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Japanese Journey 十 — Meeting People


Speaking to the native speakers helps in learning a language. That’s why going to Japan is in my bucket list. I know Japanese people are shy and I am a shy person too. But, if I have a chance to go to Japan, I must be brave enough to break the ice. I have learnt several simple phrases.

Some questions that can be used to break the ice:

1. 今何時ですか?— What is the time now?

2. いい天気ですね。— The weather is nice, isn’t it?

ね(ne) is used to get an agreement from the listener. Even though the listener may not agree, at least he / she will reply. It means you have broken the ice.

3. これは何ですか?— What is this? (while pointing to something near you.)

This is a simple way to start a conversation and to improve your vocabulary too.

それじゃ。See you.

Lessons learnt

1. Japanese language has a lot of common phrases that are used daily; you can learn from books or watch Japanese drama series. Memorizing and practicing the phrases will help you to get yourself comfortable with a Japanese-speaking environment.

2. 始めまして is spoken when you are meeting the person for the first time. Thus, if you have been seeing the person a few times before but have never had a conversation, 始めまして may be omitted.

3. If your schedule has been delayed, do not give up. Do the necessary to reschedule. Better late than never.

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Japanese Journey 九 — Greetings


I have been learning greetings in Japanese and I am going to use it in this post. こんにちわ is a phrase to say hello or good afternoon.

I know I am behind the schedule, thank you for the patience. ありがとう ございます。Thank you.

I have to go now, but I will be back in Japanese Journey 十.

いってきます。See you.

Lessons learnt

1. いってきます is spoken when you are leaving the house and will be coming back. Since I will be back, いってきます is a better phrase to use compared to さようなら.

2. さようなら is a common phrase you hear from Japanese drama series. But it is used for occasions when you part from someone for a longer period of time.

3. When you learn a second language (or a third and so forth), try to understand how and when the local people use certain phrases in their daily lives and try to use the phrases in your daily life.

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