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INTRODUCTION
Yura:Hi everyone, I’m Yura.
Natsuko:And I’m Natsuko!
Yura:And welcome to Culture Class: Essential Japanese Vocabulary, Lesson 6! In this lesson you'll learn 5 essential words related to Food &Drink. These are five common fruits in Japan. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at JapanesePod101.com
FIVE KEY VOCABULARY ITEMS
Yura:Natsuko, what’s our first word?
Natsuko:りんご
Yura:apple
Natsuko:(slow) りんご (regular) りんご
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:りんご
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
Japan also has the old saying: "One apple a day keeps the doctors away". This is symbolic of the fact that apples have always been seen as a fruit thats good for the health. -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 青森県の旬のりんごは、あまくてみずみずしいです。
Yura:Apples from Aomori prefecture in season are sweet and very juicy.
Natsuko:(slow) 青森県の旬のりんごは、あまくてみずみずしいです。
Yura:Okay, what’s the next word?
Natsuko:さくらんぼ
Yura:cherry
Natsuko:(slow) さくらんぼ (regular) さくらんぼ
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:さくらんぼ
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
Yamagata prefecture is famous for its Japanese cherries. Japanese cherries are usually smaller than the American cherry, and their colour is a pinkish-red. -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 日本では、さくらんぼは一番高い果物のひとつです。
Yura:In Japan, cherries are one of the most expensive fruits.
Natsuko:(slow) 日本では、さくらんぼは一番高い果物のひとつです。
Yura:Okay, what’s the next word?
Natsuko:スイカ
Yura:watermelon
Natsuko:(slow) スイカ (regular) スイカ
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:スイカ
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
Many Japanese enjoy eating watermelon in summer. Japanese watermelons are large, and small families cannot eat a whole one, so many supermarkets now sell watermelon pre-cut into quarters or eighths. -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 日本人は、夏に海で目隠しをしてすいかを割るゲームをします。
Yura:Japanese people enjoy a game at the beach during the summer in which you have to find and split a watermelon with a stick while blindfolded.
Natsuko:(slow) 日本人は、夏に海で目隠しをしてすいかを割るゲームをします。
Yura:Okay, what’s the next word?
Natsuko:柿
Yura:persimmon
Natsuko:(slow) 柿 (regular) 柿
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:柿
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
Kaki, or persimmon, is an autumn fruit. It's enjoyed both fresh and dried. -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 渋柿は、干柿にすると甘くなります。
Yura:Bitter Japanese persimmons become very sweet when they're dried.
Natsuko:(slow) 渋柿は、干柿にすると甘くなります。
Yura:Okay, what’s the last word?
Natsuko:みかん
Yura:mandarin orange
Natsuko:(slow) みかん (regular) みかん
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:みかん
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
Japanese people traditionally enjoy eating mandarin oranges in winter, when they're in season. A typical Japanese image of relaxing at home in winter is of family members eating mandarin oranges sitting under what's called a "kotatsu" (a small table with an electric heater underneath covered by a quilt). -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 愛媛県と和歌山県は、みかんで有名です。
Yura:Ehime and Wakayama prefectures are famous for their mandarin oranges.
Natsuko:(slow) 愛媛県と和歌山県は、みかんで有名です。
QUIZ
Yura:Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? A will give you the Japanese – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Natsuko:りんご
[pause]Yura:apple
Natsuko:さくらんぼ
[pause]Yura:cherry
Natsuko:スイカ
[pause]Yura:watermelon
Natsuko:柿
[pause]Yura:persimmon
Natsuko:みかん
[pause]Yura:mandarin orange

Outro

Yura:There you have it – five fruits in Japan! We have more vocab lists available at JapanesePod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Natsuko:またね!

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March 25th, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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Do you eat fruits daily?

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January 27th, 2014 at 07:29 PM
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Shannon-san,

you're very welcome!

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Shannon :)
January 27th, 2014 at 02:17 AM
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Arigato gozaimasu!!

Thank you sooo much for these culture classes , they're very helpful :smile: