100 episodes

A weekly podcast for upper beginner to intermediate learners of Japanese.

Listen to Yumi talk about... whatever she wants to talk about. Practice your listening comprehension with natural (howbeit slightly slowed down) Japanese on various topics such as Japanese culture, fun idioms, and, of course, cats.

The episodes can be enjoyed in any order.

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にほんごのたね Nihongo no Tane with Yumi TheJapanesePage.com

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A weekly podcast for upper beginner to intermediate learners of Japanese.

Listen to Yumi talk about... whatever she wants to talk about. Practice your listening comprehension with natural (howbeit slightly slowed down) Japanese on various topics such as Japanese culture, fun idioms, and, of course, cats.

The episodes can be enjoyed in any order.

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    Nihongo no Tane 104 乾燥機の穴そうじ その1 Cleaning the Dryer’s Vent Part 1 | Japanese Immersion podcast

    Nihongo no Tane 104 乾燥機の穴そうじ その1 Cleaning the Dryer’s Vent Part 1 | Japanese Immersion podcast

    Yumi is a do-it-yourselfer. With the help of YouTube, she has learned how to fix quite a few things around the house. But this time, it was a big challenge. The dryer’s vent going outside was clogged and the length and angle of the vent made reaching the clog very difficult. Listen as she describes the challenge.

     

    KEY VOCABULARY:

    乾燥機(かんそうき) dryer

    調子(ちょうし)が悪(わる)い in bad shape; not doing well; out of condition

    洗濯物(せんたくもの) laundry; the washing

    乾(かわ)かす to dry

    一般的(いっぱんてき) general

    生乾(なまがわ)き half-dried

    湿(しめ)ってる damp; moist; wet

    点滅(てんめつ) flashing; blinking

    説明書(せつめいしょ) manual; printed instructions

    熱風(ねっぷう) hot air

    詰(つ)まっている clogged

    空気(くうき) air

    火事(かじ) fire

    危険性(きけんせい)がある hazardous; risky

    検索(けんさく) search

    距離(きょり) distance

    謳(うた)い文句(もんく)  promotional line; catchphrase; slogan; advertised claim

    素人(しろうと) amateur

     

    For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

    Take a quiz on this episode here:

    https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-104

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    • 4 min
    Nihongo no Tane 103 息子君 A Friend’s Son | Japanese Immersion podcast

    Nihongo no Tane 103 息子君 A Friend’s Son | Japanese Immersion podcast

    Last week, a friend of ours brought his son over to talk about Japan. This young man really wants to move to Japan. Yumi felt a little nostalgic after the meeting. His strong desire to learn Japanese and live in Japan reminded her of her husband Clay when he was younger. Today, she tells a little more about this son and the challenges he has to overcome.

     

    KEY VOCABULARY:

    前回(ぜんかい) last time; last episode

    息子(むすこ)くん (other person’s) son

    我(わ)が家(や) my home; our house

    遊(あそ)びに来(き)た came to visit

    若者(わかもの) young man

    憧(あこが)れている  longing for; admiring; attracted by

    田舎町(いなかまち) small town; country small town

    同(おな)じ年頃(としごろ) about the same age

    あっという間(ま)に in no time

    話(はな)し相手(あいて) conversation partner; someone to talk to

    文化(ぶんか)に浸(ひた)りたい to want to be immersed in (Japanese) culture

    軍隊(ぐんたい) military

    眼科(がんか)の先生(せんせい)  Ophthalmologist; eye doctor

    基地(きち) (military) base

    ポロリ(ぽろり)と漏(も)らした let slip

    宣言(せんげん) declaration

     

    For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

    Take a quiz on this episode here:

    https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-103

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    • 3 min
    Nihongo no Tane 102 地下鉄サリン事件 Tokyo Subway Sarin Attack | Japanese Immersion podcast

    Nihongo no Tane 102 地下鉄サリン事件 Tokyo Subway Sarin Attack | Japanese Immersion podcast

    Japan is a very safe country. It is also very clean. There isn’t much garbage on the streets as you might see in other countries. However, there aren’t many public garbage cans. Listen as Yumi explains the connection between the lack of garbage cans and public safety.

