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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.MakotoPlus.com read less

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Nihongo no Tane 114 ピーカンナッツと栗 Pecans and Chestnuts | Japanese Immersion podcast
3d ago
Nihongo no Tane 114 ピーカンナッツと栗 Pecans and Chestnuts | Japanese Immersion podcast
Yumi has a problem. The three large pecan trees in her backyard have produced tons of pecans. In this episode, she talks about what she’s doing with the pecans and then compares pecans to chestnuts in Japan.   KEY VOCABULARY: ピーカン pecan 我(わ)が家(や) my house 裏庭(うらにわ) backyard 地面(じめん) ground 食(く)い込(こ)む bite into; to dig into; to encroach 敷(し)き詰(つ)められた to be covered with 季節(きせつ)外(はず)れ unseasonal 殻(から) shell 作業(さぎょう) work 単純(たんじゅん) simple 無(む)になれる become free from thoughts 自生(じせい)する growing wild 農家(のうか) farmer 栽培(さいばい) cultivate 脂肪分(しぼうぶん) fat content 脂質(ししつ) fats 栗(くり) chestnuts 甘露煮(かんろに) candied (chestnuts) お菓子(かし) candy; sweets 縄文時代(じょうもんじだい) Jomon period (over 3000 years ago) 鬼皮(おにかわ) hard shell of a nut 渋皮(しぶかわ) inner skin of a chestnut 面倒(めんどう)くさい bothersome リス squirrel     For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 114 ピーカンナッツと栗 Pecans and Chestnuts | Japanese Immersion podcast
3d ago
Nihongo no Tane 114 ピーカンナッツと栗 Pecans and Chestnuts | Japanese Immersion podcast
Yumi has a problem. The three large pecan trees in her backyard have produced tons of pecans. In this episode, she talks about what she’s doing with the pecans and then compares pecans to chestnuts in Japan.   KEY VOCABULARY: ピーカン pecan 我(わ)が家(や) my house 裏庭(うらにわ) backyard 地面(じめん) ground 食(く)い込(こ)む bite into; to dig into; to encroach 敷(し)き詰(つ)められた to be covered with 季節(きせつ)外(はず)れ unseasonal 殻(から) shell 作業(さぎょう) work 単純(たんじゅん) simple 無(む)になれる become free from thoughts 自生(じせい)する growing wild 農家(のうか) farmer 栽培(さいばい) cultivate 脂肪分(しぼうぶん) fat content 脂質(ししつ) fats 栗(くり) chestnuts 甘露煮(かんろに) candied (chestnuts) お菓子(かし) candy; sweets 縄文時代(じょうもんじだい) Jomon period (over 3000 years ago) 鬼皮(おにかわ) hard shell of a nut 渋皮(しぶかわ) inner skin of a chestnut 面倒(めんどう)くさい bothersome リス squirrel     For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 113 黒柳徹子さん Kuroyanagi Tetsuko | Japanese Immersion podcast
Nov 28 2022
Nihongo no Tane 113 黒柳徹子さん Kuroyanagi Tetsuko | Japanese Immersion podcast
In this episode Yumi talks about Kuroyanagi Tetsuko, a longtime announcer and personality, and her secrets for living long and well.   KEY VOCABULARY: 義理(ぎり)のお母さん Mother-in-law 物忘(ものわす)れ forgetfulness 予防(よぼう) prevention 若々(わかわか)しく youthful 将来(しょうらい)に備(そな)えたい to prepare for the future 黒柳徹子(くろやなぎてつこ) Kuroyanagi Tetsuko (born August 9, 1933) 女優(じょゆう) actress 団子(だんご)  dango; dumpling 放送(ほうそう) broadcast テレビ業界(ぎょうかい) the TV industry クイズ番組(ばんぐみ) Quiz (TV) show 正解率(せいかいりつ) percentage of correct answers 司会者(しかいしゃ) host; MC; announcer 小説(しょうせつ) novel 勉強熱心(べんきょうねっしん) studious 興味(きょうみ)が湧(わ)いた become interested in ユニセフの親善大使(しんぜんたいし)  UNICEF Goodwill ambassador 認知症(にんちしょう) dementia; senility 上品(じょうひん) elegant 下品(げひん) vulger 影響(えいきょう) influence   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 110 家族バンド Family Band | Japanese Immersion podcast
