ＨＥＬＬＯ！ Ｉ ＡＭ ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™！Who am I? Well, I hope to be your helpful assistant in Japanese language. You may already know me from the regular lessons from Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Onlineーof which new instalments are posted every Monday and Friday. It was actually due to this scheduling that this segment came to fruition. You see, betwixt Monday and Friday, it is useful to rest, but it is also important to keep your mind active in order to keep the new things you have learnt fresh in your memory, long enough until it becomes second nature. However, with so many days from lesson to lesson, it felt important to keep new learners active and advanced or quicker learners continuing to progress. That is why this segment was created! If you do not desire learning something new at this exact time, then you can use this as a great reminder to revise and study past lessons. Word of the Week will still exist every other day of the week despite its namesake. So, either enjoy Word of the Week, study previous lessons, or even both. You can enjoy Word of the Week Wednesday any way you wish.
What is Japanese Word of the Week Wednesday? Well, as the name implies, a Japanese word (or phrase) is introduced, but that is only the beginning of it! Not only can you broaden your vocabulary, but you can practise reading, grammar, and listening skills. Each word is presented with a definition and spelling in kanji, or katakana, if applicable, hiragana, as well as romanised and translated. I read the word aloud for you, sounding out each mora. It is then that the word is used in a sentence which can be used to practise grammar and listening skills.
The previous week, I and my friends, Kiki and Koko, presented two useful words in the Word of the Week segment: 🔊Japanese Word(s) of the Week w/ QUIZBO™ | 【読む】+BONUS:【書く】(+Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko + Companion Lessons ). Though these fit very well with the vocabulary we taught during the week, these vocabulary words have infinite use. And, when you are learning new vocabulary words, it is important to be able to use them in many scenarios in order to properly encode them into your mind and long term memory. So, in this instance, we’re presenting useful words you can use with these verbs, which are nouns.
But, today, we’re also joined by Kiki and Koko for a speicla SpeRaToBo News Bulletin.
Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!
Word(s) of the Week:
1. textbook; schoolbook, coursebook
Bonus Word(s) of the Week:
1. children’s book
※SpeRaToBo News Update with Kiki+Koko
Hello, there! And welcome to SpeRaToBo News.
We’re Kiki and Koko! Today, we’ve been tasked with a quick news report from the desk of our gracious host, Indigo East of ieindigoeast.com, author of books like Sushi Chef Neko: The Origin of a Tiny Hero (A Japanese and English Bilingual Book) and Sushi Chef Neko: Snow Shodou. We’ve been told that the former book is currently on back order, but should be back in stock within the next couple of weeks on Etsy. You can email for preorder, or a preorder listing may be made available, but it shouldn’t be too long. In the meantime, the second book of the series is still in stock, and available for purchase here in softcover in a larger format with glossy pages.
Sushi Chef Neko: Snow Shodou has a proper synopsis contains original artwork, some kanji writing guides, and activities. You’ll learn vocabulary and have a fun time with the characters. This book is for all ages, and it serves as a nice teaching guide. This one is geared towards English speakers with incorporated vocabulary words. Each page was drawn with care and has a unique and bold aesthetic with a vintage colour palette that definitely gives the feeling of a nostalgic children’s book. But, again, it’s something that you’ll enjoy at any age, and it’s honestly something an adult would get just as much out of as a child. There’s useful explanations and charts that will make this book something more than a simple read, but a fun learning and aesthetic experience. We both really enjoy the paint aesthetic and it just has this certain look to the pages and artwork that makes it feel so warm and inviting. In future, we may do a more indepth analysis, but as for this report, you can get the full scoop in the Etsy description.
But, before we continue onto the lesson, we have an important announcement:
IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you see artwork and designs by Indigo East being sold on sites other than Redbubble, Society6, and DesignbyHumans, (or here, or by people other than ieindigoeast / ieIndigoEast / Indigo East) contact Indigo East via the contact page. If you see our faces being sold on shirts and other apparel other than on the sites we’ve endorsed, they are fraudulent, stolen, and none of the profits support anyone involved. If there are new partnerships, it will be stated by our gracious site host or us. We mention this because as we did research for this news update, there were many sites selling Sushi Chef Neko apparel, not even as fanart, but as complete theft. It literally takes food from everyone’s mouth and electricity from the computer here at SpeRaToBo, and learning as well as potential future artwork away from you. You can tweet @ieindigoeast or us if you do run across these thieves.
This has been a serious news update, but hopefully, the next time we do one of these, it will be reporting something happier.
We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!
P.S. Many art thieves will forget to delete the portion of the title reading ‘by Indigo East’, so be sure to be careful out there! You wouldn’t want your support to go to an evil corporation or someone who takes advantage of independent artists.
Thank you, Kiki and Koko. This was a serious topic that has serious repercussions, but it was definitely important to address. It is no fun to have anything stolen from you. As a computer robot, I wish I were able to assist, but I do my best with what I can do for everyone through these segments. If you want to support the artwork and lessons directly, we have safe methods listed at the bottom of the article. It may not be a fun topic, but again, it is definitely serious. But, the book recommendation was definitely a happier note. Let us continue to the sentence portion!
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.
このきょうかしょは ろーまじも ふりがなも かいてない・・・よみにくすぎるよ～
kono kyoukasho wa roomaji mo furigana mo kaitenai … yominikusugiru yo~
This textbook doesn’t have romaji or furigana… It’s too hard to read~
どうして医学と関係ある教科書は こんなに バカ高いなの？
どうして いがくと かんけいある きょうかしょは こんなに ばかたかいなの？
doushite igaku to kankei aru kyoukasho wa konna ni baka takai nano?
Why are coursebooks related to medical science this ridiculously expensive?
あの教科書は 不規則動詞の活用を 明白な言葉で 説明してました。
あのきょうかしょは ふきそくどうしの かつようを めいはくなことばで せつめい しました。
ano kyoukasho wa fukisokudoushi no katsuyou wo meihaku na kotoba de setsumei shimashita.
That textbook explained the conjugation of irregular verbs in plain language.
日本語で書いた児童書の大抵は 平仮名だけで 書いてます。小さい子供には、ときどき簡単な漢字が 使われます。
にほんごで かいた じどうしょの たいていは ひらがなだけで かいてます。 ちいさいこどもには、 ときどき かんたんな かんじが つかわれます。
nihongo de kaita jidousho no taitei wa hiragana dake de kaitemasu. chiisai kodomo ni wa, tokideoki kantan na kanji ga tsukawaremasu.
Most children’s books written in Japanese are written only with hiragana. For small children, sometimes simple kanji are used.
That is all for today! But, perhaps you are interested in tin talking about how you interact with words and books? You may be interested in: 🔊Japanese Word(s) of the Week w/ QUIZBO™ | 【読む】+BONUS:【書く】(+Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko + Companion Lessons ). These useful verbs will get you far! But, maybe you would like to see our selection of past Word of the Week segments. If you may already be familiar with the vocabulary, you can also use it for sentence inspiration, writing practise, or just to enjoy. Feel free to invite your friends and family so you can have even more learning companionship. Either way, we’ll be here to assist you with any questions you have! We hope to see you there!
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