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INTRODUCTION
Jessi:
Jessi here! Absolute Beginner Season 1 , Lesson 10 - Is This Your Japanese House?
Jessi:
Hi everyone! Welcome to Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 10 - Is This Your Japanese House?. Jessiです。Jessi here.
Naomi:
こんにちは!なおみです。Naomi here!
Jessi:
Thanks for joining us again! Wow, we're already at Lesson 10. Naomi, could you tell us what we learned in the last lesson?
Naomi:
Sure! In the last lesson, you learn how to ask a question.
Jessi:
When you take a statement and add か to the end, it becomes a question!
Naomi:
Exactly. And Jessi, what will we learn in this lesson?
Jessi:
You'll learn how to say that something belongs to someone. That means you'll be able to say things like MY house, Masato's car, Taylor's dog, et cetera. Okay, so what's happening in the conversation today this time?
Naomi:
Well, Masato, and Kaori have just arrived at Taylor's house.
Jessi:
Yes, he just drove them home from the airport. It's their first time visiting his house! Okay, let's listen in!

Lesson conversation

かおり:
これはテイラーさんのいえですか?
テイラー:
そうです。どうぞ。
まさと&かおり:
おじゃまします。
犬:
Bark bark!
かおり:
あ、これは、テイラーさんのいぬですか?
テイラー:
はい。Muttleyです。
犬:
Bark bark bark!
English Host:
Let’s listen to the conversation again slowly.
かおり:
これはテイラーさんのいえですか?
テイラー:
そうです。どうぞ。
まさと&かおり:
おじゃまします。
犬:
Bark bark!
かおり:
あ、これは、テイラーさんのいぬですか?
テイラー:
はい。Muttleyです。
犬:
Bark bark bark!
English Host:
Now let's listen to the conversation with the translation.
かおり:
これはテイラーさんのいえですか?
Jessi:
Is this your house, Taylor?
テイラー:
そうです。どうぞ。
Jessi:
Yes, it is! Come on in.
まさと&かおり:
おじゃまします。
Jessi:
Excuse us. (Literally, Please excuse the intrusion.)
かおり:
あ、これは、テイラーさんのいぬですか?
Jessi:
Oh, is this your dog?
テイラー:
はい。Muttleyです。
Jessi:
Yes! This is Muttley.

