AP/JP1000 6.0 Conversation 03          Japanese flag         


A.
K()tami:    Ohayoo gozaims(u)/gozaimaas(u).
Guurudo:     Ohayoo gozaims(u)/gozaimaas(u). Kyo wa suzushi desu nee.
K(i)tami:    Ee, soo desu nee. Moo sgu ki desu nee.
Guurudo:     Ee, sugu samui fuyu ga kimasu nee.

## People often talk about weather in a small talk.

B.
Rafndo:     Tooi-sn, shibraku desh(i)ta. Ognki des(u) ka?/
Tooi:        Gobusata-shimsh(i)ta. Okage-sama de gnki des(u). Rafndo-san wa./
Rafondo:     Argatoo gozaimas(u). Shigoto ga isogashi desu ga, gnki des(u).
Tooi:        So des(u) ka. Watashi mo ma totemo isogashi des(u).

C.
Genda:       Chn-san, o-dekake ds(u) ka?/
Chn:        e, chtto sanpo ni.
Genda:       So des(u) ka. Itte (i)rasshai/rasshaai.
Chen:        Itte kimas(u)/kimaas(u).

## Asking a routine question like this is not considred nosy but polite. It is not a real
question, so the reply is also vague with chotto.

D.
Nakano:      Mi-san, Nihongo no benkyoo ds(u) ka?/
Mi:         e, ash(i)ta ts(u)to ga arimas(u).
Nakano:      Sore wa taihen dsu nee. Ganbtte kudasai.
Moi:         Argatoo gozaimas(u). Ganbarims(u)/Ganbarimaas(u).

## The first question is an opener for conversation, not a real question.
Ganbatte kudasai is probably the most commonly used pep talk expression.

E.
Satomi:      Nni o tabems(u) ka?/
Shn:        Tenpura o tabems(u). Satomi-san wa?/
Satomi:      Watashi wa sshi/s(u)sh o tabemas(u).
Shin:        Ja, watashi mo sshi/sush o tabemas(u).

[Vocabulary]
kyo                      today

suzushi                  cool

moo sgu                  very soon

ki                       autumn, fall

sami                     cold

fuy                      winter

kims(u)                  come

shibraku                 for a long time

gobusata-shims(u)        neglect to contact

shigoto                   work

isogashi                 busy

mo                        also, too

ma                       now

totemo                    very

o-dekake                  going out

chtto                    a little bit

sanpo                     going for a walk

Nihongo                   the Japanese language

benkyoo                   study

ash(i)t                  tomorrow

ts(u)to                  test

arims(u)                 there is, have

sore                      that (on the hearer's side)

taihen                    tough, hard

Ganbtte (kudasai).       Good luck!

ganbarims(u)             do one's best

nni                      what

tabems(u)                eat

tenpura tempura

s(u)sh or sshi sushi


Norio Ota 2009