Jun 072013
 

とうとう夏休みになりましたね。

(とうとう なつやすみ に なりました ね。)

tou tou natsuyasumi ni narimashita ne.

 

とうとう (tou tou) = at last ; finally

夏休み (natsu yasumi) = summer vacation

~に なりました (~ ni narimashita) = it has become ~

 

みなさんは、どんな予定がありますか?

(みなさん は、 どんな よてい が あります か?)

minasan wa, donna yotei ga arimasu ka?

 

みなさん (mina san) = everyone

どんな (donna) =what kind of; what type of

予定 (yotei) = plans

~ が ありますか? (~ ga arimasu ka?) = Do you have ~ ? Is there ~ ?  Are there ~ ?

 

ところで、ここのところかなり人気のアニメ …

(ところで、 ここのところ かなり にんき の アニメ・・・

tokorode, kokono tokoro kanari ninki no anime …

進撃の巨人!

しんげき の きょじん!)

shingeki no kyojin!

 

ところで (tokorode) = by the way

ここのところ (koko no tokoro) =lately

かなり (kanari) =quite a bit; considerably

人気の (ninki no) =popular

アニメ (anime) = anime

進撃の巨人 (shingeki no kyojin) = Attack on Titan

 

みなさん、見てますか?

(みなさん、 みてます か?)

mina san, mitemasu ka?

 

みなさん (mina san) =everyone

見てますか?(mitemasu ka?) =are you watching?

 

私は見てませんが、ポールが見てます。

(わたし は みてません が、 ポール が みてます)

watashi wa mitemasen ga, Paul ga mitemasu.

 

私 (watashi) = I

見てません (mite masen) = not watching

が (ga) = but

ポール (Paul) = Paul

見てます (mitemasu) = is watching

 

ファンの方は、このTシャツ、チェックしてみてください!

(ファン の かた は、 この Tシャツ、 チェックしてみてください!)

fan no kata wa, kono T shatsu, chekku shitemite kudasai!

 

ファンのかた (fan no kata) = those of you who are fans

この (kono) = this

Tシャツ (T shatsu) = T-shirt

チェックしてみてください (chekku shite mite kudasai) = Please check it out!

 

http://japancast.storenvy.com/products/1656521-attack-on-titan-survey-corps-cadet-shirt

 

予約受付中です♪

(よやく うけつけ ちゅう です)

yoyaku uketsuke chu desu.

 

予約 (yoyaku) = reservation

受付中 (uketsuke chu) = currently accepting

 

質問があったら、メールくださいね。

(しつもん が あったら、 メール ください ね)

shitsumon ga attara, meeru kudasai ne.

 

質問があったら (shitsumon ga attara) = if you have any questions

メールください (meeru kudasai) = please email us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 2:26 pm
Jul 222011
 

Hi everyone!

I created another J-Pop & J-Rock lessons :)

I know there are so many anime out there, but “Neon Genesis Evangelion” somehow stands out.

It is one of the most famous / popular anime and it seems like people just love anything and everything about Evangelion including its theme song.

The theme song is called 残酷な天使のテーゼ(ざんこくなてんしのテーゼ)Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze.

It is a super catchy song and has very good vocabulary in it.

I have to admit – I actually learned 2 new words from this song! :D :D :D
(Yes, I had to look them up in my dictionary!)

 

You will learn nouns and adjectives (occasionally verbs) while listening to this popular song. Great way to increase your vocabulary as well as improve your listening skills.

No grammar knowledge required in these lessons. The goal is not to translate the song, but enrich your vocabulary.

ANYBODY who has a passion for learning Japanese is WELCOME!!! :D

I divided the song into 3 parts. We will finish learning the song in 1 week.

You will receive:

Entire lyrics
3 Vocabulary lists
3 Lesson notes
Vocabulary Pronunciation (Audio)

BONUS – You will receive fill-in-the-blanks quizzes!

These lessons are all done via emails, no live lessons which means you don’t have to worry about time differences!

If you are interested in increasing your vocabulary in a super FUN way, then do not miss this opportunity!

You can sign up in HERE :

I am looking forward to studying with you :)

 

ひとみ (Hitomi)

 

 Posted by at 8:11 am
Jun 092011
 

Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary!  There are many ways to increase vocabulary.

