今日は春ですよ!!!

As you know, I listen to a Japanese radio station every day: FM Tanabe. It’s quite frustrating, because so far I’ve hardly understood anything. Yes, dates, days of the week and a word here and there. But nothing more. Until last night, when I for the first time understood a whole sentence. Breakthrough!

The presenter repeated the word 春 (はる/haru). Is he talking about spring? I thought. Hm, doesn’t spring begin today in Japan? I had read something about it the same day. And then he said it:

今日は春ですよ!

Today it is spring!

He repeated it a few times too, to my delight, and also talked about 冬 (ふゆ/winter), all the while sounding very happy. I was happy too. Actually, I fell asleep with a smile on my face. Just like I’ll always remember the first time I really understood manga, I will always remember when I understood my first complete Japanese sentence in a non-study setting.

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5 Responses to 今日は春ですよ!!!

  1. Roland Roberts February 13, 2011 at 18:16 #

    OMG! Intermale in Amsterdam is closed! What next? This is the worst news I have heard since Glad Day closed in Boston!
    What a nightmare!

  2. Karl February 14, 2011 at 07:45 #

    Yeah…

    Readers who wonder how this comment relates to the post might want to read this interview.

  3. erik February 18, 2011 at 09:24 #

    karl how does that radiostation work. i can’tread the characters on the website. the map of radiostations in japan is too crowded and the ones i randomly choose play western hits!

  4. Karl February 18, 2011 at 10:31 #

    Click on the black “Simul Radio” button in the upper right. A bit down on that page (search) it say’s FM Tanabe and there’s a link to the stream.

    (I never listened on the web, only through my Iblik.)

    I know, it was hard to find one with lots of talk.

    I really recommend the FM Tanabe show High School every weekday between 16 and 17 JST = between 8 and 9 EST (Berlin/Amsterdam). It’s the perfect morning show, though it’s really an afternoon show. It’s a different school (gymnasium) running it every day of the week. My favourites are the Thursday gang.

    Let me know how it proceeds! 🙂

  5. erik February 21, 2011 at 11:30 #

    thanks! found it!

    “hai hai hai oooooh iphone oooh oooh iphone… oooh hai hai hai… iphone aaah sento hi….aaah hai!” 😉

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