Lesson 1 "Self Introduction in Japanese"

I am ___.


    1. こんにちは。kon nichi wa 
        — Hello.
    2. はじめまして。hajime mashite 
        — Nice to meet you.
    3. 私はミッチです。watashi wa micchi desu 
        — I’m Mitch.  
    4私は日本出身です。watashi wa nihon shusshin desu
        —I’m from Japan.
    5私は好きです。watashi wa neko ga suki desu 
        — I like cats.
           which literally means "As for me, cats are favourite."
    6私は蜘蛛好きではありません。watashi wa kumo wa suki dewa arimasen 
        — I don’t like spiders.
           which literally means "As for me, spiders are not favourite."
    7よろしくお願いします。yoroshiku onegai shimasu 
        — Nice to meet you. 
         (literally; Please be kind.)
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Particle "は(wa)" v.s "が(ga)"
Basic rule is:
-particle "は(wa)" is more like "It is about __" or "Regarding __" "As for __"
-particle "が(ga)" marks the subject of the sentence.
Don't worry. We will talk about the differences in later lessons. And as we keep practicing, you will instinctively know when and which one to use.

Additional Grammar & Phrases

    8___をお願いします。__o onegai shimasu. 
        — ___, please!
eg 1. ビールをお願いします。(bīru o onegai shimasu.)
      Beer, please!
eg 2. ビールを3つお願いします。(bīru o mittsu onegai shimasu)
     Three beers, please!
 
※ Japanese-origin numbers
hitotsu (1), hutatsu (2), mittsu (3), yottsu (4), itsutsu (5),
muttsu (6), nanatsu (7), yattsu (8), kokonotsu (9), too (10)

 

    9. 私はテニスをするが好きです。watashi wa tenisu o suru no ga sukidesu. 
        — I like to play tennis.

Other Words & Phrases
-日本(nihon)---Japan
-中国(chuugoku)---China
-アメリカ(amerika)---the U.S.
-ドイツ(doitsu)---Germany
-イギリス(igirisu)---the U.K.
-カナダ(kanada)---Canada
-猫(neko)---cat
-犬(inu)---dog
-ハムスター(hamusutā)---hamster
-蜘蛛(kumo)---spider
-ハエ(hae)---fly
-蚊(ka)---mosquito
-でも(demo)---but
-パイロット(pairotto)---pilot
-ウェイター(weitā)---waiter
-ウェイトレス(weitoresu)---waitress
-エンジニア(enjinia)---engineer
-スポーツ選手(supōtsu senshu)---athlete
-テニスをする(tenisu o suru)---to play tennis
-ジョギングをする(jogingu o suru)---to jog
-サッカーをする(sakkā o suru)---to play soccer
-バスケットボールをする(basuketto bōru o suru)---to play basketball
-ゲームをする(gēmu o suru)---to play games
-バーベキューをする(bābekyū o suru)---to have a BBQ

Lesson summery Part 1

Lesson summery Part 2


雑談(zatsudan) small talk "English Education in Japan"

 

 When I was growing up, English was not mandatory until after 7th grade or 中学1年生(chuu gaku ichi nen sei; first grade in junior high school) in Japan. So I, myself, also did not learn English until after when I became 13 years old.

 

 Right now (the year 2018), many elementary schools in Japan offer English class called "English activity hour," or something alike, one class period a week or less depending on the grades. During this hour, kids practice English while singing songs and playing games in English. Yes, just sing songs and play games unless your school is a private school, an international school, or the teacher is not following the guidelines of The Ministry of Education's of Japan.

 

 But from the year 2020, English class in elementary school will be mandatory, and 3rd and 4th graders will be required to take, annually, 35 class periods of English, and 5th and 6th graders, 70 class periods. Yes, compared to many other countries, we are a bit behind in terms of English education.

 

 On top of that, in Japan, English is taught more for the purpose of university entrance exams and not for the purpose of communication. So a lot of Japanese people are hesitant to speak English because many of us think that "If I make a mistake, that's failure, and I won't be understood. That's so embarrassing." 

 When you come to Japan, and if you talk to a Japanese person in English, he or she might run away or pretend that they don't notice, especially people from older generations.

 

 The Japanese will really appreciate your effort to try to speak Japanese because many of us don't expect foreigners to speak Japanese. Japanese people think that Japan is rather a small country and the Japanese language is spoken only in Japan. To many Japanese, it is very surprising to see or hear foreigners speak Japanese.

 So let's keep on learning Japanese and impress Japanese people!


Homework: 

1. Please introduce yourself using all the language structures that we learnt in class today. We will check your homework during the next lesson.

※Please do not reveal too much of yourself in your post as anyone can visit this page and see your post.

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

In Japanese, we use two sets of phonetic scripts (Hiragana and Katakana) and approximately 2,000 Chinese characters. So it will take some time to learn all those characters. But as the saying『千里の道も一歩から(sen ri no michi mo ip po kara)』or in English "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" or "Slow and steady wins the race" says, you will notice how much you have learnt when you look back in the future.


Hiragana [pronunciation] "keyboard"

あ [a] "a"

い [i] "i"

う [u] "u"

え [e] "e"

お [o] "o"

Hiragana [pronunciation] "keyboard"

か [ka] "ka"

き [ki] "ki"

く [ku] "ku"

け [ke] "ke"

こ [ko] "ko"



以下のことを守っていただければ、どなたでもお気軽にコメントを残していただけます。

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: 2
  • #2

    ジーナ (金曜日, 18 5月 2018 20:30)

    わたしはジーナです。イギリス出身です。ねこといぬがすきです。わたしはかはすきではありません。

  • #1

    BW (月曜日, 14 5月 2018 14:20)

    こにちは!
    はじめまして、私はブライスです、カナダ出身です。
    私は猫と犬と蛇とペンギンが好きです、でも私は蚊と蜘蛛と熊が好きでわありません。
    私は釣るのが大好きです。
    よろしくおねがいします。
    ーー
    コーヒを五つお願いします!