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Chapter One: Vocabulary

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Run through these a few times until you can recognize them in the dialog

Click for a wav file! こんにちは konnichi wa - Hello, Good afternoon [Used in the afternoon until the evening: You may have noticed the 'WA' is actually a hiragana 'HA' this is because it is used as a particle and an ancient Japanese wise man made it that way!]
Click for a wav file! だいじょうぶ daijoubu - OK, Alright [This is a VERY useful word in real Japanese]
Click for a wav file!です desu - (copula) to be, am, are, is [You'll see this one a lot!]
Click for a wav file! ka - the question marker, ? [Makes a sentence a question - easy! MORE...]
Click for a wav file! え? e - Huh? What? [Frank is a little suprised and unsure what the Obaasan said, so e comes out]
Click for a wav file! ええと。。。 eeto - Well, Let me see... [This is a filler; filling in the space while thinking of what to say]
Click for a wav file!はい hai - Yes [iie means 'no']
Click for a wav file! わたしは watashi wa - I [only watashi means 'I' the 'wa' (which is actually a hiragana 'ha') is a particle that marks the main topic -- we will talk on this more later :) ]
Click for a wav file! おばあさん obaasan - Grandmother, old woman [obaasan is often used when talking of or to old women. ojiisan is the male equalivant (NOTE: obasan (shorter without the extra 'a') means aunt (not old woman) be careful!)]
Click for a wav file! あなたは? anata wa - You? [Again only anata means 'you' the wa is the topic particle again.]
Click for a wav file! フランク  furanku - Frank [Foreign names are always written in Katakana]
Click for a wav file! さん san - Mr. Mrs. Ms. [This tag is placed after names but never used when speaking of oneself. Remember Daniel-san from karate kid.]
Click for a wav file! はじめまして hajimemashite - Nice to meet you [This is an idiom from the verb meaning 'to start']

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