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INTRODUCTION
Jessi:
Hey everyone. Welcome to Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 24 - What's the Japanese Word for This? Jessiです。Jessi here!
Naomi:
こんにちは!なおみです!Hi everyone, Naomi here.
Jessi:
Thank you as always for joining us for our Absolute Beginner series! In the last lesson, we learned how to talk about going somewhere. For example?
Naomi:
わたしは日本に行きます。
Jessi:
"I'm going to Japan." And in this lesson, we're going to focus on asking how to say something in another language.
Naomi:
You'll be able to say things like "What's this in Japanese?" and "What's this in English?"
Jessi:
That's right.
Naomi:
Jessi, what's happening in the conversation?
Jessi:
Well, it looks like Taylor, Masato, and Kaori are at home and they're eating something! Kaori takes a bite of something interesting and he's asking Taylor about it. Okay, let's listen to the conversation and see what happens.

Lesson conversation

(The sound of eating)
かおり:
うーん。おいしい。 (Cough cough cough!) からい!
テイラー:
(laughing)それはハラペーニョです。
まさと:
ハラペーニョ?ハラペーニョはにほんごでなんですか?
テイラー:
ちょっとまってください。
English Host:
Let's listen to the conversation again slowly.
かおり:
うーん。おいしい。 (Cough cough cough!) からい!
テイラー:
(laughing)それはハラペーニョです。
まさと:
ハラペーニョ?ハラペーニョはにほんごでなんですか?
テイラー:
ちょっとまってください。
English Host:
Now let’s listen to it with the translation.
かおり:
うーん。おいしい。 (Cough cough cough!) からい!
Jessi:
Mm. This is good. (Cough cough cough!) It's spicy!
テイラー:
(laughing)それはハラペーニョです。
Jessi:
(Laughing) That's a jalapeno.
まさと:
ハラペーニョ?ハラペーニョはにほんごでなんですか?
Jessi:
Jalapeno? What's "jalapeno" in Japanese?
テイラー:
ちょっとまってください。
Jessi:
Please wait a moment.
ああ、ハラペーニョはにほんごでとうがらしです。
Jessi:
Oh, "jalapeno" in Japanese is "tōgarashi."
かおり:
(Cough cough cough.)ああー。とうがらし・・・。
Jessi:
(Cough cough cough.) Ohh, "tōgarashi..."
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Jessi:
Naomi, とうがらし!Hot spicy pepper! I know exactly how Kaori feels because I wouldn't be able to eat this myself...
Naomi:
It looks like it was his first encounter with a ハラペーニョ(笑)
Jessi:
Yeah. They probably should have asked what it was first.
Naomi:
True! I think so.
Jessi:
So, listeners, if you want to avoid something like this happening to you, well,. it's good to know how to ask what something is, right? And how to ask what it's called in your native language.
Naomi:
Right. That's what we'll learn later on in this lesson.
Jessi:
Let's look at some of our vocabulary words for this lesson. The first one is...
Naomi:
日本語
Jessi:
Japanese, as in the Japanese language. One more time?
Naomi:
日本語
Jessi:
日本語. Remember how 日本 is Japan? We just add ご to the end of it. 日本語.
Naomi:
Yes, every name of a language ends in ご in Japanese.
Jessi:
We have another example of this. Our next word, Naomi, is?
Naomi:
英語
Jessi:
English, as in the English language. One more time?
Naomi:
英語
Jessi:
英語. An important word to keep in mind if you want to ask someone if they speak English, or understand English. Later on in this lesson you'll learn how to ask what something is in English.
Naomi:
Right.
Jessi:
We'll be using both 日本語 (Japanese) and 英語 (English) a lot in the next section, so keep those in mind! And how about our last phrase?
Naomi:
待ってください
Jessi:
待ってください。"Please wait." Now, this is something we're just going to learn as a set phrase for now. Can we hear it one more time slowly?
Naomi:
(Slowly) 待ってください
Jessi:
And again at regular speed.
Naomi:
まってください.
Jessi:
Again, this means please wait.
Naomi:
Be careful with the pronunciation. The first word is NOT まて but まって。
Jessi:
There's a stop sound before て. まって
Naomi:
Right. まって ・ください
Jessi:
Another thing you might want to remember is that ください means please. So whenever you hear something that ends in ください, it means the speaker is asking someone to do something, or is asking someone FOR something.
Naomi:
Good tip!
Jessi:
So one more time, "please wait" is...?
Naomi:
待ってください
Jessi:
まってください。(Slowly) Okay, and with that, let's move on to the lesson focus!

