Want to Improve your Japanese Listening Skill? Then this podcast is for you! Asuka, a qualified Japanese teacher, provides you graded listening exercises so you can pick up the proper exercise to practice.
Want to Improve your Japanese Listening Skill? Then this podcast is for you! Asuka, a qualified Japanese teacher, provides you graded listening exercises so you can pick up the proper exercise to practice.
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#12 Jesse. Four years ago, Jesse was hit by a car and nearly died. Now he wants to find the driver. And thank him.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt. The senior producer is Kaitlin Roberts.Editing by Jorge Just, Alex Blumberg, and Wendy Dorr.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Saidu Tejan-Thomas, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Kate Bilinski. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, and Edwin, with additional music by Chris Zabriskie, Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Charles Smith, Visager, Graham Barton, and Katie Mullins. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
83- Heyoon. Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Alex Goldman was a misfit. Bored and disaffected and angry, he longed for a place to escape to. And then he found Heyoon. The only way to find out about Heyoon for someone to … Continue reading →
Episode 51: Money Tree. When Axton Betz-Hamilton was 11 years old, her parents' identities were stolen. At that time, in the early 90s, consumer protection services for identity theft victims were basically non-existent. So the family dealt with the consequences as best they could. But then when Axton got to college, she realized that her identity had been stolen as well. Her credit score was in the lowest 2%. As she was working to restore her credit, she inadvertently discovered who had stolen the family's identity. It would change everything forever. View the photograph Axton describes here. If you live in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, or Toronto. . . come see us tell all new stories live! Learn more at http://thisiscriminal.com/live/. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
Case 60: Jonestown (Part 3). [Part 3 of 3] You may think you know the story, but do you… This is the chilling conclusion to Jonestown. Researched and written by Milly Raso For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-60-jonestown-part-3
Rank #1: Japanese Listening (Advanced) new episode Vol11. Japanese Listening (Advanced) new episode is there! Listen to the real, natural Japanese conversation with script! ** This episode is actually not new for everybody. I re-uploaded one of old episodes.
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Rank #1: Akiko to Kuro part.1 . Hi all. This is new story of Akiko and Kuro. I hope you enjoy it. :) Love you. Text is on my Blog : http://effortlessjapanese.blogspot.com/
Rank #2: Koala コアラ, Effortless Japanese. Text is on my Blog http://effortlessjapanese.blogspot.com/
Rank #1: JLPT BC 162 | 5 Things to Know to Become an Ukiyo-e master. Ukiyo-e, if you are not familiar, is a Japanese art form that was popular from 17th century to 19th century Japan. It basically consists of woodblocks used for mass production of pictures. Ukiyo means floating world, and e means picture, so they were literally “pictures of the floating world.” They generally depicted daily life, landscapes, and beautiful people. Ukiyoe prints are some of the most famous pieces of artwork from Japan. Almost everyone has, at one time, seen Hokusai’s “Big Wave” print featured above. And portraits of the kabuki actors tend to crop up whenever a Japanese themed picture is needed. The sharp contrasts of the images have a distinct style and have probably done a lot to influence manga artists of today. 5. How to pronounce it Okay, so it may seem like a simple word to pronounce, but it really isn’t. You have to give it a few tries before it really rolls off your tongue. So try it a few times, quickly. If anything it is a great work out for your tongue. Here is a native saying it courtesy of our good friends at Forvo.com: 4. Some Ukiyo-e had Bewbs Erotica wasn’t as big of a taboo in Japanese art as it was in Western art. Although not often displayed in museums around the world, erotica was a part of ukiyoe art. And these drawings were not just for dirty minded pervs looking to get their kicks. They were actually quite common. The style of ukiyoe depicting erotica was called shunga. And there are records of everyone from samurai to housewives purchasing and carrying shunga with them. Although not completely openly accepted (despite Western commenters attempting to portray otherwise), it wasn’t completely against any religious morals like in the West. Almost all of the major ukiyoe artists at one time created some kind of erotica. Even Hakusai, arguably one of the most famous woodblock artists created a series of prints that depicted a story of a woman making love to an octopus, which of course would never see the light of day in the 19th century West, and to be honest is a bit shocking to see in this modern era, even as art. 3. The major periods Early Ukiyo-e (1670~1740) Before around the 1670s, art was mostly limited to the nobility who had the kind of money to commission works of art, much like in the West. Patrons usually liked to see pictures of things that reminded them of their wealthy, like wealthy people doing wealthy things. But, once