In Episode 6, I listed 10 basic sentences and questions as a means to start practicing conversations in Japanese. These sentences involved fill in the blanks so you could tailor them for your needs. Some of the questions required the names of countries and places, therefore today’s episode is all about countries, places, and related words so that you can complete the sentences.
directions, hemispheres, continents, oceans, countries, states/provinces, territories, cities
An Okinawan-descent Issei, Nisei, Sansei discussion about identity with Yuko, Mariko, and Lesley.
hougen – dialect. 方言 [ほうげん]
hyoujungo – standard Japanese. 標準語 [ひょうじゅんご]
uchinaanchu – Okinawan person (in Okinawan dialect). ウチナーンチュ
Wikipedia Japan entry on
World Navigator (map in English and Japanese)
世界の地図から国を検索 (Japanese clickable map)
世界地図 (Japanese maps and basic facts of countries)
世界地図 – 世界の国々 (world map Japanese quiz)
Episode transcript PDF (Japanese portion includes furigana) (interview not transcribed)
Episode 11 – Countries and Places