Nov 7 2022
Nihongo no Tane 110 家族バンド Family Band | Japanese Immersion podcast
Yumi’s family band! It was one of her dreams and recently her family had a chance to perform. Listen as she tells us her thoughts on families coming together to perform.   KEY VOCABULARY: 弾(ひ)きます to play (stringed instrument such as piano or guitar) 中級(ちゅうきゅう)の初(はつ)め beginning of intermediate stage 音符(おんぷ) musical notes 伴奏(ばんそう) (musical) accompaniment 演奏(えんそう) (musical) performance 上手(うま)い下手(へた)  skillful or unskilled 素人(しろうと)の私(わたし) an amateur such as I am 長男(ちょうなん) eldest son 担当(たんとう)の人(ひと) person in charge 急遽(きゅうきょ) hurriedly; in a hurry いろいろ原因(げんいん) various causes 感動的(かんどうてき) impressive; moving 録音(ろくおん) audio recording 録画(ろくが) video recording 年(とし)を経(へ)るにしたがって as the years go by 成長(せいちょう) growth; becoming an adult 出番(でばん) one’s turn on stage; one’s shift     For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 109 綱引き Tug of War| Japanese Immersion podcast
Oct 31 2022
Nihongo no Tane 109 綱引き Tug of War| Japanese Immersion podcast
Fall is a great time for families to get together and have fun. In this episode, Yumi shares a little about a recent multi-family getogether. There was much talking, children playing, and then… someone brought out a rope for a game of tug-of-war.   KEY VOCABULARY: 遊(あそ)びに行(い)く to go visit (someone); to have fun with ちっちゃい子(こ)どもさん  a small child それぞれ思(おも)い思(おも)いに  as each one likes; as each one pleases しばらくすると a little later; after that 綱引(つなひき)き tug of war 力持(ちからも)ち strong person 小柄(こがら) small frame; small person 偶然(ぐうぜん)  coincidence; chance 相手(あいて)チ(ち)ーム(む) the other team; opponent’s team 隙(すき)  chance; opportunity; gap; break; interval 粘(ねば)り勝(が)ち  hard-fought win; winning through perseverance 体力(たいりょく)のある to have physical strength 持久力(じきゅうりょく)のある to have endurance; stamina ハの字(じ)  the “ha” character (shape) 運動靴(うんどうぐつ) athletic shoes 腕力(わんりょく) physical strength; arm strength 全日本(ぜんにほん) all Japan 運動会(うんどうかい) athletic meet; sports field day     For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 108 牧場に行きました I went to a farm | Japanese Immersion podcast
Oct 24 2022
Nihongo no Tane 108 牧場に行きました I went to a farm | Japanese Immersion podcast
Most years, Yumi takes her family to a nearby farm to experience cows, goats, fun outdoor activities, and homemade ice cream. Clay… didn’t do very well in the heat. Listen as Yumi talks about this year’s trip, and her thoughts on cows.   KEY VOCABULARY: 秋(あき) fall; autumn 牧場(ぼくじょう) farm 先日(せんじつ) the other day 同士(どうし) fellow (cousin); mutual 写真(しゃしん) photograph   インスタ映(ば)え looking good on Instagram メイン main (reason) 本物(ほんもの)の a real… の影響(えいきょう) the influence of 経営(けいえい)が苦(くる)しい  business is suffering 気分(きぶん)が悪(わる)い feel bad 滞在(たいざい)する to stay 牛肉(ぎゅうにく) beef 乳製品(にゅうせいひん) dairy products 牛革(ぎゅうかわ) cowhide 牛(ぎゅう)タン cow tongue 焼(や)き肉(にく) grilled meat 悪趣味(あくしゅみ) bad taste ぽつぽつと斑点(はんてん)  spots and specks 模様(もよう) pattern 手作(てづく)りのアイスクリーム handmade 産地直送(さんちちょくそう) direct from the farm fresh 大満足(だいまんぞく) deeply satisfied   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 107 秋の味覚がいっぱい Full of autumn flavors | Japanese Immersion podcast
