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INTRODUCTION
Natsuko: おはよう、ブエノスアイレス。ナツコです。(Ohayō, Buenosu Airesu. Natsuko desu.)
Take: おはよう、ブエノスアイレス。タケです。(Ohayō, Buenosu Airesu. Take desu.)
Chigusa: おはよう、ブエノスアイレス。チグサです。(Ohayō, Buenosu Airesu. Chigusa desu.)
Peter: Peter here. Joining us for the conversation for the first time is Chigusa. Hello Chigusa.
Natsuko: Welcome.
Chigusa: Hi. It’s great to be here.
Peter: Great to have you.
Chigusa: Thank You.
Peter: Okay, we have a great lesson for you today. Shall we do some greetings?
Natsuko: Oh yes, sure.
Peter: Okay.
Natsuko: タケ、今日は元気ですか。(Take, kyō wa genki desu ka.)
Take: はい、もちろん元気ですよ。チグサは?(Hai, mochiron genki desu yo. Chigusa wa?)
Chigusa: すごい元気です。ナツコは?(Sugoi genki desu. Natsuko wa?)
Natsuko: 私もすっごく元気ですよ。あ、ピーターは?(Watashi mo suggoku genki desu yo. A, Pītā wa?)
Peter: もちろん絶好調です。(Mochiron zekkōchō desu.) Okay, let’s get right into today’s conversation. Here we go.
DIALOGUE
高橋 (Takahashi) : すみません。今何時ですか。(Sumimasen. Ima nan-ji desu ka.)
通行人 (tsūkōnin) : 7時58分です。(Shichi-ji go-jū happun desu.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : うそでしょう!(Uso deshō!)
通行人 (tsūkōnin) : はぁ?大丈夫ですか。(Hā? Daijōbu desu ka.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : 大丈夫です。すみません。8時の約束なんですけど。でも、まだ2分あります。余裕です。夏子はきっと来ます!問題ありません!きっと来ます!(Daijōbu desu. Sumimasen. Hachi-ji no yakusoku nan desu kedo. Demo, mada ni-fun arimasu. Yoyū desu. Natsuko wa kitto kimasu! Mondai arimasen! Kitto kimasu!)
係員 (kakariin) : お客様、そろそろ今夜の歌舞伎が始まります。(O-kyaku-sama, sorosoro kon’ya no Kabuki ga hajimarimasu.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : だめです!夏子がもうすぐ来ます!(Dame desu! Natsuko ga mōsugu kimasu!)
係員 (kakariin) : 誰ですか。(Dare desu ka.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : 夏子です。後で紹介します!(Natsuko desu. Ato de shōkai shimasu!)
係員 (kakariin) : じゃ、ドアを閉めます。(Ja, doa o shimemasu.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : オッケー、後で行きます!(Okkē, ato de ikimasu!)
高橋 (Takahashi) : うそでしょう!?(Uso deshō!?)
観客 (kankyaku) : やっぱり、玉三郎はいいね。(Yappari, Tamasaburō wa ii ne.)
友達1 (tomodachi 1) : いいですね。(Ii desu ne.)
友達2 (tomodachi 2) : かっこいいね。(Kakkoii ne.)
Peter:  Okay, you know the drill. Here we go.  
高橋 (Takahashi) : すみません。今何時ですか。(Sumimasen. Ima nan-ji desu ka.)
通行人 (tsūkōnin) : 7時58分です。(Shichi-ji go-jū happun desu.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : うそでしょう!(Uso deshō!)
通行人 (tsūkōnin) : はぁ?大丈夫ですか。(Hā? Daijōbu desu ka.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : 大丈夫です。すみません。8時の約束なんですけど。でも、まだ2分あります。余裕です。夏子はきっと来ます!問題ありません!きっと来ます!(Daijōbu desu. Sumimasen. Hachi-ji no yakusoku nan desu kedo. Demo, mada ni-fun arimasu. Yoyū desu. Natsuko wa kitto kimasu! Mondai arimasen! Kitto kimasu!)
係員 (kakariin) : お客様、そろそろ今夜の歌舞伎が始まります。(O-kyaku-sama, sorosoro kon’ya no Kabuki ga hajimarimasu.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : だめです!夏子がもうすぐ来ます!(Dame desu! Natsuko ga mōsugu kimasu!)
