Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Japanese Music: KAT-TUN

KAT-TUN ga daisuki.
I love KAT-TUN! :)

KAT-TUN is a Japanese boy band made up of five members - KAmenashi Kazuya, Taguchi Junnosuke, Tanaka Koki, Ueda Tatsuya, and Nakamaru Yuichi. They've released 6 albums and 18 consecutive #1 singles since their debut in 2006, and they'll be releasing their 19th single, Fumetsu no Scrum, tomorrow. Yay! I'm looking forward to it. :)

L-R: Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Yuichi Nakamaru, Tatsuya Ueda, Kazuya Kamenashi

Once in my life, I would like to watch KAT-TUN live in concert. I'm telling you, they hold awesome concerts. In fact, they were the first ever and only artists to perform for eight consecutive days at Tokyo Dome with their Break the Records Concert Tour in 2009. Imagine this: Tokyo Dome has a seating capacity of 55,000 people, and they filled it with screaming fans for eight consecutive days. (Actually, the concert tour had more than eight shows, but only eight were consecutive.) Now that's what I call breaking the records!

Here's a TV show that featured KAT-TUN's latest concert tour, Chain, held in early 2012. It's in Japanese, but you can still see short video clips of the concert. Ah, I wish I could have been there. :D

Monday, September 10, 2012

Japanese Food: Monjayaki

Most people only think of sushi, sashimi, tempura or ramen when Japanese food is mentioned, but there are a lot of other Japanese foods besides these! Here is one I would very much like to try - it's called Monjayaki. The main ingredient of monjayaki is cabbage mixed with some meat, other vegetables, and a thin batter. It's cooked right at your table and you eat it straight off the hot plate with a small metal spatula. Yum!

Oishisou desu ne? [Looks delicious, doesn't it?] ^_^ This monjayaki looks delicious as well:

Monjayaki is said to have originated in the Tsukushima District of Tokyo, and many monjayaki restaurants can be found there. I'll have to go to Tokyo then. :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 - Lesson 6 Notes

New Vocabulary:

  • hanashimasu - speak
  • hanashimasen - don't speak
  • watashi no - my
  • tokoro - place
  • doko de - where at?
  • itsu - when?
  • ima - now
  • ato de - later

New Sentences:

  • Watashi wa hanashimasen. - I don't speak.
  • Doko de. - Where at?
  • Watashi no tokoro de. - At my place.
  • Anata no tokoro de. - At your place.
  • Watashi mo. - Me, too.
  • Itsu tabemasu ka. - When are you going to eat?
  • Eh, demo ato de. - Yes, but later.
  • Iie, demo nanika nomimasu. - No, but I'm going to drink something.
  • Doko de tabemasu ka. - Where are you going to eat?
  • Itsu nomimasu ka. - When are you going to drink?
  • Ato de tabemasu. - I'm going to eat later.
  • Eh / Hai, watashi no tokoro de. - Yes, at my place.
  • Eh / Hai, anata no tokoro de. - Yes, at your place.
  • Watashi no tokoro de nanika nomimasen ka. - Won't you drink something at my place?
  • Eh / Hai, arigatou gozaimasu. - Yes, thank you.
  • Ii desu. - Fine. / All right.
  • Ii desu ne. - It's fine, isn't it? / It's all right, isn't it?
  • Shinjuku de. - At Shinjuku.
  • Eh, ii desu ne. - Yes, it's all right, isn't it?
  • Eh, ato de. - Yes, later.
  • Ii desu ka. - Is it all right?
  • Watashi mo hanashimasen. - I also don't speak.
  • Ima tabemasen. - I'm not going to eat now.
  • Sumimasen, ato de tabemasu. - I'm sorry, I'm going to eat later.

Japanese Conversation:

Man: Konnichi wa.
Woman: Konnichi wa. Ii o-tenki desu ne.
Man: Sou desu ne.
Woman: Nanika tabemasen ka.
Man: Ii, kekkou desu. Demo nanika nomimasu.
Woman: Nani o nomimasu ka.
Man: Koura o nomimasu.
Woman: Watashi mo. Watashi mo koura o nomimasu.

