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beginner Japanese vocabulary

These words and phrases are often used when first meeting someone.

はじめまして。

hajimemashite

Nice to meet you.

Listen to the audio and try to mimic the pronunciation

どうぞよろしくおねがいします。

douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu

Nice to meet you
[Note: often said after hajimemashite and literally means something like "look kindly on me (for the future)"]

日本語が少し話せます。

nihongo ga sukoshi hanasemasu.

I can speak a little Japanese.

英語が分かりますか?

eigo ga wakarimasu ka?

Do you understand English?

私はアメリカから来ました。

watashi wa amerika kara kimashita.

I am from America.

私は__です。

watashi wa ___ desu.

I am ___.

私の名前は__です。

watashi no namae wa __ desu.

My name is ___.

私は__と申します。

watashi wa __ to moushimasu.

My name is ___. (polite)

お名前は?

onamae wa?

What is your name?

こちらは___さんです。

kochira wa ____ san desu.

This is Mr. (or Ms.) ____.

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Great! Thanks for finding the

Great! Thanks for finding the site. I'm glad it is helping. More audio and video to come as I have time...

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hajimemashte mike desu

this so fun
kyo wa atsui desu.

macross forever

question

Does Kyo wa atsui desu mean "this is so fun"?

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No, he is saying, "Today, it

No, he is saying, "Today, it is hot."

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great lesson

arigato gozai imas :D

macross forever

CONFUSED

Why is it "はなせます", not "はなします"?

Please teach me a lot.

はなせます

はなせます is the potential form, and means 'able to speak'.

If you said 日本語を少しはなします you'd be saying "I'll speak a little Japanese" and people would wait for your to give your little speech in Japanese. (Ok, more likely they'd recognize it as a mistake since that would be an odd thing to say, but still.)

ありがとう!

Thanks a lot Chris, you're the man!

Please teach me a lot.

Great Help!

I'm a newbie here, and this post really helped me get a jumpstart .. Please keep up the good work ... =)

question

i asked this before but here it seems more obvious,"nihongo ga sukoshi hanasemasu" the "ga" sounds like "na" again, is it "na" or a nasal "ga". thank you

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pronouncing feeling i think

not ssuree.

macross forever

I'm not sure but...

I think it's a nasalized "ga". I don't really have a sharp ear but i hear it as 'nga' like in 'siNGer' in my country we have the syllable 'nga' but i'm not sure in english.. :) i hope it helped (though i think you already got your answer by now) :)

Just started.. Wishing to be able to make it a 'long-term memory'
Any suggestions how?

Hiragana : 45/46
Katakana : 45/46

(why do i always forget 1 kana character?)

I only know japanese kanji character from 1-10 and the kanji for "person" 人 and

Great and simple lessons!

I have recently been hired to a DFS store in my area and of course, I needed to brush up on my basic conversational Japanese for the job. This site, I found on a Google search, is a great and simplistic approach to learning some basic everyday conversational phrases when dealing with Japanese customers. Kudos for the efforts as well as keeping up with the lessons! Ganbatte kudasai!

hi!!!

i wanna speak japanese fluently someday..
this website is useful for all begginers like me to establish us in japanese language..
:)

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Thanks a lot!

This is so helpful! But I was wondering...is there any way to slow down the audio for beginners? I get a little tounge tied on some of them because they go so fast.

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thanks!

thanks a lot to this page.

very cool!

great site u guys... I really thank you for teach me!! =)

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Thanks

Thanks for having this special page, I learn a lot here

Leo

can you please make a page

can you please make a page that will help us learn step by step?

can you please make a page

can you please make a page that will help us learn step by step?

Thank you

i am so glad there is a site like TJP it can be a help for me who want to learn japanese language. thank you for providing the audio, i have difficulty with pronounciation.

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Thanks! Much appreciated.

Thanks! Much appreciated. :)

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It works in firefox

Well done btw. You got this to work in firefox, now I don't have to switch to IE (even though I don't really use this page any more)

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