Oct 18 2022
Nihongo no Tane 107 秋の味覚がいっぱい Full of autumn flavors | Japanese Immersion podcast
The taste of fall has come and Yumi shares her thoughts about what this time of the year means in Japan. For more fun autumn words, please see our new lesson page here:   KEY VOCABULARY: 秋(あき) fall; autumn 特(とく)に especially 大喜(おおよろこ)び great joy 南部(なんぶ) southern part 秋(あき)らしく飾(かざ)ります fall decor 実(み) fruit 柔(やわ)らかく  soft 涼(すず)しい cool 苦手(にがて) not good at 玄関(げんかん) entrance (of a house) に比(くら)べる compared to 繊維質(せんいしつ) dietary fiber 砂糖(さとう) sugar 代表的(だいひょうてき) representative of 一方(いっぽう) on one hand 煮(に) boil 蒸(むし) steam 大好物(だいこうぶつ) favorite thing 味覚(みかく)の秋(あき)  autumn of taste 食欲(しょくよく)の秋(あき) autumn of appetite さつまいも sweet potato 柿(かき) persimmon 栗(くり) chestnut ギンナン ginkgo nut カツオ skipjack tuna; bonito 秋刀魚(さんま) mackerel pike (fish) 数(かぞ)え切(き)れない countless 一択(いったく) singular choice; only choice   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 106 台風とハリケーン Typhoons and Hurricanes | Japanese Immersion podcast
Oct 10 2022
Nihongo no Tane 106 台風とハリケーン Typhoons and Hurricanes | Japanese Immersion podcast
Hurricanes and typhoons. Not much fun, but both Japan and where Yumi currently lives, Florida, experience them annually. Japan not only has typhoons but other natural disasters— particularly earthquakes. Therefore, Yumi reasons, Japanese people tend to have a higher sense of crisis and therefore make tons of preparations. Listen as she compares Japan and Florida’s preparations for bad weather.   KEY VOCABULARY: 台風(たいふう)とハリケーン typhoons and hurricanes 同(おな)じもの same thing 気象現象(きしょうげんしょう) weather phenomena 熱帯(ねったい) tropics 低気圧(ていきあつ) low (atmospheric) pressure; low-pressure system 毎年(まいとし) every year 大型(おおがた) large-scale 中部(ちゅうぶ) central region 北中部(ほくちゅうぶ) north central 直撃(ちょくげき) direct hit 被害(ひがい) damage 食料(しょくりょう) foodstuffs; food 戦々恐々(せんせんきょうきょう) trembling with fear; filled with trepidation やや強(つよ)かった somewhat strong; a little strong ホッとしました to feel relieved 9月中旬(がつちゅうじゅん) middle of September ドキドキ heart beating fast; thrilled; scared によると according to 一安心(ひとあんしん) feeling of relief; peace of mind 海岸(かいがん) coast; beach 川岸(かわぎし) riverbank 護岸工事(ごがんこうじ) levee protection works 建設(けんせつ) construction テトラポット concrete breakwater objects that look like large jacks off the coast in Japan 堤防(ていぼう) embankment; levee 自然(しぜん)のまま natural; as nature intended   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 105 乾燥機の穴そうじ その2  Cleaning the Dryer’s Vent Part 2 | Japanese Immersion podcast
Oct 3 2022
Nihongo no Tane 105 乾燥機の穴そうじ その2 Cleaning the Dryer’s Vent Part 2 | Japanese Immersion podcast
The exciting conclusion of Yumi’s “cleaning the dryer vent” two-part series. Okay, maybe not too exciting, but there are a number of useful vocabulary words (see below), and she ends with a lesson how this relates to learning Japanese.   KEY VOCABULARY: 詰(つ)まっている clogged 乾燥機(かんそうき) dryer 穴(あな) hole 私自身(わたしじしん) myself 直(なお)したい want to fix ホームセンター DIY store; home improvement store 業務用(ぎょうむよう) industrial use 大型掃除機(おおがたそうじき) large-sized vacuum cleaner 馬力(ばりき) horse power 吸(す)い込(こ)む to suck up; to inhale; to breathe in 節約(せつやく) economizing; saving money 無駄(むだ) waste; no use; pointlessness 一切(いっさい)ありません none whatsoever; not at all 真空(しんくう) vacuum 隙間(すきま) crack; opening; gap 一旦(いったん) once; for a moment; temporarily 真(ま)っ黒(くろ)い pitch black 空気(くうき)が通(とお)っている air is flowing through 通常通(つうじょうどお)り as usual; as normal   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 104 乾燥機の穴そうじ その1  Cleaning the Dryer’s Vent Part 1 | Japanese Immersion podcast
