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"College Cafeterias Serving Fewer Egg Dishes"

Learn Japanese from the News

Broadcast on April 10, 2023 Available until April 9, 2024

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 "College Cafeterias Serving Fewer Egg Dishes" which was published on NEWS WEB EASY's website on February 13, 2023. Keywords include「鳥インフルエンザ(とりいんふるえんざ)tori-infuruenza」"bird flu" and「大学の食堂(だいがくの しょくどう)daigaku no shokudoo」"college cafeteria."



"College Cafeterias Serving Fewer Egg Dishes"

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

大学(だいがく)の食堂(しょくどう) 卵(たまご)の料理(りょうり)が少(すく)なくなる
"College Cafeterias Serving Fewer Egg Dishes"
This news story was published on NEWS WEB EASY's website on February 13th.
Now let's go over some vocab words that will help us understand what's going on.
bird flu

A highly pathogenic strain with a fatality rate of over 75% has been circulating in many parts of the world. It's been spreading rapidly in Japan since around last September, with devastating consequences for the poultry industry.
college cafeteria
Let's keep these words in mind as we listen.
An outbreak of the bird flu has caused an egg shortage, which in turn has led college cafeterias here in Japan to start taking egg dishes off their menus.

Now we'll break down a few sentences from the story that contain helpful expressions and keywords. Let's start with the following sentence:
College cafeterias around Japan are becoming unable to prepare dishes that contain eggs.
大学(だいがく)の食堂(しょくどう)refers to cafeterias that are intended for college students and faculty. We sometimes call them 学食(がくしょく).
Now, 食堂(しょくどう)generally serve a wide variety of everyday Japanese dishes. That's in contrast to restaurants that specialize in a certain type of cuisine, like a 寿司屋(すしや), which serves sushi, or a やきとり屋(や), which serves grilled chicken skewers. In casual conversation we often add the honorific suffix さん and say 寿司屋(すしや)さん or やきとり屋(や)さん.
OK, let's move on to our next sentence.
Since February 6th, the cafeteria at Saga University has stopped serving its "nested egg," which is a dish of vegetables topped with a soft-boiled egg, among other dishes.
半熟(はんじゅく)describes food that is not fully cooked. So 半熟卵(はんじゅくたまご)refers to a soft-boiled egg, which has a jammy yolk and whites that are not fully set.
A hard-boiled egg, on the other hand, is called 固(かた)ゆで卵(たまご).
The 熟(じゅく)in 半熟(はんじゅく)is used as the verb 熟(じゅく)する, which means "ripen." It describes fruit that is fully mature and ready to eat. For example, さくらんぼの実(み)が熟(じゅく)する means "the cherries are ripe."
OK, that's all for today.
In Japan eggs have long been an everyday staple that's high in nutrition and consistently affordable.
Right. But factors like the bird flu and soaring feed costs have caused a supply shortage, pushing up wholesale egg prices to the highest they've been since 1993. Prices are almost double what they were a year ago.
Indeed. Be sure to tune in next time for more!

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