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ただいま!

こんにちは、皆さん。お元気ですか?私は元気です。今日は十月一日です。十月は大好きよ〜 誕生日とハロウィーンと結婚記念日です! 私は勉強じゃりません。怠けている〜

So basically I’ve been kind of busy with life and stuff since my last post, in MARCH. I feel incredibly guilty for putting off my Japanese for so long. My hopeful trip to Japan that was supposed to be this September (last month… oops) didn’t happen. I had just too many other expenses to take care of and didn’t get enough money saved up to be able to go. My family has moved yet AGAIN, into a much bigger house this time. And also this move is permanent. No more renting! Huzzah! After Christmas I hope to start saving AGAIN to try to make it to Japan a year from now. Hopefully this time I will be able to save up enough to get over there!

Anyway, I wanted to make a post about all the things I have learned today. Most of which I already knew, but I found a new method to this tool that I have been using that makes it really stick. I’ve been listening to Pimsleur’s Japanese lessons. Basically the lessons teach you how to say things, pronunciation, and even ask you to come up with things learned in previous lessons on the spot so you are caught off guard. Being a very visual type person (which is why reading and writing is a lot easier for me than speaking or listening, always has been) I decided to start completely from the beginning, and write down EVERYTHING they are saying, words they teach, sentences and conversations that are had. This way I can SEE what they are saying, and get a better jist of what I’m learning. I really need as much motivation as I can possibly get, so I don’t slack off again. Even though this blog is more or less empty space (I don’t have any readers, but I don’t really mind I can pretend right?) maybe if I can remember to post each day what I have learned it will keep me going. Didn’t I say I was going to do this before…? We all see how well that worked out… haha oh well. So here are some conversations I have heard, and fully understood just today. (some are kind of repetitious, but hey, I’m learning. Repetition is key.)

会話1:

男の人:「すみません、あなたは英語が分かりますか?」

女の人:「いいえ、私は英語がわかりません。」

男の人:「私は日本語が少し分かります。」

女の人:「あなたはアメリカ人ですか?」

男の人:「はい、アメリカ人です。」

会話2:

女の人:「こんにちは。」

男の人:「こんにちは。」

女の人:「いかがですか?」

男の人:「元気です。おかげさまで。」

女の人:「あなたはアメリカ人ですか?」

男の人:「はい、私はアメリカ人です。」

女の人:「日本語が分かりますか?」

男の人:「日本語が少し分かります。」

女の人:「あなたは日本語が上手ですね。」

男の人:「いいえ、上手じゃありません。」

女の人:「さようなら。」

男の人:「さようなら。」

会話3:

女の人:「おはようございます、いかがですか?」

男の人:「元気です。おかげさまで。」

女の人:「あ、日本語が分かりますね。」

男の人:「はい、少し。でも、まだ上手じゃありません。」

女の人:「あなたはアメリカ人ですか?」

男の人:「はい。」

女の人:「でも、あなたは日本語がよく分かりますね。」

That’s all I have heard and understood all of so far. Each lesson is about 30 minutes, and you are only supposed to do one per day, but since I have already done each of these several times over, I saw no harm in doing a few all in one afternoon. Since I won’t get any complaints on length, I think I will go ahead and list all the components that make up these convos that I learned (read: already knew, but this is review), with English next to it.

1.) すみません (sumimasen) – excuse me

2.) 英語 (eigo) – English language

3.) 分かります (wakarimasu) – understand, know

4.) いいえ (iie) – no, in disagreement (doesn’t always translate to the English version of “no”.)

5.) 私 (watashi) – I

6.) 分かりません (wakarimasen) – don’t understand, don’t know

7.) 日本語 (nihongo) – Japanese language

8.) 少し (sukoshi) – a little

9.) アメリカ人 (amerikajin) – American

10.) アメリカ (amerika) – America

11.) あなた (anata) – you (often omitted)

12.) です (desu) – is, are

13.) はい (hai) – yes, in agreement. (like iie, it doesn’t always translate to the English version of “yes”.)

14.) おはよう ございます (ohayou gozaimasu) – good morning

15.) こんにちは (konnichiwa (ha)) – good afternoon (the last hiragana is ‘ha’ but sounds like ‘wa’ which is why I put it in parentheses)

16.) いかが(ですか)(ikaga(desuka)) – how are you?

17.) 元気(です)(genki (desu)) – healthy, well

18.) おかげさまで (okagesamade) – thanks to you (only when asked about health)

19.) さようなら (sayounara) – goodbye

20.) ね〜 (ne~) – don’t you? aren’t you? isn’t it? Expecting agreement in reply.

21.) ありがとう (arigatou) – Thank you

22.) 上手じゃありません (jyouzu ja arimasen) – not skilled

23.) でも (demo) – but

24.) まだ (mada) – yet

25.) よく (yoku) – good

26.) 元気じゃありません (genki ja arimasen) – not healthy, not well

27.) どうも (doumo) – very much (as in, thank you very much 「どうもありがとうございます」)

28.) 日本 (nihon, nippon) – Japan

29.) あなたは・・・? (anata wa (ha) ?) – and you? (again ‘ha’ sounds like ‘wa’)

30.) 話せます (hanasemasu) –  can speak

 

That’s all for today, all of that I already knew, but it’s good to review. I have also started attempting to read some Japanese news sites, and downloaded a couple of addons for my Chrome that have helped a ton. Furigana inserter is one (it puts little Hiragana over Kanji so you know how to say it), and Mind the Word! is the other. Mind the Word! changes a percentage of any webpage with text into a language to give you more immersion. It’s fun, although the context is sometimes extremely off, so be aware of that. I’m going to go back to study – ありがとうございます for reading! じゃね〜頑張って!

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2 comments on ただいま!

  1. Rob
    October 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Konnichiwa Syndey sama!

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  2. Rob
    October 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    LOL! I misspelled the english.

    Reply

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