Podcasts and iTunes

I mentioned a few months back that I was experimenting with podcasting and iTunes. Well, we just uploaded #8 and have up to #12 in the can waiting for Clay to add to the site and update the XML file.

The other day I went to the podcast’s home in iTunes (Clicking here will open iTunes and go there) and discovered a comment.  Whohoo!  Our first comment.  The commenter had mixed feelings about it because he saw it as more of an advertisement for the site due to the small number of podcasts.

Well, I absolutely admit it is an advertisement for TheJapanesePage.com 🙂  I’m not above that.  But I thought we had seven podcasts which isn’t a bad start.  I hadn’t done one in two months because of the move from Japan to Florida, but I had been fairly consistent in getting one or two up a month before then.

Turns out I added the podcasts to TJP, but forgot to update the XML file which tells iTunes when a new podcast is there.  Oops.  I have fixed that and added another podcast with up to #12 coming soon.

If you are on iTunes, I would love to hear more comments–good or bad.  Here is the iTunes link again.

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Beginning Japanese Phrases Podcast #5 Up!

I finally got this podcast series into iTunes! If you search ‘Learn Japanese’ in iTunes it will pop up (not first of course 🙂 ).  If you like it, please subscribe using the RSS feed button to the right (that is the feed just to this beginner podcast series).  Or you can subscribe in iTunes!

Here is the grand opening of #5:

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Today’s podcast will review a few food names and then we’ll learn a new sentence construction. First listen and repeat after each food name.

ハンバーガー hanba-ga- Hamburger
ピザ piza Pizza
スパゲッティー supagetti- Spaghetti
パン pan Bread
カレーライス kare-raisu Curry and Rice
フライドポテト furaido poteto French Fries
お菓子 okashi Snack

Last time we learned how to say, I want to eat pizza:

ピザが食べたいです。 piza ga tabetai desu. I want to eat pizza.

Here’s how you say, I like pizza.
ピザが好きです。

Just replace が食べたい with が好きです。

ピザが好きです。

I like hamburgers.
ハンバーガーが好きです。

I like spaghetti.
スパゲッティーが好きです。

I like bread.
パンが好きです。

I like Curry and Rice.
カレーライスが好きです。

I like french fries.
フライドポテトが好きです。

I like snacks.
お菓子が好きです。

Beginning Japanese Conversation Podcast #4

I’m adding new podcasts to the TJP beginning conversation series. To see all of them, please go here. Here is #4:

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Beginning Japanese Conversational Phrases #4: Food

Reviewed Phrases:

何か食べたいですか。 nanika tabetai desu ka. Would you like something to eat?

はい、何か食べたいです。 hai nanika tabetai desu. Yes, I’d like something to eat.

Vocabulary:

Here are a few common food names.

ハンバーガー hanba-ga- Hamburger

ピザ piza Pizza

スパゲッティー supagetti Spaghetti

パン pan Bread

カレーライス kare-raisu Curry and Rice

フライドポテト furaido poteto French Fries

お菓子 okashi Snack

ピザが食べたいです。 piza ga tabetai desu. I want to eat pizza.

スパゲッティー が食べたいです。 supagetti- ga tabetai desu. I want to eat spaghetti.

ハンバーガーが食べたいです。 hanba-ga- ga tabetai desu. I want to eat a hamburger.

それじゃまたね! sore ja mata ne – See you again!

それじゃまたね! sore ja mata ne – See you again!

Beginning Japanese Conversation Podcast #3

I’m adding new podcasts to the TJP beginning conversation series. To see all of them, please go here. Here is #3:

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Beginning Japanese Conversational Phrases #3: Drinks

Reviewed Phrases:

何か飲みたいです。 nanika nomitai desu. I’d like something to drink.

何か食べたいです。 nanika tabetai desu. I’d like something to eat.

The focus is on the ーたい which adds the meaning of ‘want.’

食べる -> 食べ -> 食べたい

飲む -> 飲み -> 飲みたい

Then add a か ka to make it a question.

何か食べたいですか? nanika tabetai desu ka? Would you like something to eat?

何か飲みたいですか? nanika nomitai desu ka? Would you like something to drink?

Now let’s answer the question for drinks.

何か飲みたいですか? nanika nomitai desu ka? Would you like something to drink?

はい、何か飲みたいです。 hai, nanika nomitai desu. Yes, I would you like something to drink.

Vocabulary:

Here are a few common drink names.

コーヒー ko-hi- Coffee

牛乳 gyuunyuu milk

コーラ ko-ra Cola

お茶 ocha tea

ビール bi-ru beer

ワイン wain wine

æ°´ mizu water

ジュース ju-su juice

水が飲みたいです。 mizu ga nomitai desu. I would like to drink water.

お茶が飲みたいです。 ocha ga nomitai desu. I would like to drink tea.

コーヒーが飲みたいです。 ko-hi- ga nomitai desu. I would like to drink coffee.

Next podcast will continue with foods.

それじゃまたね! sore ja mata ne – See you again!

