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にほんごのたね Nihongo no Tane with Yumi

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A weekly podcast for upper beginner to intermediate learners of Japanese. Listen to Yumi talk about... whatever she wants to talk about. Practice your listening comprehension with natural (howbeit slightly slowed down) Japanese on various topics such as Japanese culture, fun idioms, and, of course, cats. The episodes can be enjoyed in any order. -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript and a list of key vocabulary. www.TheJapanesePage.com/makoto

A weekly podcast for upper beginner to intermediate learners of Japanese. Listen to Yumi talk about... whatever she wants to talk about. Practice your listening comprehension with natural (howbeit slightly slowed down) Japanese on various topics such as Japanese culture, fun idioms, and, of course, cats. The episodes can be enjoyed in any order. -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript and a list of key vocabulary. www.TheJapanesePage.com/makoto

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United States

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A weekly podcast for upper beginner to intermediate learners of Japanese. Listen to Yumi talk about... whatever she wants to talk about. Practice your listening comprehension with natural (howbeit slightly slowed down) Japanese on various topics such as Japanese culture, fun idioms, and, of course, cats. The episodes can be enjoyed in any order. -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript and a list of key vocabulary. www.TheJapanesePage.com/makoto

Language:

English


Episodes

Nihongo no Tane 86 オペラ座の怪人 The Phantom of the Opera | Japanese Immersion podcast

5/16/2022
Did you know Yumi once fell asleep during a production of Cats. You may be thinking, that's because it was in English! Nope. It was a performance in Nagoya in Japanese. She then concluded stories with lines sung rather than spoken make her sleepy and aren't worth the money. But then she saw The Phantom of the Opera. Listen as Yumi explains a similarity that musical shares with modern anime. KEY VOCABULARY: オペラ座(ざ) opera house 怪人(かいじん) phantom; mysterious person 映画版(えいがばん) movie...

Duration:00:04:43

Nihongo no Tane 85 一日一万歩 Walking 10,000 Steps a Day | Japanese Immersion podcast

5/9/2022
Walk 10,000 steps a day! Have you heard that slogan? Today, Yumi talks about how many steps the latest research suggests you should walk and what one should do with conflicting health suggestions. KEY VOCABULARY: 体(からだ)に良(よ)い good for the body 若(わか)い頃(ころ) youth; when (I) was young ラジオ局(きょく)に勤(つと)めていた Worked at a radio station 田舎町(いなかまち) country town 階段(かいだん) stairs 健康効果(けんこうこうか)がある have health benefits; effective for health 万歩計(まんぽけい) pedometer 最新(さいしん)の研究(けんきゅう) latest...

Duration:00:04:57

Nihongo no Tane 84 人生100年その2 Living to a Hundred Part 2 | Japanese Immersion podcast

5/1/2022
Living to 100 is becoming more common in Japan. In the 1960s, only a few hundred people were over a hundred. Today, that number is around 80,000. Yumi continues with a few of her thoughts about how she plans to live longer. KEY VOCABULARY: 保険(ほけん) insurance 漠然(ばくぜん) vague; obscure; hazy 長生(ながい)き long life 金(かね)を貯(た)めてください please save up money 最高齢(さいこうれい) oldest (person); oldest age 認定(にんてい)されています is recognized; is certified 老人福祉法(ろうじんふくしほう) Welfare Law for the Elderly その頃(ころ) at...

Duration:00:05:03

Nihongo no Tane 83 人生100年その1 Living to a Hundred Part 1 | Japanese Immersion podcast

4/25/2022
Getting in shape and staying healthy isn't just to feel better now, it also increases the change one can live longer. Japanese have the longest life expectancies on earth. Today, Yumi shares a few of her thoughts about how she plans to live longer. KEY VOCABULARY: 水筒(すいとう) canteen; water bottle; thermos グビグビ in loud gulps (drinking) 水分(すいぶん)をとる to take (drink) liquids 意識(いしき)し始(はじ)める to begin to be aware of; becoming aware of; to be conscious of 平均寿命(へいきんじゅみょう) life...

Duration:00:04:57

Nihongo no Tane 82 黄砂 Yellow Asian Dust | Japanese Immersion podcast

4/18/2022
Do you have allergies? Yumi lives in Florida and while she doesn't have bad allergies, the pollen season is bad. In Japan, however, people with allergies don't just have pollen to worry about but yellow dust from Mongolia called 黄砂【こうさ】 also. KEY VOCABULARY: 花粉(かふん) pollen 花粉症(かふんしょう) hay fever; allergy to pollen の季節(きせつ) the season of… アレルギーがある to have allergies 幸(さいわ)いなことに thankfully; a good thing is 砂埃(すなぼこり) a cloud of dust or sand 積(つ)もる to build up; to...

