自己紹介 = jikoshoukai = self introduction

December 26, 2014 in Beginners


jikoshoukai

「自己紹介、お願いします。」

= Jikoshoukai, onegai shimasu.

= Please introduce yourself.

「名乗る程の者では…。」

 = Nanoru hodo no mono dewa…

= I’d rather be anonymous….

Hi everyone! お久しぶりです!= Ohisashiburi desu! = It has been a long time!

Today’s guest teacher remains anonymous.

(Actually one of our students took this picture in Hokkaido.)

He will help me to teach you how to introduce yourself in Japanese.

First “self introduction” in Japanese is:

 :rrrr: 自己紹介=jiko shoukai

(自己=jiko=oneself + 紹介=shoukai= introduction)

When you meet a new group of people,  people quite often ask you to do 自己紹介 = jiko shoukai=self-introduction.
You can use the following phrases not just when you meet someone in person but when you fill out your profile on Twitter, Facebook or blog as well.

You first say hello

Ex. こんにちは!

= Konnichiwa

= Hello!

or

Ex. はじめまして

= Hajimemashite

= Nice to meet you!

Your name:

 :rrrr: *name = 名前= namae

Ex. (私は)マギーです。

= (Watashi wa) Maggie desu.

= I’m Maggie.

Ex. 私の名前はマギーです。

= Watashi no namae wa Maggie desu.

= My name is Maggie.

Ex. マギーといいます。

= Maggie to iimasu.

=  I am Maggie.

If you want people to call you by a certain name, say

Ex.マギーと呼んで下さい。

= Maggie to yonde kudasai.

= Please call me Maggie.

*Your nationality:

 :rrrr: *国籍=kokuseki= nationality

Ex. カナダ人です。

= Kanada jin desu.

= I am Canadian.

*Where you are from:

 :rrrr: 出身=shusshin = where you are originally from

Ex. ニューヨークから来ました。

= Nyuuyooku kara kimashita.

= I am from N.Y. City.

Ex. ジャカルタ出身です。

= Jakaruta shusshin desu.

= I am from Jakarta.

Ex. 出身地はマドリッドです。

= Shusshinchi wa Madoriddo desu.

= I am from Madrid. (My hometown is Madrid)

Note:

I sometime notice that some people write in their profile (プロフィール= purofiiru) on Twitter or Facebook,

:u:

Ex. (country name) から来ました。

= (country name) kara kimashita.

= I am from (country name).

even when they live in that country.

You can only say that when you are outside of your country. Instead of saying you are “from” that country, you should just say your nationality or where you live.

*Where you live:

 :rrrr: 〜に住んでいます= ~ ni sunde imasu. =  I live in ~

Ex. ニューヨークに住んでいます。

= Nyuuyooku ni sunde imasu.

= I live in N.Y. City

Note: As you may notice, we often omit the subject  (Ex. =watashi) in natural Japanese.

*Talk about your interests:

:rrrr: 趣味=shumi= one’s interests,  hobby

Japanese people often ask what you are interested in.

Ex.  趣味はなんですか?

= Shumi wa nan desuka?

= What are you interested in?

Ex. 趣味は料理です。

= Shumi wa ryouri desu.

= I like cooking.

Note:

The literal meaning of 趣味=shumi is a hobby.

Ex. 趣味は釣りです。

= Shumi wa tsuri desu.

= I like fishing.

or

Ex. 釣りが趣味です。

= Tsuri ga shumi desu.

Ex. 日本のアニメが好きです。

= Nihon no anime ga suki desu.

= I like Japanese animation.

Ex. 特に「ワンピース」が大好きです。

= Toku ni “Wanpiisu” ga daisuki desu.

= I especially love “One piece”.

*What you do now:

Ex. 今、〜大学で日本語を勉強しています。

= Ima, ~  Daigaku de nihongo wo benkyou shiteimasu.

= I am studying Japanese at ~ University.

*大学生です。

=Daigakusei desu.

= I am a college student.

*会社員です。

= Kaishain desu.

= I am an office worker. (Literally: I am a company person.)

When you describe your job, you can also say,

 :rrrr: 〜をしています(=~ wo shiteimasu)

instead of saying

 :rrrr: (name of the job)です。(= desu)

Ex. 弁護士です。

= Bengoshi desu.

= I am a lawyer
:u:

Ex. 弁護士をしています。

= Bengoshi wo shiteimasu.

*Talk about Japanese or Japan.

Ex. ずっと独学で日本語を勉強しています。

= Zutto dokugaku de nihongo wo benkyou shiteimasu.

= I have been studying Japanese on my own.

If you just came to Japan, you can say

Ex. まだ日本に来たばかりです。

= Mada nihon ni kita bakari desu.

= I just came to Japan.

Ex. 日本に来て1ヶ月になります。

= Nihon ni kite ikkagetsu ni narimasu.

= It has been one month since I came to Japan.

Ex. 日本のことをもっと知りたいです。

= Nihon no koto wo motto shiritai desu.

= I would like to learn more about Japan.

Ex. 日本語がもっと上手になりたいです。

= Nihongo ga motto jouzu ni naritaidesu.

= I would like to improve my Japanese.

 
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People love to help you. But you need to ask them.

Ex. どうぞいろいろ教えて下さい。

= Douzo iroiro oshiete kudasai.

= Please teach me many things. (→I would like to learn a lot form you.)

Ex. 東京で面白いところがあったら是非教えて下さい。

= Toukyou de omoshiroi tokoro ga attara zehi oshiete kudasai.

= If you know any interesting place in Tokyo, please tell me.

Ex. 今、~のフィギュアを集めています。どこか安い店を知っていたら教えて下さい。

= Ima, ~ no figyua wo atsumete imasu. Dokoka yasui mise wo shitte itara oshiete kudasai.

= I am collecting ~’s figures. If you know any cheap shops, please tell me.

Ex. 日本で友達をいっぱい作りたいです。どうぞ友達になって下さい。

= Nihon de tomodachi wo ippai tsukuritai desu. Douzo tomodachi ni natte kudasai.

= I woud like to make a lot of friends in Japan. Please be my friend.

*How to conclude your self introduction.

Ex. どうぞよろしくお願いします。

= Douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

= Thank you in advance (for being my friend, for helping me,…etc)

Note:

よろしくお願いします。(= yoroshiku onegai shimasu.) is one of the many most

frequently used Japanese phrases but there is no equivalent phrase in English.

When we ask someone for a favor or are just being polite, we say

よろしくお願いします。(= yoroshiku onegai shimasu.) 

for a favor that someone will do for you in the near future.

From the picture above

「名乗る程の者では…」

= Nanoru hodo no mono dewa…

= I’d rather be anonymous….

Sorry. This is not a useful phrase. I just wanted to introduce you an old joke.

This is an cliché when you don’t want to tell people your name jokingly.
It is from Samurai drama.
When a Samurai warrior helps people, people ask their name,

「せめてお名前だけでも(お聞かせください。)」

= Semete onamae dake demo (okikase kudasai.)

= Let me at least hear your name…

And the cool Samurai leaves saying

「名乗る程の者ではござらん。」
= Nanoru hodo no mono dewa gozaran.

(ござらん(=gozaran) is an old way to say ない(=nai) / ありません(=arimasen))

The literal meaning is

I am not worth to tell people my name.

I’d rather stay anonymous.

maggie-senseiマギー先生より= Maggie Sensei yori = From Maggie Sensei

日本の友達をいっぱい作って下さいね。

= Nihon no tomodachi wo ippai tsukutte kudasaine.

= I hope you can make a lot of Japanese friends.