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Here is a commonly used Japanese word meaning recently and lately:

saikin
さいきん
最近

Meaning:

recently; lately

Pronunciation:

Combine the English words sigh and kin. Then read them aloud. When you practice, make sure to shorten the vowel sound in sigh. This word shouldn't be too hard to pronounce.

Tips:

You've already learned "isogashii" (busy), so let's learn this useful expression, "Have you been busy lately?" in Japanese.

Saikin isogashii?
さいきんいそがしい?
最近忙しい?

Remember, this expression is informal. If you want to be polite, add "desuka?" to the end of the sentence above:

Saikin isogashii desuka?
さいきんいそがしいですか?
最近忙しいですか?

You may wonder why there is no word for you in the two sentences above. In Japanese, it's common to ommit the subject when you are asking a question of the person you are talking to.


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