How is your summer going?
The rainy season has started in Japan and I can not stand for it anymore….
Anyways, it’s Japanese Words for Today Vol.8
Last week, we introduced how to apologize in Japanese.
There are so many ways to say sorry in Japanese, you have to use different phrases for different people.
Check the link above to learn those phrases!
Today, we will explain how to introduce yourself in Japanese!
Introduce your name
When you introduce yourself, first you have to say your name.
I will explain the sentence words to words.
- Hello, my name is Shu
- こんにちは、わたしのなまえはShuです。(Kon-nichi-wa, Watashi-no-namaewa-Shu-desu)
Hello = こんにちは (Kon-nichi-wa) –
- it’s a simple gleeting in Japanese.
My name is = わたしのなまえは (Watashi-no-namaewa)
Introduce your age and grade
I think when you go to study abroad or talk to Japanese people, it is very common to say your age and grade so they know you are older or younger.
It sounds silly but the age matters a lot for Japanese people, especially for elders.
- I am 21 years old and 3rd year at the University.
- わたしは21さいで、だいがく３ねんせいです。(Watashi-ha-Niju-ichi-sai-de daigaku-san-nennsei-desu)
I am = わたしは (Watashi-ha)
- This is the most important words to start learning Japanese.
21 years old and = 21さいで (Niju-ichi-sai-de)
- “Sai” means “years old” and “de” means “and” here. “Niju-ichi” is “21” in Japanese. We will introduce, the numbers in Japanese in the other blogs!
3rd year at the University = だいがく３ねんせいです(Daigaku-san-nensei-desu)
- “Daigaku” means “at the University” and “nensei” is “year”, “san” means “3rd”
Where you from?
I am from Nova Scotia in Canada.
From = からきました (karakimasita)
in = の (no)
Canada, Nova Scotia = カナダ (Kanada), ノバスコシア(Nobasukosia)
Points for today’s lesson
When you translate English into Japanese, sometimes the structure of the sentence is changed.
For example from today’s lesson.
- I am from Nova Scotia in Canada.
and we learned that From = からきました (karakimasita)
so as you can see, the word “From” is at the end of the sentence in Japanese.
You have to be careful with those tricky structures of the Japanese sentences!
We will continue to learn the Self-Introduction for the next lesson.
See you next time!
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She came to Canada, Nova Scotia when she was a high school student.
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