Sep 26 2022
Nihongo no Tane 104 乾燥機の穴そうじ その1 Cleaning the Dryer’s Vent Part 1 | Japanese Immersion podcast
Yumi is a do-it-yourselfer. With the help of YouTube, she has learned how to fix quite a few things around the house. But this time, it was a big challenge. The dryer’s vent going outside was clogged and the length and angle of the vent made reaching the clog very difficult. Listen as she describes the challenge.   KEY VOCABULARY: 乾燥機(かんそうき) dryer 調子(ちょうし)が悪(わる)い in bad shape; not doing well; out of condition 洗濯物(せんたくもの) laundry; the washing 乾(かわ)かす to dry 一般的(いっぱんてき) general 生乾(なまがわ)き half-dried 湿(しめ)ってる damp; moist; wet 点滅(てんめつ) flashing; blinking 説明書(せつめいしょ) manual; printed instructions 熱風(ねっぷう) hot air 詰(つ)まっている clogged 空気(くうき) air 火事(かじ) fire 危険性(きけんせい)がある hazardous; risky 検索(けんさく) search 距離(きょり) distance 謳(うた)い文句(もんく)  promotional line; catchphrase; slogan; advertised claim 素人(しろうと) amateur   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 103 息子君 A Friend’s Son | Japanese Immersion podcast
Sep 18 2022
Nihongo no Tane 103 息子君 A Friend’s Son | Japanese Immersion podcast
Last week, a friend of ours brought his son over to talk about Japan. This young man really wants to move to Japan. Yumi felt a little nostalgic after the meeting. His strong desire to learn Japanese and live in Japan reminded her of her husband Clay when he was younger. Today, she tells a little more about this son and the challenges he has to overcome.   KEY VOCABULARY: 前回(ぜんかい) last time; last episode 息子(むすこ)くん (other person’s) son 我(わ)が家(や) my home; our house 遊(あそ)びに来(き)た came to visit 若者(わかもの) young man 憧(あこが)れている  longing for; admiring; attracted by 田舎町(いなかまち) small town; country small town 同(おな)じ年頃(としごろ) about the same age あっという間(ま)に in no time 話(はな)し相手(あいて) conversation partner; someone to talk to 文化(ぶんか)に浸(ひた)りたい to want to be immersed in (Japanese) culture 軍隊(ぐんたい) military 眼科(がんか)の先生(せんせい)  Ophthalmologist; eye doctor 基地(きち) (military) base ポロリ(ぽろり)と漏(も)らした let slip 宣言(せんげん) declaration   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 102 地下鉄サリン事件 Tokyo Subway Sarin Attack | Japanese Immersion podcast
Sep 11 2022
Nihongo no Tane 102 地下鉄サリン事件 Tokyo Subway Sarin Attack | Japanese Immersion podcast
