皆様, こんにちにゃあぁ！Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, your destination for Japanese language and culture lessons. We’re your hosts, Kiki and Koko! Though, we usually promote a more lax environment, not bound by classroom walls, a place tailored to your individual study, we also realise that most everyone at one point or another will find themselves in a classroom—most for quite a few hours a day! And, a huge part of learning is exposure which comes with encounters and opportunities which aren’t always thrown your way. Sometimes, you have to create opportunities based on your own environment. Well, you don’t have to create these opportunities completely on your own. This lesson, we continue to help you expand your vocabulary and learning opportunities with the ＢーＳＩＤＥ of this Japanese language learning mixtape.
Of course, every classroom will have many various objects and supplies you may encounter, but we wanted to give you a decent list of some nouns you can use day-to-day. For now, a this is a great way to absorb the materials. But, that isn’t to say that you won’t encounter these nouns in places like in your room, at a desk, or in an office. The true method to the madness is in actually using the words. We don’t want to bog you down with too much to memorise at once, so we’re breaking this up into manageable sections, which you don’t have to have completely memorised just yet. In upcoming lessons, we’ll help you really learn these vocabulary words along with helping you to learn how to learn these words and more. This method is technically available right, now, though. We recommend two things other than rote memorisation, and that is identifying objects as often as possible, repeating the words when you encounter them, and returning to be sure you’re pronouncing them correctly; and using them in sentences. Again, in future—the quite very near future—we’ll introduce you to some more vocabulary words from other parts of speech you can use to create sentences.
Rote memory is a method students seem to shy away from, but there is something important about it. Saying, writing, or listening to something over and over again is a tried and true method of learning. However, it is essential to engage in other forms of practise not only for the sake of learning, but for the sake of keeping things fun. There can be something fun and almost meditative about rote memorisation, though. We really think it’s all about mindset and attitude in the end, though.
And, remember, there is no need to rush yourself. Be patient and if you feel yourself hitting a wall with revising / studying, take a break and come back to it. You’ll learn more when your mind is more perceptive to it than if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Incorporating different types of learning into one will definitely make you feel like you are progressing further, as well as learning words that you encounter often. Of course, it’s important to learn as much as possible if your goal is to become fluent, but
As for incorporating different types of learning, this lesson not only assists you with listening and visual learning, but it’s also a chance to practise Japanese grammar such as basic sentences and particles~! So, be sure to have a look at the grammar lessons for more learning materials with which to work. We recommend for anyone who has already learnt the very basic of basics and wants to practise some other vocabulary based grammar, you can take a look at our 疑問詞, gimonshi, or question words lessons, which oddly enough will have more lessons in future. But, these several lessons will help you with basic questions and question words that seem simple at first, then seem complicated, but then become simple again when you understand it’s simply something that’s a catch-all for many question words.
Simple Survival Sentence Study
Just in case you may have scrolled past the introduction, we wanted to give a quick and easy way to get to the essential grammar knowledge you need to survive in Japanese language. We recommend the very basics at least, even if you’re just looking to learn useful phrases, as it will give you a bit better understanding in using even basic phrases. Whether you plan to become fluent or just want to dabble, you’ll feel much better and more prepared to learn more Japanese when you have a structure of where certain vocabulary words you learn are meant to go in a sentence.
If you’d like to practise with these nouns, you can always open another tab, window, or device where you have a visual of both the new words and the grammar.
Though knowing the kanji and how to ‘spell’ the words is useful, as well as knowing the romaji input for typing, knowing the pronunciation will help you not simply survive, but thrive! That’s why we have our computer robot friend equip with the latest Heisei era tech, 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!!
One More Thing Before We Begin:
There is another very useful vocabulary words we’ve already introduced in another lesson that you would most certainly benefit from. You can learn ‘teacher’ and other honorifics at our honorifics lesson. But, be sure to learn exactly what honorifics are on ＳＩＤＥ－Ａ. The honorific ‘teacher’ can be used on its own when referring to the teacher as well. It’s sort of like in English where students will say ‘Teacher Susan’ or ‘Teacher Dave’ except usually this will be attached to the surname in a way closer to ‘Professor Nakamura’ or ‘Professor Andersson’. A lot of Japanese students will call their ESL teachers ‘Teacher’ in the same way. But, it’s more important to learn how honorifics work in order to understand how to refer to teachers, professors, and even doctors, in Japanese.
Now, let’s begin!
Basic Classroom Vocabulary | 基本的な教室の単語 | Nouns｜名詞
Folder (🇺🇸File Folder)
Rubbish Bin / Dust Bin (🇺🇸Trash Can)
Bookcase / Bookshelf
Here’s a quick fun culture fact: As of the time we’re writing this, and presumably for quite a while still after, blackboards are quite widely used in Japan. Whilst smartboards prevail in the West, you can still hear the nostalgic click-clack of chalk on a blackboard in classrooms all over Japan. This is another reason why the general feeling of needing to know how to write by hand isn’t a thing of the past. It’s useful for kinaesthetic learning, and there is just something about a blackboard, taking notes alongside the teacher and racing to write it down before they erase the board that makes you feel alive.
[Find out from this Word of the Week with QUIZBO™くん]
Set Square (🇺🇸Triangle)
There are quite a few ways to call a bag you place your school supplies in. We cover randsell and rucksack in the previous lesson, but we reckoned it important to mention the literal word ‘backpack’. (Again, we’ll speak of ‘randsell’ backpacks in a future lesson.)
Not to be confused with 海苔, nori, seaweed. This kind of 糊, nori, is recommended with sushi.
(Also used for ‘watch’ or ‘timepiece’ in general.)
Lunchbox (🇺🇸Lunch Pail / Lunch Kit)
That concludes ＴＡＰＥー１ of this tape cassette collection of Japanese language learning. Don’t forget to turn back over to ＳＩＤＥー Ａ especially when we begin the next part of this section. And, again, try not to overwhelm yourself with too many vocabulary words in one session. We always make sure to provide enough material for you to return again to revise.
Some people learn faster than others, and for the majority, it’s best to take your time. Make it a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Casually reference these at any time of the day in order to make them feel more natural. You don’t have to limit learning to your dedicated study time, and you can dedicate as little or as much time as you need to study. Each word you learn is one more word than you knew before~! Never let being busy keep you from your dreams, and don’t wait for a new year or a new week to improve on your life.
Learning to read and write in Japanese can feel like a big task to take on at first, but if you just take it a few characters a week, you’ll feel yourself progressing bit by bit. You can practise these vocabulary words kinaesthetically by writing them. And, you can practise your reading and pronunciation by keeping tabs or windows open with our Reading and Writing lessons. For those learning with us since the beginning, while we were sure to space them out enough to give you time to study, it’s important to return and keep the characters fresh in your mind. And, besides, there’s nothing wrong with trying to improve your handwriting.
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