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03 March 2009 @ 02:40 pm
So here I am finally with an update!

Grammatical Notes

Ko - So - A - Do

This (Thing near me) (koh-ray)
That (Thing near you) (Soh-ray)
That (Thing over there/Away from us both) (Ah-ray)
Which? (Which thing?) (Doh-ray)

Ex. A) Kore wa nan desu ka?
-What is this (thing near me)?

B) Sore wa hon desu.
-That's a book.

Paricle - Also, too

Ex. Kore wa pen desu. Sore MO pen desu.
- This is a pen. This TOO is a pen.

Ex. Kore mo sore mo pen desu.
- Both this and that are pens.

Numbers 100-99,999,999 * indicates notable difference in spelling from normal pattern.

100 - Hyaku (Hyah-koo)
200 - Nihyaku
*300 - Sanbyaku
400 - Yonhyaku
500 - Gohyaku
*600 - Roppyaku
700 - Nanahyaku
*800 - Happyaku
900 - Kyuuhyaku
1000 - Sen
2000 - Nisen
*3000 - Sanzen
4000 - Yonsen
5000 - Gosen
6000 - Rokusen
7000 - Nanasen
*8000 - Hassen
9000 - Kyuusen
10,000 - Ichiman
20,000 - Niman
30,000 - Sanman
40,000 - Yonman
50,000 - Goman
60,000 - Rokuman
70,000 - Nanaman
80,000 - Hachiman
90,000 - Kyuuman
100,000 - Juuman
200,000 - Nijuuman

99,999,999 - Kyuusen, kyuuhyaku, kyuujuu, kyuuman, kyusen, kyuuhyaku, kyuujuu kyuu.

Ex. ¥663 - Roppyaku Rokujuusan en desu.
- It is 663 yen.

Asking Price - How much? (Ee-koo-rah)

A) (A) wa ikura desu ka?
-How much is (A)?
B) ### - en desu.
-It's ### yen.

¥ - Yen - en

¥138 - Hyaku sanjuu hachi-en

¥60,000,000,000 - Roku oku-en

Yen * indicates different spelling from usual pattern.

¥1 - Ichi-en
¥2 - Ni-en
¥3 - San-en
*¥4 - Yo-en
¥5 - Go-en
¥6 - Roku-en
¥7 - Nana-en
¥8 - Hachi-en
¥9 - Kyuu-en
¥10 - Juu-en
¥100 - Hyaku-en
¥1000 - Sen-en
¥10,000 - Ichiman-en


Ronin - Warrior without a master/didn't pass exams (Roh-neen)

Book - Hon
Magazine - Zasshi (Zah-she)
Newspaper - Shinbun (Sheen-boon)
Dictionary - Jisho, Jiten (Jee-sho, Jee-ten)
Pen - Pen
Pencil - Enpitsu (N-peet-soo)
Bag/Bookbag - Kaban (kah-bon)
Television - Terebi (tey-ray-bee)
Welcome - Irasshaimase (ear-ah-shy-ee-mahs)

Fast Food Ordering Conversation:

-Onomimono wa? (ohn-oh-me-moh-no)
- and to drink?

-Koko de omeshiagari desu ka? (oh-may-she-ah-gah-ree)
-Are you going to eat here?

-Mochi kaeki desu ka? (moh-chee, Ky-ay-key)
-For here or to go?

A) Mochi-kaeri desu. (Ky-ree)
-To go.

A) Koko de tabemasu. (Koh-koh, tah-bay-mah-su)
-I'll eat here.

Shoping Quantity

Pattern: Noun (A) (o) amount (B) kudasai. (koo-dah-sigh)
-Please give me amount Y of X.

Ex. Sumimasen. Biiru o Ni-hon kudasai. (Bee-roo)
-Excuse me. Please give me 2 bottles of beer.

Ex. Kore o mittsu kudasai. (Meet-soo)
-Please give me 3 of these.