Japan was united and the Edo period began. The merchant class found themselves making some serious yen, and there started being an interest in art, especially art that depicted every day things. This merchant class had money, but it seems like they weren’t exactly swimming it, so being able to mass-produce artwork with woodblocks, made prints cheaper and more affordable. These first pieces of work were mostly in the style of what had come before. They characterized by their use of only one color, typically black, and showed limited use of prospective, usually just sticking to 2D. A lot of them focused on the human figure and ideals of beauty. Beginning of Color Prints (1740~1780s) Starting in the 1740s, ukiyo-e prints started to be printed with multiple woodblocks each using a different colored ink. This somewhat complicated process led to more flexibility in creating different images. Landscapes and more complicated scenes became more popular. During this time, due to influence from the West, paintings started to take on more geometrical prospective. The paintings, in particular Masanobu’s works appeared a lot more 3 dimensional, something that we take for granted today, but was actually a major breakthrough back in the day. The Peak and Popularization of the Genre (1780~1804) This era brought on some of the greats like Utamaro and Sharaku who placed more emphasis on beauty and harmony. Portraits also began to focus more on the head and torso of someone as opposed to the whole body. Some of the popular woodblocks were of famous kabuki actors and every day beautiful women. A lot of the faces look very similar due to the emphasis on harmony and perfection. Move toward Landscapes (1804~1868) Due to the Tenpo Reforms of 1841 to 1843, printmaking of kabuki actors, geisha and courtesans was banned. Artists turned away from people as the subject matter of their prints and focused more on landscapes. This is the area when a lot of the major prints that are famous today were created. Prints like the Big Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai as well as Hiroshige’s more subdued prints. There were still scenes of villagers, but there was less emphasis on beauty and perfection of the human form. Artists and the Japanese government didn’t want to focus on decadence. Instead, artists seemed to look for beauty in the every day life and nature that surrounded them. 2. The major artists Moronobu was one of the first woodblock artists. He did a lot to popularize the art form and get it started. Although he wasn’t the first, he formalized and refined the art style. Sukenobu was famous for his shunga, or erotic prints. He published at least 30 volumes of erotica. Being based in Kyoto, which was rather rare for ukiyo-e artists of the time, he tended to focus on beautiful women going about their hobbies and daily activities in beautiful kimonos. Masanobu came to prominence during the second era of ukiyo-e artists when color printing became popular. He is best known for employing geometrical perspective in his prints to give them a depth that hadn’t been seen before. He used multiple colors to give his prints a tremendous amount of detail. Harunobu was a pupil of Sukenobu and was believed to be the first artist to use multi-colored printing or nishiki-e, sometimes called brocade printing for his works. In 1765, he and a group of poets published a deluxe edition of calendar to be distributed amongst friends. This calendar eventually brought him fame and he went on to create around 600 prints in 6 years before his untimely death at age 45. He was famous for his expressive and creative designs. Shunsho is famous for creating portraits of kabuki actors that were more true to life. The portraits allowed viewers to not only recognize the character, but also the individual actor playing the part. Although famous for his woodblock prints of kabuki actors, he was also a versatile painter that painted several images of beautiful women, bijin-ga, as well. Kunisada was a giant in the woodblock industry, producing well over 20,000 prints in his lifetime. He created prints that often did not follow the norms of the day. Just looking at a few of his prints you can see his bold use of color and composition that was completely different from the previous norms. Kiyonaga painted idealized female forms in the latest fashions. Despite being of humble origins he managed to capture an air of aristocracy. His female forms were said to be fuller and more mature than his predecessors. His prints portrayed scenes very plainly not idolizing them in any way. Utamaro is said to replace Kiyonaga as the go to guy for bijin okubi-e (large headed pictures of beautiful women). His women tended to be even more fuller and mature. Although they were far from being realistic. Most of the women in his prints were tall and slender, their faces long with small eyes, which were apparently coveted at the time. Sharaku was a mysterious ukiyo-e artist that appeared in 1795, made prints for about 10 months and disappeared shortly there after. His artwork was met with disapproval at the time, but they are now some of the more iconic images from that time. They showed a lot of expression due to the contorted expressions on the kabuki actors faces. Hokusai is arguably the most famous ukiyo-e artist. He was famous for prints with sharp contrasts and hard edges. His print the Great Wave off Kanagawa is probably the first image that comes to mind when you think of ukiyo-e prints other than the countless portraits of kabuki actors and beautiful women. He had a personal obsession with Mt. Fuji and painted several views of the mountain in his lifetime along with a lot of other studies of nature. Hiroshige is famous for his The fifty-three stations of the Tokaido which portrayed the sights he saw on his trip to Kyoto from Edo. During the Edo period, tourism was booming, making his prints very popular. Although he made good use of color his prints tended to be more realistic and with more subtle colors than Hokusai. He was also known to paint flowers and birds, which up until then hadn’t been a popular subject of ukiyo-e prints. 