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Nihongo no Tane 77 名前 Names | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 77 名前 Names | Japanese Immersion podcast

March 13, 2022

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Today, Yumi talks a little about Japanese names. To her, it is natural that 渡部 is "Watanabe" but Japanese names aren't quite as easy for the learner of Japanese. Understanding Japanese names is critical for improving understanding of movies, novels, and conversational Japanese

 

KEY VOCABULARY:

名前(なまえ)の読(よ)み方(かた) how to pronounce a name

苗字(みょうじ) family name; last name

変(か)わった名字(みょうじ) a strange name; an unusual name

珍(めずら)しい unusual

ラジオ局(きょく) radio station

全国的(ぜんこくてき)に nationally; the nation as a whole

地元(じもと)で local; locally

旧姓(きゅうせい) maiden name

世代(せだい)を遡(さかのぼ)ります going back generations [遡(さかのぼ)る (to go back (in time); to date back to; to trace back to)]

 

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Nihongo no Tane 76 スラング Slang | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 76 スラング Slang | Japanese Immersion podcast

March 6, 2022

Yumi posts daily vocabulary images on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thejapanshop/). For the past month or so, the lessons have been on Japanese slang. Slang can be fun but also a little dangerous if used in improper contexts. Listen as Yumi talks about slang and her time as a radio DJ.

 

KEY VOCABULARY:

一時的(いちじてき) temporary

仲間同士(なかまどうし) among friends; peers [the 同士 means "fellow" or "mutual" and shows the members of that group are similar in some way.]

犯罪者(はんざいしゃ) criminal

業界用語(ぎょうかいようご) industry terminology; professional jargon

ラジオ局(きょく) radio station

完(かん)パケ complete package; recording of a program from start to finish

ギャラ fee paid to performing artists

番宣(ばんせん) program (theater; TV; radio; etc) [short for 番組宣伝(ばんぐみせんでん)]

ドタキャン last-minute cancellation

流行(はや)りの言葉(ことば) buzzword

俗語(ぞくご)  slang; colloquialism

 

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

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Nihongo no Tane 75 濡れ衣を着せる【ぬれぎぬをきせる】 Framing Someone | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 75 濡れ衣を着せる【ぬれぎぬをきせる】 Framing Someone | Japanese Immersion podcast

February 28, 2022

Yumi's cat and her childish embarrassment (this story is from when she was a first grade elementary student) gets her into some trouble at school. Do you know what 濡(ぬ)れ衣(ぎぬ)を着(き)せる means? Listen to today's podcast and find out.

 

KEY VOCABULARY:

思(おも)い出(で) memories; recollections; reminiscences

真(ま)っ赤(か) bright red

教室(きょうしつ) classroom

〇〇君(くん) boy called X [the 〇〇 is read "maru maru" and indicates a certain but unnamed name]

恥(は)ずかしかった was embarrassed; was shy

察(さっ)してくれた (the teacher) sensed and sympathized with (Yumi's embarrassement) [察(さっ)する (to sympathize with; to guess; to sense; to presume; to judge]

濡(ぬ)れ衣(ぎぬ)を着(き)せる falsely accuse someone of a crime; pin a crime on someone; frame [literally, to put wet clothes (on someone)]

叱(しか)られる to be scolded

 

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Nihongo no Tane 74 コロちゃん Koro | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 74 コロちゃん Koro | Japanese Immersion podcast

February 20, 2022

Continuing with the animal-theme from recent episodes, Yumi tells us about her first cat. The cat was plump and so received the name "Koro" (roly-poly). But… there was a reason for the cat's plumpness. Little Yumi was surprised when strange-looking mice-like creatures began coming out of her cat.

 

KEY VOCABULARY:

子(こ)どもの頃(ころ) childhood

思(おも)い出(で) memory

三毛猫(みけねこ) calico cat

名付(なづ)けた named (the cat)

すりすり snuggling; cuddling

かわいがりました to be affectionate; to pet (a pet); to cherish

押(お)し入(い)れ closet

ねずみ色(いろ) gray [mouse colored]

お察(さっ)しの通(とお)り as you can guess; as you may have figured out

感心(かんしん)して took to heart; admire; be impressed; astonishment

本能(ほんのう) instincts

お医者(いしゃ)さん doctor

看護師(かんごし) nurse

産婆(さんば)さん midwife (obsolete)

助産師(じょさんし)さん midwife (current term)

 

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

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Nihongo no Tane 73 犬の思い出 Memories of Dogs | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 73 犬の思い出 Memories of Dogs | Japanese Immersion podcast

February 13, 2022

Today, Yumi tells us more about her experiences with dogs and cats and why she originally didn't like dogs (before getting two of them)!

