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Makoto Japanese e-Zine #23 January 2020 | Digital Download + MP3s

Makoto Japanese e-Zine #23 January 2020 | Digital Download + MP3s


Issue #23
January 2020

Makoto #23

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January 2020

Kappa 1-Slow Speed – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Kappa 1-Normal Speed– Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

 


IN THIS ISSUE: December 2019

NEW READER: Let’s Read! Island Country (Beginner-level) & History of the Shinkansen (Intermediates)

ž Laughs, Jokes, Riddles, and Puns
ž Vocabulary: Japanese Proverb
ž Prefecture Spotlight: Kagoshima
ž Etymology : Cat
ž Cool Anime / Manga Phrase
ž Haiku Takahama Kyoshi
ž Kanji Spotlight: Language Kanji
ž Grammar Time! : Keredo
ž Japanese Readers: Let’s Read! Japanese Schools (Beginner-level) & Kappa (Intermediates)
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Happy Thanksgiving Day Japanese Vocabulary Lesson

Happy Thanksgiving Day Japanese Vocabulary Lesson

To those in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!

We decided to make a quick video with Thanksgiving related words in Japanese. This is a special video since my son edited it for us–thank you Makoto!
 
Here are the words in the video, plus a few extra.
Turkey
七面鳥
shichimenchou
[Turkeys aren’t native to Japan. There are a few ideas why turkeys are called 七面鳥 (literally, seven faced bird). One is cooking a turkey is a lot of work and 七面倒 shichimendou means “great trouble” or “difficulty.” Another possible origin is the bird’s face has a variety of colors. Thus it has seven faces. Who knows?]

Pumpkin Pie
パンプキンパイ
panpukin pai
[This is a loan word from English and therefore written in katakana]

Family
家族
kazoku
[家 house + 族 tribe]

Feast
ごちそう
gochisou
[ごちそうする means to treat someone (buy a meal for someone); ごちそうさま is often said after a meal as thanks for the good food.]

Pumpkin
かぼちゃ
kabocha
[From Portuguese “Cambodia abóbora”]
 

 

Now, let’s look at Yumi’s words in the video:

こんにちは、みなさん
konnichi wa, minasan
Hello, everyone.
[You can say みんな or みなさん but みんなさん is not considered correct]

パトロンのみなさん、いつもありがとうございます。
patoron no minasan, itsumo arigatou gozaimasu.
As always, thank you so much, Patreon supporters!
[literally: Patreon’s everyone; always; thank you]
[Since the action (the sense of thankfulness) is on-going, we wouldn’t use the past tense ありがとうございました]

Thanksgiving Dayは日本語で、感謝祭といいます。
Thanksgiving Day wa nihongo de, kanshasai to iimasu.
Thanksgiving Day in Japanese is called “kanshasai.”
[While Japan doesn’t have a “Turkey Day,” there is 勤労感謝の日 kinrō kansha no hi Labor Thanksgiving Day. Today it is a day to commemorate labor, production, and general human well-being, but it was based on an ancient harvest festival known as 新嘗祭 niinamesai.]

今日はその感謝祭に関する日本語を勉強していきましょう。
kyou wa sono kanshasai ni kan suru nihongo wo benkyou shite ikimashou.
Today, let’s use Thanksgiving Day to study Japanese.
[Literally: today; this Thanksgiving Day; concerning; Japanese language; study; to deliberately do (していく shows doing something deliberately. The いく as an auxiliary verb means “to continue” with purpose.)]

それでは、あしたは家族で楽しい感謝祭をお過ごしください。
sore dewa, ashita wa kazoku de tanoshii kanshasai o osugoshi kudasai.
Well, then. Tomorrow, please enjoy spending Thanksgiving Day with your family.

食べ過ぎないでね。
tabesugi naide ne.
Don’t eat too much!
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Makoto Japanese e-Zine #22 December 2019 | Digital Download + MP3s

Makoto Japanese e-Zine #22 December 2019 | Digital Download + MP3s


Issue #22
December 2019

Makoto #22

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December 2019

Shinkansen-Slow Speed – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Shinkansen-Normal Speed– Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

 


IN THIS ISSUE: December 2019

NEW READER: Let’s Read! Island Country (Beginner-level) & History of the Shinkansen (Intermediates)

ž Laughs, Jokes, Riddles, and Puns
ž Vocabulary: Japanese Proverb
ž Prefecture Spotlight: Miyazaki
ž Etymology: Moshi Moshi Cool Anime / Manga Phrase
ž Haiku Basho
ž Kanji Spotlight: N5 Kanji with “sun”
ž Grammar Time! Dou Desu Ka?
ž Japanese Readers: Let’s Read! Island Country (Beginner-level) & History of the Shinkansen (Intermediates)
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Makoto Japanese e-Zine #21 November 2019 | Digital Download + MP3s

Makoto Japanese e-Zine #21 November 2019 | Digital Download + MP3s


Issue #21
November 2019

Makoto #21

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November 2019

Ukiyoe3 – SLOW SPEED – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Ukiyoe3 – NORMAL SPEED – Click here to download – DOWNLOAD AUDIO

 


IN THIS ISSUE: November 2019

NEW READER: Japanese Snowman (beginner) + Ukiyoe Part 3 (Intermediate)

ž Laughs, Jokes, Riddles, and Puns
ž Vocabulary: Japanese Proverb
ž Prefecture Spotlight: Kagoshima
ž Etymology: Cat
ž Phrase of the Day: Using chotto
ž Haiku Basho
ž Kanji Spotlight: Big
ž Grammar Time! Polite negative questions
ž Japanese Readers: Japanese Snowman (beginner) + Ukiyoe Part 3 (Intermediate)

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