1. Further Resources I’ve just given you a small glimpse of the massive world of ukiyo-e artwork. If you are interested in checking out some more prints for yourself, I encourage you to visit ukiyo-e.org, which has a massive library of prints from around the world cataloged and named for you to sort through. I consulted it several times for some good prints for this article. If you’d like to be able to identify some of the great’s artworks, I put together my own short ukiyo-e course on Memrise. There you can learn to identify some prints created by some of the great ukiyo-e artists. There is also a course that walks through Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of Tokaido. Also if you are interested in doing some further reading, be sure to check out Japan Journeys (JPN), which a nice book that arranges some select ukiyo-e prints to show what some of Japan’s greatest cities used to look like. Andreas Marks also has another beautiful book, Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks: 1680 – 1900 (JPN), if you are looking for something large format to enjoy these prints. Another small primer of ukiyo-e history is Ukiyo-e: An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints (JPN). It is a short and sweet 96 page intro to the art form. What do you think of Ukiyo-e? Who is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.
Rank #2: JLPT BC 160 | BSing in Japan, Honne vs. Tatemae. A few years back, I was working at a school and we were trying to arrange a farewell party for one of our fellow teachers. One teacher found a great Indian restaurant that wasn’t too far away from the school. It seemed like a great place. It had a big room to accommodate everyone and it was something different for us, since we usually go to Japanese restaurants for these kinds of things. The problem was that the restaurant only had the typical ‘all-you-can-eat/all-you-can-drink’ deal for large groups like ours on weekends which is when we wanted to go. The grand total of which was Y4000. Not too bad if you like to drink yourself blind, and, to be fair, the usual price for this kind of party. Some people grumbled a bit about the price, because, well, we’re teachers and are perpetually broke. Another more generic, slightly farther away Indian restaurant offered ‘all-you-can-eat’ plus order/pay for your own drinks for just Y2000. And this was offered up as a better option. I was a big fan of this option, because I hardly drink nowadays. However, another foreign teacher objected because the other restaurant wasn’t so nice and farther away. The Japanese staff listened politely and then it was decided that we would ‘think about it’. Well, we thought about it long and hard. But, nothing ever came of it. In the end, we went back to our old friend, the izakaya, a Japanese-style pub. The other foreign teacher threw up his hands in frustration wondering why we couldn’t have come to an agreement on the Indian restaurant and the Japanese staff found excuses to look away and change the subject. So what happened? Well it turns out that the problem is that about half the staff really had no desire to drink and didn’t want to pay the premium for ‘all-you-can-drink’. Did anyone really expressly say that or explain it to my foreign colleague? No. I hadn’t made the conclusion myself to be honest. I just didn’t want to spend more money. I think us Westerners expect there to be a thorough discussion about these kinds of things. And that everyone’s opinions should be heard, weighted, and sorted. And after all that, a proper decision should be made. But, in Japan a lot of these arguments need to be implied from the situation. In the above situation, the Japanese staff didn’t want to cause conflict by outright disagreeing. And they probably felt uncomfortable structuring their arguments in English, so they just kind of gave silent resistance to the argument. This is a common situation that has led to many an expat getting frustrated and throwing a fit. But, in Japan it is an every day thing, and even openly accepted and appreciated. It is seen as being polite in some ways. Tatemae The Japanese staff in the situation above were showing their ‘tatemae’ or outside face not their true feelings ‘honne’. This a key part of Japanese society that most people believe helps everyone get along in such a crowded country. Basically, it is a way of being extremely indirect in conveying a sometimes uncomfortable message. It is considered polite to do so, even though you are essentially lying to someone’s face. It can also mean doing something that you really don’t want to do, but are obligated to do. For example, for Valentine’s day, women are expected to give male co-workers and their boss chocolates (called girichoco – obligation chocolate) even though they really don’t want to. They also give chocolates to romantic interests