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Post by KazumaSB on Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:50 pm

I thought I would start a thread here about learning Japanese(nihongo). I figured we could use this thread to post Japanese words or phrases. You can post them in the romaji form or both romaji and it's original reading in Japanese. Romaji is the Japanese words spelled with English letters.
Every day I will try to post something new. Feel free to post your own words too. Smile

Nihongo means the Japanese language.

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Lady Shiori on Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:36 am

i heard japanese was kinda hard. the only language i know is english, thats enough for me.

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Momo Neko on Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:56 pm

<.< slacker and i think this is a cool thread me and Kat are going to take the online japanese class in school next year:3

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:31 pm

Well in my opinion Japanese isn't much harder than other languages to learn how to speak, it's the reading that is hard. Learning all of the thousands of Kanji is what's difficult.

That's cool Momo. After you get done with that class you'll probably know more than me. Smile


Word of the Day: Konnichiwa こんにちは
Meaning: (Hello) Good Afternoon.
It is a form of greeting used usually from around 10am to about 4 or 5pm. You would not use this in the morning or in the evening. There are separate greetings for those times. Smile

Note: And if anyone knows enough Hiragana to read the Japanese, no I didn't make a mistake with the 'ha'. That is really how the word is spelled. The 'ha' is just spoken as a 'wa'.

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Momo Neko on Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:52 pm

oh and Sensei is teacher right?^^

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:20 pm

Momo Neko wrote:oh and Sensei is teacher right?^^

Yep Sensei is teacher. Very Happy
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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Lunar Wolf on Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:48 pm

>~> *Luna likes this thread*

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Momo Neko on Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:25 pm

KazumaSB wrote:
Momo Neko wrote:oh and Sensei is teacher right?^^

Yep Sensei is teacher. Very Happy

woho!!~ i was right~:]

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Lunar Wolf on Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:02 pm

>< MOO

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:25 pm

Yep, correct! Smile

Ohayo gozaimasu (おはようございます)
This is the formal way to say "Good Morning" to some one.
The informal way would be just Ohayo, without the gozaimasu.
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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Lunar Wolf on Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:47 am

in english it sounds like, Oh-hi-oh Gahs-eye-mus

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Momo Neko on Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:10 pm

i knew the Ohayo part ^^

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:19 pm

Lunar Wolf wrote:in english it sounds like, Oh-hi-oh Gahs-eye-mus

Yep that's how it sounds. Thanks Luna. Very Happy
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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:26 pm

Otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu.
It is the formal way to to say happy birthday in Japanese.
It sounds like Oh-ton-jo-bee Oh-meh-deh-toe.

The casual way to say it to a close relative or friend would be,
Tanjoubi omedetou, without the O or the gozaimasu.
Gozaimasu always makes something more formal or polite. You will hear it used a lot.
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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Lunar Wolf on Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:32 pm

haaaahhhhh o.o

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Momo Neko on Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:51 pm

wow i love this threadX3

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:34 pm

Momo Neko wrote:wow i love this threadX3

I'm glad to hear that my posts are not in vain. Very Happy
I'm sorry about skipping a day. I was on vacation yesterday and today. I was 150 miles away from home hiking my feet off! I am dead tired but it was awesome.

Anyway back to the Japanese stuff. Smile

Word of the day:
Arigatou (ありがとう) - this means 'Thank you' in Japanese but you will most always hear it said with the 'gozaimasu' added to make it more polite.
Arigatou gozaimasu (ありがとうございます)

Sometimes you will hear:
Domo arigatou gozaimasu, which means 'Thank you very much'.


Arigatou sounds like, ah-ree-gah-toe.
Domo sounds like, Doe-mow (Doe like John Doe, and mow, like mowing the lawn).


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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Momo Neko on Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:23 pm

i'm gonna ace my japanese class when i take it next year:3

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:17 pm

That would be great if you did. Very Happy


Word of the day:
Konbanwa (こんばんは) - It means 'Good evening'. It is a greeting used in the evening. This greeting replaces Konnichiwa that is used in the day time once it reaches 4 or 5 in the evening.

It sounds like: Cone-bahn-wah.
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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Momo Neko on Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:55 pm

i'm gonna start using japanese words now instead of english:3

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:07 pm

Momo Neko wrote:i'm gonna start using japanese words now instead of english:3

Hehe. Smile


Word of the Day:
Tomodachi (ともだち) - it means friend.

It sounds like: toe-mow-dah-chee.

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:35 pm

Word of the Day:
Kazoku (かぞく) - it means 'family'.

It sounds like: kah-zo-koo.
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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by Momo Neko on Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:38 pm

ok i got this i will speack in japanese>:]

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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:02 pm

Word of the Day:
Doko (どこ) - it means 'where'.

The 'o' sound is long, as in the English word 'Go'.
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Re: The Japanese thread

Post by KazumaSB on Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:31 pm

Word of the Day:
Watashi (わたし) - it means 'I' or 'me'.

Sounds like: Wah-tah-she.

This word is the most common word used as I or me by both genders. But there are other words used, and in some cases only or mostly by one gender, some of them are:

Ore (おれ) - used mostly by males. Sounds like: Oh-reh.
Boku (ぼく) - used mostly by males. Sounds like: Bo-koo.
Atashi (あたし) - used mostly by females. Sounds like: Ah-tah-she.


Note: The Japanese do not use 'I' as often as we do. They say a lot of things where 'I' is implied and not directly said.






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