Thursday, April 8th, 2021
- 04/08/21 – New Beginning Japanese Phrases Podcast/Video – Click Here
- 04/07/21 – New Sentences for Beginners and Intermediates (see below)
- 04/05/21 – New Nihongo no Tane Podcast/Video – Click Here [Now includes downloadable PDF and English translations]
- 03/29/21 – New Makoto #38 April 2021 Issue – Click here for the web version or browse or download it on our Dropbox folder here or download the zip file directly here.
- 03/26/21 – New Haiku by Issa- See below
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Repetition and Shadowing [BEGINNER]
Master a sentence’s meaning, vocabulary, and pronunciation with repetition and shadowing. Listen to the sentence as many times as you can bear (it will automatically loop). Once you understand the meaning, start “shadowing” the text by mimicking (audibly) what you hear.
04/07/2021: ～はずです It is supposed to be the case #1
nihon no konbini wa, nijuuyojikan aite iru hazu desu.
Japan’s – convenience stores – as for – 24 hours long – open – should be
Japanese convenience stores should be open 24 hours.
Note: 24時間(じかん) is “nijuu yo jikan” and not “nijuu yon jikan”
It is supposed to be the case
- 日本 Japan
- コンビニ convenience store [short from convenience]
- 日本のコンビニ Japanese convenience store
- ２４時間 24 hours
- 開いている open (store)
- はず should be; ought to be
- です to be
04/07/2021: ～はずです It is supposed to be the case #2
basu wa, mou sugu kuru hazu desu.
bus – as for – soon – come – ought to – be
The bus should be here soon.
It is supposed to be the case
- バス bus
- もうすぐ soon; shortly [both もう and すぐ imply “soon”]
- 来る to come
- はず ought to be; should
- です to be
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Repetition and Shadowing [UPPER BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE]
Master a sentence’s meaning, vocabulary, and pronunciation with repetition and shadowing. Listen to the sentence as many times as you can bear (it will automatically loop). Once you understand the meaning, start “shadowing” the text by mimicking (audibly) what you hear. The goal is to present a sentence with 2-3 important keywords on a trending topic currently in Japanese news.
04/07/2021: Nagoya Castle
On the morning of August 8th, the “Golden Shachihoko” of Nagoya Castle was lowered to the ground for the first time in sixteen year. It will be on display in Nagoya City until July.
- 名古屋城 Nagoya Castle
- 「金のしゃちほこ」 Golden Shachihoko [this is the fish-like ornament on castle roofs. The Shachihoko is a creature from Japanese folklore with a head of a tiger and a body of a carp. They are added to roofs as a good-luck measure in order to protect the buildings from fire.]
- 8日朝 morning of the 8th
- 16年ぶりに (first time) since 16 years ago; after 16 years
- 地上に to the ground
- 降ろされました was lowered
- 7月まで until July
- 名古屋市内 within Nagoya City
- で at; in
- 展示されます is on display
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This Week’s Haiku
我(われ)と来(き)て あそべや 親(おや)のない雀(すずめ)
ware to kite asobeya oya no nai suzume
Come to me / and let’s play / orphan sparrow
Vocabulary & Notes
- 我 I; me [formal]
- と with (me)
- 来て come and
- あそべ play [gentle command]
- や punctuational exclamation in haiku
- 親 parent
- のない without (parents)
- 雀 sparrow
A sparrow that has been separated from its parents is looking lonely. Come to me and let’s play together. I don’t have any parents either.
- 親 parents
- と from (parents); with
- はぐれてしまった has strayed from [て form of はぐれる (to lose sight of (one’s companions); to stray from) + しまう (shows regret or unexpectedness)]
- 雀 sparrow
- 寂しそうにしている is looking lonely
- 私の my
- ところに to here; to (my) location
- 来て come
- 一緒に together
- 遊びましょう let’s play
- 私も me too; I also
- 親 parents
- いない no (parent); don’t exist
- のだから therefore
Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) is considered to be one of the four great masters of haiku in addition to Basho, Buson, and Shiki and rivals Basho in popularity. He wrote over 20,000 haiku. issa means “one (cup of) tea.”
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tonari no kyaku wa, yoku kaki kuu kyaku da.
The passenger next to me is a passenger who eats a lot of Japanese persimmons.
Our neighbor’s guest is a guest who eats a lot of Japanese persimmons.
- 隣 tonari – next (to); neighboring
- 客 kyaku – guest; visitor; client; customer; passenger
- よく yoku – a lot; often; frequently [in this case, a lot]
- 柿 kaki – Japanese persimmon
- 食う kuu – to eat [can be rude; use たべる instead for “to eat”]
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