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[QUIZ] Basic Space Vocabulary| SIDE A || Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Japanese Language Learning Essentials

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皆様, こんにちにゃあぁ!Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, the one and only site this side of 天の川, ama no gawa, where you can learn Japanese from cat-like aliens  and a robot computer! But, what is 天の川, ama no gawa? If you were with us for our ‘Across the Universe‘ lesson, then you may recognise it! If you weren’t, then you should definitely go back and take a look at it because it’s going to be extremely useful to you in this. Of course, we could simply present you vocabulary words, but what good are they if you don’t remember them? Well, they’re entertaining, of course. This brings us to a bit of a point as well. When you’re out there, on your own, trying to communicate or understand Japanese language, you’ll need everything from your trusty Japanese Language Survival Kit! You’ll also need to know how to wield these tools. But, maybe, you’re very new to Japanese and you’re only looking for the most basic of basic phrases to learn. Of course, it’s enough to get by, but we also want to provide for you something that is also essential: fun!

Though there’s the necessities, it’s important to learn at least a few fun vocabulary topics along the way. Sprinkling a little stardust on your skills and broadening your vocabulary can make learning a little more interesting. Think of a conversation that only included the essentials, it may save your Japanese-speaking life, but what kind of Japanese-speaking life would you have without a little spark of entertaining extras! Vocabulary treats, if you will. Though we provide you with important Japanese language sustenance, freeze-dried or otherwise, we’re trying to introduce the value of fun treats early-on. Think of your own childhood conversations and things even young people would point at and identify. Even if you’re only here for quick essentials, we still think you’ll find these to be oddly essential words you’ll find day-to-day. And, if you’re in this for the long-haul, ready to trek through Japanese language and culture, truly surviving and thriving, you’ll know the great merit to vocabulary like this. For generations, humans and creatures have looked up at the stars, and now.. you’ll be tested on whether you can identify some words you’d use whilst looking into the night sky.

That’s right! It’s time to put your astronomical and space vocabulary to the test! Since there were so many, we’re going to only test you on each set. It would be quite a few vocabulary words to focus on in one go, and we wouldn’t want to overwhelm you. Besides, there are other quizzes you could go back to so that even if you’re reaching for the stars, you can still stay grounded and keep your knowledge fresh and toasty.

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[Quiz] Basic Space Vocabulary |
[クイズ] 基本的な宇宙の単語

Have a go at these basic space vocabulary words we introduced in our ‘Across the Universe‘ lesson, (Tape 1, Side A). Select the correct Japanese word and try your best to get as many correct as possible! But, if you get some incorrect, no worries. You can simply refresh and use it as a revision/study tool. Let’s put your skills to the test! Let’s NihonGO!!

 


If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to say we’re in the same galaxy. But what galaxy is that? If you receive a strange message from space asking you what galaxy you’re from, you can tell them it’s the ‘Milky Way’… But, how do you say「Milky Way in Japanese? Hint: It translates as ‘River of Heaven’ 
天の川【あまのがわ】ama no gawa 
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!! 天の川出身です。
あまのがわ しゅっしんです。
ama no gawa shusshin desu.
I’m from the Milky Way.
宇宙飛行士【うちゅうひこうし】uchuuhikoushi   
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…!  
銀河【ぎんが】ginga  
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
ロケット【ろけっと】 roketto 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!

Space, the final frontier, but not the final vocabulary word. How do you say 「space」or 「universe」in Japanese?
 宇宙【うちゅう】 uchuu 
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!!
一緒に 宇宙へ 行きましょう!
いっしょに うちゅうへ いきましょう!
issho ni uchuu he ikimashou!
Let’s go to space together!
(learn more about particles に and へ)
星【ほし】hoshi  
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…!  
小惑星【しょうわくせい】 shouwakusei 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
宇宙飛行士【うちゅうひこうし】uchuuhikoushi   
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…!  

Hurtling through the void, these misunderstood rocks may have been overzealous, trying to make contact with Earth from time to time. But, Earth likes their space in space. Maybe if we ask it in Japanese, it won’t try to whack into Earth’s personal space. How do you say「asteroid in Japanese? 
小惑星【しょうわくせい】 shouwakusei 
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!! 小惑星、地球ちゃんに近づくな!
しょうわくせい、ちきゅうちゃんにちづくな!
shouwakusei, chikyuuchan ni chidzukuna!
Asteroid, stay away from Earth-chan!!
(If backpack girl and the monkey have taught us anything, it’s that this works.)
星【ほし】hoshi 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…!  
惑星【わくせい】wakusei
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!  
宇宙人【うちゅうじん】uchuujin
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!  