Next Lesson: Types of counters.
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02 March 2009 @ 11:03 pm
Kombanwa, friends. I just wanted to note that if you folks want to, you're welcome to post also! If you have anything interesting about Japanese language or culture, anything relating to things Japanese, feel free! It might give this journal something interesting beyond my sparse posts on actual lessons. -sigh- I do intend to get more lessons up soon, I just seem to think of it at the most inopportune moments. I hope to see some updates here from others soon!

Domo arigatou.
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14 February 2009 @ 11:30 pm
I wish to apologise, yet again, for my loooong-standing absence. I have gotten myself back into my studying and learning the language, and so I am going to do my best to get back on the ball with updates.
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10 April 2008 @ 10:18 am
Konnichiwa, and sorry that it's been yet again so very long since I've posted. I do need to do another lesson update, but sadly it won't be happening until after this weekend. The good news about this weekend is that I'm going to the local japanese animation and culture convention! I hope to see some really neat things and hope to buy even MORE neat things. :D I'll make a post here and in my personal journal telling about that, and then after all that's done, i'll make a lesson post here!

Ja ne!
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19 February 2008 @ 10:44 pm
Gomen Nasai, I'm so sorry for my negligence to this journal. I've been wrapped up in the game of World of Warcraft and with my online classes so much, as well as relationship issues, that I've almost entirely forgotten about this journal. I've hardly worked on my japanese for all the stuff going on in my life. I've recently started going over my notes again, but it will probably still be some time before I start into it fully once more. Right now I'm in a Statistics class and it is downright killing me. I got a C- for the first half of it, i'm in the second now. Here's hoping I do better here.

Ja ne.
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09 September 2007 @ 07:51 pm
I apologise for my lag in posting again, but I've been very busy with online classes and having a new boyfriend. o^.^o;; Forgive me. Gomen Nasai!

Arigatou gozaimasu.

Ja ne <3
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14 August 2007 @ 06:57 pm
~ Relative Time Vocabulary ~

Months (Getsu for these, Gatsu for Month names)

- kongetsu - this month (kon-get-soo)
- raigetsu - next month (rye-get-soo)
- saraigetsu - month after next (sah-rye-get-soo)

- sengetsu - last month (sen-get-soo)
- sensengetsu - month before last (last last month) (sen-sen-get-soo)


- konshuu - this week (kon-shoo)
- kaishuu - next week (kye-shoo)
- soraishuu - week after next (so-rye-shoo)

- senshuu - last week (sen-shoo)
- sensenshuu - week before last (sen-sen-shoo)


-Kotoshi - this year (koh-toh-shee)
-rainen - next year (rye-nen)
-sorainen - year after next (soh-rye-nen)

-kyoonen - last year (kyoh-nen)
-ototoshi - year before last (oh-toh-toh-shee)

~ sai - years of age

~ Months of the Year ~

{A} wa nan-gatsu desu ka? (what month of the year is it?)
{A} wa nan-gatsu deshita ka? (what month of the year was it?)

Ichi-gatsu - January
Ni-gatsu - February
San-gatsu - March
Shi-gatsu - April
Go-gatsu - May
Roku-gatsu - June
Shichi-gatsu - July
Hachi-gatsu - August
Ku-gatsu - September
Juu-gatsu - October
Juuichi-gatsu - November
Juuni-gatsu - December

A) Kurisumasu wa nan-gatsu desu ka? (What month of the year is Christmas?)
B) Juuni-gatsu desu. (It's in December.)

~ Days of the Month ~

A) {A} wa nan-nichi desu ka? (What day of the month is {A}?)
B) ___ ka/nichi desu.

1-10 are purely japanese numbers, the rest, unless marked with an * are chinese and japanese mixtures.

