Vanny Marie(ヴァニー・マリー)先生とIntroducing Japanのレッスン


Vanny Marie(ヴァニー・マリー)

Vanny Marie(ヴァニー・マリー)先生
8月16日のレッスンは、「Introducing Japan」「Lesson 04:Aplile」を受けました。

Tama-san you did a good job on today’s lesson & thank you for being so attentive & for doing your best in expressing yourself.
Please focus more on your pronunciation particularly on R, L and Th sounds & sentence construction (English tenses).
I highly encourage you to continue reading (books/articles/news) to widen your vocabulary & listen to audio clips/videos to improve your pronunciation & sentence construction (I’ve indicated some links from Youtube that you can you use for practice). Keep on improving Tama-san. 🙂


「Introducing Japan」では、各月の日本の行事や伝統を英語で説明します。



1 Sakura, or cherry blossom is considered among most Japanese to be the national flower of Japan.
2 Sakura is a very popular flower not only among Japanese but also foreigners, and many foreigners visit Japan to see the flower.
3 Sakura blooms in April, but its season varies depending on the area. The blooming of Sakura is associated with the arrival of spring, and the beginning of the new academic year for schools.
4 Hanami, or flower viewing, is one of the traditional recreations in April in Japan.
5 When Sakura is in full bloom, people go on a picnic, gather under the Sakura trees and enjoy their time eating lunch, drinking alcohol, and viewing the beautiful Sakura, sometimes with family, sometimes with friends or co-workers.
6 “Hana yori dango” is literally translated as “Dumplings rather than flowers.” Dumplings are traditional Japanese sweets made from rice flour.
7 The saying refers to the person who prefers eating dumplings rather than viewing flowers during Hanami. That means that practical benefit is more important than the aesthetic value.
8 Obento or bento are lunch boxes. Japanese people bring bento on a picnic or to schools.
9 In the box, a balanced meal is packed compactly, with rice and a pickled plum in the center of the rice, and several side dishes.
10 Bento are sold in many places throughout in Japan, including convenient stores, bento shops, railway stations, department stores, etc.
11 Bonsai is one of the traditional recreations, especially for old people in Japan.
12 They enjoy growing miniature trees in containers, viewing and showing them to others. Usually it takes a lot of time, special skills and technique to take care of the bonsai until they grow well.
13 You need to observe the tree and arrange its shape by cutting some parts almost every day, until it makes a nicely-shaped tree.

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