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hey ~ im starting studying japanese now ! but its kinda confusing ! how would i know if its in formal form or informal ? or in polite/impolite ? im so confused ! someone can tell me ?

It's kind of hard to explain but I'll try. Formal usually includes a good amount of added politeness...more words like desu, -masu, o-, go-, kudasai and gozaimasu. Informal/casual tends to drop the added politeness.

Formal
Domo arigato gozaimasu. どうもありがとうございます。Thank you very much.
Less formal
Domo arigato. どうもありがとう。Thank you.
Informal
Domo. どうも。Thanks. (would be used with someone familiar [like a friend or family])
Arigato. ありがとう。Thanks. (would be used with someone familiar [like a friend or family]

Formal
私はレイチェルのパーティーに行きます。
Watashi wa Reicheru no paatii ni ikimasu.
I'm going to Rachael's party.

Informal
あたしはレイチェルのパーティーに行く。
Atashi wa Reicheru no paatii ni iku.
I'm going to Rachael's party.

Was that any help?
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babochingu wrote:

hey ~ im starting studying japanese now ! but its kinda confusing ! how would i know if its in formal form or informal ? or in polite/impolite ? im so confused ! someone can tell me ?

It's kind of hard to explain but I'll try. Formal usually includes a good amount of added politeness...more words like desu, -masu, o-, go-, kudasai and gozaimasu. Informal/casual tends to drop the added politeness.

Formal
Domo arigato gozaimasu. どうもありがとうございます。Thank you very much.
Less formal
Domo arigato. どうもありがとう。Thank you.
Informal
Domo. どうも。Thanks. (would be used with someone familiar [like a friend or family])
Arigato. ありがとう。Thanks. (would be used with someone familiar [like a friend or family]

Formal
私はレイチェルのパーティーに行きます。
Watashi wa Reicheru no paatii ni ikimasu.
I'm going to Rachael's party.

Informal
あたしはレイチェルのパーティーに行く。
Atashi wa Reicheru no paatii ni iku.
I'm going to Rachael's party.

Was that any help?



ahhhhhh ~ ok ! thanks ! those hiragana/katakana fonts helped me too ! hahah good thing there's no kanji ! lol


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Because a lot of people asked for more, here it is, it's not much since a lot is named already by others and I saw that a lot was repeated...it's useful to read what other people said, to not repeat it.

So in advance if I repeated something from myself or someone else, forgive me, I haven't had much time to read stuff....

yare yare or hare hare (I'm not sure how to write it...) - something like dear god or good grief...
Tomodachi - friend
Koi - love
Gaijin - outsider/foreigner
Oba-san - Granny/Grandma
Mataku - something like give me a break
Honto - really
Wakarimashita - I understand/I get it/I see
Sukoshi - little
So - indeed
Benkyou - study/studing
Hon - book
Sojeba (I'm not sure how to write it...) - that reminds me
Omoshiroi - interesting
Baito - job/work
Moshi moshi - hello? (Most of the time used while answering the phone but can be used in real live)
Eto - euhm/umm (everyone has there own way of writing that)
Warui - bad
Jibun - yourself/myself/oneself

I can tell you three ways to tell someone it's not what the person ment...
For example you want to tell that it isn't a dog:

(Iie) Inu janai desu
(Iie) Inu dewa arimasen
Iie, neko desu

That's all for now, can't think of more at the moment, I probably post more as soon as I know more

Another hint for the fans ^-^ If you watch a lot of anime, and probably J-drama's work 2 (subbed) pay close attention 2 the small sentences After a couple of episodes/series (depends on the person) you seem to remember what the small sentences generally mean and you can figure out somewhat larger sentences because you recognize some of the words ---> this is how I learned most of the words

I also use (when I'm in the mood for it) the podcast japanesepod101(.com) you can download them from itunes or from their own website....It's pretty good so I advise you to listen to it sometime...

Anyway that's it for now ^-^
cya later
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yayyy!!!! i can finally learn japanese..!!!...arigatou gozaimas!!!! ^^,
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can anyone tell me wat this means??

please!

baka! taiwanese ja arimasen.

and....

ni o shite imasu ka?

i would really appreciate it!!!
and if u knoe wat it means please note me okay!

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omg this is just what i needed. :D
i really want to learn japanese, so it'd be great to learn the vocab. xD

I knew alot from anime.
I just didn't know how to spell them ..

Gomen, sumimasen, dare, nani, etc.
[sorry if i spelled them wrong]

I just joined, but I'm loving this club already!
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good ones useful
ok i got a big problem
even though i know they only have past and presennt when do i know they are talking about future......
this is killing me....
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jinjae wrote:

n the japanese words tt i know~~

gomen (sorry)
hontoni (really)
daijobu (it's alright)
tomodachi (friend)
aishiteru (i ♥ u)
tsumetai (cold)
oishi (tasty)
baka (idiot)
kawaii (cute)
kakkoii (cool)
sugoi (amazing)
senpai (senior)
arigatou (thank u)
konbanwa (gd evening( -nt sure ^^;
ja ne (lets go) (?)
zutto (forever) Forever is "ITSUMO"
ganbatte (aja!)
ore (i)
konichiwa (hello)
moshi moshi (hello *call*)
ohayo (morning)

will edit again if i remember other words^^


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Konichiwa;watashi hjpop desu!hajime mashite,dozo yorochiku!