Tsuitachi - 1st (tsu-ee-tah-chee)
Futsu-ka - 2nd (Foo-tsu-kah)
Mik-ka - 3rd (meek-kah)
yok-ka - 4th (yoke-kah)
Itsu-ka - 5th (eet-tsu-kah)
Mui-ka - 6th (moo-ee-kah)
Nano-ka - 7th (nah-no-kah)
Yoo-ka - 8th (yoh-kah)
Kokono-ka - 9th (koh-koh-no-kah)
Too-ka - 10th (toh-kah)
Juuichi-nichi - 11th (joo-ee-chee-nee-chee)
Juuni-nichi - 12th (joo-nee-...)
Juusan-nichi - 13th (joo-sahn-...)
*Juu-yok-ka - 14th (joo-yoke-kah)
Juugo-nichi - 15th (joo-go-...)
Juuroku-nichi - 16th (joo-roh-koo-...)
Juushichi-nichi - 17th (joo-shee-chee-...)
Juuhachi-nichi - 18th (joo-hah-chee-...)
Juuku-nichi - 19th (joo-koo-...)
*Hatsu-ka - 20th (Hah-tsu-kah)
Nijuuichi-nichi - 21st (Nee-joo-ee-chee-...)
Nijuuni-nichi - 22nd (nee-joo-nee-...)
Nijusan-nichi - 23rd (nee-joo-sahn-...)
*Nijuu-yok-ka - 24th (nee-joo-yoke-kah)
Nijuugo-nichi - 25th (nee-joo-goh-...)
Nijuuroku-nichi - 26th (nee-joo-roh-koo-...)
Nijuushichi-nichi - 27th (nee-joo-shee-chee-...)
Nijuhachi-nichi - 28th (nee-joo-hah-chee-...)
Nijuuku-nichi - 29th (nee-joo-koo-...)
Sanjuu-nichi - 30th (sahn-joo-...)
Sanjuuichi-nichi - 31st (sahn-joo-ee-chee-...)

Ex. A) Kyoo wa nan-nichi desu ka? (What day of the month is today?)
B) Juusan-nichi desu. (It's the 13th)

Ex. A) St. Patrick's Day wa nan-nichi desu ka? (What day of the month is St. Patrick's Day?)
B) Juushichi-nichi desu. (It's the 17th)

~ Birthdays ~

Nan-sai desu ka? (How old are you?)

Otanjoobi - (year) birthday

Itsu - when

A) Otanjoobi wa nan-gatsu desu ka? (what month is your birthday?)
B) Shichi-gatsu desu. (It's in July.)

A) Otanjoobi wa nan-nichi desu ka? (What day of the month is your birthday?)
B) Nijuuroku-nichi desu. (It's the 26th.)

A) Otanjoobi wa itsu desu ka? (When is your birthday?)
B) Shichi-gatsu nijuuroku-nichi desu. (It is July 26th.) (And yes, that IS my birthday ;) )

Omedetoo - Congratulations!

Otanjoobi omedetoo gozaimasu! - Happy Birthday! (Gozaimasu is added for politeness)

~ MORE Vocabulary ~

haru - spring
aki - fall
natsu - summer
fuyu - winter
medetai - auspicious
tai - red snapper
damate - shut up ( :p )

END <3
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13 August 2007 @ 03:48 pm
The information in the following post is a direct quote from Simply Sushi, a book and DVD by Steven Pallett. The only way I own this information is that my mother purchased me a copy of the book/dvd/rolling mat kit. I do not own and did not create the information here within. However, if you wish to purchase a copy of your own of the book/dvd/rolling mat kit, Amazon.com currently has a few used copies, and I'm sure there are other sites on the internet that have them, as well as stores that cary them.

"...Food should be prepared so as to do honour to the essence of it's ingredients chosen." - famous Japanese chef, Tsuji.

"THE MAIN TYPES OF SUSHI: Note: With no difference in meaning, sushi becomes -zushi, when used in conjunction with certain words.

Nigiri-zushi - (squeezed) - It is probably fair to say that sushi is best represented in the world by a hand formed style known as nigiri-zushi, or squeezed sushi. Typically these are small fingers of rice with a topping of mostly raw seafood, served in pairs at the sushi bar. It is also known as Edomae-zushi as it was first made in Edo, as Tokyo was known prior to 1868.

Maki-zushi - (Rolled) - For maki-zushi, a sheet of toasted nori seaweed is spread with a layer of seasoned rice and strips of seafood and/or vegetables etc are arranged on top. The whole is then rolled and cut into rounds.

