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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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明日(あす)は雪(ゆき)が降(ふ)るかもしれません。 tomorrow | as for | snow | (marker) | fall | might It may snow tomorrow. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-101 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with complete vocabulary and grammar …
 
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 ove…
 
ドアにカギをかけておいた。 door | (in)to | lock | (direct object) | set I locked the door. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-100 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with complete vocabulary and grammar breakdowns as well as …
 
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…
 
その部屋(へや)には、テレビが置(お)いてある。 that | room | in | as for | TV | (subject/object marker) | placed and | state of existence In that room, there is a TV. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-99 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show…
 
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 …
 
社長(しゃちょう)が来(き)てから、会議(かいぎ)を始(はじ)めましょう。 company president | (marker of the actor) | come and | after | meeting | (direct object marker) | let’s begin Let's start the meeting when the president arrives. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-98 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podc…
 
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 vocab…
 
彼女(かのじょ)は、女優(じょゆう)さんみたいです。 she | as for | actress (honorific) | looks like | is She looks like an actress. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-97 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with complete vocabulary and gr…
 
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 …
 
この辞書(じしょ)は使(つか)いにくいです。 this | dictionary | as for | use | hard to | is This dictionary is hard to use. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-96 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with complete vocabulary and gramma…
 
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 …
 
この辞書(じしょ)は使(つか)いやすいです。 kono jisho wa tsukai yasui desu. this | dictionary | as for | use | easy to | is This dictionary is easy to use. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-95 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes wi…
 
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 日本人(にほんじん)らしく話(はなし)せる to be able to speak like a Japanese 汗(あせ)をかいた to sweat さっぱり refreshed 含(ふく)まれます inclu…
 
この映画(えいが)は面白(おもしろ)いし、アクションもすごいし、ぜひ見(み)てください。 kono eiga wa omoshiroi shi, akushon mo sugoi shi, zehi mite kudasai. this | movie | as for (topic marker) | interesting | and | action | also | great | by all means | please watch This movie is fun, and the action is great too. Please watch it. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases…
 
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…
 
この本(ほん)を読(よん)でみます。 kono hon o yonde mimasu. this | book | (direct object marker) | try to read I will try to read this book. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-93 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with complete…
 
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 …
 
もっと日本語(にほんご)を勉強(べんきょう)してみます。 motto nihongo o benkyou shite mimasu. more | Japanese language | (direct object marker) | study and | try I will try to study more Japanese. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-92 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Ma…
 
Today, Yumi looks at a few ways to help prevent dementia. Good news! By listening to this podcast, you are already doing one very powerful thing. KEY VOCABULARY: 認知症(にんちしょう) dementia; senility; cognitive impairment 認知症予防(にんちしょうよぼう) dementia prevention 言(い)い方(かた) way of saying; term アルツハイマー型認知症(がたにんちしょう) Alzheimer's disease 症状(しょうじょう) symptoms 開口一番(…
 
その女(おんな)の子(こ)は、子(こ)どもの頃(ころ)、とてもかわいかったです。 sono onna no ko wa, kodomo no koro, totemo kawaikatta desu. that | girl | as for | as a child | very | was cute That girl was very cute when she was a child. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-91 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podca…
 
We spend so much time behind our computer screens, so it is nice to, once-in-a-while, actually meet people. Today, Yumi shares a meeting with a Makoto+ member who happened to be in town. It was a lot of fun and helped motivate Yumi to keep on doing what she's doing. KEY VOCABULARY: わざわざ taking the trouble (to do something) 海(うみ)を越(こ)えて crossing the…
 
あの人(ひと)は、友達(ともだち)のお父(とう)さんで、アメリカ人(じん)です。 ano hito wa, tomodachi no otousan de, amerikajin desu. that | person | as for | friend | 's / of | father | is and | American person | is That person is my friend's father and he is an American. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-90 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage…
 
A Makoto+ member had a question for Yumi. "Why are Diet members (Japanese parliament) called "kun" when "kun" is mostly for little boys?" Good question. Listen as Yumi delves into the fascinating history behind this common honorific title. KEY VOCABULARY: 子供(こども)の頃(ころ) when I was a kid; childhood そういう感(かん)じ such a feeling; that's how (I) feel 新聞社(し…
 
ここには、アメリカ人(じん)が一人(ひとり)います。 koko ni wa, amerika jin ga hitori imasu. here | at | as for | American person | (subject marker) | one person | exists There's one American here. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-89 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a…
 
Yumi continues to talk about counters in Japanese. This series started due to a question from a listener about how to count Godzilla. Then, she talked about rabbits (which uses 一羽 ichiwa -- just like birds). This time, she turns her attention to fish. Fish in general are easy to count. But… of course, it isn't that simple in the real world. KEY VOC…
 
昨日(きのう)は、映画(えいが)を見(み)に行(い)きました。 kinou wa, eiga o mi ni ikimashita. yesterday – as for – movie – (direct object marker) – to see – for the purpose of - went Yesterday, I went to see a movie. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-88 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-vi…
 
Yumi continues counting in Japanese. Last time, she discussed how to count Godzilla (is it 一匹 ippiki or 一頭 ittou?). This week, she turns her attention to the interesting counter for rabbits. Is it 一匹 ippiki? Nope. It's 一羽 ichiwa -- just like birds. Why? Listen as Yumi gives two possible etymologies. KEY VOCABULARY: 数(かぞ)え方(かた) way of counting 頭(とう)…
 
掃除(そうじ)をしたので、部屋(へや)がきれいになりました。 souji o shita node, heya ga kirei ni narimashita. cleaning – (direct object marker) – did – therefore – room – (subject marker) – beautifully – became I cleaned up, and now my room is clean. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-87 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning…
 
In the original Godzilla movie from 1954, the professor uses the counter 一匹 to count Godzilla. But isn't 匹 used with small animals? Shouldn't Godzilla be counted as 一頭? This was a bit of a puzzle for Yumi too, so she researched the subject. Listen as Yumi explains what she discovered. KEY VOCABULARY: ゴジラ Godzilla [mix of ゴリラ (gorilla) and クジラ (whal…
 
恵(めぐみ)さんは、まだ起(お)きていません。 megumi san wa, mada okite imasen. Megumi – as for – not yet – not gotten up Megumi hasn't woken up yet. View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-86 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show notes with compl…
 
Japan has many wonderful things. The latest technology, tons of entertainment, low crime… but Japan also has one of the highest rates of suicide. Why is this so? Yumi talks about this difficult subject and gives a few of her thoughts about how to help prevent it. KEY VOCABULARY: 自殺率(じさつりつ) suicide rate 私自身(わたしじしん)は I, myself; as for me, I… 有名(ゆうめい)…
 
妻(つま)は、さいふを持(も)たないで、スーパーに買(か)い物(もの)に行(い)ってしまいました。 tsuma wa, saifu o motanaide, su-pa- ni kaimono ni itte shimaimashita. wife - as for – wallet/purse – (direct object marker) – didn't have and – supermarket – to – shopping – for the purpose of – went – (unfortunately) My wife went shopping at the supermarket without her purse. View this episode here…
 
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);…
 
隣(となり)に座(すわ)ってもいいですか? tonari ni suwatte mo ii desu ka? next – to – sitting – even – good – is – (question) Do you mind if I sit next to you? View this episode here: https://thejapanesepage.com/jphrases-ep-84 View all episodes here: https://thejapanesepage.com/beginning-japanese-phrases-podcast-and-videos/ -- Become a Makoto+ member and get show not…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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