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Japanese Conversation Lesson 4

Meals (Gohan)

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

asa gohan chōshoku

breakfast

hiru gohan chūshoku ranchi lunch

ban gohan yūshoku deinā

dinner

tabemasu

eat

nomimasu

drink

tabetai desu

would like to eat

nomitai desu would like to drink

ippai

a glass of a cup of

chūmon gochūmon

order

osusume

recommendation

yaki

grilled

teishoku

set meal

menyū

menu

shokuzenshu

aperitif

dezāto dessert
ohashi
chopsticks
daijyobu
fine
sugoi great

totemo

very

oishī

delicious tasty

gōchisosama delicious (to the waiter in a hotel)
soretemo ka or

kōhī

coffee

ocha

tea

kocha  

black tea

tamago
eggs

tamagoyaki furaidoeggu

fried eggs

sōsēji

sausage

pankēki

pancake

hachimitsu

honey

jūsu

juice

furūtsu

fruits

toropikarufurūtsu

tropical fruits

tenpura tempura
gyūdon rice with beef
zakana fish

sarada

salad

hamu ham
yasai vegetables

yasai ni nimono

stewed vegetables

sūpu soup

miso shiru  

miso soup

osake nihonshu

sake rice wine

aisu kurīmu  

ice cream

wain
wine
supākuringi wain sparkling wine
otsumami
crackers
katsu
cutlet
tonniku pork
soba    udon rāmen noodles
chokorēto chocolate
asa morning
gogo
afternoon
ban evening
kyō today
kesa
this morning
kyō no gogo this afternoon
konban this evening
okaikei bill

Greetings in Japanese   Food and Drink 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 - At a Japanese restaurant (Kaiwa o Naraimashō) : Ryōriya de

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)
 

Asa

Morning

Mr. Ichida:

Ohayō gozaimasu.

Good morning.

Waiter (Ueitā):

Ohayō gozaimasu Ichida san. Kesa nani o asa gohan ni tabetai desu ka?

Good morning, Mr. Ichida. What would you like for breakfast this morning?

Mr. Ichida:

Watashi wa tamagoyaki to sōsēji mo pankēki to hachimitsu, onegai shimasu.

I would like fried eggs with sausage and pancake with honey, please.

Waiter (Ueitā ): Nani o nomitai desu ka, kōhī soretomo ocha? What would you like to drink, coffee or tea?
Mr. Ichida:
Hmm..orenji jūsu o ippai nomitai desu. Dōmo. Hmm... I prefer a glass of orange juice. Thanks.
Mr. Ichida: 
Etto, watashi wa toropikarufurūtsu tabetai desu. Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu. Oh, I would like to eat some tropical fruits too. Thank you very much.
 

Gogo

Afternoon

Mrs. Keiko :

Konnichiwa . 

Good Afternoon

Waiter (Ueitā):

Konnichiwa, Keiko san.  Kyō no gogo ranchi ni nani o tabetai desu ka?

Good Afternoon, madam Keiko. What would you like to have for lunch this afternoon?

Mrs. Keiko: Kyō no osusume wa nan desu ka? What is today's recommendation?
Waiter (Ueitā): Tenpura teishoku, gyūdon, yaki zakana mo hamusarada desu. Tempura set lunch, grilled fish and ham salad, madam.
Mrs. Keiko :

Sugoi! Watashi wa tenpura teishoku, yaki zakana mo yasai ni nimono to atsui misoshiru, onegai shimasu.

Great! I would like to have the tempura set lunch, grilled fish and stewed vegetables with hot miso soup. Please.

Waiter (Ueitā) Nanika o nomitai desu ka, Keiko san? Something to drink madam Keiko?
Mrs. Keiko:
Ee, kōcha o ippai. Ano... watashi wa aisu kurīmu mo, onegai shimasu. Yes, a cup of black tea. Well...I would like to have ice cream too, please.
Waiter (Ueitā)
Hai, korede ranchi. Dōzo go yokkuri Keiko san. Here's your lunch. Please take your time madame Keiko .
Mrs. Keiko: 
Hai, ī desu. Dōmo arigatō. Yes, that's nice. Thank you.
 

Ban

Evening

Mr. Sato :

Konbanwa

Good Evening.

Waiter (Ueitā):

Irasshaimase, Sato san. Konban wa ogenki desu ka?

Welcome, Mr. sato. How are you this evening?

Mr. Sato:

Ano...sonnani warukunai desu. Menyū o kudasai.

Well...not too bad. May I have the menu please?

Waiter (Ueitā):

Ī desu yo. Menyū de gozaimasu.

Certainly. Here's the menu.

Waiter (Ueitā):
Shokuzenshu ni nani o suki desu ka, nihonshu soretomo wain wa? What would you like for an aperitif, Sake or wine?
Mr. Sato:

Hai, watashi wa supākuringi wain to otsumami, onegai shimasu.

Yes, sparkling wine with crackers, please.

Waiter (Ueitā): Hai. Yūshoku no gochūmon wa? Sure. May I take your order for dinner please?
Mr. Sato: Hai, watashi wa gyūdon, ton katsu to soba mo sushi ī desu. Arigatō. Yes, I would like rice with beef, pork cutlet with noodles and sushi. Thank you.
Waiter (Ueitā): Dezāto wa? Dessert, sir?
Mr. Sato : Hmm… chokorēto pafe onegai shimasu. Hmm..It's the chocolate parfait, please.
Mr. Sato : Sumimasen ga, ohashi de gohan o tabetai desu, onegai shimasu. Excuse me, I would like to have the meal with chopsticks, please.
Waiter (Ueitā): Ī desu yo! Shōshō omachi kudasai. Certainly sir! I'll be right back.
Waiter (Ueitā):
Okuchini ayeba yorushīn desu ga, Sato san. I hope you enjoyed your dinner, Mr. Sato.
Mr. Sato:
Hai, gochisōsama deshita. Dezāto wa totemo oishī katta deshita! Yes, it was great. The dessert was delicious!
Waiter (Ueitā): Dōmo arigatō. Hohani hoshī mono arimasu ka? Thank you, sir. Would you like something else?
Mr. Sato: 
Īe, daijyobu desu. Okaikei onegai shimasu. No, It's fine. May I have the bill please?
Waiter (Ueitā): Hai, korede. Yes, here you are.
Waiter (Ueitā):
Dōmo arigatō gozaimashita, Sato san. Oyasumi nasai. Matane. Thank you Mr. Sato. Good Night. See you again.
Mr. Sato: 
Dōmo arigatō gozaimashita. Oyasumi nasai. Thank you very much. Good night.

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