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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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Advanced Word of the Day – 危うい [dangerous, in danger, at risk]

Advanced Word of the Day – 危うい [dangerous, in danger, at risk]

The Japanese Page Word of The Day - At Risk
 

今日のことば
Word of the Day: November 26, 2019

危うい

adjective | あやうい


 
MEANING: dangerous, in danger, at risk (ayaui)
 
EXAMPLE SENTENCE:

彼は、危ういところで交通事故から免れた。

かれは、あやういところでこうつうじこからまぬがれた。

He barely escaped from a traffic accident.

 

VOCABULARY:
 危うい【あやうい]dangerous
~危ういところで in the nick of time
交通事故【 こうつうじこ】traffic accident
免れた【まぬがれた】escaped

 

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dangerous, in danger, at risk (ayaui) – download
He barely escaped from a traffic accident. – download

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Advanced Word of the Day – 一層 [much more; still more; more than ever]

Advanced Word of the Day – 一層 [much more; still more; more than ever]

The Japanese Page Word of The Day - Much More
 

今日のことば
Word of the Day: November 25, 2019

一層

adverb | いっそう


 
MEANING: much more; still more; all the more; more than ever (issou)
 
EXAMPLE SENTENCE:

午後になってから空が一層暗くなってきました。

ごごになってからそらがいっそうくらくなってきました。
In the afternoon the sky is getting darker and darker.

 

VOCABULARY:
午後【ごご】afternoon
午後になってから 空【そら】sky
一層【いっそう】much more, still the more, more than ever
暗く【くらく】(暗い)dark
なってきました(なってくる)to become ~

 

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much more; still more; all the more; more than ever (issou) – download
In the afternoon the sky is getting darker and darker. – download

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Advanced Word of the Day – 一種 [species; kind; variety]

Advanced Word of the Day – 一種 [species; kind; variety]

The Japanese Page Word of The Day - Species
 

今日のことば
Word of the Day: November 21, 2019

一種

adverb/noun | いっしゅ


 
MEANING: species; kind; variety (isshu)
 
EXAMPLE SENTENCE:

イルカはくじらの一種です。

いるかはくじらのいっしゅです。
Dolphins are same species as whales.

 
NOTES:
種(しゅ shu) – kind, species variety ; 種(たね) – seed
 

VOCABULARY:
イルカ【いるか】dolphin
クジラ【くじら】whale
種【しゅ】kind, species, variety
一種【いっしゅ】a kind

 

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species; kind; variety (isshu) – download
Dolphins are same species as whales. – download

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Advanced Word of the Day – 一瞬 [moment; instant]

Advanced Word of the Day – 一瞬 [moment; instant]

The Japanese Page Word of The Day - Instant
 

今日のことば
Word of the Day: October 03, 2019

一瞬

adverb/noun | いっしゅんく


 
MEANING: moment; instant (isshun)
 
EXAMPLE SENTENCE:

その男の子は、一瞬のうちに難しい数学の問題を解いてしまった。

そのおとこのこは、いっしゅんのうちにむずかしいすうがくのもんだいをといてしまった。
The boy solved the math problem in no time.

 
NOTES:
男の子boy and 女の子 girl are used for probably for youth teenager and younger
 

VOCABULARY:
男の子【おとこのこ】boy
一瞬【いっしゅん】instant; moment
一瞬のうちに in no time
難しい【むずかしい] difficult
数学【すうがく】math
問題【もんだい】problem
解いて【といて】to solve (解く)

 

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moment; instant (isshun) – download
The boy solved the math problem in no time. – download

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Advanced Word of the Day – 以外 [with the exception of; excepting]

The Japanese Page Word of The Day - Excepting
 

今日のことば
Word of the Day: September 30, 2019

以外

adverb/noun | いがいく


 
MEANING: with the exception of; excepting (igai)
 
EXAMPLE SENTENCE:

彼女以外は誰も欠席しなかった。

かのじょいがいはだれもけっせきしなかった。
No one was absent except her.

 
NOTES:
以 【イ・もって】 by means of; because; in view of; compared with; 外 【ガイ・ゲ・そと・ほか・はずす・はずれる・と~】 outside
 

VOCABULARY:
彼女 【かのじょ】 she; her
以外 【いがい】 other than; except for (her)
誰も 【だれも】 no one
欠席 【けっせき】 absence
しなかった wasn’t

 

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with the exception of; excepting (igai) – download
No one was absent except her. – download

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