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Become a good listener of Japanese by listening to our interesting and fun news topics. Each week we discuss important news in simple, clear Japanese. We read it slowly to give you a chance to hear every word and we provide easy popup translations for not just the difficult words but whole phrases along with the readings of the Kanji.

 

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Below is my study plan for using this kind of material. If you want to read a little more on this topic, go to my post on how I developed this method here. (en español)

I hope it helps. Good luck with your studies!

My Shadowing Schedule

Lesson 031: Sushi Academy

This is a sample from my Premium Access section. I hope you like it.

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すしアカデミーでは、、スペイン、オーストラリアやフランスなど

や、です。しかし、

日本語 English ひらがな
すしアカデミー Sushi Academy すし アカデミー
すし職人になるには to become a sushi chef ♦職人 (shokunin) is a master artisan. It describes a person who has completely mastered their particular art form or craft. すし しょくにん に なるには
普通10年の修行が必要ですが usually 10 years of training is required ♦︎修行 (shugyou) formally refers to the ascetic training monks undergo in Buddhism, but is often used casually to describe a long training process such as for professionals. ふつう 10ねん の しゅぎょう が ひつよう ですが
東京すしアカデミーは、その技術を2ヶ月で学べる場所です Tokyo Sushi Academy is a place where one can learn these techniques in two months とうきょう すし アカデミー は、その ぎじゅつ を 2かげつ で まなべる ばしょ です
日本人だけではなく not only Japanese にほんじん だけ ではなく
様々な国の外国人もすし職人を目指しています there are foreigners from various countries who are aiming to be sushi chefs さまざま な くに の がいこくじん も すし しょくにん を めざしています
そして and そして
ここ3年間で100人以上の外国人が卒業しています in the past three years more than 100 foreigners have graduated ここ 3ねんかん で 100にん いじょう の がいこくじん が そつぎょう しています
外国人の受講生の多くが most of the foreign students がいこくじん の じゅこうせい の おおく が
自分の国で料理人だった人 people who were chefs in their own countries じぶん の くに で りょうりにん だった ひと
レストランの経営者 restaurant managers レストラン の けいえいしゃ
料理とはまったく違った仕事をしていた人も、受講しています even people who had jobs completely different from cooking りょうり とは まったく ちがった しごと を していた ひとも、じゅこう しています
卒業して一人前の寿司職人になるには in order to become a fully-fledged sushi chef そつぎょう して いちにんまえ の すし しょくにん に なるには
たくさんの練習と努力が必要ですが a lot of practice and effort is required but… たくさん の れんしゅう と どりょく が ひつよう ですが
多くの外国人受講生がすしアカデミーで頑張っています many foreign students at the Sushi Academy are giving it their best おおく の がいこくじん じゅこうせい が すし アカデミー で がんばっています
https://www.youtube.com/user/SushiAcademyTokyo
 

A. REPETITION PRACTICE

Please start the application below to practice repetition.


 
 
 

B. SHADOWING PRACTICE

Use the audio player to practice the dialog with the shadowing technique.

 

Click on the link below to download the kanji practice sheet for this lesson.
LESSON 031 Kanji Practice

Kanji information used in this practice sheet comes from the KanjiVG project. The kanji data is copyright (C) Ulrich Apel 2009-2013 and is used under the terms of a Creative Commons license.

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Try it out!  ためしてみてね! 
to become a sushi chef ♦職人 (shokunin) is a master artisan. It describes a person who has completely mastered their particular art form or craft.  すし しょくにん に なるには
usually 10 years of training is required ♦︎修行 (shugyou) formally refers to the ascetic training monks undergo in Buddhism, but is often used casually to describe a long training process such as for professionals.  ふつう 10ねん の しゅぎょう が ひつよう ですが
Tokyo Sushi Academy is a place where one can learn these techniques in two months  とうきょう すし アカデミー は、その ぎじゅつ を 2かげつ で まなべる ばしょ です
not only Japanese にほんじん だけ ではなく
there are foreigners from various countries who are aiming to be sushi chefs さまざま な くに の がいこくじん も すし しょくにん を めざしています
and そして
in the past three years more than 100 foreigners have graduated  ここ 3ねんかん で 100にん いじょう の がいこくじん が そつぎょう しています
most of the foreign students がいこくじん の じゅこうせい の おおく が
people who were chefs in their own countries じぶん の くに で りょうりにん だった ひと
restaurant managers レストラン の けいえいしゃ
even people who had jobs completely different from cooking りょうり とは まったく ちがった しごと を していた ひとも、じゅこう しています
in order to become a fully-fledged sushi chef そつぎょう して いちにんまえ の すし しょくにん に なるには
a lot of practice and effort is required but… たくさん の れんしゅう と どりょく が ひつよう ですが
many foreign students at the Sushi Academy are giving it their best おおく の がいこくじん じゅこうせい が すし アカデミー で がんばっています

52 comments

  1. mp3juice says:

    Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly
    enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any recommendations for rookie blog writers?
    I’d certainly appreciate it.

