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For beginner to upper beginner learners of Japanese. Each episode presents a useful vocabulary word and an example sentence. Use shadowing, repetition, and sentence break-downs to fully understand the Japanese. Show notes can be found at https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/
 
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.MakotoPlus.com
 
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あのスーパーは、値段(ねだん)が高(たか)いです。 ano su-pa- wa, nedan ga takai desu. that – supermarket – as for – prices – (subject/object marker) – high - are That supermarket has high prices. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-83 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a …
 
Yumi was very careful to always keep a sharp eye out on her children when they were young. In the shortest of moments, the unthinkable can happen. Japan is a very safe country most of the time, but children are left unsupervised moreso than in other countries. Yumi wonders is it's time to rethink that. KEY VOCABULARY: 行方不明(ゆくえふめい) missing (person);…
 
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 simila…
 
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 tow…
 
私(わたし)の父(ちち)は、背(せ)が高(たか)いです。 watashi no chichi wa, se ga takai desu. my – father – as for – height/stature – tall - is My father is tall. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-82 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes …
 
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…
 
ゴミを捨(す)ててはいけません。 gomi o sutete wa ikemasen. trash – (direct object marker) – throw away – as for – not allowed Don't throw out the garbage. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-81 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show note…
 
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 …
 
ここでたばこを吸(す)ってはいけません。 koko de tabako o sutte wa ikemasen. here – at – cigarette – (direct object marker) – smoke – not allowed Smoking is not allowed here. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-80 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member an…
 
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…
 
うっかりミスをしちゃった。ごめんね。 ukkari misu o shichatta. gomen ne. careless – mistake – (direct object marker) – did. sorry – (softener) I made a careless mistake. I'm sorry. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-79 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ me…
 
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…
 
ダイエットしてるのに、おやつをいっぱい食(た)べちゃいます。 daietto shiteru noni, oyatsu o ippai tabechaimasu. diet – doing – even though – snacks – (direct object marker) – a lot – ate – (unfortunately) Even though I'm on a diet, I eat lots of snacks. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-78 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginni…
 
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(…
 
遊(あそ)んでないで、勉強(べんきょう)しなさい。 asonde naide, benkyou shinasai. playing – don't do – study – do Stop playing and get to studying View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-77 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with complete v…
 
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; s…
 
昨日(きのう)は、宿題(しゅくだい)をしないで寝(ね)てしまいました。 kinou wa, shukudai o shinaide nete shimaimashita. as for yesterday – homework – (direct object marker) – not do – sleeping – unfortunately completed Yesterday, I went to bed without doing my homework. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-76 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepag…
 
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/situat…
 
はしの使(つか)い方(かた)を教(おし)えてください。 hashi no tsukai kata o oshiete kudasai. chopsticks – 's / of – how to use – (direct object marker) – teach – please Please teach me how to use chopsticks. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-75 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -…
 
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 cri…
 
鍵(かぎ)がかけてあったのに、泥棒(どろぼう)に入(はい)られました。 kagi ga kakete atta noni, dorobou ni hairaremashita. lock – (subject marker) – engaged – even though – robber – by – was entered Even though it was locked, a thief broke in. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-74 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-ph…
 
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 …
 
あの人(ひと)が犯人(はんにん)かもしれません。 ano hito ga hannin kamo shiremasen. that – person – (subject marker) – criminal - might That guy might be the culprit. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-73 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show …
 
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 ca…
 
明日(あした)は、雨(あめ)が降(ふ)るかもしれません。 ashita wa, ame ga furu kamo shiremasen. as for tomorrow – rain – (subject marker) – fall - might It may rain tomorrow. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-72 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get s…
 
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) me…
 
あの人(ひと)がうそをつくはずがありません。 ano hito ga uso o tsuku hazu ga arimasen. that – person – (subject marker) – lie – tell – should – not be the case That person wouldn't tell a lie. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-71 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a M…
 
