Lesson 2 "This is my passport!"


Do you know

what this is? 👉

 It's called "イナゴの佃煮(inago no tsukudani)." イナゴ(inago) means locusts, a type of grasshopper, and 佃煮(tsukudani) is a way of cooking fish, grasshoppers, shrimp etc boiling down in soy sauce. So イナゴの佃煮(inago no tsukudani) is grasshoppers boiled down in soy sauce.

 Japanese people eat a lot of things that other nations don't such as pufferfish, hornet larvae, raw eggs, seaweed, octopodes, fermented soy beans, etc. What about your country? Do you eat something that other nations don't eat?

 So if you are in Japan, you might end up eating something you wouldn't normally eat when you are in your own country, and you might be eating it without knowing what that is.

 If you are curious, you might dare to ask;

"What is this?"

And the waiter's answer will be 

"You don't want to know."

 Just kidding. So today, let's master how to say;

 "What is this?"

 "What is that?"

 "This is my wallet."

 "That's floccinaucinihilipilification!"


This is ___. That is ___. That over there is ___.

    1.これです? (kore wa nan desu ka)————What is this?
                - これ(kore)/それ(sore)/あれ(are)/どれ(dore)
                     ---this one, that one, that one over there, which one?

    2それはアルバムです。(sore wa arubamu desu)—That is an album.

    3. それ私のアルバムです。(sore wa watashi no arubamu desu)

        —That is my album.

    4素敵です。(suteki desu ne)— It is niceisn’t it?



By adding "___ね(ne)" at the end of the sentence, you can make a sentence into a tag question "___, isn't it?" "___, aren't you?" or express the nuance of "Don't you think so?" "Right?" etc.

Let's Try! (If you highlight the part next to "→" with your cursor, you'll see an example answer.)


A: What is this?

B: That is a pen.

A: Then, what is that?

B: This is an apple.

A: What is that thing over there?

B: That thing over there is my pen-pinapple-apple-pen!

A: How nice!

B: Thank you very much.


A: →これは何ですか?

B: →それはペンです。

A: →じゃあ、それは何ですか?

B: →これはりんごです。

A: →あれは何ですか?

B: →あれは私のペンパイナッポーアッポーペンです。

A:→ 素敵ですね。

B: →ありがとうございます。

Romanized character version:

A: →kore wa nan desu ka?

B: →sore wa pen desu.

A: →jaa, sore wa nan desu ka?

B: →kore wa ringo desu.

A: →are wa nan desu ka?

B: →are wa pen-painappō-appō-pen desu.

A: →suteki desu ne!

B: →arigatou gozaimasu.

By the way, in case you are wondering what I'm talking about, here is what the dialogue is about. It's a song called PPAP(Pen-Pinapple-Apple-Pen) sung by a Japanese musician Pikotaro↓

Additional Grammar & Phrases

    5写真を撮るは楽しいです(shashin o toru nowa tanoshii desu)
        --- It's fun to take photos.
It is fun to do ___.
"verb in dictionary form + no wa tanoshii desu."

Let's Try! (If you highlight the part next to "→" with your cursor, you'll see an example answer.)

Q1. It's fun to learn Japanese.


 →nihongo o benkyou suru no wa tanoshii desu.

Q2. It's fun to practice Japanese with Teacher Mitch.


 →micchi sensei to nihongo o renshuu suru no wa tanoshii desu.

Q3. It's so much fun to take Teacher Mitch's Japanese lessons.


 →micchi sensei no nihongo no ressun o jukou suru no wa totemo tanoshii desu.

Other Words & Phrases
-スーツケース(sūtsu kēsu)—suitcase
-携帯電話(keitai denwa)—cellular phone
-ワイルドな(wairudo na)—wild
-セクシーな(sekushī na)—sexy

Lesson summery

雑談(zatsudan) Small Talk "Japanese School System 1"

Elementary School & Junior High school, Mandatory Education in Japan

 In Japan, the new school year or in Japanese 新学期(shin gakki) starts in April, and typically, there are three terms in a year; 一学期(ichi gakki, the first term), 二学期(ni gakki, the second term), and 三学期(san gakki, the third term).


 Between the first term and the second term, there is a summer break (夏休み, natsu yasumi) for a month and 10 days or so, between the second and the third terms, 冬休み(huyu yasumi, winter break) for approximately two weeks, and after the third terms, 春休み(haru yasumi, spring break) for approximately two weeks.


