ＨＥＬＬＯ！ Ｉ ＡＭ ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™！You may recognise me from Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! where I assist in reading Japanese words and help create quizzes. I am your host for this segment called ‘Japanese Word of the Week’, or Word of the Week Wednesday, but what is it all about? Well, before the creation of this segment, there was nothing betwixt the many days between Monday and Friday’s lessons. Though resting is useful, it is also important to keep your mind active throughout the week in order to keep the Japanese words, phrases, and grammar fresh in your mind. That is when the necessity for this segment arose. Though this has a more obvious goal, it is also a useful reminder to return to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online to revise and study previous lessons you may or may not have encountered, yet. Let us see what else there is to discover this fifth Wednesday of the month.
As the name implies, every week, a new Japanese word or phrase is presented to you with the intention of expanding your vocabulary and keeping you in a state of learning. However, you are not simply left with the word alone. You will be given definitions, readings, and pronunciation as well as example sentences. That is correct, I am here to assist you in pronouncing the words, and I will read the example sentences aloud. You can repeat after the word pronunciation, but the sentences are at regular speed in order to acclimate those learning to the pace. So, you can ask me to repeat the pronunciation as many times as you wish. On top of repeating after me, you can also practise writing. Engaging as many senses as possible and returning to this at a later time will give you the best chance of making this a permanent part of your vocabulary.
The sentences are also useful for assisting you with grammar and different sentence inspiration, in case you would like to create your own sentences. And, again, 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.
These words were hand chosen to fit with this week’s latest topics, and Kiki and Koko are joining us today to assist you with that as well as the current vocabulary.
Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!
Word(s) of the Week:
verb, transitive,(他動詞), godan (五段)
1. to read
2. to count (mostly idiomatically)
3. to read (i.e. a situation, thoughts, or into something)
Bonus Word(s) of the Week:
verb, transitive,(他動詞), godan (五段)
1. to write
2.to compose (as in writing)
※Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko
It’s Kiki and Koko from Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online! Usually, we’re here to help you suss out the meaning and usage of a Japanese word, but as it applies to these two, there aren’t too many prerequisites in learning how to use them outside of lessons we’ll hold about verbs. And, verbs have quite a bite more to them when you get past the basics, but for now, we’re leading you step by step so you can practise the basics. And, what better way to practise than to be able to use them! And, in order to use them in a proper exchange, you may want to be able to use them politely. So, we’ll give you opportunities and examples of how to practise these with our previous lessons!
Now, these two verbs work perfectly in conjunction with our previous lessons. We have some very useful nouns we presented in: 🔊 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! We have adjectives you can use to describe these nouns to really spice up your sentences in: 🔊 Basic Classroom Vocabulary | Adjectives | TAPE 2 – SIDE A || Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Japanese Language Learning Essentials and 🔊 Basic Classroom Vocabulary | Adjectives | TAPE 2 – SIDE B || Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Japanese Language Learning Essentials.
And, QUIZBO™ will be there to read for you as well! With these vocabulary words, our other grammar lessons, and writing lessons, you’ll be able to write sentences like:
空っぽな教室で 人気があって 頭がいい 学生は かわいい鉛筆で ノートの 紙に 難しい漢字を 書きます。
からっぽな きょうしつで にんきがあって あなまがいい がくせいは かわいい えんぴつで のーとの かみに むずかしい かんじを かきます。
karappo na kyoushitsu de ninki ga atte atama ga ii gakusei wa kawaii enpitsu de nooto no kami ni muzukashii kanji wo kaimasu.
(If you’re really feeling bold, you can translate this sentence! Just go through the vocabulary words and try your best! And don’t try to use Google Translate, tsk tsk tsk, you’ll only cheat yourself out of an educational translation experience~ By the way, isn’t ‘tsk’ such a weird sound? It’s made by clicking your tongue. It exists in Japanese as チェ, che, so that’s interesting. Now, back to your regularly scheduled paragraph:)
Well, if you’re brand new to this, it may take a while before you get to the point of creating this sentence, but it’s well worth the effort! Using little spicy extras like adjectives are useful. Of course, in real life, you probably wouldn’t use this many adjectives, but using them in composition can help you make mental connections and really help them become more natural. Even in English, you won’t hear many people saying such detailed simple sentences, unless it’s for an interview or a report or the like, but it’s just a prerequisite to getting to the point of being able to speak with simple sentences, then advanced sentences.
Anyway! One useful thing we promised was to show you the basic polite form of today’s words.
Now, as of this exact date, we haven’t reached the point of teaching you honorific extra polite forms, but you will see it today in one of the sentences which you’ll hear in a lot of polite public commands like in: お読みください, oyomi kudasai, or ‘please read’. There’s much to be discussed when it comes to honorific verbs, but for now, you can just focus on sharpening the skills we’ve presented thusfar. Take your time and work at your own pace, and you’ll be sure to succeed!
We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!
Thank you, Kiki and Koko! These verbs certainly pair well with the previous lessons. However, we now have some translated examples that should also assist you with these verbs.
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.
らいしゅうの じゅぎょうまえ、きょうかしょの よんじゅうぺーじから よんじゅうよんぺーじまでを およみください！
raishuu no jyugyou mae, kyoukasho no yonjyuu peeji kara yonjyuuyon peeji made wo oyomi kudasai!
Before next week’s class, please read pages 40 through 44 of your textbook!
にほんごを はなしたければ、 さいしょのいっぽは よみかたと かきかたを ならうべき
nihongo wo hanashitakereba, saisho no ippo wa yomikata to kakikata wo narau beki.
If you want to speak Japanese, the first step should be to learn how to read and write.
でぃじたるじだいにも にほんのもじを よめて かけるのは じゅうようなものです。
dijitaru jidai nimo nihon no moji wo yomete kakeru no wa jyuuyouna mono desu.
Even in the digital age, it is important to be able to read and write.
にほんごのことばが おおくしってもっとしりたかったら、じしょを てもとにおいて しょうせつとか まんがとかよむのは ゆうえきです。あるいは わたしたちの れっすんも よんでもいい～♡
nihongo no kotoba ga ooku shitte motto shiritakattara, jisho wo temoto ni oite shousetsutoka manga toka yomu no wa yuueki desu. arui wa watashitachi no ressun mo yondemo ii~♡
If you know a lot of Japanese words and want to learn more, reading things like novels and manga with a dictionary at hand is helpful. Or you can just read our lesson ~ ♡
That is all for today! But, perhaps you are interested in talking more about learning?🔊Japanese Word(s) of the Week w/ QUIZBO™ | 【教える】+ Bonus:【覚える】(+Helpful Hint with Kiki+Koko) These verbs can help you talk about not only what you’re doing, but what your teacher is doing. Whether or not you’ve heard of these verbs, you may get a bit of inspiration for writing topics or sentence structure. Or, maybe you would rather choose a Word of the Week segment from the past on your own? There are so many useful and fun learning opportunities! Feel free to share this with your friends, family, neighbours, pets, plants, or whoever! You can practise on them or even leave a comment here where we can help you if you have any grammar or pronunciation questions. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article where you’ll find our social media pages. Follow us there and here for more! We hope to see you here, there, and everywhere!
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