Ukulele & Languages

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Ukulele and Languages – Asia

07 2009

Today’s round of native-language-ukulele videos will focus on Asia.

16. Chinese
You can check out the Chinese Lyrics on the YouTube info area.

17. Japanese
Japan has its very special ukes :

Joke aside (uke means “attacker” in Japanese), here is a real Japanese ukulele video.
Dobuyuki-san with Bosko and Honey

18. Thai

No way for me to know whether this is really a Thai Song…

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  1. Jason on the 19th of September 2010 @ 09:58

    I just thought that I would finally leave a comment on your wonderful site, as a fellow ukulele player and language lover. My comment is about the Japanese video of Aikido (Yoshinkan Aikido) where you show the word “uke”; it is actually quite an interesting word. In the West we generally call the “uke” the attacker but its literally meaning is the reciever “受” in Japanese. The “uke” receives the technique of the “shite” (pronounced more like shee-tay than how you would think in English ;-) and written “仕手” in Japanese meaning doer or performer of the technique.

    While I have only been playing the ukulele for 6 months I was an Uke for 8 years, the ukulele is much more relaxing! Love the site and the language talk.

  2. Armelle Europe on the 19th of September 2010 @ 11:22

    Jason : thanks for your comment and glad you enjoy the site.
    I practised Aikido for 8 years myself and never realised that ‘shite’ could be read the English way :)
    Most probably because I always heard the word and never saw it written.
    Arigato for this :)

  3. Jason on the 19th of September 2010 @ 13:08

    I am not sure if this is the place to ask, but I would I like to ask if you practised Yoshinkan Aikido and if so where; because you posted a video of Shioda Sensei? If it is not appropriate to post this in the comments section here please feel free to delete the comment.

    Kochira koso arigato!

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