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Welcome to learn Japanese grammar, absolute beginner. In this video series, you learn basic Japanese grammar patterns and phrases through easy to follow audio and visual cues. Here is what we will cover in this lesson.
Ready?
Let’s get started.
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.)
Naomi:
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.)
Jessi:
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.). Can we hear a little bit slower?
Naomi:
は、じ、め、ま、し、て。 (Ha, ji, me, ma, shi, te.)
Jessi:
Great! And one more time at natural speed?
Naomi:
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.)
Jessi:
And this means nice to meet you.
Naomi:
Right. You can use this with anyone you meet for the first time.
Jessi:
Right, and that would be the first thing you say.
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.)
わたしはかおりです。 (Watashi wa Kaori desu.)
Jessi:
In this lesson, you will learn a very important sentence pattern. Your first sentence pattern in Japanese.
Naomi:
Yes. Okay, so the pattern is,
Jessi:
A is B. That is the meaning in English. For example, I am Jessi, you are Naomi, she is Jennifer.
We have A which is the item being talked about and then we have B which is what we identify it as.
So in Japanese, how would we say A is B?
Naomi :
A は B です。 (A wa B desu.)
Jessi :
One more time
Naomi :
A は B です。 (A, wa, B, desu.)
Jessi :
Let’s break it down. So we have
A, followed by
Naomi:
は (wa)
Jessi :
And then
B, followed by
Naomi:
です (desu) .
Jessi:
Okay, so the pattern one more time?
Naomi:
A は B です。 (A wa B desu.)
Jessi:
So where we have A and B, we can start inserting different words to make sentences.
Naomi:
Yes, 私はかおりです。 (Watashi wa Kaori desu.)
Jessi :
わたし (watashi) means I, and かおり (Kaori) is her name, かおり (Kaori) . So we just put of those into the A is B structure. A は B です。 (A wa B desu.) And we get?
Naomi:
私はかおりです。 (Watashi wa Kaori desu.)
Jessi:
I am かおり (Kaori). Or, my name is かおり (Kaori) .
Naomi:
You can leave off わたしは (watashi wa) and simply say your name plus です (desu) .
Jessi:
So for example, if your name is Ken, you can say either,
Naomi:
私はケンです。 (Watashi wa Ken desu.)
Jessi:
Or simply
Naomi:
ケンです。 (Ken desu.)
Jessi:
To say I am Ken.
Okay, so up until now, we can use names to complete this A は B です (A wa B desu) pattern. But we can insert other nouns, right?
Naomi:
Yes. For example, in place of B, you can also say your job. 私はパイロットです。 (Watashi wa pairotto desu.)
Jessi :
Which means I'm a pilot. Can we hear the same phrase a little more slowly?
Naomi :
私、は、パイロット、です。 (Watashi wa pairotto desu.)
Jessi :
And once again at natural speed?
Naomi :
私はパイロットです。 (Watashi wa pairotto desu.) .
Jessi :
Okay, great!
わたしはかおりです。 (Watashi wa Kaori desu.)
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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Practice making your own sentences here, and let us know if you have any questions! :)

March 23rd, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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Hi Amiko Gina,
Thank you for the comment!

We are glad that you like our lessons :smile:

Keep studying with JapanesePod101.com
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Amiko Gina
March 22nd, 2017 at 10:24 pm
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This video was really useful. Thanks a lot!

January 3rd, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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Noah san,
Konnichiwa.
Do you mean writing in Japanese?
僕はノアです。 :smile:
Yuki 由紀
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Noah
December 29th, 2016 at 7:29 am
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could you write boku wa Noah desu

August 29th, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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スターブロさん、
どういたしまして。 :innocent: :thumbsup:

Natsuko (奈津子),
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Stavros
August 22nd, 2016 at 2:58 am
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奈津子さん,

ありがとう! :smile: :smile:

August 21st, 2016 at 1:16 pm
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スターブロさん、
こんにちは。 :smile:
I think it’s better to use エンジニア and say ケミカル・エンジニアです。
or, 化学技術者です perhaps.

Natsuko (奈津子),
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Stavros
August 17th, 2016 at 5:22 am
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私はスターブロです。

Also, if I wanted to say my occupation is Chemical Engineer would I write it like this: 技術者のケミカルです。?

July 17th, 2016 at 9:48 pm
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> hafid-san,
yes it is! Well done! :innocent: :thumbsup:

> Sreekar-san,
I’m not too sure if there were intonation variations…but if you feel there were
some differences, it shouldn’t be big differences. I checked the video, but
for me all sound pretty much same.
Don’t worry too much and just try to follow the native teacher’s demonstration. :wink:
As to ‘wa’, the particle は takes the special reading which is ‘wa’.
This is one of a very few exceptional readings of hiragana.
Hope this helps!

Natsuko (奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

Sreekar
July 16th, 2016 at 1:54 am
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One more question, why do we use a different ‘wa’ symbol when saying watashi wa… desu? As