Today’s phrase in Japanese! 日本語での今日のフレーズ!

Hello everyone! 皆さんこにちは!

Today’s phrase is a useful one when wanting to ask for someone’s name. The phrase you use is お名前は。(o-namae wa?) Try using this phrase with some of your friends. Here is an example.

  • Maeda: Hajimemashite. Maeda desu. O-namae wa?
  • Minako: Minako desu. Hajimemashite.
  • まえだ: はじめまして。まえだです。おなまえは?
  • みなこ: みなこです。はじめまして。
  • 前田: はじめまして。前田です。お名前は?
  • 美奈子: 美奈子です。はじめまして。
  • Maeda: How do you do? I am Maeda. May I have your name?
  • Minako: I am Minako. How do you do?

Notice that the question お名前は。does not end in ka. In formal Japanese, questions end in ka, but in a formal, colloquial style of speech questions are often abbreviated. お名前は。is short for お名前は何ですか。(lit. As for your name, what is it?)

You will also notice that Maeda began the conversation and Minako finished it. This is common in Japanese conversation. Being an active listener when speaking Japanese is very important.

I hope this is helpful! Remember if you have any questions on this or any other topic I cover you can always email me at colormeindie@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Today’s phrase in Japanese! 日本語での今日のフレーズ!

Hello everyone! 皆さんこにちは!

Today’s phrase is in honor of the New Year! In Japan the new year is one of the most important holidays. It has the same hype as christmas would in the west. Usually, people will get days off of work, you visit your family, and children even get money for presents. So it is super important to know how to wish someone a happy new year in Japan.

The most common phrase used formally is Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. あけましておめでとうございます。(happy new year). A more casual way to say happy new year would be Akemashite omedetou. あけましておめでとう。

Some other phrases you will hear often during this time of year are:

I wish you will have a good new year. (used at the end of the year.)

  • yoi otoshi o omukae kudasai. (formal)
  • よいお年をお迎えください。
  • Yoi otoshi o! (casual)
  • よいお年を!

Long time no see.

  • Oshashiburi desu. (formal)
  • お久しぶりです。
  • Hisashiburi! (casual)
  • 久しぶり!

I haven’t seen you in a long time

  • Gobusata shite imasu. (very formal)
  • ご無沙汰しています。

To reply to ” ご無沙汰しています。”  you would simply reply “こちらこそ” (Kochira koso) or “same here” in English.

I hope everyone has had a safe and fun new year! Try practicing saying Happy new years with your friends and family! Hope this is helpful to you all! Until next time! まったね!

Today’s Phrase in Japanese. 日本語での今日のフレーズ。

Hello everyone! 皆さんこにちは!

Today’s phrase in Japanese will hopefully help you when you want to find something. The phrase is “________ wa doko desu ka?” ( _______ はどこですか?). Doko literally means “where” desu ka is how you ask a question in Japanese. You may have noticed this in prior lessons. Here is an example of how to use “_______ はどこですか?”

In this situation Maeda is asking her mother (okaasan お母さん) where a hat is.

Romaji

Maeda: okaasan wa booshi wa doko desu ka?

Okaasan: asoko desu.

ひらがな

まえだ: おかあさんはぼうしはどこですか?

おかあさん: あそこです。

漢字

前田: お母さんは帽子はどこですか?

お母さん: あそこです。

English:

Maeda: Mom, where is the hat?

Mom: Over there.

I hope this is helpful! Remember if you have any questions on this or any other topic I cover you can always email me at colormeindie@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Today’s Phrase in Japanese. 日本語での今日のフレーズ。

Hello everyone! 皆さんこにちは!

Today’s phrase in Japanese is one that hopefully you will find really helpful when you need someone to repeat something to you. The phrase is “Moo ichido onegai shimasu” (もう一度お願いします). It literally means “once again, thank you.” Here is an example of how to use “もう一度お願いします”

In this situation Maeda Watanabe asks her fellow classmate Ami Uzumi how to say book in Japanese. Ami doesn’t hear her and asks her to repeat the question. Maeda repeats the question and after hearing it again Ami answers.

Romaji

Maeda: Uzumi-san wa book wa Nihongo de nan to iimasu ka?

Ami: Sumimasen, moo ichido onegai shimasu.

Maeda: Book wa Nihongo de nan to iimasu ka?

Ami: Aa, Hon to iimasu.

ひらがな

まえだ: うずみさんはbookはにほんごでなんといいますか?

あみ: すみません, もういちどおねがいします。

まえだ: Bookはにほんごでなんといいますか?

あみ: ああ,ほんといいます。

漢字

前田: 宇角さんはbookは日本語で何といいますか?

網: 済みません, もう一度お願いします。

前田: Bookは日本語で何といいますか?

網: ああ, 本といいます。

English 英語

Maeda: Uzumi how do you say book in Japanese?

Ami: Sorry, please repeat that.

