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Makoto e-Zine #10 January 2019 Audio Files

Makoto e-Zine #10 January 2019 Audio Files


Issue #10
January 2019

Makoto #10

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New Year’s Special Issue

Chapter Six: Frank and the Obaasan & The Wise Child  – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Japanese Reader: The Wise Child – SLOW – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Japanese Reader: The Wise Child – NORMAL SPEED – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

 


IN THIS ISSUE: New Year’s Special Issue

NEW READER: Frank and the Obaasan & The Wise Child
31 Pages

ž Laughs, Jokes, Riddles, and Puns
ž Prefecture Spotlight: Saga
ž Etymology: New Year’s Eve in Japanese
ž Phrase of the Day: New Year’s Greetings
ž Kanji Spotlight: Kanji Stroke Order Rules
ž Grammar Time! GA as a conjunction
ž Frank and the Obaasan Reader, Grammatical Notes, Kanji Notes, and English Translation [Beginner Level] ž The Wise Child Reader [Beginner Level]

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Makoto e-Zine #9 December 2018 Audio Files

Makoto e-Zine #9 December 2018 Audio Files


Issue #9
December 2018

Makoto #9

DOWNLOAD the eBOOK:

Please note: We are providing the sound files from this issue openly, but to follow along and have full access to grammatical notes and the running gloss, please either purchase this issue at:

LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD THE SOUND FILES:

Frank introduces Obaasan to his friend, Sushi. He learns Sushi is actually something to eat. Frank is saddened by this unexpected turn of events

Chapter Five: Frank is not from America or France  – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Japanese Reader: The Hundred Tale Game – SLOW – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Japanese Reader: The Hundred Tale Game – NORMAL SPEED – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

 


IN THIS ISSUE:

NEW READER: Frank and the Obaasan & The Hundred Tales Game
37 Pages

ž Laughs, Jokes, Riddles, and Puns
ž Prefecture Spotlight: Nagasaki
ž Etymology: Oyatsu
ž Phrase of the Day: Tomorrow is another day
ž Kanji Spotlight: Directions
ž Grammar Time! Using Ne
ž Frank and the Obaasan Reader, Grammatical Notes, Kanji Notes, and English Translation
ž The Hundred Tales Game

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Directions in Japanese Quick Kanji Lesson

Directions in Japanese Quick Kanji Lesson

Quick Kanji Lesson

Directions in Japanese

A quick kanji lesson.

Here are a few kanji showing various directions in Japanese. Learn these useful characters when asking for directions or looking at a map. Only the most used readings are given.

On: ジョウ
Kun: うえ

Meaning: up; above

上手(じょうず) skilled; good at; clever
上着(うわぎ) coat; outer garment
その上(うえ)  in addition; furthermore


On: ゲ
Kun: した

Meaning: down; below

靴下(くつした) socks [lit. shoes under] 地下(ちか) underground; basement
年下(としした) junior; younger; young


On: サ
Kun: ひだり

Meaning: left

左手(ひだりて) left hand
左足(ひだりあし) left leg
机の左 (つくえ  ひだり )to the left of the desk


On: ユウ
Kun: みぎ

Meaning: right

右目(みぎめ) right eye
右(みぎ)ページ right page (of a book)
右手(みぎて) right hand


On: ゼン
Kun: まえ

Meaning: before; in front; previous

名前(なまえ) name
前書(まえが)き preface [lit. before the writing] 二年前(ふたねんまえ) two years ago


On: ゴ
Kun: うし・ろ

Meaning: behind; after

最後(さいご) the last; the end; conclusion
後(うし)ろ behind
後書(あとが)き postscript; afterword [lit. after the writing]


On: トウ
Kun: ひがし

Meaning: east

中東(ちゅうとう) the Middle East
東(ひがし)アジア East Asia
東京 (とうきょう )Tokyo

You may recognize the kanji for “east” 東 higashi in Tokyo
東京 toukyou. This is because Tokyo means “east capital.”

