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Intro

Imagine you're on a plane. There's someone next to you. What do you say?
こんにちは。りさです. Risa here.
Introducing yourself in Japanese is easy.
Mark's moving to Tokyo. His family will join him later in the month. Shunsuke is in the seat when Mark gets on the plane.
Let's watch!
Dialogue
Mark:
すみません。
Shunpike:
あ、すみません。
Mark:
はじめまして。わたしはマークです。
Shunpike:
マークさん、はじめまして。小林しゅんすけです。
Mark:
すみません、もういちど、おねがいします。ゆっくりおねがいします。
Shunpike:
こばやし しゅんすけ。
Mark:
こばやし しゅんすけ。
Shunpike:
はい、そうです。でも、「しゅん」とよんでください。
Mark:
しゅん、よろしくおねがいします。
Shunpike:
よろしくおねがいします。
Now with English
Mark:
Excuse me.
Shunsuke:
Oh, Excuse me.
Mark:
Hi! How are you? I’m Mark.
Shunsuke:
Nice to meet you, Mark. I’m Shunsuke.
Mark:
I’m sorry. Can you say that again
Shunsuke:
Kobayashi Shunsuke.
Mark:
Kobayashi Shunsuke.
Shunsuke:
That's it. But please call me Shun.
Mark:
しゅん、よろしくおねがいします。
Shunsuke:
Shun. Nice to meet you.Mark: Excuse me.
Shunsuke:
Oh, Excuse me.
Mark:
Hi! How are you? I’m Mark.
Shunsuke:
Nice to meet you, Mark. I’m Shunsuke.
Mark:
I’m sorry. Can you say that again
Shunsuke:
Kobayashi Shunsuke.
Mark:
Kobayashi Shunsuke.
Shunsuke:
That's it. But please call me Shun.
Mark:
Shun. Nice to meet you.
Shunsuke:
Nice to meet you, too.
Vocab
わたし:
I
でも:
but
すみません。:
Excuse me.
はじめまして。:
Nice to meet you.
もういちど:
once more
ゆっくり:
slowly
はい:
yes
Key vocab
Alisha:
The first phrase was used by Mark to have the Japanese speaker repeat himself. He said..
Mark (character):
もういちど、おねがいします。
Kaori:
もういちど、おねがいします。
Alisha:
The first part of this sentence is the phrase.
Kaori:
もういちど
Alisha:
”once more”. The scond part of the sentence is the phrase
Kaori:
おねがいします
Alisha:
"please”:
Alisha: Together, it's...:
Kaori: もういちど、おねがいします。:
Alisha: Once more, please."""
Alisha:
Now you try it! Now say Mark's line after Shun speaks
Shun:
マークさん、はじめまして。小林しゅんすけです。
Mark:
すみません、
(freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Mark:
もういちど、おねがいします。
The second phrase was use by Mark to have the Japanese speaker talk more slowly. Recall what he said...
Mark (character):
ゆっくりおねがいします。
Kaori:
ゆっくりおねがいします。
Alisha:
The first part of this sentence is the word
Kaori:
ゆっくり
Alisha:
meaning "slowly." The second part of the sentence is the phrase
Kaori:
おねがいします
Alisha:
meaning "please”
Togeher, it's...
Kaori:
ゆっくりおねがいします。
Alisha:
Slowly please.
Alisha:
Now you try! Say Mark's next line after he speaks
Mark:
すみません、もういちど、おねがいします。
(freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Mark:
ゆっくりおねがいします。
The third phrase was used by Mark to complete his self-introduction. Mark and Shun both used this phrase. Do you remember what they said?
Shun (Character):
よろしくおねがいします。
Kaori:
よろしくおねがいします。
Alisha:
Yo've already learned the second part of this sentence.
Kaori:
おねがいします
Alisha:
"please”:
: The first part of the sentence is the word:
: よろしく:
: means “well”:
: Together, it's:
Kaori: よろしくおねがいします。:
Alisha: in this situatoin, meaning, Nice to meet you."""
Alisha:
There's no equivalent in English, as the meaning is derived from the context of usage.
Kaori:
よろしくおねがいします。
Alisha:
Now you try! Fill in the line for Mark.
Shun (Character):
「しゅん」とよんでください。
Mark:
しゅん、
(freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Mark:
よろしくおねがいします。
Kaori:
After Mark repeated Shun's name, Shun confirmed that he had the right pronunciation. How did he do that?
Shun (character):
はい、そうです。
Kaori:
はい、そうです。
Alisha:
The first word is,
Kaori:
はい
Alisha:
yes
Kaori:
そうです。、そうです(slow) 、そうです。
Alisha:
That's right.
Kaori:
はい、そうです。
Alisha:
Yes, that's right.
Alisha:
Now it's your turn! Fill in the line for Shun.
Mark:
こばやし しゅんすけ。
(freeze action, cue for viewer to speak)
Shun:
はい、そうです。

