にほんごのたね Nihongo no Tane with Yumi
Nihongo to Tane 13: ミニマリスト minimarisuto - Minimalist | Japanese Immersion Podcast

Nihongo to Tane 13: ミニマリスト minimarisuto - Minimalist | Japanese Immersion Podcast

November 30, 2020

Minimalism is taking the world by a storm, it seems. Listen as Yumi talks about decluttering in Japanese , and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage:
https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-12

Keyword: ミニマリスト minimarisuto - Minimalist

For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

Take a quiz on this episode here:

https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-13

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Nihongo to Tane 12: ジョギング jogingu - Jogging | Japanese Immersion Podcast

Nihongo to Tane 12: ジョギング jogingu - Jogging | Japanese Immersion Podcast

November 23, 2020

Yumi likes to jog. In fact, she is out jogging right now as I type these words. Listen as she talks about jogging and Japan, and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage:
https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-12

Keyword: ジョギング jogingu - Jogging

For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

Take a quiz on this episode here:

https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-12

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Nihongo to Tane 11: 小鳥 kotori - Small Bird

Nihongo to Tane 11: 小鳥 kotori - Small Bird

November 16, 2020

Nihongo to Tane 11: 小鳥 kotori - Small Bird

Yumi has been enjoying her new backyard with all the various birds that visit her bird feeder. Listen as she describes the different birds she sees, and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage:
https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-11

Keyword: 小鳥 kotori - Small Bird

For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

Take a quiz on this episode here:

https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-11

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Nihongo to Tane 10: 漢字 kanji - Chinese Characters

Nihongo to Tane 10: 漢字 kanji - Chinese Characters

November 9, 2020

Learning kanji tops the challenging list for  learners of Japanese. But what are the advantages of learning kanji? Listen as Yumi talks about the fun Chinese characters in Japanese.

Keyword: 漢字 kanji - Chinese Characters

For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

Take a quiz on this episode here:

https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-10

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Nihongo to Tane 9: 日本の温泉 Nihon no Onsen - Japanese Hot Springs

Nihongo to Tane 9: 日本の温泉 Nihon no Onsen - Japanese Hot Springs

November 4, 2020

Japan has many, many onsen (hot spring spas) throughout the country. Listen as Yumi explains the appeal and why it an onsen may not be as enjoyable for children.

Keyword: 日本の温泉 Nihon no Onsen - Japanese Hot Springs

For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

Take a quiz on this episode here:

https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-9

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Nihongo to Tane 8: 奈良の鹿 Nara no Shika - Nara’s Deer

Nihongo to Tane 8: 奈良の鹿 Nara no Shika - Nara’s Deer

October 26, 2020

Have you ever been to Nara in Japan? It's a beautiful place with a rich history, but what is it most famous for? The deer. 

Listen to Yumi talk about the deer of Nara.

Keyword: 奈良の鹿 Nara no Shika - Nara's Deer

For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

Take a quiz on this episode here:

https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-8

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Nihongo no Tane 7: 日本のトイレ nihon no toire - Japanese Toilets

Nihongo no Tane 7: 日本のトイレ nihon no toire - Japanese Toilets

October 19, 2020

What could better illustrate Japanese ingenuity than the Japanese toilet. With all its buttons and kanji, the Japanese toilet certainly is impressive. Listen to Yumi talk about the history and function of the toilet.

While not mentioned in the podcast, the Japanese actually have a long history in toilet innovation. The warlord Takeda Shingen is credited with having invented the water flush toilet. 

Keyword: 日本のトイレ nihon no toire - Japanese Toilets

For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

Take a quiz on this episode here:

https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-7

She is such a きれい好き that she spoke a little fast. Try to glean as much as you can, and if you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript in your members area.

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Nihongo no Tane 6: きれい好き kirei zuki - love of cleanliness

Nihongo no Tane 6: きれい好き kirei zuki - love of cleanliness

October 12, 2020

Yumi shares an embarrassing memory of her childhood--the moment she realized her home was... not clean. From that moment on, she became きれい好き!

Keyword: きれい好き kirei zuki - love of cleanliness

For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

Take a quiz on this episode here:

https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-6

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Nihongo no Tane 5: 秋が来ました-その2 - Fall is here - Part 2

Nihongo no Tane 5: 秋が来ました-その2 - Fall is here - Part 2

October 5, 2020
For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/
 
About this episode: 秋(あき)が来(き)ました! Fall is here! 
 
This week, Yumi continues with the Fall theme. Pears, grapes, and many other delicious foods come to mind. She wraps things up with a famous fall-themed haiku.
 
 
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Nihongo no Tane 4:秋が来ました - Fall is here

Nihongo no Tane 4:秋が来ました - Fall is here

September 29, 2020
For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/
 
About this episode: 秋(あき)が来(き)ました! Fall is here! 
 
Fall is the time for many things. The leaves start to fall, the weather takes a cool turn, and people want to do more than just sip pumpkin-flavored lattes (or do they?). Have you heard of 「スポーツの秋」 or 「食欲の秋」 or 「読書の秋」?  Well, in Japan, these activities come to mind in the fall. 
 
 
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