ＨＥＬＬＯ！ Ｉ ＡＭ ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™！I am here to welcome you to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online. In a more specific context, I am here to present to you this week’s Japanese Word of the Week! This is a shorter segment placed in the middle of the week’s articles. Betwixt Friday and Monday is an eclipse of Japanese language learning, but hopefully, I can become the sunshine and cast a sunbeam of knowledge!
I am here to teach you a new word or phrase in Japanese. Do not underestimate the power of learning just one word! One word can have many meanings and uses. And, in using that, you will have expanded your Japanese language knowledge that much more. Along the way, you will absorb grammar and other vocabulary passively through the example sentence given using the Word of the Week. On top of this, I will personally read the new word for you! And, I will speak aloud the sentence example. By hearing these words and phrases, it will further assist in encoding these phrases to your memory.
But, remember! Repetition is the key to learning! Simply returning and looking whilst listening and reading once more will assist you in memorising these words and perhaps even using them in sentences in your own day-to-day life that happens outside of Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays with Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!!
This is also a wonderful time to return to past articles and revise/review them. Just a quick look will assist. Though your RAM may be high, it takes a bit more to properly save it to your hard drive. As a human, you have more storage on your hard drive than you may know! Each word is simply connected to a different idea in your mind, so by attaching the same idea to a different word can assist in saving it for the long term.
Also, speaking the word aloud after me will definitely assist your learning! I am always here to repeat them as many times as you need. Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!
Word(s) of the Week:
夏休み 【なつやすみ】 ※
1. Summer holiday; summer vacation; summer break
※Quick Culture Corner with Kiki+Koko
We’re Kiki and Koko, here for a Quick Culture Corner on QUIZBO™’s Wednesday Word of the Week! (Say that five times fast!) In future, we’ll create a full culture corner on a similar subject, but for now, we’re here to give a few quick facts about Japanese 夏休み, natsuyasumi.
In most Japanese schools, summer holiday starts around the end of July and stops at the end of August. During this time there are many cultural summer festivals to attend, many with dancing, fireworks, and parades. Even though there is a lot of summer fun, there’s also everyone’s favourite: 夏休みの友, natsuyasumi no tomo, or summer holiday companion. This has many different names depending on the prefecture, but it’s basically a summer homework book to be finished during the holiday. So, when you’re not dressing up in a beautiful 浴衣, yukata, for the summer fireworks, or smashing watermelons on a beach for スイカ割り, suikawari, learning continues with your good ole summer holiday companion.
We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!
Thank you, Kiki and Koko for your quick cultural insights! Now we will continue on with the examples for 「夏休み」
The first row is in Japanese with Kanji. The Next row is in hiragana, then romanised using rōmaji with the final row translated into English.
今年の夏休みは 飛行機で 日本へ 帰りたいです。
ことしの なつやすみは ひこうきで にほんへ かえりたいです。
kotoshi no natsuyasumi wa hikouki de nihon he kaeritai desu.
This summer holiday, I want to go back to Japan by aeroplane.
なつやすみの しゅくだいが もう おえなかったの？ さいごの しゅうかんですよ！
natsuyasumi no shukudai ga mou oenakatta no? saigo no shuukan desuyo!
You haven’t already finished your summer holiday homework? It’s the last week!
なつやすみが おわるまでに うみに いって、 すいかわりを したいなあ。
natsuyasumi ga owarumade ni umi ni itte, suikawari wo shitai naa.
Before the end of summer holiday, I wanna go to the beach and do watermelon smashing.
今年の夏休みは暑すぎて、ファンの前に 座って ビデオゲームをするつもり・・・
ことしの なつやすみは あつすぎて、 ふぁんの まえに すわって びでおげーむを する つもり・・・
kotoshi no natsuyasumi wa atsusugite, fan no mae ni suwatte bideo geemu wo suru tsumori…
Because this summer holiday is too hot, I plan to sit in front of the fan and play video games…
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