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Hiroko:
What if you get lost and don’t know where to go? In this lesson, you are going to learn how to ask where something in Japanese. To say where something is, you can use the basic sentence structure AはBです。 (A wa B desu.) . For example トイレは、にかいです。 (Toire wa, ni-kai desu.) the restroom is on the second floor. かい (kai) means floor. So what if you want to ask where the restroom is? You can say トイレは、どこですか。 (Toire wa, doko desu ka.) どこ (doko) means where. So you can replace にかい (ni-kai) with どこ (doko) and just add the question mark and particle ka at the end of the sentence. Okay let’s take a look at this skit.
Ushijima:
すみません。(Sumimasen.)トイレはどこですか。 (Toire wa, doko desu ka.)
Yuichi:
トイレは2階です。(Toire wa, ni-kai desu.)
Ushijima:
エスカレーターはどこですか。(Esukarētā wa, doko desu ka.)
Yuichi:
あそこです。(Asoko desu.)
Ushijima:
ありがとうございます。 (Arigatõ gozaimasu.)
Hiroko:
Now it’s time for Hiroko’s hint. If you are going to a restroom in Japan and if the sign is only written in Kanji, this character means women and this character means men. So don’t get confused. See you next time.

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Mina-san, kon’nichi wa!

Learning how to ask where something is one of the most important things you can learn in any language! Don’t miss this video lesson ♪

May 16th, 2016 at 7:36 am
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MONCORさん、
こんにちは。 :smile:
Thank you for your post.
The sentences are good.
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MONCOR
May 8th, 2016 at 6:05 am
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Toire wa doko desu ka?
Toire wa asoko desu.

:laughing: Kind of funny ♥

April 8th, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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Croc san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
Well actually トイレ は あれ です means ‘a restroom is that over there.’
The restroom is there is ‘トイレはそこです.’
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croc
April 6th, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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so to say the restroom is there would i say
トイレ は あれ です。

February 11th, 2015 at 7:18 pm
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Hannaさん、
こんにちは。
どういたしまして。 :smile:
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Hanna
February 9th, 2015 at 5:42 pm
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はい、ロビはロビーです。(I really didn’t know how to write lobby in Japanese. :sweat_smile: )ありがとうがざいます. :heart: :smile: :thumbsup:

January 29th, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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Hanna san,
こんにちは。
じょうずですよ。That’s good. :smile: :thumbsup:
ロビはロビーですか。lobby?
Staircaseは‘かいだん’です。 :smile:

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Hanna
January 29th, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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せんせい、I made a little dialogue through this lesson. :smile:
アメリカじん:ロビはどこですか。
にほんじん:よんかいです。
アメリカじん:よんかいですか。staircaseはどこですか。
にほんじん:そこです。
アメリカじん:ここですね! :sweat_smile: :sweat_smile: ありがとうございます。 :smile:
にほんじん:どういたしまして。 :smile:
すみません、can I know the Japanese word for staircase?
ありがとうございます。 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :heart:

July 15th, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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Ian san

You are welcome. Douitashimashite.
I hope you couldn’t get lost in Japan. :smile:

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July 13th, 2014 at 6:39 am
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This is a really useful lesson for anyone travelling to Japan. You may get separated from your friends/group and need to know this! Arigatou gozaimasu. :smile: