Want to improve your listening, pronunciation, and vocabulary all at once? Shadowing after Yumi is a great way to do just that.


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What is shadowing? 

First read or listen to the phrase. Once you are sure you have the meaning, say the phrase with Yumi or repeat it immediately after her.

Open your ears to hear the pitch accents, vowel pronunciation, and intonation of the phrases. Then open your mouth to practice mimicking.

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今日(きょう)は、よく使(つか)和製英語(わせいえいご)練習(れんしゅう)しましょう。

Let's practice useful Japanese words constructed from English today.

電子レンジ
microwave oven

これ、ちょっと電子(でんし)レンジで(あたた)めて。
Microwave this a little.

デパート
department store 

(かあ)さんと(いもうと)(さき)にデパートに()きました。
My mother and little sister already left for the department store.

デパ地下
underground shopping area

 一番(いちばん)おいしいラーメンは(えき)のそばのデパ地下(ちか)にある。
The tastiest ramen is at the underground shopping area
near the train station.

ドイツ
Germany 

いつかドイツに()きたい。
I want to go to Germany one day.

ドクター ストップ
when a doctor tells a patient to stop doing something (drinking, smoking, too much sugar, etc.)

ドクターストップでお(さけ)はもう()めない。
I don't drink anymore by doctor's orders.

ドンマイ
don't worry about it; don't pay any mind to that; it's OK

そんなミス、()にするな。ドンマイ。
Don't fret about that mistake. It's okay.

ドライバー
screwdriver or a motor vehicle driver 

プラスドライバーが必要(ひつよう)だ。
I need a Phillips screwdriver. [Phillips is プラスドライバー and flathead is マイナスドライバー]

ドラマ
TV drama 

 毎週(まいしゅう)土曜(どよう)ドラマを()ています。
I watch the Saturday drama every week.

エアコン
AC; air conditioning 

(なつ)バテしないようにエアコンを()いました。
I bought an AC to prevent summer heat fatigue.

エネルギー
energy 

最近(さいきん)は、 ガスや電気(でんき)などのエネルギーの値段(ねだん)()がっています。
Recently, gas and electricity energy prices have gone up.

エレベーター
elevator 

エレベーターが使(つか)えないので、階段(かいだん)()こう。
We can't use the elevator, so let's take the stairs.

エステ
beauty salon; spa; esthetic clinic 

(はは)()に、お(かあ)さんはエステに()きました。
My mother went to a spa for Mother's Day.

ファイト
do your best! fight!

 今日(きょう)試合(しあい)頑張(がんば)って!ファイト!
Do your best at today's game! You can do it!

フリーサイズ
one size fits all 

このTシャツはフリーサイズです。
This t-shirt is one-size-fits-all.

フリーター
underemployed young adults who work part-time jobs instead of permanent employment 

フリーターとして生活(せいかつ)する。
To make a living by working part-time.

ゲームセンター
video arcade 

 仕事(しごと)()わったら、ゲームセンターに()きます。
When I finish work, I'll go to the arcade.

ゴム
rubber; eraser; rubber band 

()しゴムできれいに()してください。
Use an eraser to erase it completely.

ゴールデンウィーク
Golden Week - spring holidays in Japan 

 ゴールデンウィークにどこか()きますか?
Will you go somewhere for Golden Week?

ググる
to google (search) 

意味(いみ)()からなかったら、ググってね。
If you don't know the meaning, google it.

ハイタッチ
high five 

やった!ハイタッチ!
Yeah! Give me five.

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