Lesson focus

Do you remember how Mark introduced himself in Japanese?
Mark (Character):
はじめまして。わたしはマークです。
Alisha:
When Mark introduces himself in Japanese, he starts with a set phrase meaning nice to meet you.
Kaori:
はじめまして.
Alisha:
Then he says, "I'm Mark."
Kaori:
わたしはマークです。
Alisha:
The first word in this sentence is...
Kaori:
わたし
Alisha:
“I”
The next part of the sentence is
Kaori:
Alisha:
This is a topic-marking particle. It marks "I" as the topic of the sentence. Think of it like the "as for" in the expression "as for me." The next word of the sentence is the character's name, Mark.
Kaori:
マーク
Alisha:
Mark. Your name goes here when you introduce yourself. The then next word in the sentence is
Kaori:
です
Alisha:
This is like the "am" in "I am". It's a linking verb.
Together, it's
Kaori:
わたしは [マーク] です。
Alisha:
I - Mark - am. In English, I'm Mark.
Alisha:
The sentence pattern is,
Kaori:
わたしは [E: your name] です。
Alisha:
Now you try! Imagine your name is John. Say I'm John in Japanese.
[Pause]
Kaori:
わたしは、ジョンです。
Alisha:
I'm John.
Alisha:
Now, imagine your name is あいこ. Say your I'm Aiko in Japanese.
Kaori:
わたしは あいこ です。
Alisha:
I'm Aiko.
Kaori:
Now use your own name.
Alisha:
(cue for viewer to speak)
There are two things you should know. First there's a short cut to giving your name.
ShunsukAlisha:
[小林しゅんすけ] です。
The only difference is you drop
わたしは
since it's understood you're talking about yourself.
Second, Japanese people usually say their full names — or only their family names — when they introduce themselves.
ShunsukAlisha:
[小林しゅんすけ] です。
Kaori:
小林
Alisha:
is a family name.
Kaori:
しゅんすけ
Alisha:
is a personal name.
Kaori:
小林しゅんすけ
Alisha:
In Japanese the family name comes first, and then the given name.
Alisha:
He could also just say the family name instead of both the family name and the given name.
Kaori:
[こばやし] です。
Alisha:
Imagine your name is John Smith. Introduce yourself in the Japanese style, family name first.
(cue for viewer to speak)
わたしはスミス ジョン です。
Now use the shortcut version.
(cue for viewer to speak)
Kaori:
スミス ジョン です。
Next, you'll learn how to tell people to call you by a nickname, just like Shun did in the scene.
Shun:
シュンとよんでください。
Alisha:
The first part is
Kaori:
シュン
Alisha:
common nickname for men names しゅんすけ. Your own nickname goes here. The next part is
Kaori:
Alisha:
which marks a quotation, kind of like a spoken quotation mark. Next is the phrase
Kaori:
よんでください
Alisha:
please call Together, it's
Kaori:
シュンとよんでください。
Alisha:
Please call me Shun.
Alisha:
The word for "I" is not mentioned in the Japanese sentence, but if you say this after introducing your name, it makes perfect sense.
Kaori:
シュンとよんでください。
Alisha:
The sentence structure is,
Kaori:
[E: your nickname] とよんでください。
Alisha:
Now you try! Imagine your nickname is Matt. Say please call me Matt in Japanese
[Pause]
Kaori:
マットとよんでください。
Alisha:
Please call me Matt.
Alisha:
Now, imagine your nickname is アイ, say please call me Ai in Japanese.
[Pause]
Kaori:
アイとよんでください。
Alisha:
Please call me Ai.
Kaori:
Now use your own nickname. Say please call me your nickname in Japanese
[pause]
Practice
Alisha:
It's your first day in Japan and you're meeting your new neighbor. Ready? Here we go.
Alisha:
What's the first thing you say to someone you've just met?
(5 second pause)
Kaori:
はじめまして
Alisha:
How do you tell someone your name?
(5 second pause)
Kaori:
わたしは[E: your name]です。
Shun:
はじめまして。わたしは小林しゅんすけです。
Alisha:
How do you tell someone your nickname?
(5 second pause)
Kaori:
[E: your nickname]とよんでください。
Shun:
「しゅん」とよんでください。
Alisha:
What's the last thing you say to someone you've just met?
(5 second pause)
Kaori:
よろしくおねがいします。
Shun:
よろしくおねがいします。
Alisha:
Great job!

