44 Japanese Life

Kanade talks about where she is from in Japan and why she likes it there.

Todd: OK. I'm back here with Kanade.

Kanade: Yes.

Todd: So Kanade, why don't you talk about where you're from.

Kanade: OK. I'm from Akita, which is Northern Japan. And there is a lot of mountains and you can see changing color in the fall and in my home Yashima town, there are only six thousand people in there and there is a waterfall called "Hotonedake", which is the best one hundred fall in Japan.

Todd: Wow! That's cool.

Kanade: Yeah, Cool!

Todd: So you've seen it?

Kanade: Yes!

Todd: So how high is this amazing waterfall?

Kanade: Uh, I don't really know. It's really big.

Todd:Really. So is it famous because it's really tall or cause it's really wide?

Kanade: Could be both.

Todd: Oh really, that's a big waterfall. OK. When is the last time you went home?

Kanade: Last week.

Todd: Uh-huh. Really? Both you're parents still live there?

Kanade: Yes.

Todd: OK. And were your parents born there?

Kanade: Yes, but different town. My father is from Yashima, same hometown, same home as my home, but my mom is from Nigaho, next town from Yashima.

Todd: Oh, OK. Do you have a lot of childhood memories.

Kanade: Yes. Actually but my dad was really busy, so my mom took me. Took me many, many places...as a child.

Todd: Oh, that's sweet. Well, you're a good daughter.

Kanade: I think so. Yeah.

Todd: OK. Thanks a lot.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

in the fall

You can see changing colors in the fall.

'The fall' is the time between summer and winter.  In some areas of the world this is the time of year where the leaves change color and fall off the trees.  Notice the following:

  1. Camping is really nice in the fall.
  2. The colors are beautiful in the fall.


My father is from the same hometown.

Your 'hometown' is the place where you were born or where you lived for a long time.  Notice the following:

  1. This is Lady Gaga's hometown.
  2. He still lives in his hometown.


Wow, that's a big waterfall!

A 'waterfall' is a place, usually in a river, where water moves from a high place to a lower place by falling. A waterfall can be very big or small.  Notice the following:

  1. We played in the waterfall all day.
  2. The waterfall is much bigger after the rainy season.

take (me) places

My mom took me many places.

To 'take someone places' is to bring her with you to go somewhere or see something.  If you take someone places it can be to visit or to complete necessary tasks.  Notice the following:

  1. We try to take our children new places every year.
  2. My older sister took me everywhere with her.
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
in the fall • hometown • waterfall
takes her
  1. She dog everywhere with her.
  2. What do you like to do ?
  3. He has never left his .
  4. I can hear the already.