How to use Verb + ところ ( = tokoro)

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「Dipper先生、今日は何を教えてくれるの?」

= Dipper Sensei, kyou wa nani wo oshiete kureru no?

= Dipper Sensei, what are you going to teach us?

「今、何を教えるか考えているところです。」

= Ima, nani wo oshieru ka kangaete iru tokoro desu.

= I am thinking about what to teach now.

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How to use verb + ても ( = temo)

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「シェイディー先生、日本語の質問をしてもいいですか?」

= Shady Sensei, nihongo no shitsumon wo shitemo ii desu ka?

= Shady Sensei, may I ask you a Japanese question?

「してもいいけど、簡単なのにしてね。」

= Shitemo iikedo, kantan nanoni shitene.

= Yes you can, but make it an easy one, OK?

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How to use がち ( = gachi) & 気味 ( = gimi)

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Levo : 「勉強しすぎでお疲れ気味なんじゃない?」

= Benkou shisugi de otsukare gimi nanjanai?

= Aren’t you a little tired ’cause you studied too much?

Nao : 「無理しがちだから手を抜いてやればいいんだよ。」

= Muri shigachi dakara te wo nuite yareba iindayo.

= I know you tend to work too hard. You should just take it easy.

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Japanese verb tense Part 1 (Present + Future)

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「Tofu先生、今日は何をするの?」

= Tofu sensei, kyou wa nani wo suruno?

= Tofu sensei, what are you going to do today?

「う~ん、昨日は家でずっと寝ていたから、今日は日本語でも教えるよ。」

=Uun. kinou wa ie de zutto nete ita kara, kyou wa nihongo demo oshieru yo.

= Well, I slept the whole day yesterday so I guess I’ll teach Japanese today.

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How to use さえ(=sae)

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「あ~このレポートさえ終われば外で遊べるんだけど….」

= Aah.. kono repooto sae owareba soto de asoberun dakedo…

= Ahh, all I have to do is to finish this report and I can go out and play but….

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