Japan is a very safe country. It is also very clean. There isn’t much garbage on the streets as you might see in other countries. However, there aren’t many public garbage cans. Listen as Yumi explains the connection between the lack of garbage cans and public safety.   KEY VOCABULARY: 先日(せんじつ) the other day 我(わ)が家(いえ) our house; our family 長年(ながねん)の友達(ともだち) long-time friend 息子(むすこ)さん (his) son; someone else’s son 遊(あそ)びに来(き)ました came over; came to visit 一生懸命(いっしょうけんめい) with utmost effort 文化(ぶんか)や歴史(れきし) culture or history 禅(ぜん) Zen Buddhism 話題(わだい)になった became a topic of conversation テロを防(ふせ)ぐため in order to prevent terrorism 即答(そくとう)  immediate reply 地下鉄(ちかてつ)サリン事件(じけん) Tokyo subway sarin gas attck オウム真理教(しんりきょう)  Aum Shinrikyo  doomsday cult that mixed elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, and end time Christian beliefs 宗教団体(しゅうきょうだんたい)  religious group 毒(どく)ガス poisonous gas 一切(いっさい)なくなりました completely disappeared; all gone 不思議(ふしぎ)な国(くに) strange country 殺人事件(さつじんじけん) murder incidents 凶悪犯罪(きょうあくはんざい) atrocious crimes 例(れい)がない unprecedented 安倍元総理大臣(あべもとそうりだいじん) Former Prime Minister Abe 手作(てづく)りの銃(じゅう) handmade gun 記憶(きおく)に新(あたら)しいところです  fresh on one’s mind; fresh in one’s memory 違法(いほう) illegal 猟師(りょうし)さん hunter 手先(てさき)が器用(きよう)な skillful; dexterous with one’s hands   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 101 101回目のプロポーズ The 101st Proposal | Japanese Immersion podcast
Sep 5 2022
Nihongo no Tane 101 101回目のプロポーズ The 101st Proposal | Japanese Immersion podcast
The 101st episode. Today, Yumi shares some details and trivia about a 1991 hit TV drama called The 101st Proposal starring Takeda Tetsuya and Asano Atsuko.   KEY VOCABULARY: 101回目(かいめ) 101st time 101回目(かいめ)のプロポーズ 101st Proposal (1991 Fuji TV drama) 平成(へいせい)3年(ねん) Heisei 3; 1991 フジテレビ Fuji TV (TV Station) 放送(ほうそう)された was broadcast 武田鉄矢(たけだてつや) Takeda Tetsuya [Japanese folk singer and actor; he has a weekly podcast called 今朝の三枚おろし (This Morning’s Three Cuts) where he shares interesting tidbits from some book he’s recently read. The topics vary widely, but it is always interesting. He has a deep knowledge in a wide variety of topics. Recommended for intermediates and above.] 浅野温子(あさのあつこ) Asano Atsuko [Actress] 最終回(さいしゅうかい) final episode (of a TV program) 視聴率(しちょうりつ) viewing rate; ratings (of a TV program) リメイク remake チェロ奏者(そうしゃ) Cellist お見合(みあ)い a formal marriage interview [often set up by matchmakers] 冴(さ)えないおじさん dull older man; unattractive older man 結婚式当日(けっこんしきとうじつ) the day of (her) wedding ひたむきに dedicated; single mindedly; earnestly ダンプカー dump truck 僕(ぼく)は死(し)にません I won’t die 美女(びじょ)と野獣(やじゅう) Beauty and the Beast 交通(こうつう)マナー traffic manners; traffic etiquette 台本(だいほん) script 流行語(りゅうこうご) buzzword; vogue word; popular phrase   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 100 百回 100 Times| Japanese Immersion podcast
Aug 29 2022
Nihongo no Tane 100 百回 100 Times| Japanese Immersion podcast
100th episode. Yumi started this podcast exactly two years ago and is now on her 100th episode. Today, Yumi talks about several interesting Japanese phrases that include the word 百【ひゃく】 (hundred). Also, to celebrate the 100th episode, Makoto+ members not only get a full transcript, but we also created an Anki flashcard deck with dozens of key vocabulary words heard in today’s podcast. Not only that, each card has a sound file. Listen, learn, and repeat with Yumi!   