 In Japan elementary school (小学校, shou gakkou) and junior high school (中学校, chuu gakkou) are mandatory and unless you go to an international school or a private school, the textbooks and curricula are standardized. That is, even if you change schools, you will likely be able to use the same textbooks as the ones from your previous school as far as the elementary school and the junior high schools are concerned.


 For elementary school and junior high school, fees and textbooks are paid by the tax, and all the children have the right to attend school regardless of their financial situations. However, lunch is not paid by the tax, so you need to pay for the lunch by yourself.


 Talking about lunch, Japanese school children eat lunch at school, typically in their classroom during the lunch hour. School lunch is prepared by the school lunch center called "給食センター(kyuushoku sentā)" and delivered to the school in aluminium containers. Once the containers are delivered to the school, the school children go to the lunch-pick-up room, pick up the containers, take them to their classroom, serve the lunch by themselves, and eat together.

Japanese school system by ages, grades, and institutions;

Age between 6 & 7    =小学校1年生(shougakkou ichi nensei)

Age between 7 & 8    =小学校2年生(shougakkou ni nensei)

Age between 8 & 9    =小学校3年生(shougakkou san nensei)

Age between 9 & 10  =小学校4年生(shougakkou yo nensei)

Age between 10 & 11=小学校5年生(shougakkou go nensei)

Age between 11 & 12=小学校6年生(shougakkou roku nensei)


Age between 12 & 13=中学校1年生(chuugakkou ichi nensei)

Age between 13 & 14=中学校2年生(chuugakkou ni nensei)

Age between 14 & 15=中学校3年生(chuugakkou san nensei)


After finishing the mandatory education, many children go to high school (3 years) and then, university (4 years). But after finishing the mandatory education, there are some other options. So let's talk about it some other time.

Travel Tips:

 If you come to Japan, don't miss out on trying on Kimono, the traditional Japanese costume! The following site offers rental kimono and professional photo shooting service at a really low price. The site is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, French, Hindi, and Japanese.

Kimono rental and photo shooting service 【きものレンタルwargo】

 During the high season, they can be easily booked up. So please make sure to book it ahead of time! 


1. Please create at least two dialogues using the language structures that we have learnt in class so far. You can use the structures that we learnt in Lesson 1 if you would like to. We will check your answers during the next lesson.

2. If you are not quite familiar with the Japanese scripts, please watch the following two videos to practice 10 Hiragana, Japanese phonetic scripts. 

Please turn in your homework in the comment section below↓. We will go over it during the next lesson.

Hiragana [pronunciation] "keyboard"

さ [sa] "sa"

し [shi] "si" or "shi"

す [su] "su"

せ [se] "se"

そ [so] "so"

Hiragana [pronunciation] "keyboard"

た [ta] "aa"

ち [chi] "ti" or "chi"

つ [tsu] "tu" or "tsu" 

て [te] "te"

と [to] "to"


Anyone can feel free to leave a comment as long as you;


1. 批判はしない。

do not criticize other people or other people's comments

2. 特定の個人やグループを非難・攻撃しない。

do not defame or attack a particular person or group of people

3. 語学学習に関係ないことは書かない。

do not leave comments which have nothing to do with language-learning

4. 個人を特定できる情報(メールアドレス、住所、電話番号など)は書かない。

do not write personal information such as e-mail addresses, home addresses, or telephone numbers.

コメント: 4
  • #4

    T.H. さん (金曜日, 05 10月 2018 07:12)

    10/2/18 homework

    Today's words and phrases

    -ルイ・ヴィトン= Louis Vuitton

    -ビー・エム・ダブリュー= BMW

    -お客様= polite way to say customer

    -ナプキン= napkin

    -素敵な= nice

    -いいえ、いいえ。そんなことありませんよ。= No, no, it's not like that

    -モデル (as in わたしはスーパーモデルです。)= Model

    -はい、出来ます。= Yes, I'm ready

    -ウクレレ= ukulele

  • #3

    マイルズ (月曜日, 17 9月 2018 21:30)



  • #2

    サンドラ (土曜日, 04 8月 2018 18:58)

    多分 quizas
    冗談 broma
    素敵な bonito, precioso
    いいえ、けっこうです no, gracias







  • #1

    BW (月曜日, 14 5月 2018 14:50)