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    Posted: 18 Jul 2009 at 05:52
Let's speak Japanese
Ohayo! Genki desu ka? (Hi, how are you)




Edited by Harburs - 29 Jul 2011 at 21:22
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Wow! Nobody? Japanese is a beautiful language!
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Sayonara.... That's all I know...
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You can learn here If you like. First you can introduce yourself like this.

Watashi wa .... desu. = I am ...

You may ask somebody's name like this.

O' namae desu ka? = what is your name?
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I am learning Mapuche these days. The old days of when I wanted to learn Japanese are gone now. Thanks, anyways.
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Basically the only Japanese I ever learned was to try and follow the dialogue in the TV miniseries Shogun thirty-odd years ago. For some reason in the UK they didn't provide subtitles when people were speaking Japanese, and there was one whole series of scenes in which you saw a commander discussing with the Shogun, then marching off with a column of troops to some house, where someone opened the door and there was a longish conversation at the end of which he marched the troop back to the palace and reported back to the Shogun.
 
All of which must have been impenetrable to 99.9% of the audience.
 
Anyway I came away from the series able to say 'wakarimasen' well enough for pretty well every occasion. I also can say 'wakarimasu' but the occasion is unlikely to arise.
 
I do wish I'd learned at some time though: I loved the Tale of Prince Genji in Arthur Waley's translation as a teenager, and I think Japan was much more of a mysterious culture to my generation than it is now.
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Ok Suren  but my spelling is worst in Japanese than English and my Japanese proof reader is not here so the grammer will be very poor.

Ohio Serun Watashi wa Dawn desu. Genki desu ka.
 
Watashi sesshoku taish*te nijuu houjin oshiego kesagata.
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Is it for a person who speaks an Altaic language much easier to learn Japanese than for an Indogermanic speaker?Sleepy
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The first Japanese Series I had seen was Oshin. I do remember a movie called Shogun's Samurai.
Anyway..

Sumimasen.
Konichi wa. Watashi wa Noru-san desu. Sosh*te, watashi wa AE totemo suki desu.

(* warui Nihon-go speaker Tongue)
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Kannichi wa Cahaya
Choushi wa doudesuka?
 
 
( *you don't look so bad to me)
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Hajimemash*te, Dowanu-san. Choushi? Kore wa nani desu ka.

(* Domo Arigato. Hai, Gambatte!)
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Cahaya-san 

Choushi wa doudesuka? =  "what condition are you in" or "how are you"? 
 
(I can cheat at this. I have an electronic translator and when that fails I have a two legged one as well. His name is Kengo and he was my japanese excange student for a year , nine years ago and happens to be visiting this week end.)
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Big smile that's cool.

Konichi wa
Watashi wa totemo honto ni ii desu ne, Dawn-san. Arigato.

(oh, that's cool. Cool I tried to find my 'Learn Japanese Language' textbook but failed)
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Ohio Dawno-San. Genki desu. Arigato gozaimsu Dawno-san for your contribute to this thread.


Edited by Harburs - 29 Jul 2011 at 21:23
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Hmmh. I'd love to learn Japanese.
 
I've watched severa Japanese anime series, although the only few words I know are from Clavell's 'Shogun' (those being 'Wakarimasen/Wakarimasu', and a few others) plus the headings of the Kurosawa's movies ('Kagemusha' -- Shadow Warrior; Shinchin no Samurai -- Seven Samurai).
 
oh... war cries as well! Banzai... Toro toro.
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so ka, rider-san. Wakatte bayou

Me, myself couldn't remember much of what I had learned (Japanese language). I lost my interest till Naruto Shippuuden reminds me how cool Nihon-go can be.


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So, I've been picking up from the anime that I've been watching, and I thought to see if I had a hunch correct or not.
 
The word 'Hangeki' means 'Counteroffensive/Counterattack'.
'Hitotsubashi' is a family/clan name.
 
Would 'Hangeki no Hitotsubashi' signify a counteroffensive by the Hitotsubashi clan? I'm some 25% sure that I followed a correct and sane principle of logic, but then again, I shouldn't be overly sure just cause I can say out loud two phrases ('What's going on?' and 'I'm glad' or something similar, if I remember the both of them at the same time.)
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someday i'll absorb japanese from watching zatoichi without the subtitles
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The only thing I know about Japanese is that they had to turn to Portuguese in order to learn to say "thank you"! Obrigado-arigato...this display of courtesy was viewed as "humbling one's self" and caused such resentment that the Jesuits got themselves expelled!Wink
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This legend doesn't make sense. "Humbling one's self" is a standard in Confucian mentality as well in Japanese traditional culture and is deeply rooted in Japanese language.
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Let's revive this thread! Arigato mina san!


Edited by Harburs - 29 Jul 2011 at 21:25
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Originally posted by Sarmat Sarmat wrote:

This legend doesn't make sense. "Humbling one's self" is a standard in Confucian mentality as well in Japanese traditional culture and is deeply rooted in Japanese language.
 
Try this bit of "explanation" about humility and the Japanese...specially when everybody and their brother claim to be samurai and ninja!
 
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Yeah, this passage just supports my point. As you can see, there are at least 3 ways to say "thank you" in Japanese. You just need to know a proper context of the usage. But there is nothing like "Japanese had not known the words "Thank you" before Europeans came."  Japanese culture and language emphasize politeness and necessity of "gratitude" and "thank you" to a much greater extent than European culture and languages.
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Originally posted by Suren Suren wrote:

This thread will continue the same one from Archive. Please come here and share your knowledge of Japanese. To start Please introduce yourself in Japanese.Ohayo! Genki desu ka? (Hi, how are you)Watashi wa Suren desu. (I am suren)Smile

Ever since I have become more proficcient in Spanish the last 4 months my appreciation for learning other languages has greatly increased.

Japanese as I see it is a very important language in terms of business, and since I am an international business major I feel that it is definitely a good language to get accustomed to.

So Suren since I am unable at the time to find ways to learn Japanese could you be my language teacher through AE? I would be very grateful if you could

Anyway let me have a go at introducing myself.   Ohayo! Watashi wa Roberto desu. Genki desu ka?
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We had a lot of fun back then. What happen? can you read Japanese text?

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Konichiwa! Ka Riwen?Watashi buo Riwen, watashi manchu. Watashi wa buo Lao Tse.
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See!!! I prefer chinese! Im a little rusty at japanese because I haven't used it for well, let's just say a long time!!Embarrassed
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Do we have enough members interested in this to revived it again? I guess we have to start from the beginning.

Edited by Harburs - 11 Oct 2013 at 03:48
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I can help people by teaching it, but that's about it
在財富的害處,而是一件好事永遠不持續。我在和平中仅居住在新的風下。 Wei Jia Hong No harm in wealth, but a good thing doesn't last forever. I live only among peace under
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It will be awesome if you do that.
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