Nate英会話Lab 012: SPECIAL INTERVIEW(お茶好きのコーリー)

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INTRO

alright…

talking to my friend, Cory

his experience in Japan

how you doing today Nate?

I’m drinking some tea that Cory brought to my house.

 

WHY DID YOU COME TO JAPAN?
well, two reasons….

can I guess?

you like manga?

part…that is part of one reason.

reason one, I was interested in….

modern culture of Japan

the manga and the anime of Japan

In America, you were reading…

I watched a lot!

when i was a teenager, I owned, i bought, maybe 50 series of Anime.

I had a huge shelf of Anime

can I call you an Otaku?

In America, here’s an interesting fact…

nerd

it’s almost the same as Otaku

maybe nerd would be closer for computer Otaku

most of the time, if you say…..it means…

It has a negative meaning….

 

WHATS THE SECOND REASON YOU CAME TO JAPAN?

I wanted to do business with Japanese companies

You’re a serious business man!

I would not say serious, but I like business and I like technology.

Any type, but specifically computers and the internet

I think Japan is always inventing new products and new technology.
WHAT JAPANESE TECHNOLOGY WAS INTERESTING FOR YOU?

the playstation…

 

 

WHEN DID YOU COME TO JAPAN THE FIRST TIME?

The first time was in 2009, fall.

So, about four and a half years ago.

That’s the first time I came to Japan.

September

What day?

the 4th…

you beat me!

…the first day I stepped on Japanese land.
(nihon no chika ni funda)..to omou

The first time, I studied at Kansai University. We say Kandai.

 

 

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SINCE THEN?

I came to Japan right after my graduation.

..and since then, I’ve been mostly teaching English.

 

I LOVE TRAVELING. SO, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN IN JAPAN?

I lived in Hiroshima for about 7 months

I lived in the middle of HIroshima-ken.

countryside
(inaka)

I taught at schools, I was a school teacher.

Kindergarten
(yochien)

 

 

WHICH ONE WAS YOUR FAVORITE?

My favorite was Kindergarten.

The kids were cute.

They were very high-energy happy.

They really liked me.
TELL ME ABOUT THE PLACE IN HIROSHIMA. WHAT WAS THE CITY NAME?

It was a very small area, and it was called Akitakata-shi.

rural
(inaka)

First spelling test-CORRECT!

It was more like a collection of small towns. So not one big place…

here and there…
(barabara)

I drove while I was there.

 

 

DID YOU DRIVE A JAPANESE CAR?

Yes…

I believe it was a mitsubishi, very compact, very small car.

In America, I drive a big FORD truck.

I drive a big truck down the road.
CORY, WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I am from Missouri in the United States.

Missouri is in the middle. Right in the middle of the country.

Kansas

Chicago, Illinois.

I lived close to St. Lious

St. Lious is a medium sized city…

We have a great monument….

the Gateway Arch

the monument is an Arch..

If you take the Mcdonalds arch, and cut it in half…

..but not gold….silver

How big?

It is 200 meters tall.

Why is there a big arch?

The reason it was built was to show, or, to kind of, (oiwai), to celebrate, America expanding West.

 

 

I LOVE FOOD CORY. TELL ME ABOUT SOME FOOD I CAN EAT IF I GO TO ST LOUIS

imagine a pizza that is very thin.

and the cheese is a very special cheese

it’s not cheddar, it’s not mozzarella, its a mix of processed cheese

processed cheese

this is sounding like a bad pizza…

thin crust pizza, with very special processed cheese…

square pieces of pizza

is that a pan pizza?

no, pan pizza is very thick

not authentic St Louis pizza

fake
(honmono janai)

 

WHAT OTHER FOOD?

toasted raviolis

we take the pasta, and we bread it and bake it

breaded
(panko)

bread crumbs

kind of as if you were breading katsu…

cooking sheet

put it in the oven, and it’s toasted

Can we get this in Japan?
SO CORY IS A TEA LOVER. YOU LOVE TEA.

I call myself a tea connoseiour

tea connoseiour
(ocha-su)

I think I like tea because, yes, it is very healthy…

I also love the flavor, and the history

tea is the number two most consumed drink…

what about coke?

coke is down the list, i think, i hope

what is the most popular tea?

maybe it’s easier to answer by region

in Japan, of course, Green Tea

For China, I would say, possibly, Oolong

In America, people do not know about Oolong….

In, Japan, how do you say black tea?

so (kou) is black?

…it actually means dark red.

dark red is (makura)

that’s a pillow.

I’m failing at Japanese right now.

I know makura is also a pillow….
HAVE YOU TAKEN ANY…SPECIAL TRIP TO SEE SOME TEA OR TO GO TEA PICKING OR SOMETHING?

pick tea
(chatsumi taiken)

where was the tea farm?

It was called (Wazuka machi)

not many people know the name, they do produce a lot of tea, and it is very high quality.

the meaning behind shincha is…

wintertime is offseason

the first tea of the year, is usually April. That is…..shincha

new leaves

what’s the difference?

each tea picking has a different flavor

ichiban is number one, so shincha, number two?

in this situation, i like use the Japanese phrase
“to each their own”
(ju nin toiro)

 

 

SO, YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TEA MAKER? …TELL ME ABOUT YOUR SPECIAL TEA MAKER.

it’s a new style…

modern tea pot

nice looking
(oshare)

to brew tea

why do you use this special tea pot…

loose leaf tea
(chaba)

loose tea is just as easy, if you use the right tea pot

the difference between a tea bag and high quality chaba…

before I used tea bags, but today, you made some tea..

we drank two kinds of tea

that was delicious

the second tea was Herba Mate

I don’t want to drink the tea bag tea. I want to make loose leaf tea..
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR TEAPOT

I have a website, its www.rutavega.com

your website is for the tea pot

it’s pretty much just the tea pot right now

I’m actually selling it on amazon

the shipping, for now, I’m making the shipping free

loose leaf tea is very interesting

I’d never drunk loose leaf tea before

www.rutavega.com

 

 

SO, DID YOU MAKE YOUR OWN WEBSITE?

yea, the website is actually made by a friend of mine that is a great website designer

I want to say thank you to her. It’s a really cool site

If I use your tea maker…what loose leaf tea should I buy?

many choices…

or what Nate liked, he liked the Herba Mate…

So, where can I buy this interesting loose leaf tea….Do I go to 7-11

Lupicia

They are a small company in Japan, that sell many different teas. You can find them in the (hyakatten) department store.

or

Amazon, you can buy many different teas of Amazon…
My favorite subject.

 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY FINAL ADVICE FOR THE JAPANESE ENGLISH STUDENT?

number one is, you have to study everyday.

I don’t mean you have to study for hours everyday.

That’s good advice..

you have to stick with it

number two, I think, to make sure you stay focused, and you concentrate well

drinking tea gives you energy

little bit of caffeine boost, keeps you active and thinking straight

coffee can almost be too much

focus and study would be either, a nice japanese ryokucha, or herba mate

herba mate is a very good tea for concentration

i have to say, i’m in love with herba mate

everyone, make sure and do your best, and don’t give up.

If you enjoyed listening to Cory, please send me a message on Facebook, and we will do another interview.

 


 

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