KEY VOCABULARY: 百回(ひゃっかい)目(め) the 100th time たどり着(つ)く to arrive at (after a struggle); to finally reach 百貨店(ひゃっかてん)  department store   百獣(ひゃくじゅう)の王(おう) King of a hundred beasts (lion) 種類(しゅるい) variety; sort; kind という意味(いみ) such a meaning 百戦錬磨(ひゃくせんれんま) veteran; battle-worn; rich in experience 経験(けいけん)を積(つ)む to gain experience; to accumulate experiences   戦(たたか)い fight; battle; struggle 鍛(きた)える to forge; to drill; to train; to discipline 百花繚乱(ひゃっかりょうらん) a gathering of many talented people; gathering of many beautiful women; simultaneous emergence of many talents and achievements         乱(みだ)れる to be disordered; to be disarrayed; to be upset; to be confused; to lapse into chaos 能力(のうりょく)がある人(ひと) a person with ability 優(すぐ)れた人物(じんぶつ)  an outstanding person; person of distinction 同(おな)じ時期(じき)に at the same time 活躍(かつやく)する to be active; to flourish; to participate actively 百回(ひゃっかい)を迎(むか)える to reach 100 times; to welcome the 100th time 私(わたし)の気持(きも)ち my feelings 紹介(しょうかい)します to introduce; (I) will introduce 続(つづ)く to continue 受験勉強(じゅけんべんきょう) studying for a test; studying for school entrance exams 諦(あきら)めないで don’t give up 最後(さいご)まで until the end 試(し)験(けん) test こうやって in this way; like this ~気(き)がします I have a feeling that~ 見(み)たことある (I’ve) seen it before 穴(あな)を掘(ほ)る to dig a hole あともう一息(ひといき) just a little more [literally, after one more breath] 宝物(たからもの)に届(とど)く to reach the treasure 隣(となり) next to; next door; neighbor 同(おな)じように in the same way 諦(あきら)めずに without giving up 最後(さいご)まで until the end 手(て)に入(い)れる to obtain; to procure; to get a hold of 気持(きも)ちはわかります (I) understand the feeling 辿(たど)り着(つ)く to arrive at (after a struggle); to finally reach; to find one’s way to ~を目指(めざ)して aiming for ~   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 99 掃除と神様 Cleaning and the Gods| Japanese Immersion podcast
Aug 22 2022
Nihongo no Tane 99 掃除と神様 Cleaning and the Gods| Japanese Immersion podcast
Yumi has been on a cleaning kick. She’s always been tidy, but recently, she’s gotten serious about it. Japan has very clean streets despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that there are few public trash cans. Is there some connection with Japanese history and mythology to explain this?   KEY VOCABULARY: 掃除(そうじ) cleaning ピカピカ  with a glitter; with a sparkle; shiny and new 磨(みが)いています polishing; shining 主婦(しゅふ) housewife; homemaker 言葉(ことば)に触発(しょくはつ)されて  inspired by words [言葉 (words) に (by) 触発 (triggering; inspiring) されて (passive)] 管理(かんり) control; management 整理(せいり) sorting; arrangement; putting in order 真剣(しんけん)に earnestly; in earnest 隙間(すきま)  crevice; crack; gap 面倒(めんどう)くさい bothersome; tiresome 綿棒(めんぼう) cotton swab 竹串(たけぐし) bamboo skewer 神道(しんとう) Shinto 境内(けいだい) grounds (of shrine); compound 神話(しんわ) mythology; legend 日本(にほん)の国旗(こっき) Japanese flag 清潔(せいけつ) cleanliness; hygienic   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 98 オノマトペ4 Onomatopoeia Part 4| Japanese Immersion podcast
Aug 15 2022
Nihongo no Tane 98 オノマトペ4 Onomatopoeia Part 4| Japanese Immersion podcast
