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Postby Blackgem » Tue 11.01.2005 8:31 pm

im going to japan real soon. i look like a japanese person even though im not, so how would i say:
im not japanese i have no cule what you are saying and this is the only sentence in know in japanese. (girl version please)

I'll be waiting for a reply;)
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RE: Please help

Postby Blackgem » Tue 11.01.2005 8:33 pm

*clue
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RE: Please help

Postby KeroGero » Tue 11.01.2005 11:54 pm

This is what I could come up with...

「私は日本人ではじゃない」〔あたしはにほんじんではじゃない〕 - I'm not Japanese
「日本語が分かりません」〔にほんごがわかりません〕 - I don't understand Japanese
「この文節しか分かりません」〔このぶんせつしかわかりません〕 - This phrase is all I know
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RE: Please help

Postby nprz » Wed 11.02.2005 12:05 am

あたしはにほんじんではじゃない, maybe getting rid of では if you are saying じゃない.
-edit- but to be polite, I'd recommend something like じゃありません
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RE: Please help

Postby Blackgem » Wed 11.02.2005 12:31 am

sorry but my computer can read japanese so can you type it in romaji?;)
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RE: Please help

Postby mandolin » Wed 11.02.2005 12:43 am

sumimasen, nihongo ga wakarimasen. <-- this is an acceptably polite way to say "I'm sorry, I don't understand Japanese"

I don't think you'd have to announce that you're not japanese, even if you LOOK japanese. Saying you don't know the language should suffice. But, if you must express nationality, I would say "I don't speak japanese" first, then follow with where you are from.

Watashi wa kanadajin desu.

I am Canadian.

I guess I would just maybe get offended if I tried talking to someone in english and they looked at me and said "I'm not American." It would just be strange. It's nicer to say "Sorry, I don't understand your language" with an apologetic look on your face. :)
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RE: Please help

Postby Blackgem » Wed 11.02.2005 1:04 am

thank you so much!
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RE: Please help

Postby nprz » Wed 11.02.2005 1:47 am

At least once you learn some of the language you don't have to tell people to speak to you in Japanese.

Even if you are Japanese, there are plenty of Japanese-American that go to Japan to study Japanese. I bet it feels more embarrassing saying you can't speak Japanese at all and are Japanese descent.

Don't worry though, once you try to speak they will realize you don't know the language. This is why I never recommend people learn "I'm sorry but I'm not any good at Japanese" because once they get good at saying that, they just seem modest rather then honest ;)

Sumimasen, nihongo ga wakarimasen. would probably get the point across without seeming modest :D
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RE: Please help

Postby Blackgem » Wed 11.02.2005 8:00 pm

good because i said "u r my best friend" in japanese to my japanese friend that can't speak english and he laughed his head off:o
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RE: Please help

Postby Blackgem » Wed 11.02.2005 8:07 pm

Sorry! i have another question!
how do you say "do you like her?" in japanese(girl version)because this japanese boy that can't
speak english seems to like my friend;)
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RE: Please help

Postby Blackgem » Wed 11.02.2005 8:12 pm

i think i should make a new thread:D
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RE: Please help

Postby Blackgem » Wed 11.02.2005 8:16 pm

or how about "she thinks you are the cutest thing on earth" in romaji please;)
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RE: Please help

Postby Infidel » Wed 11.02.2005 10:12 pm

Just because a bunch of dumb Americans might confuse you for Japanese doesn't mean that Japanese people will think you're Japanese.
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RE: Please help

Postby Blackgem » Wed 11.02.2005 10:41 pm

oh ok
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RE: Please help

Postby KeroGero » Wed 11.02.2005 11:11 pm

Kanojo ga suki desu ka? - Do you like her?
'Anata ga ichiban kawaii da' to kanojo wa omoite iru - She thinks you're the cutest
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