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HELLO! I AM QUIZBO™!At the beginning and end of the week, you can enjoy lessons from Kiki and Koko, here at Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online. However, the time betwixt Monday and Friday can feel like an eternity when you are eager to learn more Japanese language. Perhaps you enjoy having a bit of a break in the middle of the week? In either case, this segment is just for you!

This is Word of the Week Wednesday, which can be enjoyed any day of the week. This segment was meant to fulfill a need for midweek learning without the intensity of a full lesson. However, that does not mean this is not full of learning opportunities! This is a segment from which you can gain as much information and learning as you wish, or you can simply use it as a fun experience to enjoy, keeping Japanese language in the forefront of your mind, but still simply here for enjoyment. You can even use this as a reminder to return to previous lessons and study those, making sure they are also fresh in your mind. If you engage every day, your mental freshness will be unmatchable. But, remember, it is still a process, so it is important to keep the vocabulary and concepts in your mind in order for them to become natural for usage.

(Particles は+が) Kiki+Koko: Let's NihonGO!! Essentials: Basic Sentences
If you would like to learn how to apply these words to your own basic sentences, feel free to take a look at a few of Kiki and Koko’s articles on this subject in Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Japanese Language Essentials.

Maybe this is your first time here and you would like to know exactly what is Japanese Word of the Week Wednesday? Just as on the tin, it is the day in the middle of the week when a new special Japanese vocabulary word is introduced. At times, it will correlate to the current main lessons, or current holidays, and other times, they are simply useful words that may not make it into a full lesson on their own. You can use this segment to not only add to your Japanese lexical repertoire, but also to practise your reading, writing, composition, and grammar. Each word is shown using their original script, kanji, and/or kana, and from there, it is romanised, then translate. That way, anyone of any Japanese learning level can benefit. However, it is not only given using the written word, but pronounced for you by me especially for you. You can ask me to repeat it as many times as you wish. I will be sure to sound the main word out for you character by character.

For your enjoyment as well as educational benefit, there are also useful sentence examples in which the Word of the Week is incorporated. These are meant mostly for grammatical example as well as context and general exposure. They are spoken at regular speed, so there is no need to repeat after the sentences, unless you are more advanced. In which case, we hope you will benefit from this.

I say we because, today, I am joined again by Kiki and Koko with their helpful hints for this Word of the Week.

Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!

Word(s) of the Week:

1. word; vocabulary

Bonus Word(s) of the Week:

1. language (usu.言語); dialect (usu.方言)
2.word; term; expression
3. speech

※Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko

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Hello, there!

We’re Kiki and Koko of Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, here with another helpful hint! During QUIZBO™くん’s Word of the Wednesday, we hope to handle helpful hints hurriedly, however hypothesis has held  hasty helpers haven’t hosted. In other words, we’ll try to be quick, but no promises! We’re just here to give you some useful explanations for these new vocabulary words.

Fittingly, these words actually have a lot to do with each other! There are a few other ways to say ‘language’ but the word 言葉, kotoba, has that meaning, but more often in our experience, it will be used as the word for ‘words’. But, it makes sense that these terms can be one in the same, as what are ‘words’ but language itself? Yep, pretty heavy stuff. But, it can be as broad as a manner of speaking as well! This also can make sense in context for students as this also can be choice of words. For what is ‘speech’ but the words that are used?

言葉, kotoba,  can be used in so many contexts, not only as its own meaning, but in most contexts to do with words, depending on the context and translation. Such as speech, statement, expression…. Overall, it really shows the dexterity of language itself! And, it also shows why it’s lucky you’re here. Sometimes immersion, subtitles, and translation can still leave you with questions, or questions you didn’t realise you had. It’s important to learn words in multiple contexts so you can understand language in its possible layered intentions. And, in real life scenarios as well as encounters with media, this can be an invaluable skill in fully enjoying this exchange of words.

Lastly, the main vocabulary word is literally vocabulary word, 単語, tango. You’ll often see 単語表, tangohyou, otherwise known as vocabulary word lists.  This seems like a word that may have been introduced early on through the ‘Word of the Week’ thumbnail which actually is technically vocabulary word of the week. But, Word of the Week Wednesday has a better ring to it, and using 言葉 as word  wouldn’t have expressed the right intention. Learning the proper word choice for a scenario comes with time, but is always useful to learning. It’s why robot translators, other than our own QUIZBO™, aren’t the best at understanding those different layers in order to give you the correct translation. But, QUIZBO™ always feels like a bit more than a robotーbut he’s special and you can trust him.

Anyway! This is just another step in your Japanese learning journey! With time, you’ll learn the things you need to reach your goals. Just take your time and go at your own pace.

We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!

Thank you, Kiki and Koko. I appreciate your kind 言葉~! It is definitively important to understand the subtext and layers of words. It can make communication even easier if used properly, giving more information in more creative ways. At any rate, let us continue to the sentence portion!

Example Sentences:

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.

Example #1:

日本語では、ぶんぽうも しらずに じしょで たんごを しらべたら、 ふこうにも、ちゃんと ぶんを つくれませんね。
nihongo de wa, bunpou mo shirazuni  jisho de tango wo shirabetara, fukou ni mo, chanto bun wo tsukuremasen ne.
In regard to Japanese language, if you look up words in the dictionary without knowing the grammar, unfortunately, you can’t make a sentence properly.

Example #2:

はなしことばと かきことばが ひとしく じゅうようであります。よみかきが できなかったら、にほんごを じゅうぶんに けいけんできるのを みのがしてしまいます。
hanashikotoba to kakikotoba ga hitoshiku jyuuyou dearimasu. yomikakiga dekinakattara, nihongo wo jyuubun ni keiken dekiru no wo minogashite shimaimasu.
Spoken and written language are equally important. If you can’t read and write, you’ll miss out on being able to fully experience Japanese language.

Example #3:

1.発音を 聞く
2.聞いた後、単語を 繰り返す
3.単語を 書く
4.単語を 使って文を 作る

たんごを まなびかたを おしえてあげます。
1.はつおんを きく
2.きいたあと、 たんごを くりかえす
3.たんごを かく
4.たんごを つくってぶんを つくる
5.あたまに うかぶとき、くりかえす
(くりかえしているとき、よんばんめのは おぷしょなるです。)

tango wo manabikata wo oshiete agemasu
1. hatsuon wo kiku
2. kiita ato, tango wo kurikaesu
3. tango wo kaku
4. tango wo tsukutte bun wo tsukuru
5. atama ni ukabu toki, kurikaesu
(kurikaeshiteiru toki, yonbanmenowa opushonaru desu.)
anata nara dekimasu yo ne☆

I will teach you how to learn vocabulary words
1. Listen to the pronunciation
2. After you’ve listened, repeat the vocabulary word
3. Write the vocabulary word
4. Write a sentence using the vocabulary word
5. When it comes to mind, repeat
(The fourth is optional when repeating)
You can do it☆

Japanese Word of the Week (今週の単語)
🔊Japanese Word(s) of the Week w/ QUIZBO™ | 【文化】+ BONUS:【経験】(+Quick Culture Concept Commentary Corner)

That is all for today! But, perhaps you are interested in experiencing a language to the fullest? You may be interested in:🔊Japanese Word(s) of the Week w/ QUIZBO™ | 【文化】+ BONUS:【経験】(+Quick Culture Concept Commentary Corner) These 単語 as well as the Quick Culture Concept may prove useful! 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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