皆様, こんにちにゃあぁ！Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, delivering fresh, hot Japanese language lessons straight from the oven to your screens. We’ll be your culinary artist and attendant for this lesson, serving you the trendiest and most high scale lexical nosh. But most importantly, we’re your guides to Japanese language and culture, Kiki and Koko! Though we usually create more of a loose and relaxed milieu here to allow you to envision and create your own best environment, we’re going to have to take you to a more traditional learning setting, today. Whether you enjoy it or not, this area holds many important vocabulary words that you’ll encounter quite often inside or out of it. That’s right, we’re going to enter the physical, yet digital, classroom where we’re going to introduce you to essential classroom vocabulary. For this lesson, we’ll start off with an easier pace to give you time to actually imbibe the vocabulary in order to more comfortably access it for future lessons.
So, if you’re learning Japanese, you most likely want to learn as much vocabulary as possible, but we wouldn’t want to overwhelm anyone with more than they can learn in several sittings; However, it’s much more motivating to understand why you’re learning these particular vocabulary words. You see, the more you are exposed to certain vocabulary and the more you’re able to use it, the more likely it becomes that you’ll absorb it and it will become natural for you. As anyone who’s learning Japanese, either those who are learning in a traditional classroom, those who are learning at home at their desk, or those who are curled up on a couch, sitting upside down with their phone in locked-rotation mode, they will most likely encounter these vocabulary words quite often. And, during these times you encounter these objects, it’s important to recall them, or better yet, even have a look at the vocabulary word again if you didn’t quite remember it, yet. The process usually goes a bit something like this:
- You see the object;
- You recall the word, or look it up again from the vocabulary list;
- then you say it aloud. You can even say it in a sentence to give it more weight in your memory.
We’ll get to some adjectives and verbs you can use alongside these, but for now, you can use what you’ve learnt so far whilst using some of our grammar lessons to form basic sentences. In fact, you’ll definitely benefit from the questions section as you can form questions using these vocabulary words. Of course, learning the perhaps more complex answers you could receive will come with time, but for now, you’ll at least get quite a bit of usage from these. Also, you’ll find the upcoming lessons useful for some of those kinds of answers.
Simple Survival Sentence Study
Again, this lesson will be useful for so much more than simply building important vocabulary, but it will be another great opportunity to practise your grammar and maybe discover some more areas of grammar you may want to revise/review or need to learn in future.
A great way to use these would be opening a separate tab, window, or device where you can reference these to create sentences. Now, onto the vocabulary section~!
But, what would these vocabulary words be without knowing how to pronounce them? That’s why we have with us today, our good computer robot friend and quiz creator extraordinaire, QUIZBO™くん！(The ™ is silent)
If you remember from previous instalments, this is a portable version, QUIZBO™ Mini, who lives here on the site. He’ll be here to help sound out these vocabulary words for you. You can click the sound ‘bytes’ as many times as you’d like, QUIZBO™ won’t mind. ( Get it, bytes? … Computer? …We’ll stick to teaching Japanese. )
You can click the 「▶」button as many times as you like, day or night, and he’ll repeat them. Return when these vocabulary words come to mind so that you can keep your pronunciation in check. Though he’s a robot, he’s quite skilled at speaking human language. He’s lovely with tones, as well, and he will read each mora so you can spell it properly in kana.
Are you ready!? Let’s NihonGO!!
Basic Classroom Vocabulary | 基本的な教室の単語
Propelling Pencil (🇺🇸Mechanical Pencil)
シャープペンシル【しゃーぷぺんしる】 shaapu penshiru
This is actually a 和製英語, wasei-eigo term, a concept we’ll cover in future, but basically, it’s an English word, re-purposed for Japanese language usage that doesn’t exactly hold the same meaning as in English. In this case, propelling pencil literally becomes ‘sharp pencil’ which makes a bit of sense considering it is always like a sharp version of a regular pencil when it comes to writing.
Coloured Pencil (🇺🇸Colored Pencil)
A ‘Randsell’ or randoseru is a specific type of backpack with a firm exterior which we’ll definitely cover in a future lesson.
It seems that’s the whole of the vocabulary words we’ll cover during this lesson! We don’t want to give you so many words that it becomes too many to keep track of and too many to memorise. But, no worries, this is just ＳＩＤＥ Ａ of this class-y mixtape. In the meantime, there are some particles you can practise with these. In fact, you can always leave your sentences in the comments below~! No worries if you make a mistake, that’s part of learning. And, you won’t know until you try.
This is also a useful opportunity to practise reading and writing skills. Quite a bit of these hiragana can be found in our previous Reading and Writing lessons. In future, we’ll continue to cover all of the characters you’ll need in order to reach your Japanese language goals~! You can have a look to refresh your memory, or you can do your best to go at your own pace. Remember, this is an entirely different writing system, so be patient with yourself, and celebrate each milestone. We’ve been sure to pace the lessons to be sure that it’s not too much of a rush if you’ve been with us since the beginning. However, if you’re just joining now, don’t feel as though you’re behind. You can still check in on current lessons whilst returning to previous ones.
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