Some Advice When Learning to Speak Japanese

December 19, 2008 by admin · 9 Comments 

You may need to learn the Japanese language because you are traveling to Japan and want to become familiar with popular Japanese words and phrases. Or you might have taken a class to learn Japanese years before and are now looking for a refresher course. Perhaps you have a great interest in learning to speak Japanese simply because you love the Japanese language.

Whatever the reasons you desire to learn to speak Japanese, you will want to be sure to keep the following advice in mind.

There are many aspects of the Japanese language that you might be considering learning. If you are interested in learning essential Japanese words and phrases to get through a few conversations with those who speak Japanese fluently, then beginning with the basics is the best place to start.

Learn popular words and phrases such as “hello”, “how are you?” and “thank you” first. Then practice using them in your daily conversations with those who speak Japanese. If you do not know anyone who speaks Japanese, keep practicing and speaking your words and phrases daily anyway – practice makes perfect.

If you want to learn Japanese so that you can better understand Japanese etiquette and culture, it is probably best to immerse yourself in conversational Japanese language studies. Learning Japanese this way can be beneficial because you will understand the body language, intonation and communication styles of those who speak Japanese fluently.

Listen to conversational audio, observe fluent speakers interacting with each other, and even try to watch and comprehend Japanese news or other real-life Japanese shows on TV. When listening to others speak Japanese, you still want to try to pick up on basic Japanese words and phrases. However, in learning conversational Japanese, it would be to your advantage to focus on situational phrases and even Japanese slang or expressions as well.

Understanding and using these types of colloquialisms is what helps you to become fluent in the Japanese language. Instead of focusing on basic phrases like “hello” and “good morning”, you will want to focus on how to begin interactions by asking questions like “what is your name?” or “what do you do for a living?”. Japanese etiquette plays a role in conversation, so take notice of the phrases and intonations that younger people use when speaking to their elders or that employees use to speak to their superiors.

It can be very difficult learning a new language. You want to try your best to stay motivated. When learning the Japanese language, you are not only learning to speak new words, you are also learning to read and interpret a different type of writing. Languages such as French and Spanish contain the same letters as the English language, but used in slightly different ways. The Japanese language will be a totally new way of reading and writing for you.

Do not be afraid of making mistakes with reading, writing or speaking Japanese, instead try to learn from your mistakes. Record yourself while you practice speaking Japanese so that you are aware of your mistakes in pronunciation and intonation. Being able to identify your weaknesses as you learn Japanese is the best way to improve.

How to Say Happy in Japanese

July 21, 2008 by admin · 4 Comments 

How To Say Happy In Japanese

Telling someone that you’re happy and that you’re having in Japanese can be very useful and motivating for someone else. For example, if you’re on a date and you want to continue seeing the other person, you will tell him / her that you enjoy the date. But how do you express hapiness, joy or pleasure in Japanese?

There are many Japanese words that can accomplish this task but let’s start with the basic Japanese word ureshii. Ureshii is perhaps the most common and effective word for express your happiness. When you’re happy, you can just shout out ureshii!

Watashi no tame ni, kono bentou wo tsukute kureta yo ne. Ureshii yo!
You made this lunch box for me. I’m so happy!

Kanojo wa ureshii kao wo shiteiru.
She’s wearing a happy face. (She’s happy).

There are many ways you can use the Japanese verb ureshii. You can turn it into an adverb. To turn a Japanese adjective into an adverb, you need to omit the ending -i and replace it with -ku.

Ore wa kanojo no kao wo miru dake de, nanka ureshiku narimasu.
Just by looking at her face, I become happy.

Kare wa ureshiku sono uta wo utaimashita.
He sang that song happily.

See how useful the simple Japanese adjective ureshii can do? Let’s look the second Japanese adjective tanoshii which means enjoyable and fun. Tanoshii is usually used when you want to express fun or enjoyment. Since it’s a Japanese adjective, you would use tanoshii the same way as ureshii.

Machi de burabura suru no ga sonna ni tanoshii desu ka?
Is wandering aimless on the street that enjoyable?

Dewa okyakusama, yukkuri tanoshinde kudasai.
Dear customers, please enjoy yourself.

Watashi wa tada kimi to tanoshii toki wo sugoshitai dake desu.
I only wanted to have a great time with you.

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