that they would like to see more of. Girichoco tends to be of the rather cheap kind that you can buy at the supermarket. Not exactly a plain old candy bar, but one small step up from that. On the other hand, for those they hold most dear, they will go to the department store and get special chocolates. And this is not necessarily seen as a negative thing even though it is pretty obvious that people are just doing it out of obligation. This is in contrast to the Western idea of being true to yourself and being honest with others. That’s not to say that people in the West don’t, from time to time, do things they are obligated to do. It seems like the higher you go in society in the West the more obligations you have to uphold. We’ve all heard of the suburban mom who keeps track of how much everyone spends on presents so that they can give an appropriately priced gift in response at a later date. Or the sudden need to wash one’s hair when someone makes an unwelcomed advance. I think we in the West tend to also use a tremendous amount of sarcasm to soften our blows and achieve the same purpose of tatemae. But, sarcasm is noticeably absent from Japanese culture. It’s actually quite amusing to hear someone try to use sarcasm in Japan. It usually ends up being way to blunt or way too soft. It is a tough skill to master, not unlike tatemae. But, people will sometimes appreciate hearing your true feelings in the West. As a matter of fact, it is seen as a brave and respectable thing in some situations. And people in Japan, may often be shocked and not be able to really deal with true feelings. I have seen many a foreigner explode with frustration, and the shocked expression on someone’s face, puzzled as to how to deal with it. I’ve been the foreigner sometimes when I’ve had enough with some sales rep monopolizing my time and I’ve tried to politely brush them off with some ‘arigatou gozimasu’s and ‘sumimasen’s. Softbank has recently taken this to new extremes with their incredibly long walk through of all the add on services that you could possibly need. I just need an iPhone with a data plan please. I sometimes feign ignorance of Japanese at this point and keep repeating what I need until they give in and let me sign the contract. Or my favorite “chotto jikanganainode…” which seems to hurry along most people and force them to make their point. Honne Honne, of course, is the opposite. Instead of hiding your feelings or adhering to social norms, you are staying true to your feelings. This is usually limited to close friends or family. But, like anything else there is a spectrum of people that are on the edge of tatemae, and others that are completely honne. A lot of those that have a hard time fitting in in Japan, tend to look abroad and to English to be their way of expressing themselves. What this means is that the people that you meet from Japan that are fluent speakers of English tend to be quite Western and quite honne. Some people can be quite brutally honest. I have been around more than a few people that have blown their top in an epic explosion of anger or frustration. It is pretty rare, but it does happen. Another thing that kind of happens is that some people don’t carry their tatemae filter with them into English. One time an acquittance, that I hardly knew, poked me in the belly and said “metabo” (short for metabolic syndrome, basically calling me fat). I wasn’t really offended but just surprised that he would do that. Another time, I was out with an all male cadre of sales reps that I had been teaching for about a year. And even before the drinks started really poring they were asking about how my wife was in bed. Their boss lucky cut them off and redirected the conversation, but it just seemed kind of a funny thing to ask. I mean when is that ever acceptable? But, I think speaking another language (they had asked the question in English) tends to shake off those inhibitions you have when using your native language. In America, we also tend to hold back on true feelings. For instance, breaking down and crying in the office is not going to get you a promotion any time soon. Neither will violent outbursts. So, its not unheard of that some people in the West keep their true feelings hidden. Affects the Language This desire to keep everyone happy by not saying too much extends into language use of course. There are more than a few phrases that are meant to never be completed. For instance, you can complain about something politely by just saying ‘chotto…’ and leaving it hang. For example, if you wanted to complain about someone’s shoes, you could simply say ‘sonokutsuwa chotto…’. Some N1 essays and listening questions prey on this and leave a lot unsaid because it is implied. It is one of the toughest skills to master when learning Japanese. Reading between the lines can be difficult even in your native language, but adding in the difficulty of reading Japanese at a rapid pace, this can be a huge hurtle to passing the N1. That’s why, as frustrating as it can be sometimes, I always ask questions to try to get a little more information and fish out what people are actually trying to say. This can be true even if they are speaking in English. And there are more than a few people that have gotten frustrated with me because I just didn’t get it. But, hey, at least I’m trying. What is your experience? Have you gotten a little frustrated trying to see through the fog of tatemae? Are you a master of the BS? Let me know in the comments.
