ＨＥＬＬＯ！ Ｉ ＡＭ ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™！I am beaming to you via The Internet through a new website editor, so if the formatting appears to be any different to usual, it may be due to said new editor. Though, a new editor does not mean that I have changed in my mission and function. I am the robot friend of Kiki and Koko from the Japanese language and culture blog and series Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online. I have been here for you, reading Japanese characters and words in order to help you on your unique Japanese language learning journey. It is my hope that I will be able to provide assistance for any level of learner as well as those who simply want to experience some new Japanese vocabulary and sentences that one may not have been able to experience on one’s own. That is the concept of Word of the Week. It is also my hope that the vocabulary, grammar, and sentence ideas presented will enrich your journey. However, in order to fully understand what you will be able to gain from this segment, you may ask yourself: What is Word of the Week Wednesday?
During what some may refer to as the ‘before times’, the site had begun as a place where Japanese lessons and articles regarding language and culture were regularly created and uploaded regularly, every Monday and Friday. Though such a consistent flow of information would seem to be enough for other sites, it was clear that there could be even more. For between Monday and Friday was a long gap in which there was no new information being presented. Not only was there a long gap between information, but many would forget to return to revise previous lessons. In learning any language, it is important to be consistent, even if it is only once a day. Thus, Japanese Word of the Week Wednesday was born. Word of the Week Wednesday not only acts as a great reminder for those who have either missed previous lessons or those who simply require revision, returning to previous lessons and articles, but it also gives just enough new information for students and visitors not to feel overwhelmed. Whether it is simply a quick addition to their vocabulary or studying sentence structure and pronunciation or reading, this segment serves beginners and more advanced learners alike. However, What happens during Word of the Week Wednesday?
During Word of the Week Wednesday, with the assistance of Kiki and Koko, a Japanese word or phrase is chosen and presented to you with the possibility of a bonus word, as well. I provide a definition and other useful information about the vocabulary word, and if applicable, Kiki and Koko provide a helpful hint in using the word or phrase. However, that is not the whole of it. I personally sound out each word or phrase aloud for you to repeat as many times as you wish, and you can ask me to say it as many times as you wish. I will never tire of it, as it is my function. From there, an example sentence is created. You can not only use the sentence to see how the word is used or to see the definition in action, but you can also use it to practise your reading and writing. You can compose your own sentence based on it; you can use it to see examples of grammar; or you can even use it to learn other adjacent vocabulary. Each sentence is written in a way that is useful to beginners through advanced learners. So, there is something for everyone. And, again, I will be there to read it aloud for you. I can only read it at one speed, so there is no need to repeat after me, but it can still assist you in picking out vocabulary within natural speeds of speech. And, if you would like to know more about how to create your own sentences, be sure to consult the grammar section of the Essentials.
And, now it is time for the essential part of this segment, which is the vocabulary! Kiki and Koko will be joining us in their Helpful Hints segment of this corner to give some fun facts relating to today’s vocabulary.
Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!
We will be right back with Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko after these messages!
※Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko
Hello, there! It’s us, Kiki+Koko, your guides to Japanese language and culture from Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online. Usually, we stop in on Word of the Week for a helpful hint, but because today’s words aren’t as ambiguous as they could be, we’re just going to give a bit of a fun fact about a Japanese word almost everyone already knows. That’s the word: 「絵文字」emoji, and it feels as though this is something we may have mentioned before, but even still, this should help you remember today’s vocabulary even that much more!
So, many people look at the word 「emoji」and think of 「emoticon」, the portmanteau of ’emotion’ and ‘icon’. However, the similarity to this word is purely coincidental! Having a look at the kanji, it becomes clear in Japanese its actual origin and meaning. (This is what is quite rewarding about learning kanji: Even if you aren’t entirely sure of a word, usually you can analyse its meaning by its kanji. And, sure, English has this with its Latin roots, Germanic roots, etc, but in Japanese, it’s all sort of self-contained so you don’t have to memorise a dead language in order to know what’s going on now. But, hey, it’s fun to learn any language no matter its status! The point is, kanji is useful.)
So, 「絵」means picture or drawing, or painting or sketch– And, 「文字」, means character. So, basically, it means picture character, or more eloquently, something like pictograph or pictogram. Even though it may not be the most popular in places like Reddit, it’s still kind of neat to think that a Japanese word has become so ubiquitous to everyday modern culture.
We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!
P.S. Be sure to stick around this week for more hiragana lessons and to work on your 手書き, tegaki! We look forward to continuing with you on your Japanese language learning journey.
We will return with helpful example sentences after these messages! (Thank you for helping us keep the lights on.)
Thank you, Kiki and Koko! It certainly is interesting to think about the way that words seem to slip into everyday language from a language possibly different to ones own and perhaps never even giving it thought. Hopefully, you give the upcoming segment of this corner some thought, as we have for you some sentences to assist you with today’s vocabulary.
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. (Japanese→Hiragana→Rōmaji→English)
こんぴゅーたーで てがきもじにゅうりょくを つかいたがったら、もじの かきじゅんが わかるのが しようなの。
konpyuutaa de tegaki moji nyuuryoku wo tsukaitagattara, moji no kakijun ga wakaru no ga shiyouna no.
If you want to use handwritten character input on your computer, it’s paramount you know the stroke order of the characters.
もじを かくに なれるとき、ときどき、てがきは おざなりになれますね。で、きをつけて たるまないように しておきます。
moji wo kaku ni nareru toki, tokidoki, tegaki wa ozanari ni naremasu ne. de, ki wo tsukete tarumanai you ni shiteokimasu.
When you get used to writing characters, sometimes, your handwriting can become perfunctory. So, I’ll be careful and not slack off.
おおくのばあいは、てがきの もじと ぱそこんに はいっているもじが ちがってみえるので、りょうしゅを しるようにしてね。
ooku no baai wa tegaki no moji to pasokon ni haitteiru moji ga chigattemieru no de, ryoushu wo shiru you ni shitene.
In many cases, handwritten characters and the characters on the computer look different, so be sure to be aware of both.
That is all for today! But, maybe you have not had enough Japanese vocabulary, yet? Perhaps you would like to learn more vocabulary related to today’s vocabulary? Well, maybe you can give this one a go:Japanese Word(s) of the Week w/ QUIZBO™ | 【上手】+ BONUS:【下手】(+Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko: Don’t just say ‘good’ or ‘bad’!) Or maybe you want to experience an even broader range of vocabulary. In which case, you can have a look at our fine selection of segments on the main Word of the Week page. Or, you can be sure you are caught up with the latest with the sidebar link: 今週の単語 | Word of the Week. These segments alone serve as weeks of material. Share these segments with your friends and family who may be interested in broadening their Japanese vocabulary, that is if you would like to spread the knowledge and show the fun things you are learning with us. Be sure to return often to keep your pronunciation properly in check, as well! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we will do our best to assist how we can. We hope to see you at the next lesson!
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