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PETER: Top five Japanese classroom phrases. Hi everyone and welcome back to the “All About Japanese” series.
NAOMI: In this lesson, you will learn the top five phrases you'll hear in a classroom.
PETER: These are phrases that a teacher would use often. You will get a head start by already knowing these phrases. So without further ado, let’s listen to the first phrase.
1. "Please say it" or "please repeat after me". = "Itte kudasai".
Peter: So when you are in a classroom, hopefully you will be doing a lot of speaking.
NAOMI: The teacher will probably make you say or repeat many words or phrases, right?
PETER: So first we will introduce the phrase “Please say it” or “Please repeat after me.”
NAOMI: For this one, we say… "itte kudasai". It literally means, “Please say it.”
PETER: So a teacher might point to a word on the board and say something like…
NAOMI: "itte kudasai"
PETER: Can you say it again?
NAOMI: "itte kudasai"
PETER: Break it down.
NAOMI: "itte kudasai"
PETER: “Please say it”.
NAOMI: If the teacher wants you to repeat the phrase, though, they might say… "Ripito shite kudasai."
NAOMI: Right. It is borrowed from English.
PETER: I can tell that.
NAOMI: Let’s listen to the next phrase.
2. “Please Look”. = "Mite kudasai".
PETER: Now it sounds a lot like the phrase we just went over.
NAOMI: Right. "itte kudasai", “Please say it” and "mite kudasai", “Please look”, sounds really similar.
PETER: So make sure to note the difference. Can we hear the phrase “Please Look” one more time?
NAOMI: "Mite kudasai".
PETER: Break it down.
NAOMI: "Mite kudasai".
PETER: Literally “Look please”. Now you can also put a noun in front of this phrase to indicate what you want the person to look at. For example…
NAOMI: Howaitobodo o mite kudasai.
PETER: “Please look at the whiteboard)
NAOMI: Howaitobodo is Whiteboard.
PETER: Now the next phrase is another request.
3. “Please read” = "Yonde kudasai"
PETER: If the teacher wants you to practice some word, a phrase, or a passage, you can expect to hear this. “Please read”
NAOMI: So can you guess the meaning? "Tekisuto, yonde kudasai".
PETER: That is a textbook, right?
NAOMI: Right.
PETER: So, “please read your textbook.”
NAOMI: Right. "Tekisuto, yonde kudasai".
PETER: So what if the teacher wants you to write something? What will they say?
NAOMI: That will be our next phrase.
4. “Please write” = "Kaite kudasai"
PETER: You may have noticed all the expressions up until now have…
Naomi: "kudasai"
PETER: ..at the end. Remember that in a class setting, when you hear this at the end, the speaker is asking you to do something.
NAOMI: Right. Your teacher is asking you to do something.
PETER: Very politely. The last phrase we will look at is…
NAOMI: A question.
5. “Do you understand?” = "Wakarimasu ka?"
PETER: Now teachers want to make sure that there students are keeping up with everything, so they will often ask if everyone understands, right?
NAOMI: Right. "Wakarimasu ka?"
PETER: “Do you understand?”
NAOMI: "Wakarimasu" is a verb, “to understand”. "Ka" indicates a question. It is like a question mark.
PETER: So literally, “understand, question?” or “Understand?” Of course it means, “Do you understand?”
NAOMI: You might also hear… "Daijoubu desu ka?"
PETER: This literally means, “Is it OK?” or “Is everything OK?”
NAOMI: This one is used pretty often as well.
PETER: In other situations, it would probably be translated as, “Are you OK?” But in the classroom, it can be used to confirm whether or not someone understands something, right?
NAOMI: Right.
PETER: Can we hear the phrase again?
NAOMI: "Daijoubu desu ka?"
PETER: “Is everything OK?” So let’s recap what we learned in this lesson. Again, if you are studying in a classroom, these phrases are absolutely critical. You will hear them again and again. Let’s hear them one more time. Naomi sensei, onegai shimasu.
NAOMI: Sure. "Itte kudasai"
PETER: “Please say it”. “Please repeat it.”
NAOMI: "Mite kudasai"
PETER: “Please look.”
NAOMI: "Yonde kudasai"
PETER: “Please read.”
NAOMI: "Kaite kudasai."
PETER: “Please write.”
NAOMI: "Wakarimasu ka?"
PETER: “Do you understand?”
NAOMI: So everyone: "Wakarimasu ka?"
PETER: So there you have it; all five phrases for the classroom. And we will see you next time."