Rank #1: KUSHIYAKI. KUSHIYAKI Foods & Dining 2: Yakitorigrilled chicken skewersyakitorichicken white meat skewertorinikuchicken breast skeweryotsumi chicken thigh skewersmomochicken meat & scallionnegimachicken meatballtsukune chicken wingstebasakichicken heartshatsu or kokorochicken liverrebaachicken gizzardzuri or sunagimochicken cartilagenankotsuchicken intestinessirochicken tailbonjirichicken skinskawaFoods & Dining 3: Kushiyakigrilled meat or vegetable skewerkushiyakipork bellybutabarabeef tonguegyuutanthick tofuatsuagegreen pepperpiimanginko nutsginnanmushrooms wrapped in porkenoki makiasparagus wrapped in baconasuparabeekonThe post KUSHIYAKI appeared first on talkingflashcards.
Rank #2: Counting 11 – 97. Counting 11 - 97After you have learned to count to 10 in Japanese, there is a pattern that emerges as you learn higher numbers. This Podcast illustrates these patterns to easily teach you to count double-digit numbers in Japanese! NumbersRomaji11juu-ichi12juu-ni13juu-san14juu-yon15juu-go20ni-juu31san-juu-ichi42yon-juu-ni53go-juu-san64roku-juu-yon75nana-juu-go86hachi-juu-roku97kyuu-juu-nanaThe post Counting 11 – 97 appeared first on talkingflashcards.
Rank #1: Learn Japanese: My Favorite Anime for Learning Japanese.. What Anime Do I watch and what Manga do I "MANGA SENSEI" read? Listen to find out!(Sorry about the late posts on these episodes. Somehow they didn't upload and post. I had no idea.) music by gizmomanga-sensei.com
Rank #2: Learn Japanese: Time pt. 1. It is time! The podcast has shifted and we are now doing the podcast episodes on a weekly theme. This week's theme is time. Also today our comic finally launched! yahoo! Check it out and more at manga-sensei.com
Rank #1: Ten Nights of Dreams by NATSUME Soseki – The First Night. 夢十夜 第一夜こんな夢を見た。腕組をして枕元に坐っていると、仰向に寝た女が、静かな声でもう死にますと云う。……e-text at Aozora Bunko: (http://www.aozora.gr.jp/cards/000148/files/799_14972.html)
Rank #2: Essays in Idleness No.071. 徒然草第七一段 名を聞くより、やがて面影はおしはからるる心地するを、見る時は、又かねて思ひつるままの顔したる人こそなけれ。…
Rank #1: Lesson 01 - One Minute Japanese. In lesson 1 of One Minute Japanese you will learn how to say 'hello' and 'goodbye' in Japanese. Remember - even a few phrases of a language can help you make friends and enjoy travel more. Find out more about One Minute Japanese at our website - http://www.oneminutelanguages.com.
Rank #2: Lesson 02 - One Minute Japanese (repost). In lesson 2 of One Minute Japanese you will learn a few more useful words in Japanese which you'll use every day. Remember - even a few phrases of a language can help you make friends and enjoy travel more. Find out more about One Minute Japanese at our website - http://www.oneminutelanguages.com. One Minute Japanese is brought to you by the Radio Lingua Network and is ©Copyright 2008.