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Posted 1/25/08

iulia_black wrote:

good ones useful
ok i got a big problem
even though i know they only have past and presennt when do i know they are talking about future......
this is killing me....


there's no specific words for future tense in japanese vocab..

you just say the present tense..that's should do..~~
Posted 1/25/08

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Kiyoki08 wrote:


babochingu wrote:

hey ~ im starting studying japanese now ! but its kinda confusing ! how would i know if its in formal form or informal ? or in polite/impolite ? im so confused ! someone can tell me ?

It's kind of hard to explain but I'll try. Formal usually includes a good amount of added politeness...more words like desu, -masu, o-, go-, kudasai and gozaimasu. Informal/casual tends to drop the added politeness.

Formal
Domo arigato gozaimasu. どうもありがとうございます。Thank you very much.
Less formal
Domo arigato. どうもありがとう。Thank you.
Informal
Domo. どうも。Thanks. (would be used with someone familiar [like a friend or family])
Arigato. ありがとう。Thanks. (would be used with someone familiar [like a friend or family]

Formal
私はレイチェルのパーティーに行きます。
Watashi wa Reicheru no paatii ni ikimasu.
I'm going to Rachael's party.

Informal
あたしはレイチェルのパーティーに行く。
Atashi wa Reicheru no paatii ni iku.
I'm going to Rachael's party.

Was that any help?



ahhhhhh ~ ok ! thanks ! those hiragana/katakana fonts helped me too ! hahah good thing there's no kanji ! lol




there is kanji in there..hehe...

私 and 行..
hahah..but not that much...it just two of them..hahahah..lol..
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babochingu wrote:

ahhhhhh ~ ok ! thanks ! those hiragana/katakana fonts helped me too ! hahah good thing there's no kanji ! lol




As Amaya-san has pointed out there's a bit of kanji in there. Kanji is good and much needed to learn..but not until you know your kana (hiragana and katakana). It's a bit difficult but it can be fun. Wait until you get to the fun jyukugo (熟語/compound kanji). You'll be learning stuff like:

吸血鬼
kyuuketsuki
(suck + blood + evil spirit)
vampire

Breakdown:
kyuu 吸 suck
ketsu 血 blood
ki 鬼 evil spirit


vangster_garl_564 wrote:

can anyone tell me wat this means??

please!

baka! taiwanese ja arimasen.

and....

ni o shite imasu ka?

i would really appreciate it!!!
and if u knoe wat it means please note me okay!


I've posted here and sent you a note because I'm unsure if you will check back here.

baka! taiwanese ja arimasen.

馬鹿!台湾人じゃありません。
Baka! Taiwanjin ja arimasen.
Stupid! I'm not Taiwanese.

Breakdown:
baka 馬鹿 stupid
Taiwanese 台湾人 Taiwanjin
ja arimasen じゃありません not

ni o shite imasu ka?

にをしていますか。
X is being done?
It's an incomplete sentence!

ni に second half of the word nani (なに) which means what
o を particle indicating direct object of action
shite して informal -te form of the verb suru (為る) which means to do.
imasu います formal non-past/present form of the verb iru (居る) which means to be/exist/is.
ka か particle indicating a question

Example:
いまお母さんは何をしていますか。
Ima okaasan wa nani o shite imasu ka.
What is mother doing now?

Breakdown:
ima いま now
okaasan お母さん mother
wa は particle indicating topic
nani 何 what
o を particle indicating direct object of action
shite して informal -te form of the verb suru (為る) which means to do.
imasu います formal non-past/present form of the verb iru (居る) which means to be/exist/is.
ka か particle indicating a question

なにをしていますか?
Nani o shite imasu ka.
What are you doing?

Breakdown:
nani 何 what
o を particle indicating direct object of action
shite して informal -te form of the verb suru (為る) which means to do.
imasu います formal non-past/present form of the verb iru (居る) which means to be/exist/is.
ka か particle indicating a question

Omake (Extra):
shite imasu しています is doing
- usually makes verbs into ing verbs

Examples:
benkyou shite imasu 勉強を して います studying
hanashite imasu はなして います speaking, talking

<.< >.> I seem to have made that rather long...sumimasen (sorry) ^.^;;.



iulia_black wrote:

good ones useful
ok i got a big problem
even though i know they only have past and presennt when do i know they are talking about future......
this is killing me....


The Japanese future tense and present tense aren't separate so whether a sentence is present or future tense needs to be deducted from the context. I, myself, still can't understand how one can enter a conversation late and still understand what's going on. XD
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Subete no ningen wa, umare nagara ni shite jiyū de ari, katsu, songen to kenri to ni tsuite byōdō de aru. Ningen wa, risei to ryōshin o sazukerareteari, tagai ni dōhō no seishin o motte kōdōshinakerebanaranai.

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Translation
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


i love the japanese of this..inspired me to learn japanese
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soka na... mina san wa nihongo e wakarimasu daiyo!!!! benkyoshimasu!!! kannbatte kudasai!!!! watashi wa mada mada dane..... KESO!!
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