ＨＥＬＬＯ！ Ｉ ＡＭ ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™！The robot computer friend of Kiki and Koko. However, I hope that I may become your helpful assisting in your studies in this segment. I welcome you to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online’s Japanese Word of the Week Wednesday! Though, this segment is still valid on days other than Wednesday, it is meant to break up the three day darkness with the light of a special mid-week segment. Whilst Monday and Friday are for full lessons and articles, this stands as a special time to sit back and absorb the knowledge. But, this is also the perfect time to be reminded of the many lessons you may have missed, or ones you may want to revise / review! Repetition is the key to learning. How do you memorise the lyrics to your favourite cartoon’s opening theme? How do you remember a string of numbers before you get a pen and paper to write them down? How do you remember the name of a law firm before a stakeout like Sagman, Bennett, Robbins, Oppenheim and Taft? It is repetition. And, I hope that by repeating this, you’ll memorise its importance.
Word of the Week is special in that you do not simply learn a Japanese word or phrase that I will pronounce for you personally, but you can absorb so many other morsels of knowledge. As I will create sentences, sometimes assisted by Kiki and/or Koko, you will be able to see how to use the given word. But, depending on the part of speech, you can learn different ways to use different words in sentences as well. You do not need to repeat after the sentences, as I am always reminded by Kiki and Koko not to overload the human mental processing unit, but it would be helpful to repeat after the initial vocabulary word.
The sentences give context to the different ways words are used, but everyone of every learning level can benefit from seeing sentences in three forms: one with romaji which can assist beginners in initial pronunciation before learning to read; hiragana, in order to learn the reading of the kanji; and its original form using kanji, hiragana,and katana.
This will include a Bonus Word of the Week due to the nature of the word.
We will also be joined again by Kiki and Koko with a Quick Culture Corner, who never seem to take this segment as a holiday from writing.
Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!
Word(s) of the Week:
1. university; college
Out-dated spelling:大學, daigaku
Bonus Word(s) of the Week:
1. (academic) degree; diploma
※Quick Culture Corner with Kiki+Koko
We’re Kiki and Koko from Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! And, we’re going to provide for you a Quick Culture Corner to help add some context to the word. Of course, these words don’t seem as though they need much explanation, however, there are some fun facts we’d like to present to you! Well… when we say facts, this is more of a general feeling or opinion which may not necessarily be held by every single person, but it’s sort of a cultural or popular opinion… Though, this is something we think that may be more interesting to American readers than British readers, or rather, people who are familiar with the views on the American universities that no one is really ‘taught’ per se, but it’s something that colours the views that you might not know if you’re not entrenched in the culture.
So, our quick but interesting ‘fact’ is about universities in Japan! To preface, in America, it’s a popular opinion that those who attend private, or privately funded, universities such as Stanford or Princeton are more prestigious than public, or publicly funded, universities. (We’re not entirely objectively or subjectively sure of their merits, we’ve just watched a lot of American telly for those to come to mind.) We’re not entirely sure of why this is in America, perhaps the connections held with the private universities to be streamlined into a job?
However, in Japan, national and public universities are held with more prestige than private universities. In jolly old UK, most universities are considered public, so it’s not much a contrast to Japan. But, the thought process may be that attending a small private entity will land you in a small private company which is somehow less prestigious. The more popular, the bigger the name, the more prestigious, it seems, rather than the more exclusive. That doesn’t mean that they take simply anyone, though. You have to pass the entrance examinations! Two if you’re entering a prestigious national or public university, the 大学入試センター試験, daigaku nyuushi sentaa shiken, National Centre Test for University Admissions; or simply: センター試験, sentaa shiken, and 二次試験, nijishiken, Secondary examination. Though, private universities only require one examination and it can be anything they decide is important, which might be where the differences in opinion begin.
Whether high school or university, entrance examinations can be very stressful and can feel like the turning point of a student in Japan’s life. But, for us, speaking strictly from our perspective, we say, learning is learning, do whatever fits your needs.
We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!
P.S.! If you want to know why there’s two spellings for 「大学」, you can take a quick look at this previous Word of the Week on 【学校】+【学期】where we touch on that topic~!
Thank you, Kiki and Koko! Now, we shall move on to the sentence portion of this segment. We hope these will help you in understanding ways to use these nouns.
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.
名門大学に 入りたいけど、まずは センター試験に 合格しなきゃ。
めいもんだいがくに はいりたいけど、まずは せんたーしけんに ごうかくしなきゃ。
meimon daigaku ni hairitai kedo, mazu wa sentaa shiken ni goukaku shinakya.
I wanna get into a prestigious university, but first, I gotta pass the centre exam.
これから 2年すると 大学で 天体物理学の 学位を 受けます。
これから にねんすると だいがくで てんたいぶつりがくの がくいを うけます。
korekara ninen suru to daigaku de tentaibutsurigaku no gakui wo ukemasu.
In the next two years, I’ll get my degree in astrophysics from university.
ゆうめいな ろっくすたーに なれて めいよがくいを とるだけつもり。
yuumeina rokku sutaa ni narete meiyogakui wo toru dake tsumori.
I’m just gonna become a famous rock star and get an honorary degree.
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