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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 9! In this lesson you'll learn 5 essential words related to Geography &Nature. These are five common animals 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:犬
Yura:dog
Natsuko:(slow) 犬 (regular) 犬
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:犬
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
In recent years, there have been fads in Japan for certain types of dogs in which one breed is especially popular for some time, to be replaced later by another breed for the number 1 popularity slot. Prices for dogs at pet shops change drastically according to these fads. -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 柴犬という犬は、常に日本人に人気のある日本犬です。
Yura:The “shibaken” is a Japanese breed of dog which has always been one of the most popular with Japanese people.
Natsuko:(slow) 柴犬という犬は、常に日本人に人気のある日本犬です。
Yura:Okay, what’s the next word?
Natsuko:猫
Yura:cat
Natsuko:(slow) 猫 (regular) 猫
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:猫
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
Cats, alongside dogs, have always been one of the most typical and popular family pets for Japanese families. Recently in Japan a new type of cafe, called a Cat Cafe, designed especially for cat lovers, has appeared.
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 日本には、客が自由に猫と遊んでくつろげる「ネコカフェ」と呼ばれるカフェがたくさんあります。
Yura:There are many cafes in Japan called "Cat Cafes" where customers can have a relaxing time playing with the cats there.
Natsuko:(slow) 日本には、客が自由に猫と遊んでくつろげる「ネコカフェ」と呼ばれるカフェがたくさんあります。
Yura:Okay, what’s the next word?
Natsuko:うさぎ
Yura:rabbit
Natsuko:(slow) うさぎ (regular) うさぎ
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:うさぎ
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
Rabbits have recently become one of the more popular Japanese pets. One of the reasons for this is that rabbits don't make noise like dogs and cats do, and are fairly easy to take care of. -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 最近、うさぎを飼っている人の間で、うさぎを散歩につれていくのがはやっています。
Yura:Lately there is a trend among rabbit owners to take their rabbits for walks.
Natsuko:(slow) 最近、うさぎを飼っている人の間で、うさぎを散歩につれていくのがはやっています。
Yura:Okay, what’s the next word?
Natsuko:カメ
Yura:turtle
Natsuko:(slow) カメ (regular) カメ
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:カメ
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
Turtles are considered as auspicious in Japan for their longevity. Many people used to buy small turtles at festivals, but then some people would release them into the river when they grew too big. -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) カメは一万年生きると言われています。
Yura:Turtles are said to live for 10,000 years.
Natsuko:(slow) カメは一万年生きると言われています。
Yura:Okay, what’s the last word?
Natsuko:猿
Yura:monkey
Natsuko:(slow) 猿 (regular) 猿
Yura:Listeners, please repeat:
Natsuko:猿
[pause - 5 sec.]
Yura:
There are many famous "performer" monkeys in Japan. These trained monkeys have been entertaining Japanese people for a long time. -
Yura:Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Natsuko:(normal) 日本では、冬に猿も温泉を楽しみます。
Yura:In Japan, monkeys also enjoy hot natural springs in winter.
Natsuko:(slow) 日本では、冬に猿も温泉を楽しみます。
QUIZ
Yura:Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Natsuko will give you the Japanese – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Natsuko:犬
[pause]Yura:dog
Natsuko:猫
[pause]Yura:cat
Natsuko:うさぎ
[pause]Yura:rabbit
Natsuko:カメ
[pause]Yura:turtle
Natsuko:猿
[pause]Yura:monkey

Outro

Yura:There you have it – five common animals 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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May 6th, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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What kind of wild animals are there in your country? Can you tell us in Japanese?

yuki
December 22nd, 2013 at 02:17 PM
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Hello xoxoitany san,


Sou desuka.

xoxoitany san no uchi niwa usage ga imasu ka.

Watashi no uchi ni ha nanimo imasen. (I don’t have any pets.)


Yuki

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xoxoitany
December 21st, 2013 at 04:30 AM
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watashi wa usagi ga imasu! :heart:

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May 8th, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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マイケルさん、

wow, thank you very much for the information! I really didn't know that (about

木鼠):oops: You're "not entitled" to 切腹 because you helped me learning Japanese:lol:


We don't really use kanji very often to mention any animals, to be honest.

Even dogs and cats can be written with hiragana or katakana.

So, not-commonly-seen animals are written with more often in ....

hiragana or katakana, I suppose.


I remember there were MANY cute squirrels in UK!! Foxes.....not very cute:mrgreen:


Natsuko(奈津子),

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Michael M Mason
May 8th, 2013 at 07:45 AM
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It seems that 木鼠 is actually the old name for 「ツパイ」 or " treeshrew". Wikipedia says:-

古くは「キネズミ」と呼ばれた。外見、行動はリスに似ているが、系統的には全く別の動物である。

Formerly known as "kinezumi" (tree mouse/rat). Outwardly resembles the squirrel but is classified as a completely separate species.


So it was a mistake, but not a very bad one. Unlike missing the が out. That's embarrassing. I will now slip quietly away and commit 切腹. :oops:


マイケル

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May 7th, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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マイケルさん、

Very good! :grin:

「イギリスには、うさぎやリスや狐や鹿がいます。家では猫二匹と犬一匹を飼っています。犬は柴犬です。」

これでパーフェクトになりますよ!This would be perfect!


"[place] ni wa [noun] GA imasu"

Please don't forget "ga" before "imasu":wink:


I never knew kanji for squirrels, but it seems the correct one is 栗鼠...

we usually write it with katakana or hiragana. (too much work for lazy person like me) :mrgreen:


Natsuko(奈津子),

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Michael M Mason
May 7th, 2013 at 06:07 AM
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イギリスではうさぎや木鼠や狐や鹿います。家では二匹猫と一匹犬を飼っている。犬は柴犬です :grin:。


Igirisu de wa usagi ya kinezumi ya kitsune ya sika imasu. Uchi de wa nihiki neko to ippiki inu wo katte iru. Inu wa shiba-inu desu.


In the UK there are rabbits, squirrels, foxes and deer. At our house we have two cats and a dog. The dog is a Shiba Inu.


マイケル