Rank #1: 31. 日本ではタピオカが大ブーム( bubble tea is the latest fad in Japan)！〜帰国と日本の流行(trend)について〜. Vocabulary listhttps://smalltalkinjapanese.hatenablog.com/entry/2019/08/03/003910Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/smalltalkinJPYou can view the vocabulary list on our blog using the link above :) Also, we would appreciate your support on Patreon.Twitter (@smalltalkinJP)Thank you very much for listening!We hope new vocabulary list system will help you more than before.Please let us know your comments :)
Rank #2: 2. ご飯派？パン派？・日本の電車について 〜talk about our breakfast and commuter train〜. Vocabulary list:https://smalltalkinjapanese.hatenablog.com/entry/2019/05/25/024734Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/smalltalkinJPYou can view the vocabulary list on our blog using the link above :) Also, we would appreciate your support on Patreon.Twitter (@smalltalkinJP)Thank you very much for listening!
Rank #1: Mixed Reactions to Tony Abbott as Indigenous Affairs Envoy - 先住民問題特使にトニー・アボット元首相！？. A chorus of high-profile Indigenous Australians is criticising former prime minister Tony Abbott's appointment as the federal government's special envoy on Indigenous affairs. Mr Abbott was offered the newly-created job by new Prime Minister Scott Morrison, but delayed accepting the job, as he was unsure about it. - スコット・モリソン新首相が誕生し、新たな内閣の顔ぶれも発表されました。トニー・アボット元首相も、入閣はしなかったものの、モリソン首相から「先住民問題特使」という新しい役目を与えられました。しかし、先住民側は、アボット氏の就任に猛反発しています。
Rank #2: Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival 2019 - こどもの日ジャパンフェスティバル2019. "Kodomo no Hi" literally means children's day, a public holiday in japan on the same date, 5 May. The name of the festival implies cultural and social links between Australia and Japan. Broadcast on 27 April 2019For more Japanese stories and articles, follow us on Facebook. - 「こどもの日」は文字通り、５月５日の日本のこどもの日を指しますが、ここでは、もっと幅広く日本文化と日豪の交流を意味し、子供だけではなく家族みんなで楽しめるフェスティバルになっています。今年は日本のこどもの日と同じ５月５日に開催されます。2019年４月27日放送オーストラリアや世界の話題を、日本語で！SBS 日本語放送のFacebookをフォローしてください。
Rank #1: NISJ 320 – Hot Soup from a Vending Machine.
Rank #2: NISJ 342 – Zero Waste Movement-Intermediate and Advanced Japanese Listening.
Rank #1: Kanji Video Lesson #1: Japanese Kanji and Trees - What’s the Connection?. Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! In today’s video lesson, you’ll learn a simple trick that will make today’s kanji super easy. Believe it or not, thinking of a tree is all you need to reach kanji perfection. In addition to the straightforward, easy instruction on drawing this kanji, you’ll find some helpful sample sentences and [...]
Rank #2: Absolute Beginner Japanese for Every Day #1 - The 25 Most Common Phrases that We Use in Japan. Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! In your home country, there are some phrases that are so common you use them or hear them every day. The same is true in Japan too, so why not give your Japanese an instant boost by learning them in this video lesson? With Risa’s help, you’ll be sounding like a [...]