Duration:00:03:52

Nihongo no Tane 81 桜の季節 Cherry Blossom Season | Japanese Immersion podcast

4/10/2022
Spring has sprung, and Japan is filled with pink-hued flowers floating in the air. Yumi shares a few of her sakura-related thoughts and memories. KEY VOCABULARY: 桜(さくら) cherry blossoms 花見(はなみ) flower viewing; meeting others under cherry trees to enjoy talking and drinking while watching the blossoms. 満開(まんかい) full bloom 地元(じもと) hometown; local area 名所(めいしょ) famous places 川(かわ)のほとり river edge 川(かわ)の堤防(ていぼう) river bank; river embankment 並木道(なみきみち) tree-lined street 毛虫(けむし)...

Duration:00:05:07

Nihongo no Tane 80 似ている Resembling | Japanese Immersion podcast

4/3/2022
So-and-so looks just like that celebrity! Oh, I don't think so. Recently two people told Yumi her son resembles someone famous. Yumi looked at the celebrities online and… didn't see the resemblance. How is it some people see a resemblance when others don't? Today, Yumi talks about this phenomenon. KEY VOCABULARY: 似(に)ている resembling; looks like まず初(はじ)めは first of all 有名選手(ゆうめいせんしゅ) famous athlete 羽生結弦選手(はにゅうゆづるせんしゅ) the athlete Hanyuu Yuzuru...

Duration:00:04:47

Nihongo no Tane 79 人前でのスピーチ Speaking in Front of Others | Japanese Immersion podcast

3/28/2022
Do you do well speaking in front of others? Today, Yumi talks about giving speeches. KEY VOCABULARY: 成人式(せいじんしき) coming of age ceremony ユダヤ式(しき) Jewish style 儀式(ぎしき) ceremony; rite; ritual 招待(しょうたい) invitation 緊張(きんちょう)のあまり was so nervous that; too nervous 一時中断(いちじちゅうだん) temporary suspension ハプニング happening; unexpected incident; unforeseen event; surprising occurrence 吐(は)き気(け)を乗(の)り越(こ)える to overcome nausea 体験(たいけん) experience 吐(は)き気(け)を催(もよお)す to feel nausea [催(もよお)す can mean...

Duration:00:04:52

Nihongo no Tane 78 決まり文句 Set Phrases | Japanese Immersion podcast

3/20/2022
決まり文句 kimari monku are cliched phrases used in certain situations. Today, Yumi talks about a few useful kimari monku and the situations you should use them in. Using kimari monku in the right way will make your conversational Japanese much smoother. KEY VOCABULARY: 決(き)まり文句(もんく) set cliché phrases 挨拶(あいさつ) greetings ある場面(ばめん) a certain scene/situation 本来(ほんらい) origin 関係(かんけい)なく unrelated 日本語独特(にほんごどくとく) unique to Japanese どうかしてる somethings wrong (with someone or something); not...

Duration:00:04:47

Nihongo no Tane 77 名前 Names | Japanese Immersion podcast

3/13/2022
Did you know Makoto+ also has online courses? We just added one on Japanese names and it is free for Shogun or lifetime members. https://makotoplus.com/ Today, Yumi talks a little about Japanese names. To her, it is natural that 渡部 is "Watanabe" but Japanese names aren't quite as easy for the learner of Japanese. Understanding Japanese names is critical for improving understanding of movies, novels, and conversational Japanese KEY VOCABULARY: 名前(なまえ)の読(よ)み方(かた) how to pronounce a...

Duration:00:04:52

Nihongo no Tane 76 スラング Slang | Japanese Immersion podcast

3/6/2022
Yumi posts daily vocabulary images on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thejapanshop/). For the past month or so, the lessons have been on Japanese slang. Slang can be fun but also a little dangerous if used in improper contexts. Listen as Yumi talks about slang and her time as a radio DJ. KEY VOCABULARY: 一時的(いちじてき) temporary 仲間同士(なかまどうし) among friends; peers [the 同士 means "fellow" or "mutual" and shows the members of that group are similar in some way.] 犯罪者(はんざいしゃ)...

Duration:00:04:21

Nihongo no Tane 75 濡れ衣を着せる【ぬれぎぬをきせる】 Framing Someone | Japanese Immersion podcast

2/28/2022
Yumi's cat and her childish embarrassment (this story is from when she was a first grade elementary student) gets her into some trouble at school. Do you know what 濡(ぬ)れ衣(ぎぬ)を着(き)せる means? Listen to today's podcast and find out. KEY VOCABULARY: 思(おも)い出(で) memories; recollections; reminiscences 真(ま)っ赤(か) bright red 教室(きょうしつ) classroom 〇〇君(くん) boy called X [the 〇〇 is read "maru maru" and indicates a certain but unnamed name] 恥(は)ずかしかった was embarrassed; was shy 察(さっ)してくれた (the teacher)...

