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"High School to Offer First Extracurricular Club for Urban Sports in Japan"

Learn Japanese from the News

Broadcast on June 20, 2022 Available until June 19, 2023

Welcome to “Learn Japanese from the News”. In this program we learn Japanese and more about Japan from news stories presented in simple Japanese. Today's headline is "High School to Offer First Extracurricular Club for Urban Sports in Japan", which is put on NEWS WEB EASY's website on May 13, 2022. Keywords include such as 「アーバンスポーツ(あーばんすぽーつ)aabansupootsu」“urban sports” and 「部活(ぶかつ)bukatsu」“extracurricular clubs and activities”.



"High School to Offer First Extracurricular Club for Urban Sports in Japan"

Welcome to "Learn Japanese from the News."
Join us as we learn Japanese and about the country from Japanese-language news stories. Today's headline is…

日本(にっぽん)で初(はじ)めて 高校(こうこう)でアーバンスポーツの部活(ぶかつ)
 "High School to Offer First Extracurricular Club for Urban Sports in Japan"
This news story was published on NEWS WEB EASY's website on May 13.
Before we listen to the story in full, let's go over a few keywords that'll help us understand what's going on.
 "Urban sports". These are relatively new activities such as skateboarding, BMX freestyle, and sport climbing that originated on the streets or in parks and playgrounds.
"extracurricular clubs and activities"
Let's keep these words in mind as we listen.
The popularity of urban sports is growing, especially among teens and young adults. This is partly thanks to the recent Tokyo Olympics. Now, a high school in Okayama City in western Japan plans to start an "urban sports club" as one of its extracurricular activities.

Now we'll take a closer look at a few sentences from the news story that contain helpful expressions and keywords. Let's start with the following sentence.
" From April of next year, a high school in Okayama City will offer an extracurricular club for urban sports such as skateboarding and BMX."
In Japanese junior high and high schools and universities, students participate in 部活動(ぶかつどう), that is, "club activities." These are cultural, academic, or sports clubs that meet before or after school. 部活動(ぶかつどう)is commonly shortened to 部活(ぶかつ).
Japanese after-school clubs are generally divided into two types: 運動部(うんどうぶ), or "sports clubs," and 文化部(ぶんかぶ), or "cultural clubs."
Examples of 運動部(うんどうぶ) include tennis, baseball , and track and field clubs. 文化部(ぶんかぶ)encompasses activities that don't fall under 運動部(うんどうぶ), so that includes art, drama, and various music clubs, as well as more academically-oriented activities like journalism or science clubs.
OK, let's move on to the following sentences.
" The high school has built a practice space inside a gymnasium. There are many ramps of varying heights and angles that you can go down or practice jumps on with a bicycle or skateboard."
滑(すべ)る refers to the act of sliding across a surface. So depending on context it can mean "to skate" or "ski."
It can also mean "to slip." If you live in an area with colder winters, you may have experienced a fall on an icy road or sidewalk. In Japanese we say 足(あし)が滑(すべ)った, "I lost my footing," or 滑(すべ)ってころんだ, "I slipped and fell."
And that's about it for today.
Tune in next time for more!

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