Lesson focus

Jessi:
So they made it! They've finally made it out of the airport and have arrived at Taylor's house.
Naomi:
Yup! It's their first time visiting his house.
Jessi:
Kaori sounds kind of surprised, like, "Is THIS your house?" It must be really big.
Naomi:
Yeah. Coming from Japan where many houses aren't that big, I'm sure it must look big to them!
Jessi:
I think so. Speaking of houses, that's a good word to know for this lesson.
Naomi:
Yes! House is いえ.
Jessi:
いえ. We'll be using this one in our examples later, so keep it in mind. The word for "House" is, again...?
Naomi:
いえ。
Jessi:
Next we have a phrase. Kaori and Masato said it when they entered Taylor's house.
Naomi:
That phrase is.. おじゃまします。
Jessi:
おじゃまします。One more time slowly?
Naomi:
(Slowly) おじゃまします。
Jessi:
And regular speed?
Naomi:
(Normal) おじゃまします。
Jessi:
Now, we really don't have any similar saying in English! You say it when you go into someone's house. To sum up the meaning in a nutshell, you are excusing yourself for intruding or interrupting, basically.
Naomi:
Yes, it's very humble.
Jessi:
Right. That's the literal meaning. But now it's just become a custom to say this when you step into someone's house.
Naomi:
おじゃまします。
Jessi:
If you visit someone's home in Japan, be sure to say this! You'll leave a very good impression.
Naomi:
There's also a phrase for when you LEAVE someone's home, too.
Jessi:
Yes! To learn what that is, please check out the Lesson Notes PDF that goes with this lesson. Okay, onto the lesson focus!
Jessi:
In this lesson, you'll learn how to say that something belongs to someone or is the possession of someone.
Naomi:
Phrases like "My house."
Jessi:
Masato's car.
Naomi:
Taylor's dog...
Jessi:
And so on. Let's start with this simple one, "my." What phrase can we say...?
Naomi:
We just learned "house," so how about "my house"?
Jessi:
Sounds good! So how would we say "my house"?
Naomi:
First, you start with "I" わたし. And remember that "house" is いえ。
Jessi:
So we have わたし and いえ。
Naomi:
Then, you just put the word の in between the two words.
Jessi:
So the pattern is, the owner, plus の, plus the item.
Naomi:
わたし の いえ
Jessi:
And that means "My house." The order of the words is the same as in English, owner first and then the item. How about another example? Kaori talked about Taylor's house in the dialogue. How did she say "Taylor's house"?
Naomi:
テイラーさん の いえ
Jessi:
Right. テイラーさん の いえ. Taylor, the owner, plus の, and the item, いえ、 or house. Are you starting to get the hang of it? Let's have the listeners try one. How about a new word we can use?
Naomi:
How about.. 車?車 is car.
Jessi:
Oh, that's a good one! I'm sure many of our listeners have a car. We always hear from people saying that they listen to us in their car!
Naomi:
Yes. Okay, then let's go with 車。
Jessi:
Listeners, how would you say, "my car"?
Naomi:
Remember that the pattern is [owner] plus の plus [the item].
[Pause] - わたしの車
Jessi:
If you said...
Naomi:
わたしの車
Jessi:
You are correct! Okay, now, Naomi, now that we've got that down...
Naomi:
Yes?
Jessi:
We're going to take it a step further! We're going to get a bit daring.
Naomi:
A step further?! What are we going to do now?
Jessi:
Well, in the last lesson we learned how to say "This is [so-and-so]", right? For example, "This is a small gift," "This is water," etcetera. We just used simple words. But now, we can try putting in the possession phrase that we just learned in there.
Naomi:
Ahh. So then we could say things like, "This is my house" or "This is my car"?
Jessi:
Exactly! So remember, when saying "This is [so-and-so]", we say これはBです, where B is the item. So now in place of B, we can put our new phrase. Naomi, how do we say "my house" again?
Naomi:
わたしのいえ.
Jessi:
So now, "This is my house" would be...?
Naomi:
これは わたしのいえ です
Jessi:
One more time please?
Naomi:
これは わたしのいえ です
Jessi:
Listeners, repeat after Naomi. "This is my house."
Naomi:
これは わたしのいえ です
[Pause - これは わたしのいえ です
Jessi:
Okay, good! And now, it's...
Naomi:
The listeners turn to make a sentence?
Jessi:
That's exactly it! Okay everyone, do you remember the word for car?
Naomi:
Jessi:
Right, 車。 So let's try making the sentence "This is my car."
Naomi:
Here's a hint, "My car" would be, わたしの車。
[Pause]
Jessi:
Okay, this is a bit of a long sentence! Naomi, can you please give us the answer? "This is my car" would be?
Naomi:
これは、わたしの車です。
Jessi:
Let's break it down.
Naomi:
これ(this) は わたしの車 (my car) です。
Jessi:
Excellent! One more time, please repeat after Naomi.
Naomi:
これは、わたしの車です。
[Pause] - これは、わたしの車です。
Jessi:
Great. So the next time you want to show off your car to people, "This is MY car," it's as easy as that!
Naomi:
Good job on this lesson, everyone! How was it?
Jessi:
The sentences we're making are starting to get a little bit longer, aren't they?
Naomi:
Yes. So if you need a review, please check out the Lesson Notes PDF.
Jessi:
It will really help you to visualize the patterns we use, so we highly recommend reading through it. Okay, and that's going to do it for this lesson!
Naomi:
Thanks for listening, and see you in the next lesson!
Jessi:
Until next time!
Naomi:
じゃまた。

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Mina-san, after completing this lesson you should be able to say what’s yours (and other people’s)! Can you make a Japanese below telling us something that’s yours? We’ll correct them for you!😄

Elesha
July 19th, 2017 at 9:29 am
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In the lesson, they said that they would put the Japanese phrase that you say when leaving a house in the PDF but I don’t see it. I’m very curious. Please help.

