How to use the suffix 〜よ ( = yo)

September 20, 2015 in Grammar

suffix-yo

「どいてよ!」

= Doite yo.

= Move over!

「じゃあ、私も旅行に連れてって。」

= Jaa, watashi mo ryokou ni tsuretetteyo.

= Then take me along for the trip too!

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Double negative: ない+ない ( = nai+nai)

September 9, 2015 in French, German, Grammar

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「そんな大きなスイカ一人で食べられないでしょ。」

= Sonna ookina suika hitori de taberarenai desho.

= You know you are not going to be able to eat a watermelon that big by yourself, right?

「食べられないことはないよ。」

= Taberarenai koto wa naiyo.

= I wouldn’t say it is impossible.  (I could eat it.)


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How to use Verb + ところ ( = tokoro)

September 2, 2015 in French, Grammar

tokoro

「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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Typical questions from Japanese people

August 25, 2015 in Beginners, Travel Japanese, useful phrases

typical question

「どこから来たの?」

= Dokokara kitano?

= Where are you from?

「納豆好き?」

= Nattou sukI?

= Do you like Natto?

「お箸使える?」

= Ohashi tsukaeru?

= Can you use chopsticks?

Tofu: え~と…

= Ehhhhto

= Well……

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How to use the suffix, 「ね ( = ne ) 」

August 18, 2015 in conversation, Grammar

ne

「いつもきれいにしている。」

= Itsumo kirei ni shiteirune.

= You always make yourself so clean, don’t you?

「まあね!」

= Maane!

= I guess so.

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Asking for / Giving directions

August 4, 2015 in Practical

DIRECTIONS

「すみません。日本はどこですか?」

= Sumimasen. Nihon wa doko desuka?

= Excuse me. Where is “Japan”?

Fella: 「まっすぐ行って、左に曲がって下さい。」

= Massugu itte, hidari ni magatte kudasai.

= Go straight and turn left.

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ホテルの日本語 (=Hoteru no nihongo) Useful phrases at the hotel

July 13, 2015 in Practical, Travel Japanese, useful phrases

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Ella「9時にモーニングコールお願いします。」

= Kuji ni mooningu kooru onegai shimasu.

= May I have a wake up call at 9:00 please.

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How to use どころ(=dokoro)

July 6, 2015 in Grammar

dokoro
この暑さで祭りどころじゃないわ….

= Kono atsusa de matsuri dokoro janai wa…

= This is way too hot to go to the festival.

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受身 (= ukemi) : Passive form

June 29, 2015 in Grammar

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Vinnie 「こんなのつけられた….」

= Konna no tsukerareta…

= I got this thingy put on me…

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How to use verb + ても ( = temo)

June 22, 2015 in Grammar

temo

「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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