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Rank #1: S2E18 - Tokyo's New Taxis - 大きな荷物を持った人や車いすを使う人に便利なタクシー. 旅行などで大きな荷物を持った人や、車いすを使っている人などに便利なタクシーが走り始めました。東京で２３日、自動車を作る会社やタクシーの会社のグループが集まって出発の式をしました。このタクシーは、天井が今までより２０ｃｍ高くて、床が５ｃｍ低くなりました。色は濃い青です。運転席の隣の席や後ろの席のいすを折り畳むと、中が広くなって、スーツケースなど大きな荷物を置いたりできます。車いすを押してもらって乗ることができるように、スロープもあります。タクシーの会社のグループは、このようなタクシーをこれから多くする計画です。東京でオリンピックとパラリンピックがある２０２０年までに、日本のタクシーの３０％をこのようなタクシーにしたいと言っています。***https://www.patreon.com/bilingualny***Textbook Recs - Genki I: amzn.to/2fBffAW ->Genki II: amzn.to/2vP7QEC -> Japan Through My Eyes: amzn.to/2hUSF7h -> Tanoshii Yomimono: amzn.to/2vshQm7***Twitter / ツイッター: twitter.com/bilingualny***Email / メール: email@example.com***Featuring music from Shugo Tokumaru and Xpkt
Rank #2: S2E23: Why a record number of tourists came to Japan last year - 去年日本へ旅行に来た外国人はいちばん多い２８６９万人. 国土交通省が計算すると、去年日本へ旅行に来た外国人は２８６９万人になりました。おととしより約４６０万人、割合では１９．３％増えて、５年続けて今まででいちばん多くなりました。日本へ来る外国人が増えた理由の１つは、中国やロシアから来る人がビザを取りやすくなったことです。アジアと日本の間を飛ぶ料金が安い飛行機や、大きな船が増えたことも理由です。政府は、東京でオリンピックとパラリンピックがある２０２０年に、日本へ旅行に来る外国人を４０００万人に増やしたいと考えています。そのためには、アメリカやヨーロッパから来る人も増やさなければなりません。夜も観光を楽しむことができるようにして、外国人がしたいと思うことをできるようにすることが必要です。***www.patreon.com/bilingualny***Textbook Recs - Genki I: amzn.to/2fBffAW ->Genki II: amzn.to/2vP7QEC -> Japan Through My Eyes: amzn.to/2hUSF7h -> Tanoshii Yomimono: amzn.to/2vshQm7***Twitter / ツイッター: twitter.com/bilingualny***Email / メール: firstname.lastname@example.org***Featuring music from Shugo Tokumaru, and Xpkt
Rank #1: Episode 73.- Sexless Japan. Hello everyone! It’s already been two weeks from our last Episode and we are back! On Episode 73 the Living Japan crew talks about two very important topics: vending machines and sexless Japan. How many vending machines are there in Japan? Are all as crazy as it looks on the internet? Are there vending machines with Adult Content? And finally, the most important question of them all: Are Japanese people losing interest in relationships and sex? Or is this another “Crazy Japan” story portrayed by the media? Join the conversation!! Let us know what you think! https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/episode-73.mp3
Rank #2: Episode 63.- Hikikomori: Japan’s Lost Generation. Today Dr. Michael Dziesinski, a visiting scholar from the University of Hawaii, joins us to talk about a social phenomenon of Japan: Hikikomori. Today, they are many different portrayals of Hikikomori on mass media and popular culture, but… are they really as they are showcased? What is hikikomori? How do hikikomori people behave? Is it only a problem of Japan? Join us as Dr. Dziesinski answer to these and many more questions drawing some light over this issue. If you want to know more, please don’t forget to leave your questions on the comments or you can follow Dr. Dziesinski’s vlog and Twitter: Blog: http://towakudai.blogs.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MDziesinski https://livingjapanpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/episode-63.mp3
Rank #1: Transitive and Intransitive Verbs in Japanese feat. Kristen. We talk to Tofugu translator Kristen about the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs. This concept trips up a lot of Japanese learners. Even people who think they know how transitivity pairs work in Japanese, they don't really. Kristen helps you understand transitive/intransitive verbs once and for all.iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcastGoogle Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay
Rank #2: What's the Difference Between On'yomi and Kun'yomi Kanji?. Read the article: https://tfg.li/2wMOjkRThis is maybe the most frustrating aspect of studying kanji. You start learning 山 as やま. Cool, one kanji memorized. Wait... it can also be read as さん. Wait. All your other kanji have 2 or 4 extra readings too! Some are on'yomi. Some are kun'yomi.Why does this have to be so complicated?!It may seem confusing at first, but if you learn the difference between on'yomi/kun'yomi readings, where they came from, and how they work, we promise it will make learning kanji a lot easier.Listen to this kanji-tastic episode where Kristen explains all this and more. When you're breezing through kanji like a pro, you'll be glad you did.iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcastGoogle Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay