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don't speak japanese...

Postby 100PercentWeasel » Thu 01.12.2006 9:55 pm

I'm having this little problem. These fourth year japanese students keep trying to see what I know and they keep asking me stuff in japanese. I'm a first year and don't understand much at all. All I can say is wakarimasen without them looking at me funny and then discussing what they think I meant, and then trying to correct me IN JAPANESE. Its annoying and we're not alloud to speak english... Anyway, would 'I don't speak japanese' be

watashi wa nihongo ja nai desu.

or should I say...

watashi wa nihongo ja nai desu yo. (to add a little inf)?

I guess I could just go with a 'urusai!' but that would be disrespectful...
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby skrhgh3b » Thu 01.12.2006 10:03 pm

Hahahah. Yeah, say, 「うるせーな!」

Or, maybe you should just say, 「すみません。 にほんご が よく わからない ん です けど。」
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby sgtkwol » Thu 01.12.2006 10:49 pm

Can't read kana cause I'm at work, but "watashi wa" is not needed.
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby TokyoRoze » Thu 01.12.2006 11:25 pm

nono to say i dont understand is this


Nihongo ga wakarimasen

watashi wa is understood
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby Harisenbon » Fri 01.13.2006 12:11 am

Just out of note, the two sentences that you wrote
watashi wa nihongo ja nai desu yo.

Means "I am not the Japanese Language" :o

skrhgh3b's suggestions was definately the most polite.
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby Edvent » Sat 01.14.2006 12:48 pm

or maybe

(watashi wa) nihongo ga wakarimasen yo.
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby aKuMu » Sat 01.14.2006 2:16 pm

would - 日本語が出来ません - be ok too?
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby richvh » Sat 01.14.2006 2:28 pm

日本語を(あまり)話せません。Nihongo o (amari) hanasemasen. I can't speak (much) Japanese.
ゆっくり話してください。Yukkuri hanashite kudasai. Please speak slowly.
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby Gan » Sat 01.14.2006 2:40 pm

I thought it would be....... ごめんなさいございません、でも 日本語は出来ません。
and if they keep saying stuff in japanese. うれさいください。
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby mandolin » Sat 01.14.2006 4:00 pm

「ごめんなさいません」?
Gomennasai is an informal "I'm sorry". If you want to be formal, I think you would use 「すみません」

And I don't know what uresai is. Do you mean urusai? I don't think you can tack kudasai to it because it's an adjective, not a verb (kudasai follows a -te form verb). Also, it seems a little rude. It might be your -intent- to be rude, but please explain that when you make suggestions, don't just send someone to japan with rude vocab without letting them KNOW it's rude ahead of time. :P
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby AJBryant » Sat 01.14.2006 4:10 pm

I thought it would be....... ごめんなさいございません、


No. ございません is a more formal version of あません. And you don't say ごめんなさいあません. It's gibberish. It's ごめんなさい. Period.

And I'm with Mandolin. What do you THINK うれさいください means? It, too, is gibberish -- even if we assume it's meant to be うるさいください. What do you WANT to say?

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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby Shibakoen » Sun 01.15.2006 12:03 am

I'm pretty sure I've heard native Japanese use ごめんなさいません。 I think... It seems super-polite/apologetic. But in this case, I'm wondering if しつれい or すみません would be better. I never could get these straight. Anyway, I agree with richvh, 日本語はなせません works well. Or even にほんごへたです。
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby Harisenbon » Sun 01.15.2006 2:23 am

I'm pretty sure I've heard native Japanese use ごめんなさいません

I am 99.9% sure you are mistaken.
The only thing I can think of is ごめんなさいませ, but even that sounds kind of strange.

I did a google search, just for some reference. On the entire web there are 20 pages that return ごめんなさいません. I think it is safe to say that it is grammatically incorrect.

The issue I find with 日本語が話せません is that you are currently saying it in Japnaese. THe person saying it is also a first year student. Thus, it is obviously a lie. ;) 日本語があまり話せません would be better, I think. ;)
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RE: don't speak japanese...

Postby AJBryant » Sun 01.15.2006 3:29 am

I'm pretty sure I've heard native Japanese use ごめんなさいません


Close. You've probably heard ごめんなさいませ, which is an older and more formal (and more polite) version of ごめんなさい.

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