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May 8, 2022

Shadowing Japanese with Yumi – Katakana Phrases Part I

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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VIDEO:

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.

アフターサービス
customer service; after-sales service

その会社(かいしゃ)のアフターサービスはとてもいい。
That company's customer service is excellent.

アイス
ice cream 

ちょっとアイスを()べに()かない?
Why don't we get some ice cream?

アメリカンドッグ
corn dog

(ちい)さい(ころ)、お(まつ)りでアメリカンドッグをよく()べました。
When I was little, I often ate corn dogs at festivals.

アニメ
anime; animation

日本(にほん)のアニメは、たくさんの種類(しゅるい)があります。
There are many types of Japanese animation.

アンケート
questionnaire; survey

このアンケートによると、市民(しみん)不満(ふまん)(かん)じていることがわかります。 According to this survey, the public is feeling dissatisfied.

アパート
apartment 

このアパートに()んでいます。
I live in this apartment.

アポ
appointment

ごめん、()かなきゃ。(いま)からアポがあるの。
Sorry, I have to go. I have an appointment now.

アルコール
alcohol 

そのテーブルをアルコールでふいてください。
Please wipe that table with alcohol.

バーゲン
bargain 

(わたし)のお(かあ)さんはバーゲンが大好(だいす)きなの。
My mother loves bargains.

バイキング
buffet; smorgasbord

 このレストランは、バイキングがすごくおいしい。
This restaurant's buffet is delicious.

バイト
part-time job

 (あたら)しいバイトを(はじ)めたばかりです。
I just started a new part-time job.

バイク
motorcycle 

友達(ともだち)(あたら)しいバイクを()った。
My friend bought a new motorcycle.

バリアフリー
accessible facilities for handicapped persons; barrier-free

最近(さいきん)、バリアフリーのビルが(おお)くなりました。
Recently, there are more handicapped-friendly buildings.

ベビーカー
stroller; pram; baby car 

この近所(きんじょ)には、ベビーカーを()して(ある)いているお(かあ)さんが(おお)いです。There are many mothers walking with strollers in this neighborhood.

ビル
building

 (ぼく)事務所(じむしょ)は、このビルの(なか)です。
My office is in this building.

ビール
beer 

(わたし)のお(とう)さんは、毎晩(まいばん)ビールを()んでいます。
My father drinks beer every night.

ボタン
button 

あ、ボタンが()れちゃった。
Ah, my button came off.

チャレンジ
challenge; contest; competition

 スカイダイビングにチャレンジします。
I'm going to give skydiving a go.

コンピューター
computer 

(あたら)しいコンピューターが()しい。
I want a new computer.

ダンプカー
dump truck; dumper 

 このエリアは工事中(こうじちゅう)なのでダンプカーがよく(とお)る。
This area is under construction so there are a lot of dump trucks.

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