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Japanese lessons with MissSeychie #1: Greetings

Hi! Since there is no Japanese course on duo yet, why not teach you guys some of 1 of my native languages? <3

Hello! こんにちは Romanji Translation: Konnichiwa

How are you? お元気ですか Romanji Translation: Ogenkidesuka

I'm fine. 私は元気ですRomanji Translation: Watashi wa genki desu

It is nice to meet you. それはあなたを満たすためにいいです Romanji Translation: Sore wa anata o mitasu tame ni īdesu or Hajimemashite

My name is... 私の名前は... Romanji Translation: Watashinonamaeha...

Bye! さようなら Romanji Translation: Sayonara!

If I get atleast 6 upvotes I will post more! Comment what lesson you want to see next!

さようなら! Goodbye!

February 28, 2015



I think your lesson is fantastic, but I have to say the fourth phrase is completely wrong. Of course, English phrases can be translated to a huge variety of Japanese, but I've never heard of such an expression. I recommend you to correct it as below.

It is nice to meet you. あなたにお会いできて嬉しいです。 Anatani oaidekite ureshiidesu.


Friendly Tip!

お元気ですか: おげんきですか: Ogenkidesuka: How are you?

Is NOT a phrase you want to use regularly or daily like the English "How are you?" This phrase is used on someone, say, who has just gotten over an illness, or someone you haven't seen in a seriously long time. This is NOT to be used on the daily. :D


So it would be the English version of how are you feeling right?


Essentially, yes.


Can you explain the persons? That's where I always start. I, you, he, she, it, we, they. I am so thankful you started this, BTW.


Japanese pronouns are as follows:

私: わたし: Watashi: I

あなた: Anata: You

彼: かれ: Kare: He

彼女:  かのじょ: Kanojo: She

私たち: わたしたち: Watashi tachi: We

かのじょたち:  Kare tachi: They (men) ** probably more commonly found as "Karera" actually.

かのじょたち: Kanojo tachi: They (women)

-tachi is more like "That group of" then you just switch the word in front of it with who or whatever you need "Nekotachi" (group of cats) "Kodomotachi" (group of children) etc. ... TBH I'm not exactly sure that "Nekotachi" is actually a thing. XD

The biggest thing you need to know about Japanese pronouns is that THEY ARE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS!... okay well they're not actually avoided at ALL costs, but they're only used when one absolutely cannot tell from the context of the conversation who's being talked about... or maybe if the subject of the conversation gets changed. So like:

"I read" would technically be "Watashi wa yomimasu", but as I said before Japanese don't like using pronouns so you would just say "Yomimasu" (read)

I read: Yomimasu

He/She reads: Yomimasu

We/They/That group of cats read: Yomimasu

That is, so long as you're for sure talking about one of those pronouns. If, for instance, Mr. Yamada was just talking about that oddly intelligent group of reading cats and you decide to speak up about how you yourself know how to read it'd go like this:

Mr. Yamada: "Sono nekotachi wa yomimasu." (those cats over there read)

You: "Watashi ha yomimasu" (I read)

Mr. Yamada: "Yomimasu ka?" ( [you] read?)

*since the subject has changed to you, and we're still talking about you, Mr. Yamada has no need to use the pronoun "you"

I hope that made sense, I think this comment has gone on long enough. o///o;


Kare tachi is writen in katakana as kanojo tachi ;-)


Thank you. Fixed. :)


I will use it and give credit to you on lesson 3


I love the iniative you have taken here. I understand your concerns about the thread being "hijacked" but I see it as a welcome addition to the knowledge you bring. I think that this thread just needs to be organized in some way so that your lesson stand out and are easy to find but also the additional lessons and corrections/thoughts and finally the discussions about it all. There are a lot of us guys and girls out there hungry to learn japanese so I think the posts by Demon-Kiyomi and Rera-Chikap shouldn't be discarded because handling every question and comment from everyone who wants to follow this course might be a bit too much for one person too handle + everyone has different ways that they learn fastest by. Hope you keep up the good work, I have been waiting for duolingo to release a japanese course for English speaking people for an eternity so this thread was really nice to discover! =D


You might want to fix romaji from this part

My name is... 私の名前は... Romaji Translation: Watashinonamaeha...



Sorry I was in a rush XD


No it's wonderful! Thanks for the lesson :)

(I had a typo too!)


Can you give a little explanation on how to recognize characters so that we can speak them by looking at it? Or does this take quite a while? :)


Learning to read Hiragana takes just a little bit of memorization time. Hiragana (and Katakana) are syllabaries, they're essentially an alphabet. Unlike Kanji they don't change pronunciation depending on the situation.