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was a war in space… and they called it… Samsung Galaxy. But, if you look up to a galaxy oddly close, with a telescope, you may be able to locate the Andromeda galaxy! Maybe, you’ll discover a new one? If you’re with your astronomer friends that speak Japanese, you’ll have to be able to point and tell your findings. How do you say「galaxy in Japanese? 
銀河【ぎんが】ginga
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!! 銀河を 見ました
ぎんがを みました!
ginga wo mimashita!
I saw a galaxy!
小惑星【しょうわくせい】 shouwakusei 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
宇宙飛行士【うちゅうひこうし】uchuuhikoushi   
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…!  
宇宙【うちゅう】 uchuu
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 

Have you ever wanted to go to space? With years of education and training, a selected few go on to become astronauts. Maybe you’ll meet an alien? Or just grow space plants and see the effects of zero gravity on potatoes. Either way, it sounds fun, and maybe you’ll want to tell your friends your occupation. What is「astronautor 「cosmonaut」 in Japanese? 
宇宙飛行士【うちゅうひこうし】uchuuhikoushi   
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!! 宇宙飛行士は スマホ―で 宇宙人と 写真を撮った。
うちゅうひこうしは すまふぉーで うちゅうじんと しゃしんを とった。
uchuuhikoushi wa sumahoo de uchuujin to shashin o totta.
The astronaut took a picture with the alien on his smartphone.
宇宙人【うちゅうじん】uchuujin  
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…! 
天の川【あまのがわ】ama no gawa  
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!  
小惑星【しょうわくせい】 shouwakusei 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 

Are you ever watching the U.S. history channel late at night? Chances are, whether it’s the origin of a spooky crop circle or a smörgåstårta, the origin is probably aliens. But, how will you identify the origin of anything even remotely explainable to your friends in Japanese? Can you say「alien in Japanese? 
宇宙人【うちゅうじん】uchuujin 
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!! 宇宙船で 宇宙人と 宇宙に 行きました。
うちゅうせんで うちゅうじんと うちゅうに いきました。
uchuusen de uchuujin to uchuu ni ikimashita.
I went to space with an alien on a spaceship.
星【ほし】hoshi  
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…!  
小惑星【しょうわくせい】 shouwakusei 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
ロケット【ろけっと】 roketto 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!

Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are… in Japanese! What is 「star」 in Japanese? 
星【ほし】hoshi 
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!! 夜の空に が 見えました。
よるの そらに ほしが みえました。
yoru no sora ni hoshi ga miemashita.
In the night sky, we could see the stars.
惑星【わくせい】wakusei
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!  
宇宙人【うちゅうじん】uchuujin
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!  
銀河【ぎんが】ginga
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!  

It’s been too long since we’ve been to the moon! Let’s go, right now. We’ll call NASA and ask for a ride inexplicably in Japanese. Or, save that, you can at least inform your friends in Japanese on what you’ll be building with cardboard and launching to the moon. What is「rocket in Japanese? 
ロケット【ろけっと】 roketto  
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!! ロケットが 発射して 月への旅は 始まった。
ろけっとが はっしゃして つきへの たびは はじまった。
roketto ga hasshashite tsuki he no tabi wa hajimatta.
The rocket launched and its journey to the moon began.
宇宙人【うちゅうじん】uchuujin  
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…! 
天の川【あまのがわ】ama no gawa  
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!  
小惑星【しょうわくせい】 shouwakusei 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 

If you meet an alien, there are many questions you may have. But, one of the first, after making sure they’re friendly, would be asking what planet they’re from? We’re pretty sure aliens speak Japanese. How would you say 「planet in Japanese? 
惑星【わくせい】wakusei 
 ◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!! どこの惑星から 来ましたの?
どこの わくせい から きましたの?
dono wakusei kara kimashitano?
Which planet are you from?
小惑星【しょうわくせい】 shouwakusei 
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
宇宙飛行士【うちゅうひこうし】uchuuhikoushi   
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! Not quite…!  
宇宙【うちゅう】 uchuu
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 

 

And, there you have it! Did you know all of the vocabulary words, or did you miss some? If you missed some, there’s no worries! You can use this as a way to revise/study. Oddly enough, words pertaining to space are very common. Many festivals and customs have to do with looking up at the stars, and in order to understand that lore, you’ll need to know at least some basic Japanese space words. And, again, it simply adds a bit of flair to your vocabulary life! Just because you’re trying to survive in Japanese language doesn’t mean you have to forget to have fun. It’s like packing a bit of extra snacks in your Japanese language survival kit.

And, if you’re a fan of science, science fiction, or the universe you live in, then it should be a treat to know these. You may not get them right away because they’re a bit more obscure, but it’s all about the journey! If you return and practise with them often, they’ll become second nature. You’ll become more familiar with the written form of these as well. Remember, we’re here 25 hours a day, 8 days a week. We’re so committed to your learning that we break the confines of time and space. Take another listen to the words, revise/study with the quiz, and even try making sentences with these. But, always be sure to enjoy each moment along the way.

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