How to say where do you come from, how old are you, + more~

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How to say where do you come from, how old are you, + more~

Post by shikamarufoo » Thu 05.18.2006 9:03 pm

Hi everyone,
I am going to a japanese student gathering tomorrow at a local Japanese restraunt (Beni Hana) and was wondering what kind of questions or things I could say to them?
Some students from University of Washington are going to be there who are studying Japanese and I would like to try to conversate with them.

Some things I would like to ask is:
Where do you come from (like hometown)?
How old are you? I know age is something like "sai" right?
What made you interested in Japan?

I would like to know how to say:
My Japanese is not very good/fluent.
Please answer in English (lol).

Also could you also help break down the vocab as well?

Anything else you guys can help me say to others studying Japanese? I really want to conversate with them in Japanese and English. Plus I want to impress my sensei a little bit B)

Thanks for your help:)~

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Post by PandanoTake » Thu 05.18.2006 9:09 pm

Where do you come from? - I'm going to shoot for this but ask someone else, "Doko ni kara?" but that's probably wrong
How old are you - "Nansai desu ka." nan - what sai - age
interested question - "Doushite Nihon ha omoshiroi to omoimasuka." doushite - why? Nihon - Japan omoshiroi - interesting omou - to think
My Japanese is not very fluent - tondemoarimasen.
Please answer in english - "Eego wo hanashite kudasai." eego - english hanashite kudasai - please speak
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Post by pikctsach » Thu 05.18.2006 9:19 pm

I hope my little Japanese can help you:
Some things I would like to ask is:
Where do you come from (like hometown)?
-->Okuni ha doko desuka? お国はどこですか?
国=くに=kuni=country.
お国=o-kuni means 'your country'.
どこ=doko=where.
-->Or
[どこから来ましたか?][doko kara kimashitaka]
来ます=きます=kimasu=come.
来ました=kimashita is past tense of 来ます
どこから=dokokara=from where

How old are you? I know age is something like "sai" right?
-->あなたはなんさいですか?[atana ha nansaidesuka][あなたは何才ですか?]
才=さい=sai=age.

What made you interested in Japan?
どうして日本に来ましたか?
Doushite nihon ni kimashitaka?
どうして=doushite=why
日本=Nihon
(I just can say why did you come to Japan ^_^ , sorry)

I would like to know how to say:
My Japanese is not very good/fluent.
Please answer in English (lol).
→私の日本語はあまり上手ではないので、英語で話してください(英語で答えてください)。
私=watashi=わたし
日本語=nihongo=にほんご
上手=じょうず=jouzu=good at something
ではない=dehanai= Not.
If you want to say you are not good at something, simply use [jouzu dehanai.]
英語=eigo=えいご
話す(話します)=hanashimasu = speak
答えます=こたえます=kotaemasu=answer.

I think if you can remember and speak all of these sentences, they will not believe that you cant understand japanese :p

Good luck in Japanese.

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Post by PandanoTake » Thu 05.18.2006 10:03 pm

no, tondemoarimasen is "My Japanese is not fluent" so you would say "Tondemoarimasenkara, eigo wo kotaete kudasai" For please answer in English. Doko ni kara is where do you come from and please refer back to my "Why do you think Japan is interesting?" because the one that pic just typed means "Why did you come to Japan?" goodness...:|
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Post by Oyaji » Fri 05.19.2006 12:02 am

Shusshinchi wa dochira desu ka. shusshinchi = birthplace or hometown dochira is the polite way to say doko (where).

Nansai desu ka. Okay

Naze nihon ni kyoumi wo motsu you ni narimashita ka. kyoumi = interest motsu = hold, in this case meaning "have". "How did you come to have interest in Japan?"

Naze nihon ni kyoumi wo motte imasu ka. Means "Why are you interested (have interest) in Japan?"

Nihongo wa, amari jouzu ni hanasemasen. Amari with a negative means "not very", so "I can't speak Japanese very well."

Eigo de onegai shimasu. "In English, please."


Pandano Take - Tondemonai actually just means "Not at all." If someone tells you you speak excellent Japanese you can answer "tondemonai desu" as a humble denial, but that is not its only usage. You would say the same thing if someone praised your singing or whatever. It is also used in a negaative way, such as: "Loan me a thousand bucks." "Tondemonai!"

Picky detail: Many Japanese say tondemoarimasen, but technically that is a mistaken usage. the polite way to say tondemonai would be tondemonai desu or tondemonai koto desu. I learned this the hard way. I said tondemoarimasen in a speech before a group of Japanese high school teachers, and afterwards, not one, not two, but five Language (Japanese) teachers individually corrected me.

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Post by PandanoTake » Fri 05.19.2006 12:39 am

Okay, thanks:)
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Post by AJBryant » Fri 05.19.2006 12:49 am

I said tondemoarimasen in a speech before a group of Japanese high school teachers, and afterwards, not one, not two, but five Language (Japanese) teachers individually corrected me.
それはとんでもないことだ。 ;)

I've also found it useful when receiving extravagant gifts. :)


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Post by shikamarufoo » Sat 05.20.2006 7:32 pm

Thanks for all the helps guys. The get together went well! Arigatou Gozaimashita:)~

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