English Translation:

Man: Good afternoon. / Hello.
Woman: Hello. It's good weather, isn't it?
Man: Yes, it is.
Woman: Won't you eat something?
Man: No, thank you. But I'll drink something.
Woman: What will you drink?
Man: I'll drink Coca Cola.
Woman: Me, too. I'll drink Coca Cola, too.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pimsleur Japanese Level 3

Today I started Pimsleur's Japanese III. Yay! I was expecting it to be a lot harder since it's the advanced course, but I was surprised at how easy the first lesson was. It seamlessly continued from where lesson 30 of the Pimsleur's Japanese II, the intermediate course, left off. Maybe because they're both 2nd Edition versions. I remember there was a little bit of a learning gap in the transition between Pimsleur's Japanese I (3rd Edition) and Pimsleur's Japanese II (2nd Edition).

Anyway, I'll be posting notes for lesson 1 of Pimsleur's Japanese III soon. Links to all my notes will be on the sidebar.

Japanese III, Comprehensive: Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs

Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 - Lesson 5 Notes

New Vocabulary:

  • wakarimasen - I don't understand / I don't know
  • wakarimasu - I know
  • tabemasu - eat / going to eat
  • tabemasen - not going to eat
  • nanika - something
  • nomimasu - drink / going to drink
  • nomimasen - not going to drink

New Sentences:

  • Wakarimasu ka. - Do you know?
  • Hai, wakarimasu. - Yes, I know.
  • Tabemasu ka. - Are you going to eat?
  • Hai, tabemasu. - Yes, I'm going to eat.
  • Tabemasu. - I'm going to eat.
  • Tabemasen. - I'm not going to eat. / I don't eat.
  • Nanika tabemasu. - I'm going to eat something.
  • Tabemasen ka. - Won't you eat? / Wouldn't you like to eat?
  • Nanika tabemasen ka. - Won't you eat something? / Wouldn't you like to eat something?
  • Anata wa. - And you?
  • Nomimasu. - I'm going to drink.
  • Nomimasen. - I'm not going to drink.
  • Nomimasu ka. - Are you going to drink?
  • Nanika nomimasu ka. - Are you going to drink something?
  • Nomimasen ka. - Won't you drink? / Wouldn't you like to drink?
  • Nanika nomimasen ka. - Won't you drink something? / Wouldn't you like to drink something?
  • Iie, kekkou desu. - No, thank you.
  • Nanika tabemasu ka. - Are you going to eat something?
  • Iie, demo nanika nomimasu. - No, but I'm going to drink something.
  • Watashi wa tabemasu. - I am going to eat.
  • Sou desu ne. - Well, let me see.
  • Koko ja arimasen, asoko desu. - It's not here, it's there.
  • Ah, hai, wakarimasu. - Ah, yes, I know!

Japanese Conversation:

Man: Sumimasen. Sumimasen.
Woman: Hai, nanika.
Man: Ueno Kouen wa doko desu ka.
Woman: Asoko desu.
Man: Ueno Eki wa.
Woman: Koko desu.
Man: Domo arigatou gozaimasu.

English Translation:

Man: Excuse me. Excuse me.
Woman: Yes, something? / What is it you want to ask?
Man: Where is Ueno Park?
Woman: It's over there.
Man: And Ueno Station?
Woman: It's here.
Man: Thank you very much.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pimsleur's Japanese Update 09/06/2012

I've finally completed Pimsleur's Japanese I and II! Yes! I'm so happy! :) I haven't made any notes for most of the lessons though. (Ah, been lazy...) But I'm thinking of re-listening to the lessons I've already completed so I can post notes here. I can just think of it as a refresher course. Hehe. Well, we'll see. :)

For now, I have notes for lessons 1-4 and 30 of the basic course and lessons 29-30 of the intermediate course. You can find the links on the sidebar. Good luck with your Japanese studies. :)