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Say Hello in Japanese No Matter What the Time of Day

Learn how to greet someone both formally and informally

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Newbie Lesson #1 - The Secret to Making a Great First Impression

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Everybody knows you only get one chance to make a first impression. That's why it's critical to be polite from the beginning. The best way to do that is to express appreciation. When a waitress brings your food, you say, "Thank you," right? When you meet someone for the first time, you say, "Nice to meet you." Japanese is no different. In this newbie Japanese lesson, learn the many ways to express appreciation to make a great first impression. You'll master hajimemashite to say "Nice to meet you." You'll also learn how to say "please" and "Excuse me" in a number of situations. If you want to get started with Japanese on the right foot, this lesson is a must!   。

Newbie Lesson #2 - Essential Greetings There is No Excuse Not to Know

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Why JapanesePod101.com? Our approach is way ahead of any other learning approach. What does this mean for you? With over 1.5 million downloads per month by listeners just like you, we know you will learn Japanese with our system at any pace you want. You want to go faster? Great! Slower? No problem. Perhaps you want to learn some phrases to talk with a Japanese friend or co-worker. No problem. Want to learn less? Or want to learn more? Just the core parts of the language to get you by? Or even expert Japanese to understand movies, music and manga. Whatever your goal, this system was designed first for you, and only if you want to do you take things to a higher-level. Again, we don't want you to just take our word for it though, please see for yourself. Be sure to leave us any feedback you have. Congratulations on taking your first, make that second, step towards fluency in the fastest time possible. 。
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Newbie Lesson #3 - Keys to Japanese Conversation

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! There are many things we do to keep a conversation going strong without even realizing it. For example, you might say "Right?" at the end of a statement to get the listener to respond. There are plenty of Japanese secrets to keeping conversations going, and you'll find them here! In this newbie Japanese lesson, discover how ka, yo, and ne can work for you. From evoking a response to speaking emphatically, these three little words are the key to a successful Japanese conversation. And, don't worry about using them at the wrong time; this Japanese lesson is packed with examples that will show you the right time to use each one.   。

Newbie Lesson #4 - Expand Your Japanese Vocabulary with Inference

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Japanese differs from English in that things are inferred to all the time. That means that you can speak about a range of things, even with a limited vocabulary. It's time for you to discover how to make the Japanese tendency to use inference to your advantage. In this newbie Japanese lesson, discover how sentence patterns using desu work for you. This word is the key to inference in Japanese, so you'll be able to ask things like, "Is that a school?" even if you don't know the word for "school." In fact, as long as the subject of your sentence is clear, you can say just about anything you want! This is one Japanese lesson you can't afford to miss!   ・

Newbie #5 - New Year Greetings

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! From everyone here at JapanesePod101.com - Happy New Year!! We hope you all had a great 2006! Today we're bringing you a small lesson to refresh you on the phrases we gave you last year to wish others a Happy New Year! And yes, we do refresh you on the alpha male Kazunori's super-condensed versions, as well, so don't miss out! After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com and be sure to leave us a post! ・