 

KEY VOCABULARY:

思(おも)い出(で) memories; recollections; reminiscences

犬派(いぬは) dog person [派 (clique; group; faction; party; camp)]

猫派(ねこは) cat person

反応(はんのう)が良(よ)い responsive; good reaction

しつけ discipline; training

おすわり sit (dog command in Japanese)

お手(て) shake paw (dog command)

おかわり shake the other paw (dog command) [this is a command to have a dog place its second paw in one's hand; literally, "another helping" or "refill"]

警察犬(けいさつけん) police dog

番犬(ばんけん) watch dog

牧羊犬(ぼくようけん) sheepdog

苦手(にがて) not good at; not one's cup of tea; dislike of; cannot stand…

恐怖心(きょうふしん) fear; terror [literally a heart of fear]

幼児期(ようじき) infancy; childhood; early years

 

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

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Nihongo no Tane 72 猫派?犬派? Are you a cat person or a dog person? | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 72 猫派?犬派? Are you a cat person or a dog person? | Japanese Immersion podcast

February 7, 2022

Are you Team Cat or Team Dog?

 

KEY VOCABULARY:

飼(か)っていますto have (a pet); to own (a pet)

里親(さとおや) foster parent; caretaker (pets)

動物病院(どうぶつびょういん) animal hospital

避妊手術(ひにんしゅじゅつ) sterilization (operation)

猫派(ねこは) cat person; cat lover [派 (faction; party; camp; group; sect)]

犬派(いぬは)  dog person; dog lover

表(おもて) front (side); public face

裏(うら) back (side); hidden side

ツンデレ hot-cold personality type

甘(あま)やかす to pamper; to indulge (someone)

 

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

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Nihongo no Tane 71 無くすとわかる大切なもの Important things you learn when you lose something | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 71 無くすとわかる大切なもの Important things you learn when you lose something | Japanese Immersion podcast

January 31, 2022

Catching a cold isn't fun, but it gave Yumi a chance to think about what's important. Too often we only appreciate the good things in life when they are gone.

 

KEY VOCABULARY:

無(な)くすとわかる understand (something) if (you) lose it

大切(たいせつ)なもの something important

前回(ぜんかい) last time

夢(ゆめ)が叶(かな)った dream came true

風邪(かぜ)をひきました caught a cold

健康(けんこう)の大切(たいせつ)さ importance of good health

当たり前(まえ) obvious; to be expected

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Nihongo no Tane 70 幸せとは What is Happiness? | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 70 幸せとは What is Happiness? | Japanese Immersion podcast

January 24, 2022

What is happiness? It may sound like Yumi is waxing philosophical in today's episode, but she actually gives a rather concrete definition. What do you think? When are you the happiest?

KEY VOCABULARY:

幸(しあわ)せ happiness

定義(ていぎ) definition

状態(じょうたい) condition; state; situation; circumstance

実現(じつげん) actualization; realization

コツコツと steadily; laboriously

節約(せつやく) economizing; cutting back

貯金(ちょきん) saving money; putting money aside

夢(ゆめ)が叶(かな)った dream came true

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

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Nihongo no Tane 69 映画と我慢 Movies and Self-Restraint | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 69 映画と我慢 Movies and Self-Restraint | Japanese Immersion podcast

January 16, 2022

Yumi went to the movies for the first time in a long time. This event made her think about how different cultures react to stimuli. This leads to a discussion on 我慢 (gaman, perseverance, endurance, bearing something) which is a very Japanese thing to do.

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

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Nihongo no Tane 68 新年の抱負New Year’s Resolution | Japanese Immersion podcast

Nihongo no Tane 68 新年の抱負New Year’s Resolution | Japanese Immersion podcast

January 9, 2022

Yumi thinks back on her New Year's resolution (新年の抱負 shinnen no houfu) from last year. She kept at it admirably… for exactly one day. This year, she shares advice she heard that might make keeping resolutions better. Just keep moving forward. One step at a time. One kanji or vocabulary word at a time.

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:

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