     

    KEY VOCABULARY:

    先日(せんじつ) the other day

    我(わ)が家(いえ) our house; our family

    長年(ながねん)の友達(ともだち) long-time friend

    息子(むすこ)さん (his) son; someone else’s son

    遊(あそ)びに来(き)ました came over; came to visit

    一生懸命(いっしょうけんめい) with utmost effort

    文化(ぶんか)や歴史(れきし) culture or history

    禅(ぜん) Zen Buddhism

    話題(わだい)になった became a topic of conversation

    テロを防(ふせ)ぐため in order to prevent terrorism

    即答(そくとう)  immediate reply

    地下鉄(ちかてつ)サリン事件(じけん) Tokyo subway sarin gas attck

    オウム真理教(しんりきょう)  Aum Shinrikyo  doomsday cult that mixed elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, and end time Christian beliefs

    宗教団体(しゅうきょうだんたい)  religious group

    毒(どく)ガス poisonous gas

    一切(いっさい)なくなりました completely disappeared; all gone

    不思議(ふしぎ)な国(くに) strange country

    殺人事件(さつじんじけん) murder incidents

    凶悪犯罪(きょうあくはんざい) atrocious crimes

    例(れい)がない unprecedented

    安倍元総理大臣(あべもとそうりだいじん) Former Prime Minister Abe

    手作(てづく)りの銃(じゅう) handmade gun

    記憶(きおく)に新(あたら)しいところです  fresh on one’s mind; fresh in one’s memory

    違法(いほう) illegal

    猟師(りょうし)さん hunter

    手先(てさき)が器用(きよう)な skillful; dexterous with one’s hands

     

    For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

    Take a quiz on this episode here:

    https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-102

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    • 3 min
    Nihongo no Tane 101 101回目のプロポーズ The 101st Proposal | Japanese Immersion podcast

    Nihongo no Tane 101 101回目のプロポーズ The 101st Proposal | Japanese Immersion podcast

    The 101st episode. Today, Yumi shares some details and trivia about a 1991 hit TV drama called The 101st Proposal starring Takeda Tetsuya and Asano Atsuko.

     

    KEY VOCABULARY:

    101回目(かいめ) 101st time

    101回目(かいめ)のプロポーズ 101st Proposal (1991 Fuji TV drama)

    平成(へいせい)3年(ねん) Heisei 3; 1991

    フジテレビ Fuji TV (TV Station)

    放送(ほうそう)された was broadcast

    武田鉄矢(たけだてつや) Takeda Tetsuya [Japanese folk singer and actor; he has a weekly podcast called 今朝の三枚おろし (This Morning’s Three Cuts) where he shares interesting tidbits from some book he’s recently read. The topics vary widely, but it is always interesting. He has a deep knowledge in a wide variety of topics. Recommended for intermediates and above.]

    浅野温子(あさのあつこ) Asano Atsuko [Actress]

    最終回(さいしゅうかい) final episode (of a TV program)

    視聴率(しちょうりつ) viewing rate; ratings (of a TV program)

    リメイク remake

    チェロ奏者(そうしゃ) Cellist

    お見合(みあ)い a formal marriage interview [often set up by matchmakers]

    冴(さ)えないおじさん dull older man; unattractive older man

    結婚式当日(けっこんしきとうじつ) the day of (her) wedding

    ひたむきに dedicated; single mindedly; earnestly

    ダンプカー dump truck

    僕(ぼく)は死(し)にません I won’t die

    美女(びじょ)と野獣(やじゅう) Beauty and the Beast

    交通(こうつう)マナー traffic manners; traffic etiquette

    台本(だいほん) script

    流行語(りゅうこうご) buzzword; vogue word; popular phrase

     

    For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

    Take a quiz on this episode here:

    https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-101

    If you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing:

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    • 4 min
    Nihongo no Tane 100 百回 100 Times| Japanese Immersion podcast

    Nihongo no Tane 100 百回 100 Times| Japanese Immersion podcast

    100th episode. Yumi started this podcast exactly two years ago and is now on her 100th episode. Today, Yumi talks about several interesting Japanese phrases that include the word 百【ひゃく】 (hundred).

    Also, to celebrate the 100th episode, Makoto+ members not only get a full transcript, but we also created an Anki flashcard deck with dozens of key vocabulary words heard in today’s podcast. Not only that, each card has a sound file. Listen, learn, and repeat with Yumi!

