like the English word “my” but with a nasal sound at the end that’s similar to an “n” but not quite.

Just as with saying Happy Mother’s Day in Spanish, you will find some Portuguese speakers using the plural, Feliz Dia das Mães.

Das Mães is pronounced dahz myŋzs. Again, it is not really an “n” – try to make a nasal sound after “my.” The “s” at the end has a slight “z” sound while retaining the “s” sound.

Now you know how to say Happy Mother’s Day in Portuguese.

How to Say Black in Different Languages

Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Other, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Welsh

Here’s how to say black in different languages:

Chinese - hēi sè (黑色)

Danish - sort

Dutch - zwart

Finnish - musta

French - noir

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German - schwarz

Greek - mávro (μαύρο)

Haitian Creole - nwa

Icelandic - svartur

Irish - dubh

Italian - nero

Japanese - kuro (黒)

Norwegian - svart

Portuguese - preto

Russian - chernui (черный)

Spanish – negro

Swedish - svart

Vietnamese - đen

Welsh - du