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Old Master 3.0

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I can help you out with that, Kristine. :: tu ::

I don't know all that much Japanese (what little I did learn I remember from high school), but what I do know I'll be happy to pass on to you. I'll start with simple words and break down how they sound when they are pronounced. I must warn you that many times the Japanese will use the same word to say different things. You'll see what I mean when you read my list below

Let's begin.


1) Yes - Hai (pronounced "hi")


2) No - Iie (pronounced "ee-eh")


3) Telephone - Denwa


4) Good morning - Ohayoo (pronounced "oh hi yoh")


5) Good afternoon - Konnichiwa (pronounced "koh nee chee wah")


6) Good evening - Konbanwa (pronounced "kon bahn wah")


7) Please - Onegaishimasu (pronounced "oh neh guy ee shee mas". The letter "U" at the end is silent)


8) Thank you - Arigatoo (even though there are two "O"'s, the end is pronounced "toh" instead of "too").


9) Thank you very much - Doomo arigatoo gozaimasu (last word "gohz eye mas". Again, do not pronounce the letter "U" at the end).


10) Sorry - Sumimasen (pronounced "soo mee mah sen")


11) Hello - Konnichiwa (You see? It's the same word used for "Good afternoon" [#5]).


12) Goodbye - Sayoonara (you musn't say the word quickly like we Americans tend to do, as the "O" in the middle is a long sound, indicated by the spelling. So you must say it "sigh ooh nara")


13) Left - Hidari (pronounced "hee dah ree)


14) Right - Migi (pronounced "mee gee". "G" is not pronounced as the "J" sound, but a hard sound as it would be used in the word "great", for example).


15) Water - Mizu (pronounced "mee zoo")


16) Beer - Biiru (pronounced "bee roo")


17) Wine - Wain (pronounced the same way it is in English).


18) Milk - Gyuunyuu (pronounced "gee yoon you". Hard "G" at the beginning).


19) Coffee - Koohii (pronounced "koh hee")


Now, these last two are a little tougher to pronounce.......

20) Ladies' toilet - Josei-yoo no o-tearai ("joe say yo no oh tay ah rye").


21) Men's toilet - Dansei-yoo no o-tearai ("Dance ey yo no oh tay ah rye").



Alrighty, then. That should be enough for your first lesson. Good luck. :D

I'll be back here in a couple of days to give you some more. :: tu ::




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NY State of Mind
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good stuff...i knew some of them
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Tasha
awesome! I can't wait to hear the rest.
Mr. Pointy
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Arigato :)
Tueuse de Vampires
Tueuse de Vampires
thanks :D So good morning kinda sounds like Ohio?

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Arigatoo gozaimasu! I have never taken lessons but you pick things up from watching animé in the original with subtitles! I love the sound of the language but I have heard that it is very difficult to learn because the intonation is very sensitive but I guess it's like any language... right?
 
Old Master 3.0
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And you are........(??) ;) :p:p

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The only thing I can say in Japanese is pretty much "I'm cute, you are stupid, thank you!". That is very useful!:tongue3:

I know that "I" is "watashi" and you always put a "wa" after the pronoun.

So, "Watashi wa Ms.Trick desu"= I'm Ms.Trick. desu is the verb to be.
You don't pronounce the u.
"You" is "anata".

Nande and Nan desu ka (don't know how to write it but you pronounce it nandesska) mean what and why.

People also say "Itadakimas" (don't know how to write it either!) when they are about to eat.

(If you want to know how to say the first thing I said, it is "Watashi wa kawaii desu, anata wa baka desu, arigato"!)

Japanese is a beautiful langage!
 
Old Master 3.0
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You know more Japanese than you're letting on. You can't fool anybody. :p:p

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People also say "Itadakimas" (don't know how to write it either!) when they are about to eat.
Oh yeah! I love it when they shout that before they tuck into some yummy food in the animé... sounds something like "eet a dak imas"

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Old Master 3.0 agrees: And you are........(??)
um.... just some phantom.... ;)
 

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Kristine agrees: thanks :) So good morning kinda sounds like Ohio?
Yep, exactly, except you make the last "O" a little longer. :)


Here's a few more of the basic stuff for your perusal. :: tu ::


1) One - Ichi (ee chee)


2) Two - Ni (nee)


3) Three - San


4) Hospital - Byooin (bee oh een)


5) Aspirin - Asupirin (as pee reen)


6) Taxi - Takushii (tak shee)


7) Where is the bank? - Ginkoo wa doko desu ka? (geen koh wa doko des ka)


8) Where are the suitcases? - Suutsukeesu wa doko desu ka? (suits kesu wa doko des ka)


9) Passport - Pasupooto (pas poh toh)


10) Credit card - Kurejiito kaado (koo reh jee toe kah doe)


11) Keys - Kagi (Now, for some reason there's an "N" sound in there...so you must pronounce it as 'kangee')


12) Bicycle - Jitensha (jee ten shah)


13) Car - Kuruma (koo roo mah)


14) Bus - Basu (bah soo)


15) Airplane - Hikooki (hee koh kee)


16) Train - Densha


17) Ship - Fune (foo neh)


18) Beach - Kaigan (kai [with an "I" sound, not an "A" sound] gahn)


19) Bed - beddo (beh doh)


20) House - Ie (ee eh. Not to be confused with "No", which has a longer "ee" pronounciation at the beginning).


21) Bathroom - Furoba (foo roh bah)


22) Shower - Shawaa (shah wah)


23) Hotel - Hoteru (hoh teh roo)





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And hello to you, Chris. Pleased to meet ya. We're all fine, thanks. ;) :p:p


(At least I THINK you intro'd yourself as "Chris". I'm a little rusty. :p)
 
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