Maeda: How do you say book in Japanese?

Ami: Oh, you say hon.

I hope this is helpful! Remember if you have any questions on this or any other topic I cover you can always email me at colormeindie@gmail.com or leave a comment below

Today’s Phrase in Japanese. 日本語での今日のフレーズ。

Hello everyone! 皆さんこにちは!

Today’s Japanese phrase of the day is one you can use in numerous social situations. It is the phrase “Sumimasen” (すみません). すみません is an expression of apology much like the English phrase “I’m sorry” or “excuse me”. It is also frequently used to attract someone’s attention or express appreciation. In the latter case “thank you” is a closer English equivalent. Here is an example on how to use this phrase.

Maeda is waiting for the train and needs to know what time it is. Unfortunately, she forgot her watch at home so she decides to ask a stranger.

Romaji

Maeda: Sumimasen. Ima nan-ji desu ka?

Mishiranuhito: Eeto, ni-ji desu.

Maeda: Soo desu ka? Arigatoo gozaimasu.

ひらがな

まえだ: すみません。いまなんじですか?

みしらぬひと: ええと、にじです。

まえだ: そうですか?ありがとうございます。

漢字

前田: すみません。今何時ですか?

見知らぬ人: ええと、二時です。

前田: そうですか?ありがとうございます。

English

Maeda: Excuse me. What time is it now?

Stranger: Umm, it’s 2 o’clock.

Maeda: Is that so? Thank you very much.

I hope this is helpful! Remember if you have any questions on this or any other topic I cover you can always email me at colormeindie@gmail.com or leave a comment below

Today’s Phrase in Japanese. 日本語での今日のフレーズ。

Hello everyone! 皆さんこにちは!

I hope that everyone have a nice and fun weekend! Now let’s get back to studying Japanese, shall we? (੭ु。╹▿╹。)੭ु⁾⁾

Today let’s learn how to introduce yourself in Japanese!  The situation here is two classmates, Maeda Watanabe and Motoko Atsuko, are meeting and introducing themselves for the first time.

Romaji

Maeda: Hajimemashite. Watanabe desu.

Motoko: Hajimemashite. Atsuko desu.

Maeda: Doozo yoroshiku.

Motoko: Doozo yoroshiku.

ひらがな

まえだ: はじめまして。わたなべです。

もとこ: はじめまして。あつこです。

まえだ: どうぞよろしく。

もとこ: どうぞよろしく。

English (英語)

Maeda: How do you do? I am Watanabe.

Motoko: How do you do? I am Atsuko.

Maeda: Nice meeting you.

Motoko: Nice meeting you.

There are no Kanji associated with this particular phrase except for the names. If anyone would like to know the names in Kanji I can include them but I thought it might distract from the lesson. The italicized words are where you would put your last name if you were to have this conversation.

  • Culture note: It is common in Japanese to introduce yourself using your last name. Although once a person feels as if they know you well they may ask to call you by your first name. Also, note that the Japanese know that English and other language speakers do not do this and it is common for someone to introduce themselves by their first name. Don’t worry it is okay if you do that. (●☌◡☌●)

I hope this is helpful! Remember if you have any questions on this or any other topic I cover you can always email me at colormeindie@gmail.com or leave a comment below

Today’s Phrase in Japanese. (Guidelines) 日本語での今日のフレーズ。(ガイドライン)

Hello everyone! 皆さんこにちは!

Today I thought it’d be a good idea to go over a basic phrase in Japanese. FIrst, I wanted to tell you how I will set it up. I will give you an example of a conversation between two people. First I will write it in romaji.

Romaji is the transcription of Japanese using the English alphabet. In Japan the only words you see written in romaji are station names (for the sake of foreigners), trademarks, and ad catchphrases. I will only be using it as an aid for beginning students. I will stop using it once we have covered more of the Japanese characters. Please be sure you study so you don’t fall behind. 。◕‿◕。

Next I will write the conversation in hiragana and katakana (if katakana is needed). Then if there are kanji associated normally with the phrase I will write it was well. Finally I will translate the phrase into english.

Here’s an example on how to say formally “Good morning.” and “How are you?”:

(romaji)

Haruna: Ohayoo gozaimasu.

Yuka: Ohayoo gozaimasu. O-genki desu ka?

Haruna: Ee, genki desu.

(Hiragana ひらがな)

はるな: おはようございます。

ゆか: おはようございます。おげんきですか?

はるな: ええ、げんきです。

(Kanji 漢字)

はるな: おはようございます。

ゆか: おはようございます。お元気ですか?

ゆか: ええ、元気です。

(English 英語)

Haruna: Good morning.

Yuka: Good morning. How are you? (lit. Energetic?)

Haruna: (Yes,) I am fine.

I hope everyone understands how the phrases will work! Please remember to practice and if you have any questions on this or any other topic please feel free to email me at colormeindie@ gmail.com or leave me a comment below.