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Chapter 1: Excercises and Quiz (and something extra) - Japanese Tutor
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Chapter 1: Excercises and Quiz (and something extra)
Ok, we'll start with the "something extra" part of the title. I realize not everyone will know exactly how to pronounce the words in Japanese, so here is a little tip or help.

When we write Japanese words in English, such as the dialogue I wrote at the beginning of the chapter, we call it romaji. Japanese words are written in hiragana or Kanji, and English words that the Japanese borrow are usually written in katakana. As for now, I don't really know how I'll teach you guys how to write in hiragana/katakana/kanji... so I'm thinking it over. If someone else has an idea on an awesome way to be able to teach the h/kata/kanji, then please, post up whatever. 

That aside, here we go on the pronunciation guide:

        >The a in any romaji version you see is pronounced as 'a' like in father. Never 'ay'.

        >The i is always pronounced 'ea' as in 'beat'.

        >The u is always pronounced as a kind of short 'oo' as in 'cook'.

        >The e is always pronounced as 'eh' as in 'bed'.

        >The o is always pronounced as 'o' as in 'ole!' (in spanish). It's made by making the mouth an 'o' shape.

You probably realized the weird way I set up the usual aeiou--but it's not. In Japan, this is how they line up their vowels, and it'd do you good to memorize it this way. It's pretty hard (at least it was for me) to say it in this order. It took me 2 days of singing recitation. 

Also, make note of some of the words that will come up that has double vowels. Basically it means you say it longer.
    (Ex: obasan (o-bah-san) vs. obaasan (o-baa-san). That is aunt vs. grandma.
           And for the rest like: ii, ee, oo, uu

Please keep this pronunciation guide in mind.


Now we're on to the:


A.Say the following in Japanese. The parenthesis will give you more hints as to what is really wanted.

1.) Hello, nice to meet you. (Nice meeting you for the very first time)
2.) My name is Ichigo Kurosaki. (I am Ichigo Kurosaki)
3.) I'm Ms. Kuchiki.
4.) Do you understand Japanese? (Is Japanese comprehensible to you?)
5.) I don't understand Japanese. (Japanese is not comprehensible to me.)
6.) I understand a little Japanese. (Sukoshi=little. Adverbs usually go in front of the verb.)
7.) Does Atobe understand French? 
8.) No, Atobe doesn't understand French. (Iie=no.)
9.) Yes, Atobe understands French. (Hai=yes.)
10.) Let's speak German. (Let's speak by means of German language)
11.) Let's do that [speak German]. 

B. Practice the dialogue, and then translate it to English.

1.) H: Abarai-san desu ka?
     A: Hai, soo desu. 
     H: Watashi wa Hanatarou desu. Hajimemashite.
     A: Hajimemashite. Doozo yoroshiku.
     H: Kochira koso, doozo yoroshiku.

2.) A: Uchiha-san desu ka?
     H: Iie, chigaimasu. (chigaimasu=wrong, mistaken)
     A: Doomo shitsurei shimashita. (Doomo=very; shitsurei shimashita= i was rude)
     H: Iie.

3.) A: Hanatarou-san desu ka?
     K: Iie, chigaimasu. Kuchiki Byakuya desu.
     A: Shitsurei shimashita. Watashi wa Abarai Renji desu. 
     K: Hajimemashite.
     A: Hajimemashite.
     K: Abarai-san wa dochira kara desu ka? (dochira=where; kara=from)
     A: Watashi wa Kariforunia kara desu.
     K: Watashi wa Texas kara desu. Doozo yoroshiku.
     A: Doozo yoroshiku.

C. Reply to the following questions in Japanese.

1.) Kirihara-san desu ka?
2.) Jya, onamae wa? (onamae=name)
3.) Chuugokugo ga wakarimasu ka?
4.) Eigo ga wakarimasu ka?
5.) Furansugo ga wakarimasu ka?


Basically this is a quiz activity. Make up your own dialogue in English, keeping in mind the scope of what you've learned (so don't go too far and make it hard on yourself), and then translate it in English. Here's the scenario: You are meeting someone for the very first time. I don't care who it is. You mistake him for Johnny Depp, and then you apoligize. You then start talking about where each of you came from, and what language(s) you guys know. Name something that you know little of. One of you will ask the other do speak something in a certain way, and they will agree to do it your way.
If you want, you can post up your mini dialogue here for everyone to see, and we'll see if it is correct. Have fun!

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 15th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


help im tryin to find myself!!!! peace
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 24th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

How to teach Hira/Kata/Kanji

Well, I found in learning Nihongo that this technique works well. I think you should just put a chart of hiragana or katakana into the writing then tell people to write Nihongo words in 1 of the 2 writing ways. That helps a great deal. It then becomes the persons responsibility to learn then for you to baby-step them the whole way through. Hopefully my babbling makes sense. Arigatou for teaching me what you know. Its helped A LOT!!!
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Tutor-san, please forgive me but

the correct English spelling is not but it is *exercises.*

Thank you for this interesting introduction to the Japanese language.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2008 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tutor-san, please forgive me but

A word was omitted because I inadvertently used html signs.

The missing word is the mis-spelled or wrong one that is *excercises* and which is correctly spelled with only 1 letter c -- the one that comes after the letter r .
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Tutor-san, please forgive me but

the correct English spelling is not *excercises* but it is *exercises.*

Thank you for this interesting introduction to the Japanese language.
damnreccaishot From: damnreccaishot Date: July 27th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tutor-san, please forgive me but

Ah, thank you! I did not catch that one ^__^;;
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