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Sports and exercise are essential components of our daily lives. Engaging in physical activity allows us to maintain our physical health and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Regular exercise has been shown to improve heart and lung function, reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes, and has also been found to have mental health benefits such as reducing stress and anxiety and improving mood.

So let’s talk about these in this week’s Japanese practice meetup!

First, share your favorite sport!

This may take some preparation but try to be as detailed as possible. Describe what the sport is, why you like it, whether you only watch it, do you participate in it yourself. If you have a video of you doing the sports or a picture you’re more than welcome to share it! 🙂

一番好きなスポーツは何ですか? – Ichiban suki na supootsu wa nandesuka? – What’s your favorite sport?

Other Discussion questions

Note: This list looks like a lot but just use it as a cheat sheet when you don’t know what questions to ask! Otherwise it’s encouraged to just have natural conversations.

運動は苦手ですか?得意ですか?

Undou wa nigate desuka? Tokui desuka?

Are you bad at athletics? Or good at it?

 

スポーツは好きですか?

Supootsu wa sukidesuka?

Do you like sports?

普段どんなスポーツをしますか?

Fudan donna supootsu o shimasuka?

What kinds of sports do you normally do?

 

小さいころスポーツをしましたか?

Chiisai koro supootsu o shimashitaka?

Did you do any sports as a child?

 

スポーツ観戦は好きですか?

Supootsu kansen wa suki desuka?

Do you like to watch sports?

 

日本の伝統的なスポーツをしたことがありますか?

Nihon no dentouteki na supootsu o shita koto ga arimasu ka?

Have you ever done any Japanese traditional sports?

 

試してみたい日本のスポーツは何ですか?

Tameshite mitai nihon no supootsu wa nandesuka?

What Japanese sport would you be interested in trying?

 

好きなスポーツ選手は誰です?

Suki na supootsu senshi wa dare desuka?

Do you have any sports players that you like?

 

____さんの国には特別なスポーツがありますか?

____san no kuni ni wa tokubetsu na supootsu ga arimasuka?

What kinds of special sports exist in your country?

 

____さんの国ではどのスポーツが人気ですか?

____san no kuni de wa dono supootsu ga ninki desuka?

Which sports are popular in your country?

 

毎日どれくらい運動をしますか?

Mainichi dore kurai undou o shimasuka?

How much do you exercise per day?

 

オリンピックについてどう思いますか?

Orinpikku ni tsuite dou omoimasu ka?

What do you think about the olympics? (good, bad, exciting, waste of money, etc…)

 

やってみたいスポーツはありますか?

Yatte mitai supootsu wa arimasuka?

Is there a sport you want to try?

 

一番難しそうなスポーツは何だと思いますか?

Ichiban muzukashisou na supootsu wa nandato omoi masuka?

What do you think is the hardest sport?

 

一番簡単そうなスポーツは何だと思いますか?

Ichiban kantansou na supootsu wa nan dato omoi masuka?

What do you think is the easiest sport?

 

一番危なそうなスポーツは何だと思いますか?

Ichiban abunasou na supootsu wa nandato omoi masuka?

What do you think is the most dangerous sport?

 

嫌いなスポーツは何ですか?

Kirai na supootsu wa nandesuka?

What is a sport you don’t like?

 

生でスポーツの試合を見たことがありますか?

Nama de supootsu no shiai o mita koto ga arimasuka?

Have you seen a sports match live? (in person)

 

eスポーツについてどう思いますか?

Ii supootsu ni tsuite douomoimasuka?

What do you think about e-sports? (is it still a sport?)

Vocabulary:

運動

Undou

Exercise (physical activity including sports)

 

スポーツ

Supootsu

Sports

 

体育

Taiku

Physical education (word commonly used in schools)

選手

Senshu

Athlete

 

スポーツ観戦

Supootsu kansen

Watching sports

 

Sports:

野球

Yakyuu

Baseball

 

バスケットボール

Basuketto booru

Basketball

 

サッカー

Sakkaa

Soccer

 

ゴルフ

Gorufu

Golf

 

フットボール

Futto booru

Football

 

ヨガ

Yoga

 

陸上競技

Rikujou kyougi

Track and Field

 

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Suiei

Swimming

If not listed here, feel free to look up the sport you want to talk about!

Japanese sports:

相撲

Sumo

 

空手

Karate

 

剣道

Kendo

 

柔道

Judo

 

合気道

Aikido

 

弓道

Kyudo