Every week I find piles of great videos. Some are interesting, some are strange, others are just fun. Every week I’ll post my weekly video recommendation here, for your enjoyment. Although not specifically English study videos, all of them can be useful to you in your English studies. Don’t understand something you see or hear? Don’t sweat it- it takes years of study to be able to understand everything a native speaker says. I’ve been studying Japanese since 2007 and I can only understand about 20% of the dialogue in Japanese movies and dramas. So pat yourself on the back if you can understand even 10% after only a few years of study. I recommend you watch each video 3 times- the 1st time just to get the general idea of the video, the 2nd time try to get more detail out of the dialogue, the 3rd time to really bring it all together. Good luck!
This week’s video is about a gentleman who lives in my hometown of Otsu in Shiga prefecture and has become famous for making a dish known as tempeh. A quick search on Wikipedia taught me that tempeh is a soy product made in Indonesia which has recently become very popular around the world. Tempeh is fermented and though similar to tofu, it is considered to be more meat-like and more nutritional, offering a higher level of protein. Tempeh has become popular in the fast-growing vegetarian cuisine market, and chef around the world are racing to find the most delicious ways to use it in the restaurants and hotels. So check out this week’s video and learn how this hard-working gentleman is spreading tempeh across Japan from his little snowy factory in Otsu.