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Friday, 24 April 2015

Why I hate カタカナ!






TED have done it again with another fantastic video presentation. This one is by a woman who has been teaching English in the Middle East for 30 years, and how she laments the loss of languages around the world with everyone possessed with learning English.

It makes me worry for the Japanese language when everything is in Katakana these days.
Do you know the Japanese word for spoon? (and I don't mean スプーン)

Just my thoughts. If you do want to learn English though (as it is of course very important), try a free month at Vocab Voyage. The subjects for May are: Hanyu Yuzuru, Why Japan needs more babies, and Tokyo building to prevent disasters.

Check it all out below.


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-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Interesting thoughts from a man who learnt 20 languages。面白い!



Would you like to learn 20 languages. Is that even possible?
It is, because a bloke named Timothy Doner did it.
He has some fascinating ideas about what it means to be fluent in a language, and some great thoughts on learning languages. Click below, and enjoy.

This link will take you to the TED article.


If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

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-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

1 subject ¥400, all three subjects ¥990 (if you decide to continue after your absolutely free trial)

04・16の質問ーKei Nishioriのリストの






The Kei Nishikori Word List is where you can study up for today's question. The Vocab YouTube clip above will help too. The story linked at the top of the Word List PDF where I got all the words from is a good read also. 
To the question:

「障壁、障害、妨げ」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:After the player was beaten in straight sets, he was bereft of any hope for his future.
b:The umpire barked at the player, telling him to speed up his game.
c:The games at the tournament turned out much drearier than previous years. 
d:Returning a good first serve is a barrier to winning competitions.

.If you want to have a look at a free trial for May, read all about it down below, or at our website (which is all in Japanese for you).

If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

-     the vocab lists for the month (English and Japanese, in same order as the                             YouTube clip)
-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

1 subject ¥400, all three subjects ¥990 (if you decide to continue after your absolutely free trial)


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

VV News - さくら。 The transcription is up.






Here's the script of the first story for your reading pleasure. Members, yours is in your Inbox. Articles are linked right at the bottom. Right at the bottom. 

Good morning, and welcome to Vocab Voyage News of the day. I've been a bit quiet. I've 
been a bit busy. So here we go.
Cherry Blossoms, one of our subjects for April, so I thought I'd do a bit more of a news 
thing on it. Not so much news today. I felt a bit bad. The last Vocab Voyage News 
(on Cherry Blossoms) where I talked about how it was all going bad for the cherry 
blossoms. So today, I'm just going to talk lovely stuff about the cherry blossoms. 
If you want to go to our website www.vocab-voyage.com 
Find out what we do. Find out how to get a free go for a month. Wow!
OK. So spring has sprung. Spring has sprung all around the world, in the northern 
hemisphere anyway. Spring has most definitely not sprung in New Zealand. Autumn has 
come around, and winter even. They had an Antarctic front come over the country, and my mate, he showed me it snowing outside (on Skype) out his window. I told him I didn't want to see snow anywhere, not even on my computer during the summer. I see enough 
of it in winter. So the first place they look at...., they've got a whole bunch of nice 
pictures of spring around the world. Not cherry blossoms exactly, but you've got 
Patagonia you've got frogs, you've got Kamakura, you've got Suffolk (England), you've got 
Northern Ireland, Barcelona, Horse chestnuts, and Canada. So there's some nice pictures there. 

If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

-     the vocab lists for the month (English and Japanese, in same order as the                             YouTube clip)
-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

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Here's the links to the articles I talked about:
The Guardian, Inside Scoop SF, Wall Street Journal

04・15の質問-日本のウイスキーのリストの




The Japanese Whisky Word List  is where you can study up for today's question. The Vocab YouTube clip above will help too. The story linked at the top of the Word List PDF where I got all the words from is a good read also. 
To the question:

「多才の、多芸な」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:The hot weather was adverse to the production of quality whisky.
b:As soon as they could verify the man's qualifications, he had the job.
c:The whisky distillery was purchased by a larger company in a hostile takeover.
d:A good employee is versatile enough to carry out a number of tasks.


If you want to have a look at a free trial for May, read all about it down below, or at our website (which is all in Japanese for you).

If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

-     the vocab lists for the month (English and Japanese, in same order as the                             YouTube clip)
-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

1 subject ¥400, all three subjects ¥990 (if you decide to continue after your absolutely free trial)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

04・14の質問ーHello Kittyリストの単語





The Hello Kitty Word List is where you can study up for today's question. The Vocab YouTube clip above will help too. The story linked at the top of the Word List PDF where I got all the words from is a good read also. 
To the question:

「修める、練磨する」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:It has taken a long time for Apple to cultivate it's image to a cult status.
b:The new technology we have is a result of people being unafraid to innovate.
c:If you renovate your house, over time the value of it will increase.
d:Years of work saw their efforts culminate in success.

.If you want to have a look at a free trial for May, read all about it down below, or at our website (which is all in Japanese for you).

If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

-     the vocab lists for the month (English and Japanese, in same order as the                             YouTube clip)
-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

1 subject ¥400, all three subjects ¥990 (if you decide to continue after your absolutely free trial)

Monday, 13 April 2015

04・13の質問ーKei Nishikoriのリストの





The Kei Nishikori Word List is where you can study up for today's question. The Vocab YouTube clip above will help too. The story linked at the top of the Word List PDF where I got all the words from is a good read also. 
To the question:

「注目すべき、驚くべき」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:After the man tried to attack the tennis star, he was remanded in jail.
b:The rematch between the two rivals was the most anticipated game all year.
c:The transformation from a young teenager to Major hopeful has been remarkable
d:The players serve was so readable, his opponents returned it every time.

.If you want to have a look at a free trial for May, read all about it down below, or at our website (which is all in Japanese for you).

If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

-     the vocab lists for the month (English and Japanese, in same order as the                             YouTube clip)
-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

1 subject ¥400, all three subjects ¥990 (if you decide to continue after your absolutely free trial)

Friday, 10 April 2015

Vocab Voyage Podcast - さくらと花見


Having a chat about Cherry Blossoms. The good stuff, the concerning stuff, the party stuff, and the stuff around the world. 

Check out this episode!

I will put up the article links tonight. Gotta run right now.

04・10の質問ー日本のウイスキーのリストの





The Japanese Whisky Word List  is where you can study up for today's question. The Vocab YouTube clip above will help too. The story linked at the top of the Word List PDF where I got all the words from is a good read also. 
To the question:

「栄誉、称賛」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:As soon as the truck was unladen, the prize winning whisky was locked up.
b:When making whisky, accuracy while adding ingredients is very important.
c:The man valued the acceptance of his mentor above any other accolade.
d:It would take a while till the man would become accustomed to the cold climate.

If you want to have a look at a free trial for May, read all about it down below, or at our website (which is all in Japanese for you).

If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

-     the vocab lists for the month (English and Japanese, in same order as the                             YouTube clip)
-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

1 subject ¥400, all three subjects ¥990 (if you decide to continue after your absolutely free trial)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

VV News: ミシェル・オバマ-Some script of the YouTube clip for you all





Three stories at VV News today. Two about Michelle Obama, one about Caroline Kennedy. I'm talking about why she was in Japan, why the American taxpayer is getting a bit fed up with her spending ways, and why it isn't ideal to be a U.S. Ambassador at present. 

Members who are studying Michelle Obama - the whole script is in your Inbox tomorrow. See if you can match up words from the Michelle Obama word list with words in the script. For the rest of you all, the first story script is below for your listening/reading pleasure.
=========================================================================
Good morning everyone. Welcome to the Vocab Voyage News of the Day. We're talking 
about the last subject today - Michelle Obama, and her visit to Japan, which is admittedly 
kind of news not in the news anymore. 
Beautiful day here in Sapporo. The cold snap over the last two days seems to have gone, 
so it's lovely. 
Michelle Obama, she was in Tokyo and Japan to deliver an initiative called, 'Let Girls Learn.' It's about the 62 million girls around the world who don't have access to education through 
a number of reasons - there's financial, there is war-torn areas, there's ingrained beliefs from parents that sons are more worthy of education 
than girls. So it's getting rid of those old beliefs, and providing girls with more opportunities to get an education, because an education provides the girls with the power to make 
themselves better, and do a whole lot more. 
We've talked about this before with the water problems, where the girls have to go and get 
the water from the well in places like India; so they don't get an opportunity to go to school
because they've got to walk 10 kms, get water, and bring it back. 
So Michelle Obama was in Japan as part of that, to try and get girls a better shot at the 
education thing. 
=========================================================================