Nearly all kanji have at least two readings. In this case, 東 can be pronounced higashi or tou. The first, higashi, is the native Japanese pronunciation, or kun reading. Tou is the Chinese or on reading.

In general, when a kanji character is paired with another kanji, you use the on reading as in toukyou.


西

On: セイ
Kun: にし

Meaning: west

西口(にしぐち) west entrance
関西(かんさい) Osaka and surrounding area; Kansai
西(にし)ドイツ (historical) West Germany
大西洋(たいせいよう) the Atlantic


On: ナン
Kun: みなみ

Meaning: south

東南(とうなん)アジア Southeast Asia
南極(なんきょく) the South Pole; Antarctic
南米(なんべい) South America


On: ホク
Kun: きた

Meaning: north

北海道(ほっかいどう) Hokkaido (most northern part of Japan)
北(きた)アメリカ North America
北京(ぺきん) Beijing (China)
南北戦争(なんぼくせんそう) the (US) Civil War

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Japanese Alexa Commands: Arekusa, Speak Nihongo!

Japanese Alexa Commands: Arekusa, Speak Nihongo!

Alexa! Speak Japanese.

Did you know you can set your Alexa device to answer in Japanese? Same thing with Siri and other AI assistants. While I am certain these commands work for other devices, let’s look at Alexa specifically.
Alexa speaks Japanese

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SETTING UP ALEXA IN JAPANESE

If you have a newer Alexa device, you should be able to set it to Japanese using your Alexa App. First generation Echos do not support Japanese, unfortunately.
  1. Open the Alexa App on your phone.
  2. Click on the bar icon to the top left and choose “Settings”
  3. Choose “Device Settings”
  4. Choose “Language”
  5. Choose “日本語”

JAPANESE ALEXA COMMANDS

You don’t need to be overly polite with Alexa. Drop the kudasai and masu/desu. Most of these commands are taken from the Japanese Alexa help page found here. https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_left_v4_sib?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201608460

COMMON ALEXA COMMANDS

アレクサ arekusa Alexa (the wake word; say this before a command)

Shut her up!

TIME

「何時ですか?」 nanji desu ka?  What time is it?

Most commands have a shortcut which usually can be used in casual speech anyway. For example, to ask for the time, you can just say:

WEATHER

Other weather questions

MUSIC


TIMERS AND ALARMS


INFORMATION

Just as you would in English, ask Alexa trivia, like how tall is Mt. Fuji or Who invented the light bulb.

「空はどうして青いの?」 sora wa doushite aoi no? Why is the sky blue?


MATH

Plus: 「1たす1は?」 ichi tasu ichi wa? What is 1 + 1?

Minus: 「1ひく1は?」 ichi hiku ichi wa? What is 1 – 1?

Multiplication: 「1かける1は?」 ichi kakeru ichi wa? What is 1 x 1?

Division: 「1わる1は?」 ichi waru ichi wa? What is 1 / 1?


NEWS

「今日のニュースは?」 kyou no nyu-su wa? What is today’s news?

To get Japanese news, you’ll need to find and enable the country/ language specific skill in the app and then add it to your briefing.

FUN


Learn More:
Alexa commands in Japanese: (most of the above was taken from this page)
Alexa commands in English:
A site with a great overview of Japanese commands (in Japanese):
https://yuki-no-yabo.com/what-is-amazon-echo/
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Beginner Japanese Sentences: Asking Questions

Beginner Japanese Sentences: Asking Questions

Building upon the first podcast, this episode covers adding a か ka at the end to change a statement into a question.

何か食べたいです。 I want something to eat. – nanika tabetai desu.

[Note: the ‘I’ is assumed, but it just as easily be ‘you’ in the right context.]

To make that into a question, just add か

[Notice I didn’t say ‘Would I like something to eat?’ since it is obvious ‘you’ would be more appropriate]

何か飲みたいです。 I want something to drink. – nanika nomitai desu.

何か飲みたいですか? Would you like something to drink – nanika nomitai desu ka?

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