July 13th, 2017 at 6:03 pm
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Hi Lisa,

Thank you for your comment! ’sorewa watashino karumadesu’ and ‘arewa watashino karumadesu’ are both correct. However you would only use one or the other, depending on how far your are from your car. ‘Sorewa’ would be used if you are relatively close to the subject that you are referring to, similar to the english equivalent of ‘That’. ‘Arewa’ would be used if you are far away from the subject that you are referring to, similar to the english equivalent of ‘That over there’. Therefore, if you were pointing to your car far away from you, then you would say ‘arewa watashino kurumadesu’

We wish you the best of luck with your further studies.

Piers
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Miguel Ángel
June 20th, 2017 at 6:41 pm
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Kore wa boku no niku desu

Miguel Ángel
June 20th, 2017 at 6:35 pm
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Boku wa no niku desu.

Lisa McMillin
June 20th, 2017 at 1:41 pm
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Can you also say:

sorewa watashino karumadesu?? or arewa watashino karumadesu??

June 13th, 2017 at 9:10 pm
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Hi Yash,

Thank you for your great feedback!

@Yazan,

Thank you for your comment.

The main use of katakana is to differentiate and spell out foreign words using the Japanese syllabary. This makes it easier for Japanese people to know how they are approximately pronounced.
For this reason the name Taylor is said as Teirā and written as テイラー.

Please check out our this lesson for more details:
https://www.japanesepod101.com/2016/09/06/how-to-write-in-japanese-hiragana-and-katakana-11-the-katakana-vowels/
and our resource on Japanese writing:
https://www.japanesepod101.com/write-japanese/

@Rodel,
Thank you for posting.

In each lesson at the vocabulary section you can test yourself with the Take Quiz feature.

As you advance in the lessons you’ll surely improve your Japanese skills and soon you’ll be able to construct more sentences.

Please also check out our additional Japanese resources and learning paths to support your learning:
https://www.japanesepod101.com/japanese-resources/
https://www.japanesepod101.com/learning-paths/

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Yash
June 13th, 2017 at 4:10 am
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Mind-blowing! Just remarkable! I just finished the first 10 lessons in this Absolute Beginner Series season 1, and I’m amazed at the amount of Japanese I can already speak (I know it’s extremely less, but still it seems a lot to me, and I can’t wait to continue more!). I’m starting to speak like Japanese people now, thanks to your Podcasts! I’m really looking forward to the next 15 lessons, and then I’ll start other learning paths. My goal is to master Japanese! Thank you for this amazing website! I’m truly grateful for the work that you are doing, teaching languages to people in a fun and easy way. Thank you!

Yazan
June 11th, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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Sensei.
In the Dialogue,Kaori-san says teira instead of taylor.
The reason behind that is her lack of accent am I right?
Can I just say kore wa taylor desu instead of teira. I am capable of saying the name with no accent barrier.
Can I also use words that are similar to this situation?

Rodel
June 5th, 2017 at 9:59 pm
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hi japanesePOD. Do you have a simple quiz for begginers for completing 1-25 lessons? I think I cannot learn by jst translating it. Im still having a hard time constructing a sentence by myself

May 8th, 2017 at 7:37 am
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Luke san,
Konnichiwa.
Wakarimashita.
Please use はs after これ because they are particles.

Rafaeru san,
Konniciwa.
The first sentence is perfect!
However, could you please provide me with English translation of sentence 2?

Ngoc yenさん、
こんにちは。
わかりました。
こちらこそ、よろしくおねがいします。
😄

Yuki 由紀
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