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-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

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The stories I talk about are from CNN, NDTV Food, and Western Journalism

04・09の質問ーHello Kitty のリストの単語






The Hello Kitty Word List  is where you can study up for today's question. The Vocab YouTube clip above will help too. The story linked at the top of the Word List PDF where I got all the words from is a good read also. 
To the question:

「同時代の、現代の」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:I never understand contemporary music. I prefer music from the 1980's and 1990's.
b:Many country's problems of the past have continued into the present.
c:Opinions and ideas of long ago often don't fit in the context of the 21st century.
d:The man was pleased to pick up his brand new itinerary from the travel agent.

If you want to have a look at a free trial for May, read all about it down below, or at our website (which is all in Japanese for you).

If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

-     the vocab lists for the month (English and Japanese, in same order as the                             YouTube clip)
-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

1 subject ¥400, all three subjects ¥990 (if you decide to continue after your absolutely free trial)

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

04・08の質問ー錦織圭のリストの





The Kei Nishikori Word List  is where you can study up for today's question. The Vocab YouTube clip above will help too. The story linked at the top of the Word List PDF where I got all the words from is a good read also. 
To the question:

「度量、才幹、品質」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:The roof blowing off the tennis stadium caused an absolute calamity.
b:A professional tennis player needs his equipment to be of the highest caliber.
c:The speed camera was calibrated to measure the speed of the serve accurately.
d:Everyone knew the superstar player would clobber the young hopeful.

If you want to have a look at a free trial for May, read all about it down below, or at our website (which is all in Japanese for you).

If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

-     the vocab lists for the month (English and Japanese, in same order as the                             YouTube clip)
-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

1 subject ¥400, all three subjects ¥990 (if you decide to continue after your absolutely free trial)

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

昨日の VV News with script (some for everyone, all for members) :日本の老人





Looking at Japan's Elderly today, and the issues the whole ageing population thing presents to Japan. Before you watch this, feel free to watch the Japan's Elderly Vocab Youtube clip. It you can get more connected with the whole story through the vocab and deeper study of the article I sent you. 

Members who are studying Japan's Elderly - the whole script has been mailed to you already. For the rest of you all, the first story script in all it's glory. Watch the YouTube clip above, and follow as I talk. 

Good morning, good morning. Welcome to Vocab Voyage news of the day. 
I had a fantastic weekend. Otaru Brewery -nice. 
I drank the beer I made some time ago, two months ago, and it was lovely. But now nose back to the 
grindstone. 
Japanese old people - it's a demographic time bomb.  That is the word that is being thrown around 
about the Japanese aging population, but also about the Korean population, and also about the 
Chinese population, and also about many, many populations. 
By 2055, 40% of Japan's population will be over 65. Sixty years ago, 12 workers - 12 people in paid 
employment were supporting one elderly person. That was sixty years ago. Now you've got 2 to 3 in work supporting one elderly person, tax-wise and all that. In 2060 it will be 1 to 1. So something's gotta give. 130 million down to 90 million - that's what the population is going to 
do in Japan over the next 40 years.
So, what can we do? There's a couple of things with this aging population. You need more babies, we need more babies. Not everyone can have babies, but there are people who want babies who can't 
have babies; like the girl in the BBC clip - Midori Ide. She works at a rest home. She finishes that, she 
comes home and she looks after her grandmother. When her grandmother goes, her parents are going 
to be old, so she can't have babies because she's looking after the old people so it's coming from both directions man. It's coming from both directions where there's so many old people, but the young peoplecan't make more young people because they're busy looking after the old people .
We all know the solution could be immigration, but no-one wants to think about that. Immigration isn't a bad thing. New Zealand is a wonderful place with all 
the different people there now. 

There you go. If you want to get a free trial, and see everything just look down below. 

You can find out more at these articles where I got my information from:

BBC (this one is a video)
Japan Times
Bloomberg


If you take a free trial of Vocab Voyage, this is what you'll get:

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-     the article the words came from. (again in the same order)
-     a test on the 15th of the month (same as the Questions I put up everyday, but all the             subject questions  at once)
-     answers to the test, and the vocab definitions of the three 'incorrect' words in                         English and Japanese
-     you can go on the private Facebook forum, or contact me directly with any questions

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