Vowels: あ: a (ah) い: i (ee) う: u (oo) え: e (eh)  お: o (oh)

か:ka (k-ah), き:Ki (key) く:Ku (k-oo) け:Ke (k-eh) こ:Ko (k-oh)

さ:Sa (s-ah) し:Shi (she) す:Su (s-oo) せ:Se (s-eh) そ:So (s-oh)

た:Ta (t-ah) ち:Chi (ch-ee) つ:Tsu (... ts like fooTStore... ts-oo) て:Te (t-eh) と:to (toe)

な:na (nah) に:ni (knee) ぬ:nu (new) ね:ne (neh) の:no (n-oh)

は:Ha (h-ah**) ひ:hi (h-ee) ふ:fu (light "f" sound "f-oo") へ:he (h-eh) ほ:ho (h-oh)

ま:ma (m-ah) み:mi (m-ee) む:mu (moo) め:me (meh) も:mo (m-oh)

や:ya (y-ah) ゆ:yu (you) よ:yo (y-oh) *yeah there's only 3 of these

ら:ra (r-ah) り:ri (r-ee) る:ru (roo) れ:re (r-eh) ろ:ro (r-oh)

わ:Wa (w-ah) を:Wo (oh)

ん:n (just the "n" sound)

が:Ga (g-ah) ぎ:Gi (g-ee) ぐ:Gu (goo) げ:Ge (g-eh) ご:Go (g-oh)

ざ:Za (z-ah) じ:Ji (jee) ず:Zu (zoo) ぜ:Ze (z-eh) ぞ:Zo (z-oh)

だ:Da (d-ah) ぢ:dji (...the "d" is hardly audible... more like "jee") づ:dzu (soft "dz"-oo) で:de (d-eh) ど:do (dough)

ば:ba (b-ah) び:bi (bee) ぶ:bu (boo) べ:be (beh) ぼ:bo (b-oh)

ぱ:pa (p-ah) ぴ:pi (p-ee) ぷ:pu (p-oo) ぺ:pe (p-eh) ぽ:po (p-oh)

** は (ha) sounds like "Wa" (w-ah) when it's used as a particle... that's a whole nother lesson though.


See the Hiragana base characters table in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiragana. Each hiragana letter (there are 46 of them) is a vowel or a syllable consisting of consonant+vowel.


That's a good idea to introduce some useful phrases (I've actually been thinking about doing the same with Polish just the other day) I'm already familiar with the ones you've mentioned but it was nice to get a reminder on the kanjis. Thanks for the post ;)


It's really nice of you to teach us some Japanese! :) I think that maybe next you could teach us a bit of Japanese grammar - learning the grammar of a language is very important to learning that language, after all. :) Or you could try teaching us some people words next, like "boy" and "girl" and "man" and "woman" for example. Another thing I suggest is giving pronunciation guides for the words. Of course, these are just my ideas and you don't have to use them unless you want to.


Thanks for starting this. I would say "thank you" in Japanese, but don't know yet how to say it, maybe after next lesson I do know :)


ありがとう - arigatō!


A lot of like but no comments? Comment people!


It's romaji, if I remember correctly. Love your lesson very much! Next perhaps some J-pop lyrics? (KPP?) -- Or whatever, everything is great!


I love how fellow Duolingo users (not Duolingoists or Duolinguists or whatever because our demonym causes too much controversy!) are taking the initiative to teach languages they love in the forums, forst Maltese and Hebrew now Japanese. Keep up the good work!


About learning hiragana instead of romaji



no, its romaji...


Exactly, in your text you said romanji. This is just showing that it's not romanji.


Seychie how old are you if you don't mind me asking?


Romanji script is nice and so but it doesn't help you with pronunciation really.

But thank you very much. Japanese is a very interesting language that I would like to learn some day to some basic extend.


The vowels sound like this:

あ:a (as in the "a" in "Mann")

い:i (as in "ie" in "Spiel")

う:u (as in... I think it's closer to "ü" than the standard "u" actually)

え: e (as in "esse")

お:o (as in "oh")

With small exception the vowel sounds never change, just add the consenant to the beginning:

K as in "Kann"

S as in "ß"

T as in "Trinke"

N as in "Nein"

H as in "hat"

F as in "Frau"

M as in "Mann"

Y like the "J" in "Ja"

R ... is the hellish offspring of "d" "l" and "r"... put your tongue so it's almost touching the roof of your mouth just behind your teeth and say "roo" ... see how the "r" sounds kind of weird... that's it.

W as in ... it's the soft English "w" sound.

and the lone "n" ん sounds like the other N does. :)

G as in "Godt"

S as in "so"

J as in the English "J" sound

D as in "Das"

Ch as in "Child"

B as in "Bist"

P as in "sPiel"

I hope that helped!


Thank you very much.


Great! You have a few glitches in your German though.


I'd guess hiragana helps less... But the pronunciation isn't really difficult.


sure it helps more to see it in latin characters but french, english and german use the latin script and you don't use the same pronunciation for all of them.

Also "pronunciation isn't difficult" is also very relative. For me german (as my native language) is incredible easy to pronounce in each and every aspect but any other speaker of language x might see that different.




Have a lingot, this was cool, I have always been interested! Also, I see you like Hetalia as well!


I do ^-^ I love seychelles and the pairing UsSey

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