Chapter Three: Explanation

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  • じゃあ、いきましょう。 jaa, ikimashou - [Well then, let's go] || jaa is often used when parting. tatoeba [For example]: jaa ne [well then... (good bye)] || mashou is a very useful ending for verbs. It means "Let's ..."
    For example: tabemasu (to eat) Arrowtabemashou (let's eat)
  • どこ? doko? - [where?] Memorize these question words! ; The longer form with a verb is doko desu ka? (Where is it?) However, very often in Japanese things are dropped when it is repeated information. In this case only doko is fine.
  • すし レストラン。 sushi resutoran - [sushi restaurant] | Notice there isn't a T sound at the end
  • すしは なん だろう? sushi wa nan darou? - [I wonder what sushi is?] || To ask "What is sushi?" you would say sushi wa nan desu ka? But here Frank is talking to himself so he uses darou (I wonder):
    tatoeba
    [For example]:
    itsu darou? [I wonder when?]
    ame darou? [I wonder if it is raining? lit. rain I wonder?]
  • まって! matte! - [wait!] || very useful!
    More polite:
    matte kudasai [please wait]
  • こんにちは! おげんき です か? konnichi wa! ogenki desu ka? - [Hello! How are you?] Perhaps you are familiar with this. The O added before genki is there for honor. When speaking of / to others you can use O but when answering for oneself, you should always say, 'genki desu.']
  • それは すし です よ。 sore wa sushi desu yo - [That is sushi.] In this sentence and the next are 2 very useful words, sore (that) and kore (this). When it is sore WA it is 'That is...' but it can also be an object in the sentence.
  • ああ! これは すし です。 aa! kore wa sushi desu. - [Oh! this is sushi.] kore (this)
    USEFUL:
    kore wa nan desu ka? [What is this? (probably point to something nearby or holding the object]
    sore wa nihongo no hon desu. [That is a Japanese book.] (probably something a little ways from the speaker)
    kore - speaker is near or holding the object
    sore - speaker is not near the object mentioned
  • こんにちは、 すしさん konnichi wa, sushi-san - [Hello, Mr. Sushi] Frank mistakes the sushi for someone to talk to.
  • すみません。 それは すし です。 人げん じゃない。 sumimasen. sore wa sushi desu. ningen ja nai. - [Excuse me. That is sushi. It is not human.] You don't have to remember ningen just remember the kanji for people It is easy! Usually the kanji is pronounced hito and means person.
  • わたしも 人げん じゃない。 watashi mo ningen ja nai. - [I am also not human] || watashi (I, me) + mo (too, also) = Me too, I am also...
  • あっそう。 それ なら どう