Archives for the day Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Let’s speak Japanese

 Learning foreign language is fun and, it will help enrich and broad your view of things. Also, knowing the foreign language will come in handy especially when you go traveling to the country.

 When I was a kid, kids started learning English from Junior high school,which is 7th grade. It was fun and I liked learning English and enjoyed talking to the Assistant English Teacher who visited class with English teacher now and then.

 I then after all ended up getting teaching license for English at both Junior high school and high school. I enjoyed 2 weeks long student teacher time at the high school I graduated from.

 When winter/summer vacation, I enjoyed traveling around the countries visiting my friends overseas, and learning all kinds of cultural things in English and I had so much fun back then.

 Knowing local language really makes difference in your travel experience and,I thought I would continue Japanese language entries for a little bit longer here.

 When I was still in Japan, government has decided to teach much younger children English in school curriculum and,I believe by the time I left Japan,it was elementary school where kids would start learning English. Elementary school starts from 7 years old and it is 1st grade.

 My niece (sister’s kid) just started going to kindergarten and I already heard that she will be going to cram school for English conversation 3-4 times per month. She is only 4 years old. It would be interesting if my 4 year old niece became interpreter for my parents to tell them what my husband is saying.

 He is learning Japanese word little by little but, not reaching to the level my parents would hope for to carry conversation in Japanese. I think practice is the key and, I may one day decide to talk to him only in Japanese

 Here is some of mini Japanese lesson for you.

 Today’s lesson #1 is greeting to people whom you met for the first time.

 When meeting Japanese people for the first time, shaking hands and bowing at the same time is very common. Bowing with eye down about 45 degree angle.

 You can see how store clerks bow at customers in the previous entry titled “Greeting,Bowing in Japan” here.

Introducing yourself in Japanese

Nice to meet you; Hajime mashite (Ha-ji-me ma-shi-te)

My name is xxxx; Watashi no namae wa xxxx desu

(Wa-ta-shi no na-ma-e wa xxxx de-su)

** Wa-ta-shi means “My”

** Na-ma-e means “Name”

What is your name?; Anata no onamae wa nan desuka?

(A-na-ta no o-na-ma-e wa na-n de-su-ka?)

**A-na-ta means “You”

 Lesson #2 is when you greet someone you have already met before.

Greetings in Japanese..

 Good morning; Ohayo Gozaimasu (O-ha-yo-u go-za-i-ma-su)

 How are you?; Ogenki desuka? (O-ge-n-ki de-suka?)

 Hello.Good afternoon; Konnichiwa (Ko-n ni-chi- wa)

 Good evening; Konbanwa (Kon-ban wa)

 Good night; Oyasuminasai (O-ya-su-mi-na-sa-i)

 Good bye.Bye bye; Syounara (Sa-yo-u-na-ra)

 Lesson #3 is useful phrases you would use often.

Useful everyday phrases in Japanese..

 Thank you; Arigatou gozaimasu (A-ri-ga-to u go-za-i-ma-su)

 Thank you very much; Doumo arigatou gozaimasu

(Do-u-mo a-ri-ga-to u go-za-i-ma-su)
 I am sorry; Gomennasai (Go-me-n-na-sa-i)

 Excuse me; sumimasen (Su-mi-ma-se-n)

 Please; Douzo (do-u-zo)

** This is used when you tell someone to “please go ahead”,”please come in”, also used when you hand something to the person as a gift in a sense of ” I have brought you something to give to you”.

 Please; kudasai (ku-da-sa-i)

** This is used when you tell someone in a sense of “Please do xxx”.

 For example, “please eat”;tabete kudasai (ta-be-te ku-da-sa-i) or you can use this “please” to ask someone for favor such as “Please give me a cup of water”; mizu ippai wo kudasai (mi-zu ippai wo ku-da-sa-i.)

** ta-be-ru means “eat”

** mi-zu means “water

 I; watashi (wa-ta-shi)

 Other easy phrases useful to know..

 Yes; Ha i.

 No;I i e.

 I do not understand; Wakarimasen. (Wa-ka-ri ma-se-n)

 When you learn any foreign languages, reading only would not improve your skill and,you need to read it loud and practice and memorize them.

 I hope mini Japanese lesson will give you some fun in your family
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