ＨＥＬＬＯ！ Ｉ ＡＭ ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™！If you have visited before this instance, you may recognise me as the quiz-generating, vocabulary-reading friend of Kiki and Koko. I am here to assist you in your Japanese language and culture studies which I hope will assist you in achieving your dreams and goals. This is a segment coined: Word of the Week Wednesday. But, what exactly does this mean? Well, not very long ago, there was a gap between Monday and Friday lessons here on Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online that were devoid of learning, other than revision of course. Whilst a break betwixt lessons is useful, it is also important to keep your mind active. That is why the Japanese Word of the Week segment was introduced! This acts as a useful opportunity to learn either a bit of vocabulary or quite a bit of reading and grammar. Or, it can simply act as a helpful reminder to revise / review.
During this segment, a Japanese word or phrase is introduced. However, I do not only give you useful definitions, romanisation, hiragana, and kanji, but I also give the pronunciation for you to listen to as many times as you wish. Any time, day or night, you can ask me to say the word or phrase aloud. It is very useful to repeat after me in order to engage you senses for a better learning experience.
Though, this is not the end of learning possibilities. There are also sentences provided that will assist you in building more mental connections to the vocabulary word or phrase. There is no need to repeat after the sentence portion as it is merely for listening practise as well as engagement. However, this is a great way for those from beginning stages to intermediate stages and sometimes further to see examples of sentence structures and grammar. You can even create sentences of your own based on them. At times it can be difficult to generate sentence ideas as a human, and this may spur some form of inspiration and learning. Also, this can assist in reading and writing practise.
Because it is written inits original kanji, hiragana,and katana,as well as hiragana, and romanisation, you can use it as a way to practise your romanised Japanese computer input, hiragana writing and reading, or even further beyond. You can cover a line if you need in order to practise without hints.
But, you won’t be without Helpful Hints this Word of the Week Wednesday, as we will also be joined again by Kiki and Koko with, as you may have guessed, their Helpful Hints.
Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!
Word(s) of the Week:
1. classroom (any room with instruction)
2. department (e.g. department [of chemistry])
3. single-room school
Bonus Word(s) of the Week:
※Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko
We’re Kiki and Koko of Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, working hard every day, every hour, to give you Japanese language and culture lessons and resources. This time, we’re here for a quick helpful hint when it comes to one of today’s vocabulary words. But, because this is a noun, we would like to remind you that these are quite useful for practising your particles and basic sentence structure. These lessons can be found in our grammar section of the Essentials section. But, for now, we’re going to give you a bit of the ubiquitous usage of the word 学生, gakusei.
So, this word, as well as the main word, employs 長音, chouon. This is important to its pronunciation and will assist you in reading in future. Though, that’s not the focus for this quick segment. There is something quite useful in Japanese when it comes to referring to students. Now, if you’re just referring to students in general, not of any particular level, then 学生, gakusei, is a useful word. Often, you’ll just use 学生, gakusei, even when you’re referring to university students, usually when you’re introducing your current status. But, if you do want to specify that you’re a university student, rather than adding adjectives and qualifiers to create qualifiers you just use the word 大学生, daigakusei, as 大学,daigaku, means ‘university’ or ‘college’. In a way, you can think of it as adding 生, sei, to the end of the school level. This works with words like 小学生, shougakusei, grammar school student, 中学生, chuugakusei, middle school student, 一年生, ichinensei, first year student, 高校生, koukousei, high school student. (Perhaps we’ve properly illustrated it by now. )
But, anyway, it’s definitely quite useful to know the word 学生, gakusei, as a beginner as it applies if you’re studying Japanese language. If you’d like an opportunity to learn more Japanese vocabulary—nouns related to the classroom to be exact—you can have a look and listen at: 🔊 Basic Classroom Vocabulary | Nouns | TAPE 1 – SIDE A || Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Japanese Language Learning Essentials and 🔊 Basic Classroom Vocabulary | Nouns | TAPE 1 – SIDE B || Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Japanese Language Learning Essentials.
And, QUIZBO™ will be there to read for you as well!
We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!
Thank you, Kiki and Koko! And, yes, after this segment, even if you have experienced the lesson, this would be a useful time to have a look and a listen to assist you in learning the vocabulary. Though, there is no rush, and there will be future lessons that will assist you in your study of new vocabulary. And, though there were many useful words presented in the Helpful Hints, it may be a bit much to include as official bonus words. These should assist you in identifying and using more vocabulary, though.Now, it looks as though it is time to move onto the sentence section!
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.
学ぶことに 教室は 必要じゃないのです。どこでも 学べます。
まなぶことに きょうしつは ひつようじゃないのです。どこでも まなべます。
manabu koto ni kyoushitsu wa hitsuyou jyanai no desu. dokodemo manabemasu.
You don’t need a classroom to learn. You can learn anywhere.
にほんでは、きゅうしょくを たべたあと、 まいにちに、がくせい ぜんいんが にじゅっぷんかん ぐらい きょうしつなどを そうじします。 いぎりすには たいてい そんなことは ないのです。
In Japan, every day after eating lunch, all students clean the classroom (and etc) for about 20 minutes. In the United Kingdom, it’s not generally anything like that.
きょうしつげんばで にほんごを まなんでも、がくせいは どくがくで まなべるべきです。せんせいの にんむは がくせいを しどうするにあり、がくせいのにんむは べんきょうするにあります。どりょくと がまんは せいこうへの かぎです。
kyoushitsu genba de nihongo wo manandemo, gakusei wa dokugaku de manaberubeki desu. sensei no ninmu wa gakusei wo shidou suru ni ari, gakusei no ninmu wa benkyou suru ni arimasu. doryoku to gaman wa seikou he no kagi desu.
Even if you learn Japanese in the classroom, students should be able to learn with self-education. It is the teacher’s job to guide the student, and the student‘s job is to study. Effort and patience are the keys to success.
That is all for today! But, perhaps you are interested in some international school topics? 🔊Japanese Word(s) of the Week w/ QUIZBO™ | 【留学】+【留学生】(+Quick Culture Comment Corner on Studying Abroad) Whether you plan to study abroad or you’ve met an exchange student, you will most likely benefit from learning this Word of the Week. Perhaps you already know the vocabulary, but you just want a bit of inspiration for sentence and sentence structure? Or, maybe you would like to partake in the previous Word of the Week segments. There are quite a few and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn. Now, feel free to share this with your friends so you can practise these together. Though, you can compete with yourself, it is fun to learn with a friend. Or, maybe even an enemy, or a stranger, or the postman. Either way, we’re here, and you can leave a sentence in the comments to practise with us~! We hope to see you there!
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