Yumi continues her discussion on onomatopoeia in Japanese. Japanese use sound words and mimetic words far more frequently than in English. Learning how to use these words well will help improve your fluency.   KEY VOCABULARY: オノマトペ onomatopoeia ごちゃごちゃ messy; confused; chaotic 整理(せいり)されていない  not organized 状態(じょうたい) condition; state of things ペコペコ very hungry; starving ペラペラ fluent (speaking foreign languages); incessantly (speaking) 流暢(りゅうちょう)に fluent; flowing ゴロゴロする  roll about; idling about; thundering; purring ガタンゴトン clickety-clack 終点(しゅうてん) terminus; last stop (train) 川上(かわかみ) upstream ドンブラコドンブラコ effect of tumbling クンクン effect of sniffing ドドドド sound of something heavy moving rapidly グラグラ  wobbling; shaking; unsteadily ピキピキ snapping 豊富(ほうふ)に abundantly 身近(みぢか)に near at hand; near oneself   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 96 オノマトペ2 Onomatopoeia Part 2| Japanese Immersion podcast
Aug 1 2022
Nihongo no Tane 96 オノマトペ2 Onomatopoeia Part 2| Japanese Immersion podcast
Yumi continues her discussion on onomatopoeia in Japanese. Japanese use sound words and mimetic words far more frequently than in English. Learning how to use these words well will help improve your fluency.   KEY VOCABULARY: オノマトペ onomatopoeia 擬音語(ぎおんご)  sound word onomatopoeia 擬態語(ぎたいご) mimetic word 音(おと)を真似(まね) imitating sounds ぴかぴか光(ひか)るto sparkle; to glitter; to twinkle ギラギラ glaringly; dazzlingly バキーっ  boom ドカーン boom ドドド b.b.boom 迫力(はくりょく)が出(で)ます show power; have strength ドキドキする to be excited; to be nervous わくわく to be excited にやにや笑(わら)う to smirk ニコニコ smile キリキリと痛(いた)みます sharp pain チクチク痛(いた)い prickling pain 頭(あたま)がズキズキする throbbing headache 脈(みゃく) pulse ガンガン痛(いた)い pounding pain 万(まん)が一(いち)  just in case; in the unlikely event ふわふわ fluffy; lightly floating ぷにぷに fluffy; squishy; bouncy ぷるぷる soft and fluffy; jiggling; wobbling   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com
Nihongo no Tane 95 オノマトペ Onomatopoeia Part 1| Japanese Immersion podcast
Jul 25 2022
Nihongo no Tane 95 オノマトペ Onomatopoeia Part 1| Japanese Immersion podcast
Yumi is surprised by Clay’s usage of onomatopoeia. “Just as a Japanese person would say,” she thought. Onomatopoeia is used much more often in Japanese than we would in English. Yumi is convinced learning to use onomatopoeia correctly and in natural situations will greatly improve your Japanese conversation.   KEY VOCABULARY: オノマトペ onomatopoeia よっぽど to a large extent; greatly 日本人(にほんじん)らしい like a Japanese person ぐうぐう寝(ね)てる fast asleep; sleeping soundly すやすや寝(ね)る to sleep like a baby; sleeping peacefully 雰囲気(ふんいき) atmosphere; mood ズンズン前(まえ)に進(すす)む to boldly move forward; to steadily make progress どんどん食(た)べてください please keep eating; please continue to enjoy your food 擬音語(ぎおんご) onomatopoeic word; word that mimics a sound 擬態語(ぎたいご) mimetic word; word that mimics an action, condition, or manner that does not make a sound ゲラゲラ笑(わら)う to guffaw; to roar with laughter シクシク泣(な)いている to softly cry; to weep; to sob ポロポロ泣(な)いている to wail; to cry with large drops of tears きらきら光(ひか)る sparkling light カチカチ clattering; knocking; clacking 雨(あめ)がザーザー降(ふ)っている raining heavily   For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: a quiz on this episode here: you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing: a Makoto+ member and get show notes with a complete transcript, translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF. www.MakotoPlus.com