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Is it correct?

Postby Furansujin » Thu 04.27.2006 12:46 pm

こんにちは先生, 私の名前はアントアヌですそして, 経済大学生でフランスです...
konnichi wa sensei, watashi no namae wa Antoanu desu soshite, keizai daigakusei de furansu desu…

Does this imaginary professor accept to listen the rest of my sentence if I begin like this?

Some questions:

Can I remove the first です ?
Is そして appropriate here?
Can I change こんにちは by 今日は or this kanji most used to say "this day" than "hello"?

If you notice mistakes, please say it!

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RE: Is it correct?

Postby WacKostRacKo » Thu 04.27.2006 2:23 pm

ok..

こんにちは先生。 - this is fine.

私の名前はアントアヌです。 - this is fine but if you are introducing yourself for the first time you should say something like:
はじめまして、 アントアヌです。 どぞ よろしく。

経済大学生でフランスです。 - not sure what you are trying to say, but if it is 'I study economics at a french university', then it should be:
フランスの大学で経済を勉強しています。

all together it would be:
こんにちは先生、 はじめまして、 アントアヌです。 フランスの大学で経済を勉強しています。 どぞ よろしく。

I dont think that soshite is appropiate in this circumstance. No dont use those kanji. It mean today, not as in 'hello' but yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Hope that thats a help, but i expect someone will pick my post apart now!

;)
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How about:

外人: これはすしです。すしが好きです。
日本人: おお!日本語が上手ですね。
外人: Erm....what?


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RE: Is it correct?

Postby tanuki » Thu 04.27.2006 2:39 pm

どぞ よろしく


If I'm not mistaken, it should be どぞよろしく.

And by the way, you don't use そして to connect sentences. For that, you must add either a で (for nouns and na-adjectives) or replace the final い for a くて (for i-adjectives). For example:

私はアントアヌ、フランスの大学で経済を勉強しています。

Just a side note: Is your name Antoine? Wouldn't that be アントアン?
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RE: Is it correct?

Postby WacKostRacKo » Thu 04.27.2006 3:25 pm

tanuki wrote:
どぞ よろしく


If I'm not mistaken, it should be どぞよろしく.


No you are not mistaken! :)
tanuki wrote:
How about:

外人: これはすしです。すしが好きです。
日本人: おお!日本語が上手ですね。
外人: Erm....what?


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RE: Is it correct?

Postby Furansujin » Fri 04.28.2006 7:56 am

if you are introducing yourself for the first time you should say something like:
はじめまして、 アントアヌです。 どぞ よろしく。


What does はじめまして actually mean??
I found in a dictionary はじ = 恥 means shame;embarrassment or はじめ = beginning; start; origin.


Thanks for your help, you are both very clear! I got no more question about this sentence. It's really a great forum!


(Yes my name is Antoine, I did an error. So 私の名前はアントアンです !!)
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RE: Is it correct?

Postby Machina Maw » Fri 04.28.2006 8:16 am

Furansujin wrote:
if you are introducing yourself for the first time you should say something like:
はじめまして、 アントアヌです。 どぞ よろしく。


What does はじめまして actually mean??
I found in a dictionary はじ = 恥 means shame;embarrassment or はじめ = beginning; start; origin.


Thanks for your help, you are both very clear! I got no more question about this sentence. It's really a great forum!


(Yes my name is Antoine, I did an error. So 私の名前はアントアンです !!)


はじめまして means "How do you do?" or "It is nice to meet you".

Also; you most likely do not need the "私の名前は...".

僕は(name)です - boku wa (name) desu; is an informal, male way of saying "I am (name)".

"私は(name)です" is also fine, but 私 has a lot of readings.
Watakushi - polite
Watashi - standard
Atashi - girly
Atai - girl (Kansai area, I believe?)
Washi - elderly (aka old people)
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RE: Is it correct?

Postby richvh » Fri 04.28.2006 8:36 am

Furansujin wrote:
if you are introducing yourself for the first time you should say something like:
はじめまして、 アントアヌです。 どぞ よろしく。


What does はじめまして actually mean??
I found in a dictionary はじ = 恥 means shame;embarrassment or はじめ = beginning; start; origin.

The kanji for はじめまして is 初めまして, so the literal meaning is something like "Let's begin (our acquaintance)", but it's a setphrase used when introducing yourself for the first time.
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RE: Is it correct?

Postby two_heads_talking » Fri 04.28.2006 11:56 am

(quote)はじめまして means "How do you do?" or "It is nice to meet you". (unquote)

it is not a question.. how do you do would be o genki desu ka?

hajimemashite does mean glad to meet you or nice to meet you.

you don't want to look up the word haji but you do want to look up the word hajimeru
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RE: Is it correct?

Postby Furansujin » Fri 04.28.2006 1:28 pm

OK i see, thanks!

I like the japanese sense of formal ending! It seems to be a very important thing for them! :)
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RE: Is it correct?

Postby hungryhotei » Fri 04.28.2006 6:18 pm

it is not a question.. how do you do would be o genki desu ka?

hajimemashite does mean glad to meet you or nice to meet you.

you don't want to look up the word haji but you do want to look up the word hajimeru


how do you do ?

A conventional greeting used mostly after being introduced to someone, as in And this is our youngestsay "How do you do" to Mr. Smith. Although it is a question, it requires no reply. Originally, in the 1600s, this expression was an inquiry after a person's health or standing, how do you do meaning "how do you fare?" Today we usually express this as How are you? or How are you doing? or How goes it? or How's it going? Even more general are the slangy locutions How are things? or How's tricks? All of these greetings date from the first half of the 1900s.


First of all, forget about what those words 'mean', they are Japanese words and do not necessarily have Englsih counterparts. The eariler you learn this the better. And definately forget that ogenkidesuka means 'how do you do' beacuse it just doesn't. ogenkidesuka is a Japanese phrase wuth a similar meaning to 'how are you' usually
used when they haven't seen the other person for a while, or have some reason to think that they may not be genki.

'how do you do' is a perfectly good translation of hajimemashite. See here:
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RE: Is it correct?

Postby Machina Maw » Fri 04.28.2006 8:28 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
(quote)はじめまして means "How do you do?" or "It is nice to meet you". (unquote)

it is not a question.. how do you do would be o genki desu ka?

hajimemashite does mean glad to meet you or nice to meet you.

you don't want to look up the word haji but you do want to look up the word hajimeru


I don't mean "How do you do?" in place of the question, "How are you?".
"How do you do?" is a formal thing you say when you meet someone new (in a formal situation). It's hardly a question, and doesn't require a response like "How are you?" does.

Edit: Read what hungryhotei said. ^
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