Learning the names of people you see every day.
Nishimura, Osamu - Ni-shi-mu-ra ------- O-sa-mu
Tatsumi Fujinami - Ta-tsu-mi --------- Fu-ji-na-mi
Nakanishi, Manabu - Na-ka-ni-shi-------- Ma-na-bu
Kawana, Teruo Kawana's name is good practice
because it has two vowels in a row. Te-ru-o
Remember the vowel pronounciation and it is easy.
A popular Japanese name that demonstrates vowels in succession is Inoue, pronounced I-no-u-e.
Practice the vowels on the first page and you can sound out anything written in Romaji or Roman letters.
If you learn about the language, you will learn about the people.
Take a pocket dictionary with you with Romaji pronounciations along with the japanese script or kanji.
Japanese people study five written languages.
Their written language in pictographic - Kanji
Their language written for pronounciation only - Hiragana
Their language for foreign words, (foreign to Japanese) - Katakana
Their language written in roman letters - Romaji
In Japanese there are thousands of foreign words, mostly English words
that are changed for their pronounciation
because they don't make all the sounds we do. We also do not make all the sounds they do.
To us these words seemed to be misspronounced.
They are fun to learn.
Macdonald's is pronounced in Japanese - Ma-ku-do-na-ru-do.
Pronounce each syllable as you read it and you have it.
It will sound very strange, but everybody will understand you.
The same is true for:
Water - Hotel Lobby.
If you say, Ho-te-ru Ro-o-bi (Remember the Japanese pronunciation) They will understand.
There is another thing about the Japanese language. You don't have to be grammatically correct. Making them understand is the point.
Saying, "Sumimasen (Pause) Ho-te-ru
Ro-o-bi Followed by Doko desu ka?
(Where is) Will get it done very well.
You should learn the phrase for where is it. (Doko desu ka)
Onegai shimasu - Please in request for something. (Coffee please) = (Ko-hi o-ne-gai shi-masu)
This is long but will be usefull - (Bitsu-bitsu ni o-ne-gai de-ki-masu-ka) Separate checks please.
Gen-ki desu-ka (Are you well?
as a greeting)
Using Chopsticks is not only fun to learn but it lets Japanese people
know you care enough about learning their
culture to put forth the considerable effort to learn their way of eating
This is the proper way to hold chopsticks.
Hold one stick between your first two fingers and the
other stick between your third finger and your thumb
like in the picture above.
Use your thumb as piviting point for the upper stick.
Then push down on the lower stick with the area
between your thumb's joint and your thumb's knuckle.
In this photo, you can imagine you are holding a pencil
as the top stick. It moves. The bottom stick is locked
In the Japanese culture your food will be prepared so
as to be convenient for eating with chopsticks.
Sticking your sticks straight down into your rice bowl
evokes ancient funeral rites - a downer at dinner!
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