Introducing two expressions that use わけ — わけではない and わけにはいかない.
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Introducing the adverb やはり and its casual spoken version, やっぱり, which is frequently used in Japanese conversation.
Introducing the meanings and uses of 辛(から)い (spicy) and 甘(あま)い (sweet), two adjectives that relate to taste.
Introducing the differences between the verbs "sumu" and "kurasu," as well as "tsutomeru" and "hataraku"
Introducing the verb 冷(ひ)える (to become cold) and its related words and expressions.
Introducing the i-adjective 重(おも)い/重たい (heavy).
Introducing some of the usages of the adverb 全然(ぜんぜん, never/not at all), which is often heard in conversation.
introducing some uses of the adverb ちょっと, which comes up in all kinds of situations.
A closer look at 是非(ぜひ), which means "good and/or bad" or "by all means."
Introduce the word 一杯 (いっぱい, one cup) and its related expressions.