Sparrow’s School Song: é›€ã®å­¦æ ¡

I received an email on Friday asking if I knew of a song that started like this:

Chi Chi Pa Pa, Teruteru Bozu, Kisha Kisha Pon Pon, Yuu yake ko ya ke de

Well, I hadn’t, but Yumi knew a similar (same?) song and here it is:
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雀の学校
The Sparrow’s School
by Shimizu Katsura (清水かつら)

チイチイパッパ チイパッパ
chii chii pappa chii pappa
Chii chii pappa chiipappa

雀の学校の先生は
suzume no gakkou no sensei wa
The teacher of the sparrow’s school

むちをふりふり チイパッパ
muchi o furi furi chii pappa
swings about a whip

生徒の雀は 輪になって
seito no suzume wa wa ni natte
The sparrow students make a circle

お口をそろえて チイパッパ
o kuchi o soroete chii pappa
All together they open their mouths with chiipappa

まだまだいけない チイパッパ
madamada ikenai chii pappa
It’s still no good

も一度一緒にチイパッパ
mo ichido isshou ni chii pappa
One more time all together now, chiipappa

チイチイパッパ チイパッパ
chii chii pappa chii pappa
chiichii pappa chiipappa


This song’s lyrics was written by 清水かつら (Shimizu Katsura) and the melody by 弘田龍太郎 (Hirota Ryuutarou) in 1921.Apparantely, the sounds ちいちいぱっぱ was inspired by the sound of his young daughter learning to talk (ちいちい) and by the sound of the fluttering of sparrow’s wings (ぱっぱ).

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雀 suzume – sparrow
の no – ‘s (possessive)
学校 gakkou – school
先生 sensei – teacher鞭 muchi – whip
を o – direct object marker
ふりふり furi furi – shake; swing

生徒 seito – student
輪 wa – ring; circle
になって ni natte – become (make)

お口 okuchi – mouth (polite)
そろえて soroete – be uniform; gather together

まだまだ mada mada – not yet; still more…
いけない ikenai – no good; wrong

も一度 mo ichido – one more time
一緒に issho ni – together

芥川龍之介’s é¼»–Well, not HIS Nose, but His Nose Story

Yumi and I are working on recording her reading Akutagawa Ryuunosuke’s short story Hana (Nose). It is only good for advanced students, but here is what we have so far. (This is only about a fifth of the story) . The text comes from the Public Domain repository at Aozora.

Hana by Akutagawa Ryuunosuke image
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 禅智内供(ぜんちないぐ)の鼻と云えば、池(いけ)の尾(お)で知らない者はない。長さは五六寸あって上 唇(うわくちびる)の上から顋(あご)の下まで下っている。形は元も先も同じように太い。云わば細長い腸詰(ちょうづ)めのような物が、ぶらりと顔のまん 中からぶら下っているのである。

 五十歳を越えた内供は、沙弥(しゃみ)の昔から、内道場供奉(ないどうじょうぐぶ)の職に陞(のぼ)った 今日(こんにち)まで、内心では始終この鼻を苦に病んで来た。勿論(もちろん)表面では、今でもさほど気にならないような顔をしてすましている。これは専 念に当来(とうらい)の浄土(じょうど)を渇仰(かつぎょう)すべき僧侶(そうりょ)の身で、鼻の心配をするのが悪いと思ったからばかりではない。それよ りむしろ、自分で鼻を気にしていると云う事を、人に知られるのが嫌だったからである。内供は日常の談話の中に、鼻と云う語が出て来るのを何よりも惧(お そ)れていた。

 内供が鼻を持てあました理由は二つある。――一つは実際的に、鼻の長いのが不便だったからである。第一飯 を食う時にも独りでは食えない。独りで食えば、鼻の先が鋺(かなまり)の 中の飯へとどいてしまう。そこで内供は弟子の一人を膳の向うへ坐らせて、飯を食う間中、広さ一寸長さ二尺ばかりの板で、鼻を持上げていて貰う事にした。し かしこうして飯を食うと云う事は、持上げている弟子にとっても、持上げられている内供にとっても、決して容易な事ではない。一度この弟子の代りをした中童 子(ちゅうどうじ)が、嚏(くさめ)をした拍子に手がふるえて、鼻を粥(かゆ)の中へ落した話は、当時京都まで喧伝(けんでん)された。――けれどもこれ は内供にとって、決して鼻を苦に病んだ重(おも)な理由ではない。内供は実にこの鼻によって傷つけられる自尊心のために苦しんだのである。


Read by Yumi Boutwell 12-20-07
Text from http://www.aozora.gr.jp/cards/000879/files/42_15228.html

I just found out I have been saying and writing the author’s name wrong. I thought it was 荒川ARAkawa (waste/wild river) but it is 芥川 AKUTAgawa (garbage river). The two kanji look very similar and I suppose the ‘meaning’ of either name isn’t the most pleasant.

iTunes Japan

When iTunes opened their Japanese store many overseas Japanese music lovers were greatly disappointed to learn only those with Japanese credit cards could purchase music. I believe this is still the case although I haven’t looked into it recently.

However, there is still a great reason to download iTunes – Japanese podcasts. Not only is there a growing selection, but it is all free! Several major Japanese radio and TV stations put out short, daily podcasts that are excellent for building listening comprehension.

Anyway, here is how you do it with purdy screen shots to boot:

1) First download iTunes.

2) Install it, run it and click on ‘iTunes Store’
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3) Scroll to the bottom of the main page and select 日本
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4) Lastly click on ‘Podcasts’ – this should be written in English if you downloaded the English version of iTunes.
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Have fun!