Duration:00:03:07

Nihongo no Tane 74 コロちゃん Koro | Japanese Immersion podcast

2/20/2022
Continuing with the animal-theme from recent episodes, Yumi tells us about her first cat. The cat was plump and so received the name "Koro" (roly-poly). But… there was a reason for the cat's plumpness. Little Yumi was surprised when strange-looking mice-like creatures began coming out of her cat. KEY VOCABULARY: 子(こ)どもの頃(ころ) childhood 思(おも)い出(で) memory 三毛猫(みけねこ) calico cat 名付(なづ)けた named (the cat) すりすり snuggling; cuddling かわいがりました to be affectionate; to pet (a pet); to...

Duration:00:03:54

Nihongo no Tane 73 犬の思い出 Memories of Dogs | Japanese Immersion podcast

2/13/2022
Today, Yumi tells us more about her experiences with dogs and cats and why she originally didn't like dogs (before getting two of them)! KEY VOCABULARY: 思(おも)い出(で) memories; recollections; reminiscences 犬派(いぬは) dog person [派 (clique; group; faction; party; camp)] 猫派(ねこは) cat person 反応(はんのう)が良(よ)い responsive; good reaction しつけ discipline; training おすわり sit (dog command in Japanese) お手(て) shake paw (dog command) おかわり shake the other paw (dog command) [this is a command to have a dog...

Duration:00:04:24

Nihongo no Tane 72 猫派?犬派? Are you a cat person or a dog person? | Japanese Immersion podcast

2/7/2022
Are you Team Cat or Team Dog? KEY VOCABULARY: 飼(か)っていますto have (a pet); to own (a pet) 里親(さとおや) foster parent; caretaker (pets) 動物病院(どうぶつびょういん) animal hospital 避妊手術(ひにんしゅじゅつ) sterilization (operation) 猫派(ねこは) cat person; cat lover [派 (faction; party; camp; group; sect)] 犬派(いぬは) dog person; dog lover 表(おもて) front (side); public face 裏(うら) back (side); hidden side ツンデレ hot-cold personality type 甘(あま)やかす to pamper; to indulge (someone) For upper beginners to intermediates....

Duration:00:03:56

Nihongo no Tane 71 無くすとわかる大切なもの Important things you learn when you lose something | Japanese Immersion podcast

1/31/2022
Catching a cold isn't fun, but it gave Yumi a chance to think about what's important. Too often we only appreciate the good things in life when they are gone. KEY VOCABULARY: 無(な)くすとわかる understand (something) if (you) lose it 大切(たいせつ)なもの something important 前回(ぜんかい) last time 夢(ゆめ)が叶(かな)った dream came true 風邪(かぜ)をひきました caught a cold 健康(けんこう)の大切(たいせつ)さ importance of good health 当たり前(まえ) obvious; to be expected For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and...

Duration:00:03:19

Nihongo no Tane 70 幸せとは What is Happiness? | Japanese Immersion podcast

1/24/2022
What is happiness? It may sound like Yumi is waxing philosophical in today's episode, but she actually gives a rather concrete definition. What do you think? When are you the happiest? KEY VOCABULARY: 幸(しあわ)せ happiness 定義(ていぎ) definition 状態(じょうたい) condition; state; situation; circumstance 実現(じつげん) actualization; realization コツコツと steadily; laboriously 節約(せつやく) economizing; cutting back 貯金(ちょきん) saving money; putting money aside 夢(ゆめ)が叶(かな)った dream came true For upper beginners to...

Duration:00:03:31

Nihongo no Tane 69 映画と我慢 Movies and Self-Restraint | Japanese Immersion podcast

1/16/2022
Yumi went to the movies for the first time in a long time. This event made her think about how different cultures react to stimuli. This leads to a discussion on 我慢 (gaman, perseverance, endurance, bearing something) which is a very Japanese thing to do. For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/ Take a quiz on this episode...

Duration:00:03:31

Nihongo no Tane 68 新年の抱負New Year’s Resolution | Japanese Immersion podcast

1/9/2022
Yumi thinks back on her New Year's resolution (新年の抱負 shinnen no houfu) from last year. She kept at it admirably… for exactly one day. This year, she shares advice she heard that might make keeping resolutions better. Just keep moving forward. One step at a time. One kanji or vocabulary word at a time. For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/ Take a quiz on...

Duration:00:04:20

Nihongo no Tane 67 あけましておめでとうございます Happy New Year! | Japanese Immersion podcast

1/2/2022
あけましておめでとうございます! Yumi wanted to give a short New Year's message instead of her normal, longer talks. We deeply appreciate every one of our listeners. 日本語(にほんご)の種(たね)を今年(ことし)もどうぞよろしくお願(ねが)い申(もう)し上(あ)げます。Please continue listening this year also. Listen to the podcast and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage: https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-67 あけましておめでとうございます Happy New Year! For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the...

Duration:00:02:03