How to use もう & まだ ( = mou & mada)

July 9, 2016 in Beginners, Grammar

moumadafinal

「あの~…もう1時間も待っているんですが…昼ご飯はまだですか?

もう12時ですよ。」

= Anoo…Mou ichijikan mo matte irundesuga… hirugohan wa mada desu ka?
Mou juuniji desu yo.

= Excuse me…. I’ve been waiting for one hour already. Isn’t my lunch ready yet?
It’s already 12 o’clock you know.

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How to use しか & だけ ( shika & dake) & だけしか ( = dakeshika)

June 8, 2016 in Beginners

shika

Conner「昨日は、9時間しか寝ていないからもっと寝させて。」

= Kinou wa, kujikan shika nete inai kara motto nesasete.]

= I ONLY slept for nine hours, so please let me sleep a little longer.

dake

Buster「ずるい!Connerだけ、かわいいの着てる!」

= Zurui! Conner dake, kawaii no kiteru.

= Not fair! Only you are wearing something cute.

Conner「今日だけくまにならせてよ。」

= Kyou dake kuma ni narasete yo.

= Let me be a bear just for today.

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Useful phrases at a hairsalon

June 5, 2016 in Daily Life, Practical, useful phrases

hairsalon

「枝毛を整えてください。」

= Edage wo totonoete kudasai.

= Could you trim the split ends?

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How to ask for a favor / make a request

May 19, 2016 in conversation, Grammar, Japanese manners

moraukureru

 「ちょっと、背中のトトロ取ってもらえる?」

= Chotto, senaka no totoro totte moraeru?

= Hey, can you remove the Totoro from my back?

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How to use けど ( = kedo) / だけど ( = dakedo)

May 7, 2016 in Grammar

KEDO
「今日の夕食だけど、ステーキとトンカツとフライドチキンだけでいいからね。」

= Kyou no yuushoku dakedo, suteiki to tonkatsu to furaido chikin dakede ii karane.

= As for today’s dinner, all I need is just a steak, pork cutlets and fried chicken, OK?

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How to use にしては & わりに(は)( = ni shite wa & warini (wa) )

April 24, 2016 in Grammar

nishitewaarini

「私にしては日本語の勉強がんばってるよ。」

=Watashi ni shite wa nihongo no benkyou ganbatteru yo.

= I have been studying Japanese really hard — well, really hard for me.

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Adjective + 目/め ( = me)

April 8, 2016 in Grammar

adj+me

今日は少し優しにしてね。

= Kyou wa sukoshi yasashime ni shitene.

= Please be a little nice to me today, OK?

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Casual Contraction: Dropping い ( = i) :てん ( = ten), とく ( =toku)

March 28, 2016 in Colloquial, conversation

casual contraction

「クッキー先生、起きてんの?」

= Cookie Sensei, Okiten no?

= Is Cookie Sensei awake?

「寝てんじゃない?」

= Neten ja nai?

= Isn’t he sleeping?

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Renting an apartment / House related Japanese

March 11, 2016 in Daily Life, Japanese customs, Practical

renting

「そこは人間のペットを飼ってもいいですか?」

= Soko wa ningen no petto wo katte mo ii desu ka?

= Am I  allowed to keep a human pet there?

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How to use あげく ( = ageku)

February 25, 2016 in Grammar

ageku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

「さんざんいたずらして遊んだあげく疲れて寝ちゃったよ。」

= Sanzan itazura shite asonda ageku tsukarete nechatta yo.

= After playing around and being a naughty puppy, he fell asleep.

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