     

    KEY VOCABULARY:

    百回(ひゃっかい)目(め) the 100th time

    たどり着(つ)く to arrive at (after a struggle); to finally reach

    百貨店(ひゃっかてん)  department store

     

    百獣(ひゃくじゅう)の王(おう) King of a hundred beasts (lion)

    種類(しゅるい) variety; sort; kind

    という意味(いみ) such a meaning

    百戦錬磨(ひゃくせんれんま) veteran; battle-worn; rich in experience

    経験(けいけん)を積(つ)む to gain experience; to accumulate experiences

     

    戦(たたか)い fight; battle; struggle

    鍛(きた)える to forge; to drill; to train; to discipline

    百花繚乱(ひゃっかりょうらん) a gathering of many talented people; gathering of many beautiful women; simultaneous emergence of many talents and achievements        

    乱(みだ)れる to be disordered; to be disarrayed; to be upset; to be confused; to lapse into chaos

    能力(のうりょく)がある人(ひと) a person with ability

    優(すぐ)れた人物(じんぶつ)  an outstanding person; person of distinction

    同(おな)じ時期(じき)に at the same time

    活躍(かつやく)する to be active; to flourish; to participate actively

    百回(ひゃっかい)を迎(むか)える to reach 100 times; to welcome the 100th time

    私(わたし)の気持(きも)ち my feelings

    紹介(しょうかい)します to introduce; (I) will introduce

    続(つづ)く to continue

    受験勉強(じゅけんべんきょう) studying for a test; studying for school entrance exams

    諦(あきら)めないで don’t give up

    最後(さいご)まで until the end

    試(し)験(けん) test

    こうやって in this way; like this

    ~気(き)がします I have a feeling that~

    見(み)たことある (I’ve) seen it before

    穴(あな)を掘(ほ)る to dig a hole

    あともう一息(ひといき) just a little more [literally, after one more breath]

    宝物(たからもの)に届(とど)く to reach the treasure

    隣(となり) next to; next door; neighbor

    同(おな)じように in the same way

    諦(あきら)めずに without giving up

    最後(さいご)まで until the end

    手(て)に入(い)れる to obtain; to procure; to get a hold of

    気持(きも)ちはわかります (I) understand the feeling

    辿(たど)り着(つ)く to arrive at (after a struggle); to finally reach; to find one’s way to

    ~を目指(めざ)して aiming for ~

     

    For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

    Take a quiz on this episode here:

    https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-100

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    • 5 min
    Nihongo no Tane 99 掃除と神様 Cleaning and the Gods| Japanese Immersion podcast

    Nihongo no Tane 99 掃除と神様 Cleaning and the Gods| Japanese Immersion podcast

    Yumi has been on a cleaning kick. She’s always been tidy, but recently, she’s gotten serious about it. Japan has very clean streets despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that there are few public trash cans. Is there some connection with Japanese history and mythology to explain this?

     

    KEY VOCABULARY:

    掃除(そうじ) cleaning

    ピカピカ  with a glitter; with a sparkle; shiny and new

    磨(みが)いています polishing; shining

    主婦(しゅふ) housewife; homemaker

    言葉(ことば)に触発(しょくはつ)されて  inspired by words [言葉 (words) に (by) 触発 (triggering; inspiring) されて (passive)]

    管理(かんり) control; management

    整理(せいり) sorting; arrangement; putting in order

    真剣(しんけん)に earnestly; in earnest

    隙間(すきま)  crevice; crack; gap

    面倒(めんどう)くさい bothersome; tiresome

    綿棒(めんぼう) cotton swab

    竹串(たけぐし) bamboo skewer

    神道(しんとう) Shinto

    境内(けいだい) grounds (of shrine); compound

    神話(しんわ) mythology; legend

    日本(にほん)の国旗(こっき) Japanese flag

    清潔(せいけつ) cleanliness; hygienic

     

    For upper beginners to intermediates. Listen to the short podcast and then answer the comprehension questions on the website: https://thejapanesepage.com/nihongonotane-index/

    Take a quiz on this episode here:

    https://thejapanesepage.com/podcast-nihongonotane-99

    If you are a Makoto+ member, you can find the transcript, English translation, key vocabulary, and a downloadable PDF for printing:

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    • 3 min

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Yumi’s unhurried delivery makes these podcasts easy to digest. Perfect for “shadowing” practice. Each episode has a sensible amount of new vocabulary and kanji. Not overwhelming. Use the transcripts to practice reading. I’ve been an intermittent customer of TheJapanShop for several years. I keep coming back!

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