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Posted 3/27/08 , edited 4/2/08
For me, currently I understand a few.
(The spelling may be wrong, after all I can only spell from what I hear)

Ohayo/ = Hello/Good morning (informal)
Konnichiwa = Hi (formal)
Chotto matte = Wait/Hold on
Daijobu = Alright/Fine/Its OK
Onee = Big sister
Onii = Big Brother
Kore wa = This is
Sore wa = That is
Sayonara = Bye
Hai = Yes
Iie/Nein = No
Kuso = Damn
Sona = No way
Tsubasa = Wing
Watashi = I
Baka = Stupid/Idiot :)
Kaze = Wind
-kun = (male)
-san = (female)
-chan = (junior)
-sempai = (senior)
-sama = (high position)
*-chama = (junior+high position - IMPORTANT: this term is only used in Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, it is not really a word)
Sensei = Teacher
Boukuu Tai = Anti-aircraft team
Shogun = General
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Posted 3/29/08
Hmm...a little correction...

ohayo, not ohio...

konnichiwa, not gonichiwa

chotto matte, not jodo made

kore wa, not kolewa (some may mistake r for l, because some Japanese pronounce r as l, a proof that they are learning english)

sore wa, not olewa

sayonara, not sayonada

iie, not nein

(is it alright to teach this?) kuso, not cursa

the others are alright....
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Posted 3/29/08
ok, i know a little japanese, that's true, but not all, (i still have to improve my grammar...)

now that adminat-kun posted this class here, im gonna teach you some japanese also....


the most basic thing that you need to know is, how to greet in japanese,right?

here are some examples of greetings...

if you are to greet in the morning say,

ohayou gozaimasu.
(pronounced as : o-ha-yo-go-zay-mas)

if in the afternoon,

konnichi wa.
(ko-ni-chi-wa)

in the evening, about 5:00 pm or so maybe,

konban wa.
(kon-ban-wa)


conversation starters....


Genki desu ka?
(geng-ki-des-ka)

How are you?

Genki desu.
(geng-ki-des)

I'm fine.

Hisashiburi.
(hi-sa-shi-bu-ri)

It's been a while. (or, long time no see, something like that...)


ending conversations...


Jaa, mata ne!
(zha-ma-ta-ne)

See you later!

Sayounara.
(sa-yo-na-ra)

Goodbye.

Kiotsukete.
(ki-yo-ts-ke-te)

Take care. (or, be careful...)

Bai bai
(bai-bai)

Bye bye (do i have to translate that?)

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Thank yous...

say arigatou gozaimas (a-ri-ga-to-go-zay-mas) if you are really thankful.
can be translated as, "Thank you very much."

say arigatou (a-ri-ga-to) if you wanna say "Thank you." in japanese.

say hontou ni arigatou gozaimashita (hon-to-ni-a-ri-ga-to-go-zay-ma-sh-ta) if you are really, truly thankful.
can be translated as, "I'm very truly thankful to you."

Welocomes...

when someone says thank you to you, what do you respond?

"You're welcome." right?

say douitashimashite (do-i-ta-shi-mash-te) if you want to say "You're welcome."

So basically...

doumo arigatou gozaimasu. <--------the longest form

arigatou gozaimasu. <----------shorter

arigatou. <-----------a little shorter

doumo (domo) <-----------shortest
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Posted 3/29/08
edited some errors, well i can only speel them base on wat i hear. so cannot garantee they are coreect.
about nein, i do here them saying it to mean no in some sentences, so its not a mistake
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Tips

about your accent, well, its not that difficult for me cause i watch anime all the time so im used to their speaking styles. but i cant decipher what dialect it is. (im not a japanese by the way...)

but it really is very useful to listen to native speakers once in a while. and you know, try to watch japanese videos without subs and try to decipher what they are saying. my sis and i do it sometimes but we end up only understanding 1/16 of the video, maybe even less. it is a challenge. but of course, it may be hard to understand if you dont know a few words and all.

another tip i can tell you is, when watching an anime, make sure it is in japanese mode not the english ones, and try to listen to the seiyuu (voice actor) very well and if you find a short phrase like "matte!" that the seiyuu said, pause the video and look at the subs to see what it means, "wait!". then keep that word or phrase in mind and watch other animes and compare it. its just in the memory.

another thing that can help you in learning japanese is learn it wilingly. if you want and love to learn something, then it will be easier for you to learn.
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Posted 3/29/08

adminat wrote:

edited some errors, well i can only speel them base on wat i hear. so cannot garantee they are coreect.
about nein, i do here them saying it to mean no in some sentences, so its not a mistake


it alright, i do that before, like i thought, that "yokatta!" is spelled as "yukkata!" well, i was wrong.
about the nein, maybe what they mean is, nothing, not no. so that settles it then?
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you should messege those who are active learners this list so they can go over it
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we should make a chat channel for ppl to set up to get together and talk about this class
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today I have gone to the Fort Canning and the battlebox toursit sites and picked up 2 Japanese terms in warfare:)
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Try visiting http://www.thejapanesepage.com/ .

This website is very helpful to japanese learners out there....
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How to Write in Japanese!

Well, I'm sure that there are some here who don't know how to read and write Japanese. So, I'll give you the basics!

There are three types of Japanese writing...

1) Hirigana (you must learn this first and master this before you can proceed to the next..)
2) Katakana (this is easy.)
3) Kanji (This is VERY hard....)



"Hirigana Lessons"


http://japanese.about.com/library/blhira.htm

"Katakana Lessons"

http://japanese.about.com/library/blkatakana.htm

"Kanji Lessons"

http://japanese.about.com/blkanji.htm

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I speak fluent Japanese... So... How about:

Kawaii! - Cute
Suki - Affection
Ai - Love
Koi - love
Bara - rose
Michi - Unknown
Micchi - Road
Machi - Town.


Is that good?
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Posted 4/5/08

yoshiko_inori wrote:

How to Write in Japanese!

Well, I'm sure that there are some here who don't know how to read and write Japanese. So, I'll give you the basics!

There are three types of Japanese writing...

1) Hirigana (you must learn this first and master this before you can proceed to the next..)
2) Katakana (this is easy.)
3) Kanji (This is VERY hard....)



"Hirigana Lessons"


http://japanese.about.com/library/blhira.htm

"Katakana Lessons"

http://japanese.about.com/library/blkatakana.htm

"Kanji Lessons"

http://japanese.about.com/blkanji.htm



Umm.... You said that Kanji is VERY hard. I think that's an opinion, because I find Kanji much easier than Hiragana, Especially when I was first starting out...

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These is the basic Japanese words.

Words~spelling

あ~a
い~i
う~u
え~e
お~o

か~ka
き~ki
く~ku
け~ke
こ~ko

さ~sa
し~si
す~su
せ~se
そ~so

た~ta
ち~ti
つ~tsu (it's spelled tu)
て~te
と~to

な~na
に~ni
ぬ~nu
ね~ne
の~no

は~ha
ひ~hi
ふ~fu
へ~he
ほ~ho

ま~ma
み~mi
む~mu
め~me
も~mo

や~ya
い~i
ゆ~yu
ん~n
よ~yo
わ~wa

ら~ra
り~ri
る~ru
れ~re
ろ~ro
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