Lesson focus

Jessi:
In this lesson, you'll learn how to ask how to say something in another language.
Naomi:
Yes, as in. What's this in English? And What's this in Japanese?
Jessi:
Once you are able to ask this, there is no limit to the Japanese you'll learn! Asking how to say things in Japanese is great for expanding your vocabulary and learning new words.
Naomi:
I agree! This is very useful to know.
Jessi:
So, without further ado, our sentence structure, Naomi?
Naomi:
[Item ] は [language ] で 何ですか?
Jessi:
Let's break it down.
Naomi:
Okay. First, we start with the unknown word plus は.
Jessi:
Okay, the unknown word plus は..
Naomi:
Followed by the name of the language, plus, で何ですか?
Jessi:
The name of the language plus でなんですか。
Naomi:
It's a bit long!
Jessi:
It is. Let's see if I've got this right. Unknown word は, languageで, 何ですか?
Naomi:
That's it!
Jessi:
Listeners, if you have trouble visualizing it, this is where the lesson notes would really come in handy. So feel free to follow along in those. Okay, so now let's do some examples.
Naomi:
Sure. Let's look at the example from the dialogue first.
Jessi:
Masato ate some of the hot pepper, which Taylor said was a "jalapeno". Masato didn't know what a jalapeno was, so he asked...
Naomi:
ハラペーニョは日本語で何ですか?
Jessi:
Let's break this down.
Naomi:
ハラペーニョは
Jessi:
The unknown word, ハラペーニョ, plus は
Naomi:
日本語
Jessi:
Japanese.
Naomi:
で何ですか
Jessi:
What is it?
Naomi:
ハラペーニョは日本語で何ですか?
Jessi:
"What is jalapeno in Japanese?" Okay listeners, now let's try asking what something is in Japanese. This is a really good way to pick up new words.
Naomi:
Let's picture a situation first.
Jessi:
Okay. Let's say, you want to buy something at the store in Japan, but you don't know what it's called in Japanese.
Naomi:
How about a corn dog?
Jessi:
Okay, corn dog. How would you ask how to say that in Japanese?
Naomi:
Corn dog, は日本語で何ですか。
Jessi:
"What's corn dog in Japanese?" Listeners, repeat after Naomi.
Naomi:
Corn dog, は日本語で何ですか。
[Pause]
Jessi:
So Naomi, what IS corn dog in Japanese? Corn dog は日本語でなんですか?
Naomi:
アメリカンドッグ です。
Jessi:
That's right listeners, it's known as an American dog! I always thought this was a funny name.
Naomi:
Yeah, I think so too.
Jessi:
So don't try asking for a corn dog, that won't work. アメリカンドッグ. Okay, let's try asking what something is in English. Oh, I know! Let's try a role play type situation. Kind of like what we saw in the dialogue.
Naomi:
Sounds good!
Jessi:
Let's say we're at a restaurant, looking at the menu. Okay, here I go. Hmm...なおみさん、これは、何ですか?
Naomi:
あ~これは、[まっちゃ]です。
Jessi:
[Maccha]は、英語で何ですか?
Naomi:
[Whisked green tea ]です。
Jessi:
Listeners, did you get that?! Let's hear the question one more time.
Naomi:
[Item]は、英語で何ですか?
Jessi:
Listeners, please repeat after Naomi. "What's [まっちゃ] in English?"
Naomi:
まっちゃ]は、英語で何ですか?
[Pause]
Naomi:
Great job!
Jessi:
Okay listeners, how was that? These sentences that we went over are a little long, but once you get the hang of the pattern, then you're all set!
Naomi:
We only covered how to say English and Japanese in this lesson, but the names of other languages are not that hard.
Jessi:
Right! If you are interested in how to say other language names, like Spanish, Korean, French, etcetera, check out the lesson notes for this lesson. The names of languages are really quite simple.
Naomi:
Okay, well that's all for this lesson.
Jessi:
Thanks for joining us.
Naomi:
And let us know if you have any questions!
Jessi:
See you all next time.
Naomi:
じゃまた~!

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みなさん, 国の名前は日本語で何ですか? Mina-san, kuni no namae wa nihongo de nan desu ka? What’s the name of your country in Japanese? :)

April 14th, 2017 at 7:50 pm
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Ahmad san,
Konnichiwa.
Wakarimasita. I see.
Watashi no kuni wa Nihongo de クウェート “Kuwait” desu.
😉
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Ahmad
March 30th, 2017 at 5:15 am
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Watashi no kuni de クウェート “Kuwait” desu.

March 13th, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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Luis san, Meera san,
こんにちは。
わかりました。
よくできました。 :thumbsup:
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Meera
March 10th, 2017 at 4:45 am
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国の名前は日本語でイギリスです
The name of my country is England.

Luis
December 22nd, 2016 at 3:21 am
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国の名前は日本語でメキシコです
The name of my country is Mexico.

November 21st, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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muaz san,
Konnichiwa.
Thank you for your post. :smile:
Well…七味とうがらし?
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muaz
November 11th, 2016 at 11:21 am
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こんにちは!
おもしろい レッスン です!

七とうがらしは英語で何ですか。

I hope it make sense.

August 20th, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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Alyaaさん、
こんにちは。 :smile:
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August 13th, 2016 at 8:13 pm
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みな-さん
こんにちは。
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August 4th, 2016 at 7:24 am
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marwa san,
Konnichiwa.
Asia is ‘アジア‘ in Japanese.
Lesson is ‘レッスン’ in Japanese.

Nadalさん、
こんにちは。
Speak should beはなします.
かたります indicates ‘story telling.’
Please note the corrections below.
「こんにちは!
ぼくのくにはスペインです。スペイン語をはなします。英語もはなします。ドイツ語もすこしはなします。」

Karuna san,
Konnichiwa.
1. Yes, that is right.
2. Well…Do you mean ‘how would you say that in Japanese?’
:smile:
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