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Basic Japanese #25 - Basic Japanese Course Review

Basic Japanese
Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Why do your Japanese friends do this to you? They mean well. They want you to have the best possible time in Japan, but sometimes it's a bit much. Now they've arranged a blind date for you with a woman who speaks only Japanese. You've got to spend the entire time with her speaking only Japanese. The only preparation your friends provide is that they tell you in Japanese, "Her name is Nanami." Your friends also tell you in Japanese, "You're supposed to meet her at the East gate, the seventh gate into the park." As you make your way along to the East gate, you practice your Japanese. You don't know if she has seen you or will recognize you, so you'll probably have to approach her. What will you say? Of course, the first words you will say in Japanese are, "Excuse me; are you Nanami?" And after that, you'll introduce yourself. But what do you say after that? She only speaks Japanese. How will you talk with her? What will you do next? How will you get along with each other with such a language barrier? Difficult. Very difficult. As you approach the gate, you can see only one person standing alone there. Her back is to you. Bolstering your courage—it's too late to turn back now—you walk close to her and repeat the Japanese words you have been practicing, "Excuse me; are you Nanami?" As she turns around, you are hit directly in the head with two of the most captivating eyes you've ever seen. "Yes, I'm Nanami." And you know you'll overcome any Japanese language barrier you have to! And you know exactly where to start!Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Basic Japanese video lesson is a review of all the previous Basic Japanese video lessons. You'll remember how to introduce yourself in Japanese, ask questions about things in Japanese, such as the price, and how to say "How are you?" in Japanese.  All the most common needs for every day Japanese. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!

Basic Japanese #24 - How To Ask If Someone Is There

Basic Japanese
Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! "Hello. Hello. Hello. I can't hear you. If you can hear me, please call back." Does this sound familiar to you? It's probably repeated millions of times a day. This conversation happened to me all in Japanese. I thought Japanese telephone conversations would be somehow different from those at home, but they're not. Not really. The first time I called my friend in Japan, I really didn't know what to expect! His sister answered the phone and said in Japanese, "Hello." Oh, I was REALLY hoping he would answer! Think…think…okay, I asked in Japanese, "Hello. Is this the party to whom I'm speaking?" Giggling, she yelled to my friend in Japanese, "I think it's your English-speaking friend!" The Japanese part of my brain went into seizures. I couldn't talk. Another time, a real joker friend of mine called me, and when I answered, "hello" in Japanese, he made his voice sound artificial and said, "Thank you for calling. I can't take your call right now, but when you hear the tone, please leave your message. Beep." And then he was quiet. There HAS to be an easier way to learn to talk on the phone in Japanese than this!!Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Basic Japanese video lesson takes you into the modern world of the telephone and the proper way to ask, "Is ____ there?" in Japanese. You'll learn important Japanese for the telephone and for other situations as well. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!
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Basic Japanese #23 - Useful Expressions 4: How to Ask if Something Exists

Basic Japanese
Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Sometimes, no matter how delightful the Japanese food is, no matter how kind and thoughtful your friends are, no matter how comfortable the accommodations, no matter how wonderful the shopping, you just want something from home. You look up ahead, and there, big as life, a welcoming beacon, the Golden Arches. The smile on your face could be mistaken for the Japanese rising sun. You leave your friends for a while and hurry in. Of course, everyone in the place is Japanese, and the signs are all in Japanese, but no matter, it's a little bit of home. You make your way to the order counter and ask maybe the silliest question of your life, in Japanese - but you must ask it. "Do you have hamburgers?" Looking at you as if you have lost your mind, the clerk looks around as if this is a joke, and then slowly answer in Japanese, "Yes." You continue hastily in Japanese, "Do you have french fries?" Again, he answers in Japanese, "Yes, we do." Sighing in relief, you just have one last ridiculous question in Japanese, "Do you have milk shakes?" Staring in disbelief, the clerk answers again, "Yes." A total success, and you asked all the right questions, all in Japanese. Life is good.Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Basic Japanese video lesson takes you the next step in shopping and eating. You'll learn to ask if the shop or restaurant has what you're looking for using the Japanese verbs meaning "to be," "to exist," or "to have." You may not always get the answer you want, but you'll ask the question right in Japanese. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!

Basic Japanese #22 - Useful Expressions 3: How to Ask When Something Takes Place

Basic Japanese
Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You're glad you've made so many friends in Japan. Your Japanese friends have been wonderful to you. But sometimes you don't know how to keep up. Just this week, you heard your friends ask in Japanese, "When are we going out together?" and "When are you coming home with me to dinner?" and "When are you starting classes?" and "When can you go with me to visit the famous temple?" AND "When can we have lunch together?" You think you're going to need a social secretary to keep track of all your appointments, luncheons, parties, dinners, trips, and the hundred other invitations you've received just this week in Japan! You're beginning to wonder about another time. You're beginning to wonder when you will have some time to yourself to sit and think or…study! When do you think that will be? One of your Japanese friends interrupts your reverie with another question. "You're looking a bit worn around the edges," he says in Japanese, "When are you going to get some sleep?" Laughing, you reply in Japanese, "I slept last week. When will I have time again?"Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Basic Japanese video lesson moves from the important "where" of the previous lesson to the critical "when." Time and place being the essentials of any good party, you must learn how to ask "When?" in Japanese, and this Japanese lesson will show you how. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!

Basic Japanese #21 - Useful Expressions 2: How to Ask Where Something is

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You're not sure how it happened, but you've become separated from your friends in Japan. The shopping area where you've been doing some shopping is huge. You can't hope to find them in this enormous crowd. You decide to make your way back to the car and wait for them there. But just because it's sensible, doesn't make it easy. All the signs are in Japanese. You'll have to ask for help. So preparing to use your best Japanese, you ask a lady standing nearby, "Excuse me, where is the exit?" She replies in Japanese, "It's over there." So you make your way to the exit, and as you get outside, you realize it's not the same exit where you entered. Now you need more help. Well, at least you've had some practice now. So you ask in Japanese again, "Excuse me, where is the parking lot?" A man standing nearby answers in Japanese, "I don't know, I came by train." You try again with another person. "Excuse me, where is the parking lot?" "It's over there," he answers. Hopefully, once you get to the parking lot, you can find your friend's car. You don't think asking a stranger in Japanese, "Where is my friend's car?" is going to get you far!Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! This Basic Japanese video lesson is about not getting lost. It's easy to get lost, even in your own home city. But in Japan, it's even easier. So you must know how to ask where things are in Japanese. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com where you will find many more fantastic Japanese lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!