    • Sakura says:

      It has to be something you enjoy doing and you are passionate about. For me, I like thinking that I am helping to make learning Japanese a little bit easier for people. I know personally how hard studying languages can be.

  2. lyn says:

    さくらさんありか”とうこ”さ”います。your blog is very helpful. いまにほんこ”をへ”んかようします。ろくけ”つにほんへいきます。i will soon purchase the 6 months premium which i need as other learnibg reference for my studies.

    • Sakura says:

      I am happy to hear you like the site. By the way, that’s a very creative way to do the “voiced” kana! 頑張って下さい!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hello Sakura

    Is there any chance you could self-publish your lessons as an e-book and/or as a paperback?

    E-books can be published for free with various companies such as Amazon, Kobo, Lulu, Google etc. If you want to get in the i-tunes bookstore using a company like Smashwords as a go-between is the best and easiest way. (Also free).

    Paperbacks can be published for free with Createspace. (Related to Amazon).

    Just be warned though that Createspace is good for paperbacks that you want to sell online but bookstores don’t like them because of their association with Amazon.

    Sound files (MP3s) can be put on Soundcloud for free on a private channel for buyers of the book to download. (Just put a code in the back of the book).

    You’ve already done the hard part.

    I’m asking because I would really like to buy a copy. (And when all the lessons are in one set it makes it much easier to keep studying).

    • Sakura says:

      What a coincidence! In fact, I am working on an iBook collection of some of the stories on the site. It probably won’t be ready by the end of the year, but it won’t be too much later. I will let you know when it is ready.

      Thanks for your suggestions. I may try to publish in other formats as well.

      Good luck with your studies!

  4. ron0540 says:

    SakuraSan,
    From what I see this is the learning app I have been looking for. I lived in Japan, between Osaka & Kobe, in Ashia, for almost 6 yrs That was 30 plus years ago, About 6 months ago my love for Japan, the culture, the pride in craft and of course my desire to again study the language was reignited. I study at the JLPT3 level for conversation and the JLPT4 level for reading & writing. There are hundreds of apps today to study language, which is amazing to me, and 90% are free, which is unbelievable.
    Your blog and website looks to me like the place to be to excel and go from basic vocabulary to reading and writing skills that will take anyone willing to put in the effort, to a comfort level in most situations.
    So, let the work begin. Thank You for doing the work, the hard work that gives us NewsInSlowJapanese.com.

    • Sakura says:

      Thanks for the nice comment. May I recommend using the Shadowing Method which I talked about in a previous article. I have been using it for my own studies and have found it to be quite effective. I just do it for about 20 minutes a day and I can tell it is having a strong effect on my comprehension and even speaking ability. In my case it’s Spanish.

  5. Henry says:

    Delighted to discover this fantastic resource for Japanese learners! A great way to start moving beyond the basics and getting a real feel for spoken Japanese. Thank you for all your hard work.

  6. bohfive says:

    THANK YOU!! Great site. Great help.

  7. Aloy says:

    I’ve been learning the language for quite some time. I can tell by experience that learning Japanese can be painful and laborious, especially if we don’t have chance to use it on regular basis. Fortunately you are here to help us BIG time. I mean it’s a very thoughtful of you for creating this Japanese learning platform for us. I don’t know how to thank you. I really appreciate your time and effort for making our learning experience fun and enjoyable.

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you very much for your message.
      It really makes me happy when I get such a message.
      I hope you could enjoy studying Japanese!

      Sakura

  8. David Bennatan says:

    This has got to be the work of a group of people or a company, right? It is so professional from every point of view. And part of the idea is to make us think it’s just Sakura doing this all by herself. Very clever gimmick.

    To whoever is behind this, thank you very much. The site is very useful and all the work that goes into it is amazing.

    (Just to make sure you know, I wrote this with my silly American sarcasm. From the other comments it really does seem that Sakura is the one to thank for everything.)

    David

    • Sakura says:

      No, I am not a corporation. I am just one woman running a little blog.

      I am very thankful for your comment though. And very pleased you enjoyed your visit here.

      Good luck with your Japanese studies.

      Sakura

  9. David says:

    Awesome site, keep up the good work and you’ll have a reader until I get the N1 (i.e. forever :)!

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you very much for your comment.
      I am glad you liked the site.
      Please keep visiting the site!

      Kind regards,
      Sakura

  10. Lifekeeper says:

    Well hi there.
    Even if I am from France I’d like to thank you for your website.
    I’d like to learn japanese so this website gona be a major part of my incoming training way !
    French, English, Japanese !

    Thanks a lot !
    Just have to work hard in aim to be able to read and write japanese =3

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you very much for the message from France!
      I hope the site could help you to study Japanese.

      Best regards,
      Sakura

  11. dd.stevenson says:

    Whoah. This site is great. Glad I found it!

  12. Serena says:

    I chanced upon your website in Twitter. It’s an awesome website I have been waiting for in my quest in learning Japanese. It’s a dream come true. I have been learning Japanese since last Nov since I am an avid traveller to Japan. My husband and I love its food, culture, scenery, fashion、people and onsen. Thanks a lot Sakura. 本当に ありがとう ございます。

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you for your comment!
      Your message encourges me and make the site better.
      I am very glad you like the site.
      有難うございます!これからもよろしく!