Outro

よくできました!
Now, watch the scene one more time. After that,
go and introduce yourself to all your Japanese friends — or introduce yourself in the comments!
じゃまたね!

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Hajimemashite, listeners! Tell us why you’re studying Japanese!

Sandra
March 28th, 2017 at 3:22 am
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はじめまして!わたしはSandraです。
I wan’t to study japanese because I’ve been interested in Japan since I was young. I started learning english from a very young age (through cartoons :D ) by myself, so I believe I can learn Japanese. You make the language easy to understand, and the learning very fun, so I think it won’t be that hard :) ありかとう!
(Please tell me how to write my name in japanese. I don’t pronounce it like english people. Every syllable has one sound. For example: あ-|a|)

Dustin
March 25th, 2017 at 6:23 am
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konichiwa watashi wa hankoku, dasutin desu yoroshiku onegaishimasu
Hello, my name is Dustin.
I used hello, because I am bad at remembering names if I don’t see that person often. I don’t want to offend people by using hijimemaste more then once, it literally means “for the first time.”
yoroshiku onegaishimasu is a phrase that has many meanings depending on the context, when used in greetings it usually means “please treat me kindly.” This phrase is kind of like thanking the person in advance for accepting their introduction.
I live in America and I’m learning Japanese because I would like to study in Japan and eventually live there.

March 23rd, 2017 at 6:03 pm
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Hi Nomin,
Thank you for introducing yourself!

You can write;
Hajimemashite, watashi wa Nomin desu. Nonna to yonde kudasai.

Hope this helps you :smile:

Keep studying with JapanesePod101.com
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Miki(美希)
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March 23rd, 2017 at 6:01 pm
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Hi Stefani,
Thank you for the comment!

Yes, that’s right!
Thank you for studying with us :smile:

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Miki(美希)
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Gus
March 22nd, 2017 at 8:48 pm
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Hajimemashite, watashi wa agustin desu

I am studying Japanese because I want to learn more about the language and culture, I also know four other languages besides my native language(Spanish), and english

Jason
March 21st, 2017 at 6:35 am
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Hajimemashite, Watashi wa Jason desu. :smile:

Also a quick question I have. I have noticed some people say “Itte kudasai” rather than “Onegai Shimasu” as said in the lesson. what is the difference in the two if any?

Arigatou Gozaimasu!

March 18th, 2017 at 6:11 am
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I have a question: how do you spell words in Japanese with the correct Kana ? Example: how would you spell Let? With what kana do I use? Is it la,le,li,lo,lu and for the t ta,te,ti,to,tu ? Which one do I use and why?

March 13th, 2017 at 6:55 pm
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Danielさん、
@Eric さん、
こんにちは。

Nice to meet you!

Thank you for studying with us.

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. :wink:

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Daniel Meade
March 13th, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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Hajimemashite, watashi wa Daniel desu.

Eric
March 13th, 2017 at 6:36 am
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Hajemimashite, Eric to yonde kudasai.

I made my first friend from Japan and I wanted to learn more about the culture. So I decided to learn Japanese so I could speak with them in their native language and we could learn from each other.