Another Gimmeaflakeman Japanese News Lesson

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http://www.gimmeabreakman.com

 

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Kodomo News Weekly

Here is a neat site to practice reading Japanese. The Yomiuri Shinbun has a “Kodomo news weekly” (KODOMOใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚นใ‚ฆใ‚คใƒผใ‚ฏใƒซ) article that comes out every Wednesday on a current news topic. There is also furigana for the kanji that are used in the article. See the link below to the October 1, 2014 article on the Dengue fever outbreak in Japan.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kodomo/newspaper/weekly/20140920-OYT8T50079.html?from=yartcl_blist

Here is a list of past articles

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kodomo/newspaper/weekly/

Gimmeaflakeman Japanese News Lesson

If you’ve been studying Japanese for a while or just interested in the culture you may have stumbled upon a YouTube channel by an American living in Japan with the channel name “Gimmeaflakeman“. He posts some interesting videos you should check out.

Recently he has been doing Japanese lessons by breaking down Japanese news clips. Japanese news is one method I’ve mentioned on this blog as a good tool in learning Japanese, and was really glad to see these videos.

Here he is going through an ANN News clip

http://youtu.be/EK2d4265nxc

Eruption of Mount Ontake & News From Japan

In case you weren’t aware, Mount Ontake (ๅพกๅถฝๅฑฑ Ontake-san), the second highest volcano in Japan at 10,062 feet and located 125 miles west of Tokyo erupted over the weekend. There is some amazing amateur footage of the eruption and descending ash cloud.

http://youtu.be/79nwYXipz9A

This is called a “pyroclastic flow” consisting of hot gas and rock which can move at speeds of up to 450 mph! In this cloud of ash there may also be poisonous gases. I hope some of the hikers were able to survive.

Here is a link to a Wikipedia page on Mount Ontake, and it’s already updated with info about the recent eruption on September 27, 2014!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Ontake

ontake - google maps
Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture Credit: Google Maps

If you watch the Japanese news on YouTube or on a streaming channel, there will usually be a number of newscasts on significant recent events such as this. A good way to know what is happening is to read Japan related news sites that are in English and then watch the Japanese news broadcasts. I like to read a site called Japan Today:

http://www.japantoday.com

After reading the news in English you can check out the ANN streaming news at the site below:

http://www.tv-tube.net/tvchannels/watch/1548/tv-asahi-ann-news

ANN and FNN also have YouTube channels with lots of news clips to choose from. You’ll be overwhelmed by the choices.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ANNnewsCH

https://www.youtube.com/user/FNNnewsCH

Japanese News & Vocabulary

Below is a link to a TV Asahi news clip about vending machines (่‡ชๅ‹•่ฒฉๅฃฒๆฉŸ) in Tokyo that were found burned and the money stolen.

http://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/sphone/news_society/articles/000034970.html

Vocabulary

ใ˜ใฉใ†ใฏใ‚“ใฐใ„ใใ€่‡ชๅ‹•่ฒฉๅฃฒๆฉŸใ€‘
vending machine

ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใ™ใ€็‡ƒใ‚„ใ™ใ€‘
to burn

ใ’ใ‚“ใใ‚“ใ€็พ้‡‘ใ€‘
cash, ready money, money on hand, currency; mercenary, self-interested, calculating

ใฌใ™ใ‚€ใ€็›—ใ‚€ใ€‘
to steal

ใฒใŒใ„ใ—ใ‚ƒใ€่ขซๅฎณ่€…ใ€‘
victim, injured party, sufferer

ใใŸใชใ„ใ€ๆฑšใ„ใ€‘
dirty, filthy, foul, unclean; disordered, messy, untidy, poor (e.g. handwriting); indecent (language, etc.), dirty, vulgar, coarse; dastardly, mean, base, underhanded; stingy, greedy

ใ‚ใถใ‚‰ใ€ๆฒนใ€‘
oil

ใคใ„ใฆใ‚‹
to be attached, to have, to be in a state; to be lucky, to be in luck

ใ‘ใ„ใ—ใกใ‚‡ใ†ใ€่ญฆ่ฆ–ๅบใ€‘
Metropolitan Police Department (esp. Tokyo)

ใ‚ใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€่ทฏไธŠใ€‘
(on the) road, (on the) way

ใ ใ„ใ€ๅฐใ€‘
stand, rack, table; support; belt; counter for machines, incl. vehicles; setting (e.g. in jewellery); level (e.g. price level), range (e.g. after physical units), period (of time, e.g. a decade of one’s life)

ใ—ใ‚…ใ†ใธใ‚“ใ€ๅ‘จ่พบใ€‘
circumference, outskirts, environs, around, in the area of, in the vicinity of; (computer) peripheral

ใฏใ‚“ใ‘ใ„ใ€ๅŠๅพ„ใ€‘
radius

ใฏใ‚“ใ„ใ€็ฏ„ๅ›ฒใ€‘
extent, scope, sphere, range, span

ใ‚ใ‚ใ›ใฆใ€ๅˆใ‚ใ›ใฆใ€‘
in all, in total, collectively; in addition, besides, at the same time

ใพใ‚“ใˆใ‚“ใ€ไธ‡ๅ††ใ€‘
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