  13. Melody says:

    さくらさん どうもありがとうございます。

    I am currently studying Japanese and am coming to Japan next year on a language immersion trip. I would like to thank you for this web site which provides me with assistance that is at the right level – beyond beginner Japanese, but with support with kanji and vocabulary!!!!!

    My dearest wish is that you keep adding to this site!! I am promoting you on Twitter. :)

    • Sakura says:

      メッセージありがとう!I hope the site could help your japanese listening and more!
      I wish you would have a great time here in Japan next year :)

      Sakura

  14. Mimis says:

    さくらさん、どうもありがとうございます!!
    It’s almost a week since I’ve found your site by accident and I have to say it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!
    I’m a begginer in japanese, almost 2 months from my N5 exams and I was looking for something that would help me in listening.
    I couldn’t have wished for anything better than your site!
    Thank you very much for all your time and effort in giving us such great listening lessons!

    A friend from Athens, Greece.

    • Sakura says:

      メッセージありがとう!
      これからも、にほんご の べんきょう がんばって くださいね!
      I am very happy to recieve your message!

      Your Friend,
      Sakura

  15. William says:

    I just discovered this site. It looks just right for me. I’m at an intermediate level with Japanese, but have been living in Kyushu for 2 to 3 years. I need to be able to understand my 4-year-old daughter :-)

  16. Jason says:

    Hello,
    I have just discovered your great website via your YouTube channel. Like Anuradhi commented; I also learned Japanese for many years but have been gradually forgetting it and I am really out of practice now.

    I find your system works really well for me as my biggest stumbling block when listening to Japanese is that it is too fast for me to process in time to keep up!

    Many thanks for all the hard work you do in creating this site and You Tube channel.

    Jason

    • Sakura says:

      Hello Jason, Thank you very much for your comment!
      I am glad you enjoy the site.
      I hope you could keep practicing your japanese with the site and YouTube channel!

      Sakura

  17. smits says:

    hello

    i am beginner in learning japanese. lovely language. i am not sure which link to follow to learn grammar can you explain.

  18. ミン says:

    さくらさん、どうもありがとうございます!
    私は海外で日本語を勉強しています、自分で。私の町は日本人に会う機会があまりないので、日本語で話すのしないし、日本語の聴解の可能も進達しにくいし。
    この番組はitunesで見かけました、よかったです。この番組のおかげで、聴解なんて上達できると思います。
    本当にありがとうございます!

    • Sakura says:

      ミンさん、メッセージありがとうございます!
      このサイトを見つけてくれて嬉しいです。
      これからもさくらのサイトで日本語の勉強頑張ってください。
      ミンさんの日本語の勉強を応援しています!

  19. Manny says:

    うわぁ!このサイトは素晴らしいです!ありがとう!
    新しい乗せるコンテンツ楽しみです!

    Sorry for my bad Japanese. This site is great! I am looking forward for all of the new posts!

    • Sakura says:

      サイトを見つけてくれてありがとう!これからも楽しい記事を書いていきますね!
      日本語の勉強がんばってください。おうえんしてます!
      Thank you for your message! I am very glad you found the site.
      I hope the site would help your japanese listening and more from now on!

      Thanks!
      Sakura

  20. John Smith says:

    I noticed that on one of your YouTube videos, it says Sakura is a “virtual” announcer.

    Does this mean that the voice we are hearing is a speech synthesizer and not a real human voice?

  21. Jordan says:

    Finding this website made my day. I will be using the extensively studying Japanese. Thank you very much!

    • Sakura says:

      I am really pleased to hear that. I will do my best to make the site worth coming back to.

      Thanks!

      Sakura

  22. Rick says:

    Awesome website! I love the new videos. Keep up the good work.

  23. Krispy says:

    Arigato :-) Im an intermediate learner and
    hope to make this terrific site a weekly habit.

  24. Karthik says:

    Too good! とても面白いね。さくらさん - あなたはとてもやさしいひとです。 I want to say that you are extremely kind to people like who want to learn Japanese (for putting up such thoughtful podacacts). I never knew this existed. Please let me know if you ever need any help from me, you have my email address.

    どもありがとうございました。
    カーティック(インドからきました)

    • Sakura says:

      Hearing your comment makes me very happy. It really helps motivate me to keep working on the site and make it better. Thanks a lot!
      サイトを見てくれて有難う!これからもサクラのサイトで日本語の勉強頑張ってください!

  25. Anuradhi says:

    Actually this is a very nice website to the foreign students like us those who r willing to learn Japanese. I learned Japanese for several years.but now it is forgetting little by little. but if I use this site I can improve my Japanese listening skill which is very important to my job.Thank you.Doumou Arigatou GOzaimasu

    • Sakura says:

      I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying my website and that you find it useful. It really makes my day to get such a nice message. I will do my best to keep this site useful and interesting for readers like you. Please take care!

      Regards,

      Sakura

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