Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lets Learn Japanese II

Hi there!!^_^

This section will give you an overview on how to speak, write and read the Japanese language. This segment is added to help and aid those who would love to learn the language and are unable to join professional courses due to lack of time for proper class or other reasons, for those who would like to get a feel of the language and would be motivated to join proper classes later on.

Before we begin, however, one needs to understand that the best way to learn ANY language, is to join a proper course with trained professional teachers.:) As I am neither, what I say here doesn't make it absolute.:). Also, if this is your first time here, you're advised to first check out  "Part-I".:)
Dewa, hajimemasu.:)

Writing Hiragana and Katakana.

It would be better if you visit these links to learn about it better. :D:D

あたらしい ことば (new words)

ペン(Phen) - Pen
ロビー(robii) - Lobby
コーヒー(Koohii) - Coffee
 フランス(furansu) - France


 て(Te) - Hand 
みみ(mimi) - ears
はな( hana) - Nose
くび( kubi) -Neck
のど( nodo) - Throat
ゆび( yubi) - Fingers
くち( kuchi) - Mouth
あし( ashi) - Legs
はら( hara) - Stomach
せなか( senaka) - back
かみ( kami) - Hair
め ( me) - eyes.

Click on the play button to find out how the pronunciations are.:)

In this post, you'll also learn how to introduce yourself formally in Japanese. This set of phrase, that you are about to learn, is used one time only , i.e. when meeting a person for the first time.

わたし は ______________ です。
どうぞ よろしく。

watashi wa  ____________ desu.
Douzo yoroshiku.

(Pleased to meet you,
My name is _________.
I hope we have a pleasant relationship from now on.)

NOTE : I'll explain more about "yoroshiku" later. ^^.

A few things you have to remember while you're starting out with Japanese language :

Sama, dono, san, chan, kun, etc are the honorifics you use for the second or third person. You're never to use it as a suffix when you talk about yourself. for example, you'll never say " I am Mr. Lucky Singh," would you? >__<.
Same here, you are not supposed to use "___san desu" because it is not correct and sounds weird.

Click on the play button to hear how to speak these three lines.:3

Right at the start, I said :

こんにちは みんな、
ごあいさたす しよう か。
では、 はじめます。

konnichwa - Here used as "hello"
Minna - Everyone (minasan when being very formal)
(go) aisatsu - greetings
shiyou - lets do (shimashou when being formal)
hajimemasu - starting.

"Hi everyone, lets do some greetings shall we? Well then, starting off." 

[Note : Japanese sentences cannot be translated literally into english most of the time because of the sentence structure. It is easier if you think in terms of how you say it in Bangla or Hindi.]

Now let's do a bit of grammar - 

you might have noticed me writing "ha" and pronouncing it as "wa". Well, its time to tell you about the "particles"
Particles are alphabets that acts like cement to bind words in a sentence together. Depending on the complexity of the sentence, more than one particles can be used.:)...when alphabets are used as particles, "は" is pronunced as "wa","へ" as "e" and "を" as "o ".

That's all for this post. See you next time.:3

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