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Japanese Conversation Lesson 3

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Let's Learn Words (Kotoba o Naraimas) :
Japanese (Nihongo) English (Eigo)

hayū

actor

joyū

actress

eahosutesu air hostess

kenchikuka

architect

gaka

artist painter

ginkōin banker

jitsugyōka

businessman

daiku

carpenter

shefu

chef

isha

doctor

enginia

engineer

yōin

factor

patannā

fashion designer

gaido annai nin

guide

shufu

housewife

jānarisuto journalist

bengoshi

lawyer

shishu toshokanin

librarian  

nāsu kanbyōin

nurse

operētā

operator

pairotto hikōka

pilot  

seijika

politician

kyōju

professor

uketsukegakari

receptionist

kenkyushā

researcher

shoki

secretary

gyaruson

server boy

suchuwādo

steward

suchuwādesu

stewardess

gakusei

student

sensei kyōshi

teacher

honyakusha

translator

ueitā

waiter

ueitoresu

waitress

shokugyō

profession occupation

oshigoto job work

shusshin goshusshin

native place

jōzu

good at

naraimashita

learnt

senmon

specialization

dokushin single

denki gishi

electrical engineering  

kaiwa

conversation

kurasu

class

ikimashō

let's leave

matāuhimade till we meet again
shitsurei shimasu  goodbye (polite form)
itterasshai have a nice day

Greetings in Japanese   Japanese Family Vocabulary   Japanese Romaji Vocabulary

A Note on Vowels :

The Japanese language is based on 5 vowel sounds : a, i, u, e, o

They are pronounced : a as in ask ; i as in weu as in soon ; e as in get and o as in oh.

The Romaji long vowels ā, ī, ū, ē signify emphasis, are pronounced twice as long, and hence are also written as aa, ii, uu et ee.

ex. īe = iie. However, the long vowel ō becomes ou and not oo ex. gakkō = gakkou.


 

Let's Study the Conversation (Kaiwa o Naraimashō) :

Note : In Japan, 'san' is used as a suffix to a personal name and is the equivalent of Mr, Mrs, Miss and Master. 

  Japanese (Nihongo) English (Eigo)
Ana :

Konbanwa. Ana Chen desu.

Good Evening. I am Ana Chen.

Paul :

Ah, Dōzo yoroshiku. Paul Clark desu.

Ah, Nice to meet you. I am Paul Clark.

Ana :

Kochira koso dōzo yoroshiku.

Nice to meet you too. 

Paul :

Ana san wa Chūgokujin desu ka?

Ana, are you Chinese?

Ana :

Ee. Shusshin wa Honkon desu. Paul san wa?

Yeah. My native place is Hongkong. And you Paul?

Paul :

Watashi wa Igirisujin desu. Nihon ni gonen sunde imasu.

I am English. I am staying in Japan since five years.

Ana :

Sō desu ka. Nihongo ga jyōzu desu ne.

I see. You speak Japanese very well.
Paul :
Ano, onna wa Nihonjin desu. Nihongo o sannen naraimashita. Well, my wife is Japanese. I learnt Japanese for three years.
Ana :
Ī desu ne! Goshussin wa dochira desu ka? How nice! Where is your hometown?
Paul :

Rondon desu. Ana san, oshigoto wa nan desu ka?

It's London. Ana, what job do you do?
Ana :

Watashi wa bengoshi desu. Paul san wa?

I am a lawyer. And you Paul?

Paul :

Ano, chichi mo bengoshi desu. Watashi wa isha desu.

Oh, dad is a lawyer too. I am a doctor.

Ana :

Hee, sugoi desu ne.

Wow, that's great.

Paul :
Ana san wa dokushin desu ka? Ana, are you single?
Ana :
Hai, sō desu yo.
Yes, that's right.
Keith:

Konnichiwa, Keith Brown desu.

Hello, This is Keith Brown.

Ana & Paul :

Hajimemashite Keith san!

How do you do!

Keith :

Hajimemashite. Amerika kara kimashita.

How do you do! I come from USA.

Ana :
Keith san, nani o shite masu ka? Keith, what do you do?
Keith :
Watashi wa enjinia desu. I am an Engineer.
Ana :
Sō desu ka. Senmon wa nan desu ka? I see. What is your specialisation?
Keith :
Denki gishi desu. It's electrical engineering.
Paul :
Watashi no onīsan wa kenkyūsha desu. My brother is a researcher.
Keith :
Watashi no onēsan wa webudezainā desu. My sister is a webdesigner.
Ana :
Haha wa ongaku no sensei desu. Mom is a music teacher.
Keith :
Sumimasen ga, ima watashi wa Nihongo no kaiwa no kurasu desu. Excuse me, I have a Japanese conversation class now.
Ana :
Watashi wa Nihongo no kurasu mo desu. Ikimashō! I have a Japanese class too. Let's leave!
Paul :
Izasaraba. Matāuhimade. Well then. Till we meet again .
Ana & Keith :
Shitsurei shimasu. Itterasshai! Good bye. Have a nice day.

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