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…
 
バスは、もうすぐ来(く)るはずです。 basu wa, mou sugu kuru hazu desu. bus – as for – soon – come – ought to – be The bus should be here soon. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-70 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with complete…
 
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…
 
日本(にほん)のコンビニは、24時間(じかん)開(あ)いているはずです。 nihon no konbini wa, nijuuyo jikan 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 is "nijuu yo jikan" and not "nijuu yon jikan" View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-69 View all…
 
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…
 
ケンジ君(くん)は、アメリカ人(じん)かどうかわかりません。 kenji kun wa, amerika jin kadouka wakarimasen. Kenji – (title for younger boy) – as for – American – whether or not – (I) don't know I'm not sure if Kenji is an American or not. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-68 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phr…
 
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; laboriou…
 
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 comprehen…
 
「メアリー」という人(ひと)を知(し)っていますか? meari- toiu hito o shitte imasu ka? Mary – such a – person – knowing – (question marker) Do you know a person named Mary? View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-67 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get …
 
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…
 
「たま」という猫(ねこ)を飼(か)っています。 tama toiu neko o katte imasu. "tama" – called – cat – (direct object marker) - keeping I have a cat named Tama. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-66 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes wi…
 
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…
 
Party! Party! Recently, Yumi has gone to many parties. One party after another. In the US, many people hold parties and get-togethers at their house. In Japan, restaurants and karaoke boxes are more common. Listen to the podcast and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage: https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-66 パーティーパーティー Party! P…
 
あの会社(かいしゃ)は、従業員(じゅうぎょういん)が100人(にん)もいます。 ano kaisha wa, juugyouin ga hyakunin mo imasu. that – company – as for – employee – (subject marker) – 100 people – even - exists That company has a hundred employ View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-65 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-…
 
America is called the melting pot. You can met people from all sorts of places and experience many different cultures. Yumi thinks on her experiences and how they are similar or dissimilar to Japanese culture. Listen to the podcast and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage: https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-65 文化の違い Cultural D…
 
彼女(かのじょ)は、猫(ねこ)を7(なな)匹(ひき)も飼(か)っています。 kanojo wa, neko o nanahiki mo katte imasu. as for her – cat – (direct object marker) – seven (cats) – even - keeping She has seven cats even! View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-64 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- B…
 
Recently, Yumi took her family to see Atlanta's large aquarium. While normally very ケチ (cheap), on vacation, she enjoys spending money. Listen as she talks about her trip and future plans for traveling. Listen to the podcast and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage: https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-64 水族館 Aquarium For upper …
 
私(わたし)の父(ちち)は、NHKしか見(み)ません。 watashi no chichi wa, NHK shika mimasen. My - father - as for - NHK - only - won’t see My father only watches NHK. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-63 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show n…
 
Yumi went to that mystery dinner she mentioned a few episodes ago. Her part was a geisha and she went wearing a kimono. Listen to the podcast and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage: https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-63 着物その② Kimono Part 2 For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the …
 
私(わたし)は、猫(ねこ)を一匹(いっぴき)しか飼(か)っていません。 watashi wa neko o ippiki shika katte imasen. as for me, I – cat – (direct object marker) – one (animal) – only - have I only have one cat. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-62 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become…
 
What to do with wrinkled apples that no one wants to eat? Make dessert with it! Yumi didn't want to throw out the old apples so she searched for an easy but delicious recipe for apple pie. Which country has the easiest recipes do you think? Listen to the podcast and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage: https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-ni…
 
その考(かんが)え方(かた)には、賛成(さんせい)できません。 sono kangae kata niwa, sansei dekimasen. that | thinking | way of | as for | approve | (I) cannot I can't approve of that line of thinking. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-61 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a …
 
When it is a little cold, Yumi bundles up. She is pretty sensitive to the cold. But she has noticed other people both in America and elsewhere face the cold differently. Listen to the podcast and then take the quiz on the episode's webpage: https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-61 寒さ Coldness For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen…
 
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