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 insight relating to today’s vocabulary.
Without further ado, let us NihonGO!!
Word(s) of the Week:
Noun (名詞), suru verb (「名詞＋する」動詞)
1.autumn colours; leaves changing colour
2.red leaves (noun); leaves turning red
3. yellow leaves (noun, only when spelt as 黄葉)l leaves turning yellow
Also spelt: 黄葉 【こうよう】
jlpt n2| common word (常用語)
※Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko
Hello, there! It’s your guides to Japanese language and culture, Kiki+Koko of Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online. Today, we’re continuing in the same autumnal theme as the previous weeks’ vocabulary. As bilingual speakers, we realised that today’s vocabulary may be another word unique to Japanese. (But, if the word comes to mind for any of you English speakers out there, then feel free to leave a comment and we’ll give it an edit.) But, after much research, today’s vocabulary word seems to be special to Japanese. And, it’s the perfect time for it, as in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal colours are beginning to peak. And, now, you’ll be able to describe this phenomenon in one simple Japanese word rather than almost a sentence’s worth, saying ‘The leaves changing colour in autumn.’ No, no, you can just say, 「紅葉」.
So, previous week’s vocabulary word’s Helpful Hints section, we explained how the pronunciation of a certain kanji was different. However, this time, we’re going to help you with a phenomenon where the kanji changes and the pronunciation stays the same so that you can get the most out of this vocabulary word.
As a noun, you can simply call the phenomenon of the leaves changing colour in autumn as 「紅葉」kouyou, but if you’re using this as a verb, this noun easily changes into a verb with our friend 「する」。This form can apply to any colour of leaves changing colour when you’re using it in context, however if you’re writing and you want to be sure that you set the exact palette, you can change the 「紅」, usually meaning crimson or scarlet, with another. If it’s reds you’re highlighting, you won’t need to bother, but if the tree’s leaves change to yellows, you can write 「黄葉」, kouyou. It’s still pronounced the same, just with the 「紅」, crimson, turned to 「黄」, yellow.
You can use this when you take the time to safely appreciate the autumnal colour scheme wherever you live. Whether it’s on a walk in the woods or from the window of your home, it’s important to appreciate the little things in world around you because they’ll never be quite the same as they are right this moment the next time they possibly come around.
We hope that helps!! Until the next lesson!
Thank you, Kiki and Koko! Kanji certainly proves to be a useful tool for communicating ideas even when the reading may stay the same. Hopefully the following sentences will serve as a useful tool for communicating the usage of today’s vocabulary word.
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)
つくえに むかって すわり にほんごを べんきょうしながら、まどのそとを みて、このはは もうこうようしたと きづいた。 ぼくは ためいきを つく どうじに 「もうあきとなったなあ。」とぼくは いった。
tsukue ni mukatte suwari nihongo wo benkyou shinagara, mado no soto wo mite, konoha wa mou kouyou shita to kidzuita. boku wa tameiki wo tsuku douji ni 「mou aki to natta naa.」to boku wa itta.
Whilst sitting at my desk, studying Japanese, I looked out of my window and noticed the leaves had already turned red. As I sighed, I said, ‘It’s already autumn…’
*Be sure to notice the links to previous vocabulary, as it’s a useful study opportunity!
きぎの はが こうようしはじめるとき もりを あるくことは まほうてきで きんせいの せかいを あるくかんじ～。
kigi no ha ga kouyou shihajimeru toki mori wo aruku koto wa mahouteki de kinsei no sekai wo aruku kanji~
When the leaves of the trees begin to turn yellow, walking through the forest feels like walking through a magical world made of gold.
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™ | 【秋】+ BONUS:【木の葉】(+Helpful Hints with Kiki+Koko). 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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