Study Night 112

naokiHello, everyone. This is Naoki. It was good to see you again!! This time I learned something new and interesting. When I make an activity sheet, I usually try to write “Let’s do something… ” at the beginning as the introduction part, because we often say “~しましょう” in Japanese when we do something together. It’s kind of polite way to ask someone to do something. In English, however, they write “Do something…” instead of writing “Let’s…” at the start. We call this type of sentence “命令文(めいれいぶん)(Meireibun)” in Japanese. “命令” (command) is such a strong word that I thought it didn’t suit the introduction of the activity. But it is normal in English because you are telling people to do something. That was very interesting to me. You know, one of the most interesting things about studying another language is not only to know the difference of the language but to know the difference of the way of thinking and the culture!!! Anyway, thank you so much for coming to the 112th Benkyokai. Recently, it’s been good weather for a few days in a row but it’s getting colder and colder as the days roll on so please take care of yourselves.

For people who are visiting our website for the first time, let me explain what Benkyokai is. Benkyokai is a language exchange event to connect those who would like to learn Japanese with those would like to learn English through conversation and activities. For the first 30 minutes, you can do free conversation. And for the next one hour, we have an activity to help you study more. We try to do different activities each time to learn Japanese and English in different ways. There are native speakers of both Japanese and English. Actually, the first time I joined Benkyokai as an attendee was the 33rd Benkyokai in April 2016. Since then, I have tried to participate in Benkyokai as many times as I can. You know why? Because it is one of the best places not only to exchange language but also to know other cultures, lifestyles and more!!

Benkyokai is held at JP Canada’s office (890 West Pender) from 5:45pm to 7:00pm. Please bring your own food or drinks if you would like.

Yesterday, the activity we did was cross word puzzles (クロスワードパズル). And the theme was Japanese words that might be understandable in North America. For people who couldn’t attend it yesterday, I’ll give you the puzzles first. Try to solve them. The answers are below. Don’t cheat before you try!!

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  1. Solve the following crossword puzzle. Every answer is in Japanese, written in Romaji The theme is Japanese words that might be understandable in North America. After solving the puzzle, solve the anagram with the letters from the yellow boxes.

 

 

 

 

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10.

 

12.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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8.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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6.

  

 

  

 

11.

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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7.

  

  

  

  

  

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

   

 

5. 

  

  

   

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

9.

  

  

   

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

   

 

 

           

 

Across

2. The other word of Comics

3. 指で押す圧力を使ったマッサージ

5. Death caused by overwork

7.学校や会社に先に入った人達

9. Singing in a room where microphones and music machine are equipped

11. 日本の伝統的なアルコール

Down

1. Japanese female entertainers trained in singing, dancing, the art of conversation and other arts in order to serve guests as hired companions.

4. 6と一緒によく食べる鼻につんとくる調味料

6. Raw fish on vinegared rice

8. アニメや漫画のキャラクターに扮すること

10. The servants of government officials in old era.

12. 肉に砂糖と醤油の甘辛の味が バランスよく調和した日本独特の肉鍋料理です

Some groups solved the puzzle so quickly. Good job!!! We had one more cross word puzzle. Here you are!!


The second crossword puzzle

 

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7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

10.

 

2.

 

 

 

 

6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

 

     

 

8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

Across

1. A recluse (people who don’t go out all day)

2.大豆を発酵させペースト状にしたもの。

3. A fifth taste (besides sweet, salty, bitter and sour) we can perceive with our tongue described as rounded, rich and savory.

5. 中世の日本でスパイとして活動していた人々

6. A Japanese traditional thick bed quilt or mattress stuffed with cotton wool.

8. Japanese cartoon productions

9. A thick white noodle made of wheat flour

Down

1. very compact lyrics consists of 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 pattern

4.メールやSNSで感情を表現する顔の絵

7. 物を大切にする考え方

10. A video game to raise monsters and exchange and let them fight each other.

ANSWERS:

Show me the answers

In the second part, the attendees created the crossword puzzle by themselves. If you scroll down and look at the scans of the sheets we used, you will find them. They were very imaginative.

That is all for this time. How many Japanese words did you know? Cross word puzzle is very useful to increase the vocabulary. If you have free time, try crossword puzzles in English or Japanese.


Here are the activity sheets we used yesterday. Have a look. 


I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any request or things you would like to learn about the language and the culture, please talk to us during one of our Benkyoukai sessions! We suggest you register as soon as possible! We are looking forward to seeing you all next week 🙂 See you then!

 

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