Chirashi-zushi - (scattered) - Chirashi-zushi is seafood and vegetables in or on vinegared rice, typically served in lacquered bowls. It is certainly the easiest type of sushi to make and indeed is made in all kitchens in japanese homes.

Oshi-zushi - (pressed) - Literally translated, oshi-zushi means press moulded sushi. Typically, the desired garnishes, often cooked or marinated seafood are placed on the bottom of the mould. This is topped with the sushi rice and then pressed down to firm. The pressed sushi is then removed from the mould, turned upright and cut into bite size pieces.

Maze-zushi - (mixed) - Some sushi that is regarded as picnic, festival, lunch, or snack food that doesn't fit into the above, falls into this category. Two examples are inari-zushi and fukusa-zushi. Inari-zushi consists of deep fried bean curd pouches stuffed with sushi-meshi. For fukusa-zushi, a square of paper-thin omelette is used for wrapping the rice."

That's it for now. :)
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13 August 2007 @ 12:41 am
By request of a new member, and because I find it interesting and wonderful, I'm going to start posting instructions also on how to make your own sushi, as well as etiquette. I may also delve into general behavior and other things that I learn as I go. I will be sure to put the heading of those posts in bold with what they are about so that those only interested in the language can sort those out. However, I notice that no one responds to my posts, this was meant to be a discussion forum as well as an informative journal. Feel free to leave comments!
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12 August 2007 @ 11:49 pm
Ai - love (aye)

Au - meet (ow)

Ooi - many (oo-eh)

Apato - apartment (ah-pah-toh)

Ike - pawn, get out (ee-keh)

Ookii - big (oo-kee)

Oki - ocean (oh-kee)

Kuukoo - Airport (coo-coo)

Gokai - misunderstanding (go-kye)

Kaigi - conference (kye-ji)

Osake - sake (polite form) (Oh-sah-keh)(Pronounced quickly as in the native language, it would sound more like "oh-skeh" and the 'a' wouldn't really be heard. (Thanks Leo))

Sake - japanese rice wine or general alcohol

Biru - building (bee-roo)

Biiru - beer (beee-roo. hold out bii a fraction longer.)

Enu/Inu - dog (eh-noo) dogs in Japan go "wa-wa"

Neko - cat (neh-ko) "nyuu-nyuu"

Omoshiroi - interesting (oh-moh-sheer-oi)

Resutoran - restaurant (res-u-toh-rahn. yes. this is an attempt to use the english word.)

Ebi - shrimp (eh-bee)

Enpitsu - pencil (sounds french, en-pee-tsu)

Cha - tea (Ocha - green tea, Kocha - black/western tea)

Ja Matta ne - then again (see you later) (ja mah-tah neh)

N - informal yes/no/acknowledgement (back of the throat/pallet, just the nn sound, brief, almost a grunt really.)

Maru - circle (mah-roo)

Doozu - Please (doh-zoo)

Sugu - soon (soo-goo)

Oishii - delicious/tasty (oh-ee-shee)

Kaji - fire (kah-ji)

Kiite - listen/ask (keee-teh)

kite - come (key-teh)

Kata - shoulder/to do (shoulder the load) (kah-tah)

Nomu - drink (noh-moo)

Sen - a line, 1000

Musume - daughter (moo-sue-meh)

Doogu - tool (doh-gu)

Peeji - page (peh-ji)

Tabako - cigarette (guess what that comes from, toh-bah-koh)

Yaoya - green grocer (yow-yah)

Oyu - hot water (oh-you)

Raku - easy going (rah-ku)

Ohiro/Ofuro - bath (oh-hee-roh, oh-fuh-roh)

Hebi -snake (he-bee)

Pen - pen

Nan/i? - what?

Tokei - clock (toh-keh)

Shigoto - work (shee-go-toh)

Gakkoo - school (gah-koo)

Ginko - bank (geen-ko)

yoobi - day (of the week)

Reiteki - spiritual (reh-teh-key)

Seiteki - sexual (seh-teh-key)

There you go. :)
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