Why don’t you do it while listening to your favorite J-pop & J-rock songs!
You will not only increase your vocabulary, but you will also improve your listening skills!
Kill two birds with one stone :D

★Requirement:

You must be able to read Hiragana and Katakana since no Roma-ji is used in this program.

ANYBODY who has a passion for learning Japanese is WELCOME!!!  :D :D :D

Here is the description of the program:

“Increase your vocabulary with J-pop & J-rock!”

Bleach Ending Theme

アオイトリ by Fumika

http://youtu.be/gBl2ny8RkNI

You will learn nouns and adjectives (occasionally verbs) while listening to this popular song. Great way to increase your vocabulary as well as improve your listening skills.
No grammar knowledge required in these lessons. The goal is not to translate the song, but enrich your vocabulary :)

Starts: Monday, June 20
Ends: Friday, June 24

Registration deadline: Friday, June 17, 2011

Cost: $4.99  (PayPal only, please!)  Due by Sunday, June 19, 2011

This is 1 week program.
In the program, you will learn 61 useful vocabulary from the newest Bleach ending theme song,
アオイトリ by Fumika.

I divided the song into 3 parts. We will finish learning the song in 1 week.

★You will receive:

Entire lyrics
3 Vocabulary lists
3 Lesson notes
Vocabulary Pronunciation (Audio)

BONUS – You will receive fill-in-the-blanks quizzes!

You will receive vocabulary lists, lesson notes, Audio file and quiz on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

These lessons are all done via emails, no live lessons which means you don’t have to worry about time differences!

If you would like to participate in this program or have any questions, send an email to hitomi(at)japancast(dot)net

※Registration is done by email. If you want to participate, send me an email and you will receive a confirmation email.

I am looking forward to studying with you!

ひとみ :)

 Posted by at 3:50 pm
Aug 312010
 

From manga and anime to movies, magazines, video games, advertising and music, Japanese schoolgirls are everywhere.

For years, schoolgirls have shown up in internationally popular anime such as Sailor MoonThe Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Blood: The Last Vampire. Films such as Battle Royale inspired Quentin Tarantino to include a fighting schoolgirl in Kill Bill; and recently, Rinko Kikuchi received an Oscar nomination for her role as a schoolgirl in the film Babel.

There are schoolgirl characters in video games such as Street Fighter. And the “Japanese Schoolgirl Watch” column in Wired magazine has long kept an eye on the trends emerging among these stylish teens. In effect, the Japanese schoolgirl has all but replaced the “geisha-girl” as Japan’s new female icon.

This is a “must have” for any serious Japanophile, anime otaku, or fan of Japanese school girls.

If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of the sailor suit uniform, or are fascinated with the power these teenagers hold over the Japanese economy, this book is for you.

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool

May 282010
 

I just came across this site via Cartoon Brew.  It’s simply amazing.  Take your lunch break and spend some time watching some of these – it’s a great look into the history of Japanese advertising.

http://www.documentshowa.jp/

From Cartoon Brew:

Here’s one for the history buffs: a link to a fascinating online archive of fifty vintage Japanese animated commercials.

This site is part of an on-line exhibition showcasing domestic life in Japan during the “Showa” period (the Hirohito era, 1926-89). Japan’s Research Institute for Digital Media and Content (DMC Institute) digitized of a large collection of TV advertisements obtained from the Momoya Co., a leading food company. The collection consists of 218 animated TV spots that date back to 1953. Of the 50 pieces posted on-line, the earliest one was produced in 1958. These provide a glimpse at a rarely discussed early phase of anime history

Jul 312009
 

Honestly, I’m not that impressed with what I’m seeing so far.  It really seems to have lost a LOT of the Japanese feel, and looks much more like a PIXAR-wannabe film than anything else.  I think they would have been smarter to hire an actual Japanese company to do the animation on this project, but I guess we’ll see.

http://www.astroboy-themovie.com/

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Jul 112009
 

via FatWallet.com:

They just came out with Anime Studio 6, so Smith Micro is giving away Anime Studio 5 for FREE. Mac and Win versions, serial number key provided at download and you don’t have to give anything but your address and email.

http://my.smithmicro.com/freeanime/

The serial number is given to you just below the “download HTTP now” blue button after checkout. It’s also in the confirmation email they send you and is unique, so you need the one they provide with your transaction. It’s what you’ll use if you want to upgrade to AS6 for $20.

If you’re using a fake email be SURE to copy the serial number from the download screen or you won’t be able to install the full version!