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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

05・13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.


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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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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

(script ある)VV News: 日本はより多くの子供が必要 - Getting the men to help out is key!!!




It's about babies today, and how Japan can have more of them. It's all about making it easier for the men to help, as we all know - 'happy wife = happy life'.
Here's a bit of taste of the script. Listen first and write down what I say, then check against the script. Great listening practice. Members have the whole script in their inbox. 

Good morning, and welcome to Vocab Voyage News for today. It's Tuesday. I've had a haircut. I've got some new specs. 
The third topic for the month is, Japan needs more babies. Last month we talked about  everyone getting old, this month we're talking about how we need more babies. 
If you want to get the word list and everything, have a free month. www.vocab-voyage.com. Check out. Free month.
So, declining birthrate, everyone's getting old, no-one's having babies; what is the answer? It seems that they are finally figuring out that  men are the answer. Well, not men are the answer exactly, but getting men into the  game. Getting men into the baby game is the answer, because if men help, women are  more ... You know, you can't unload everything on the mum. It's not how it works. So  what are they going to do?
The government says, 'We've got an objective to raise the level of parental leave that  men take,and also the amount of housework they do.' How they are going to raise the  amount of housework that men do I do not know. Anyway, the government says this is  essential. They've got objectives. Here are their objectives. 
They want to get the current male parental leave up to from its current level of 2% to  13%. They want to put the average housework from one hour a day to two and half hours a day. A day? Yeah, that's what it says. That's in a week isn't it. How much housework  do you do? I think walking the dog is housework, I'm in the garden, maybe. But I don't  have kids. If I had kids I imagine I'd well do that. Two and a half hours a day. 



The Japan needs Babies Youtube Vocab clip will help you out with the vocab surrounding this troubling issue.

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05・12の質問ー錦織圭のリストの






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:

「定義する、意味を明確にする」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:It can be said that Japan is defined by its technology and culture.
b:The manager was angry that his chief whisky maker defected to the opposition.
c:The announcement that the best whisky was Japanese defied belief in Scotland.
d:When we visited the whisky factory we were confined to certain areas.

Remember that members get all questions for each subject in one test, as well as the answers of course; and the definitions of the three 'wrong' answers. 

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

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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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Monday, 11 May 2015

錦織圭 - He went down to the Scotsman, but the future still looks grand.




From the Guardian, Kei Nishikori loses to Andy Murray in the Madrid Open.  A bit of a shame, but he is still up there amongst the big boys, and as my mother in law said, 'まだ若い’. So here's looking forward to how he does in the next tournament. 
At the top is the Kei Nishikori Vocab Video. As it is one of the older subjects the word list is open to everyone. Feel free to have a look. If you want to know how to take full advantage of the Vocab Voyage plan, look below. I've decided two of the subjects for June already. One is the Nepal Earthquake, and the other is Charlotte. (the princess, not the monkey).

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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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05・11の質問ーKei Nishikori のリスト





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, read all about it down below, or at our website (which is all in Japanese for you).

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-     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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Sunday, 10 May 2015

05・10の質問ー Hello Kitty のリスト



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:

「ほれぼれするような、崇拝すべき」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:The pretty little puppies' barks were barely audible over the crowd's noise.
b:The girl's father helped her assemble her new dollhouse.
c:Not only was the new robot very cute, it was also adaptable to many tasks.
d:There is nothing like an adorable girl to put a smile on a young man's face.


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

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-     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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Liberiaで、エボラ無し!





I was reading the paper (online) this morning, and I came across this article about Liberia being Ebola free. Good stuff. 

The Ebola Word list and YouTube clip was one of the first I made. Feel free to have a look at them if it tickles your fancy.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

(script inc) VV News: 東京 Disaster Prevention - Rinkai Park, Refuge Parks, Christchurch and 東北 comparison




If are interested in today's VV News, why not watch the Tokyo Disaster Prevention Vocab clip. I run through 30 words from a story about designs for disaster in Tokyo.

Members will get the script of today's news in their Inbox by tomorrow, and all the links to the articles and stuff. Meanwhile, here is the first story script, Enjoy.

Good afternoon, and welcome to Vocab Voyage news for today - Saturday, the 9th May.
I've just finished a lovely miso ramen cooked by my lovely wife. I love miso ramen.
Today the news is on disaster prevention. It's one of the subjects for the month. If you want to check out all the vocab and get transcripts of this, and everything and a whole lot more - have a free month and check it out. Find out how you can learn heaps of new vocab, in context. With me. 
First story, preparing for disaster in Tokyo. This is something I didn't know existed - the Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park. Some reporters went along and they'vd got like a disaster prevention ride, if you wish. You start in an elevator, you're going down an eleveator and then there's an earthquake and the elevator stops. You've got to get out, and you find yourself in a dark hall. You've got to find your way outside and then you go into a wrecked city and you've got to, the key is you've got to survive for 72 hours which is what they say, after a big disaster it's 72 hours till help comes. I'm no so sure about that in somewhere like Tokyo. 
Here's the figures. If a 7.3 earthquake hit bang under Tokyo - 415,000 buildings on fire, 175,000 buildings collapsed, 23,000 people dead. 72 hours? I think it would take longer than that, but that's what the experts say. 72 hours you have to survive before help comes.
You see Japan is on four tectonic plates, so it's well disaster prone. 


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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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05・09の質問ー日本のウイスキーのリスト




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:

「追いつく、追い越す」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:The government was overthrown by the military last week.
b:Japan has overtaken many countries in the soccer world rankings in recent years.
c:The whisky maker warned his new apprentice not to overdo it at work.
d:The uptake of people for the whisky making class was overwhelming.

These questions are part of the Vocab Voyage monthly test. If you take a free trial you get all the answers too, and definitions of all the words.

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

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Friday, 8 May 2015

05・08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:

「選手権、タイトル、称号」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:The man trained long and hard in an effort to win his first title.
b:The journalist found a little tidbit of information about the champion's childhood.
c:The titans of the game meet at each Major every year. 
d:The prizes for the competitions were lined up on a trestle courtside.


If you want to have a look at a free trial, 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

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

More secrets to learning a new language from the nice folk at TED




The folk at TED have come up with some more language learning gold in the form of these seven secrets to learning a new language from their translators. Real good stuff.

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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05・07の質問ーHello Kitty のリストの


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:

「明かす、明らかにする」の意味で使われている文はどれですか?

a:If news of the company's plans got out, the staff were sure to revolt.
b:The company was sure their exciting news would revive their earlier success.
c:The girl decided not to reveal how rich she was to her new boyfriend.
d:When news of the new invention came out, people thought it was unreal.

If you want to have a look at a free trial, 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

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

VV News: 羽生結弦 - No new news sorry. Let's recap and talk about his FB page





Terrible business here. There is no new news for Yuzuru Hanyu for me to talk about. The season is over. Next season we can talk a whole lot about skater boy. 


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-     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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Sunday, 3 May 2015

May Subject #3 - 日本が子供要ります!




The third subject follow the Elderly Japan topic of last month by looking at the other half of the equation. The article the words are from is a funny, different way of looking at the issue, and is chock full of good vocab.
If you want to explore the issue further, have a free month trial. How? This is how....

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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Saturday, 2 May 2015

5月subject二番 : Tokyo - Designs to stop disaster.




Our new website is up

Here is the YouTube clip for the second subject for May. It's all about Tokyo an the amazing engineering behind the flood/typhoon/tsunami danger.
If you want to explore the vocab and subject further, use your free month trial at www.vocab-voyage.com !  What do you get? Look below.

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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