係員 (kakariin) : 誰ですか。(Dare desu ka.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : 夏子です。後で紹介します!(Natsuko desu. Ato de shōkai shimasu!)
係員 (kakariin) : じゃ、ドアを閉めます。(Ja, doa o shimemasu.)
高橋 (Takahashi) : オッケー、後で行きます!(Okkē, ato de ikimasu!)
高橋 (Takahashi) : うそでしょう!?(Uso deshō!?)
観客 (kankyaku) : やっぱり、玉三郎はいいね。(Yappari, Tamasaburō wa ii ne.)
友達1 (tomodachi 1) : そうですね。(Sō desu ne.)
友達2 (tomodachi 2) : かっこいいね。(Kakkoii ne.)
Peter:  Okay, you know the drill. Here we go.  
高橋 (Takahashi) : すみません。今何時ですか。(Sumimasen. Ima nan-ji desu ka.)
TAKAHASHI: Excuse me. What time is it now?
通行人 (tsūkōnin) : 7時58分です。(Shichi-ji go-jū happun desu.)
PASSERSBY: It’s 7:58.
高橋 (Takahashi) : うそでしょう!(Uso deshō!)
TAKAHASHI: You’re joking!
通行人 (tsūkōnin) : はぁ?大丈夫ですか。(Hā? Daijōbu desu ka.)
PASSERSBY: Huh? Are you OK?
高橋 (Takahashi) : 大丈夫です。(Daijōbu desu.)
TAKAHASHI: I’m OK.
高橋 (Takahashi) : すみません。(Sumimasen.)
TAKAHASHI: I’m sorry.
高橋 (Takahashi) : 8時の約束なんですけど。(Hachi-ji no yakusoku nan desu kedo.)
TAKAHASHI: I have an eight o’clock appointment,
高橋 (Takahashi) : でも、まだ2分あります。(Demo, mada ni-fun arimasu.)
TAKAHASHI: But there are still two minutes.
高橋 (Takahashi) : 余裕です。(Yoyū desu.)
TAKAHASHI: Plenty of time.
高橋 (Takahashi) : 夏子はきっと来ます!(Natsuko wa kitto kimasu!)
TAKAHASHI: Natsuko will surely come!
高橋 (Takahashi) : 問題ありません!(Mondai arimasen!)
TAKAHASHI: There is no problem!
高橋 (Takahashi) : きっと来ます!(Kitto kimasu!)
TAKAHASHI: Surely, she will come!
係員 (kakariin) : お客様、そろそろ今夜の歌舞伎が始まります。(O-kyaku-sama, sorosoro kon’ya no Kabuki ga hajimarimasu.)
THEATER STAFF: Excuse me, sir. Tonight’s performance is about to start.
高橋: だめです!(Dame desu!)
TAKAHASHI: You can’t!
高橋 (Takahashi) : 夏子がもうすぐ来ます!(Natsuko ga mōsugu kimasu!)
TAKAHASHI: Natsuko will be here any minute!
係員 (kakariin) : 誰ですか。(Dare desu ka.)
THEATER STAFF: Who?
高橋 (Takahashi) : 夏子です。(Natsuko desu.)
TAKAHASHI: Natsuko.
高橋 (Takahashi) : 後で紹介します!(Ato de shōkai shimasu!)
TAKAHASHI: I will introduce her to you afterwards.
係員 (kakariin) : じゃ、ドアを閉めます。(Jā, doa o shimemasu.)
THEATER STAFF: Ah …OK. I’m going to close the door.
高橋 (Takahashi) : オッケー、(Okkē,)
TAKAHASHI: OK.
高橋 (Takahashi) : 後で行きます!(ato de ikimasu!)
TAKAHASHI: I’ll go afterwards!
観客 (kankyaku) : やっぱり、玉三郎はいいね。(Yappari, Tamasaburō wa ii ne.)
THEATER PATRON: Tamasaburo is great.
友達1 (tomodachi 1) : いいですね。(Ii desu ne.)
FRIEND 1: Yeah, that was great.
友達2 (tomodachi 2) : かっこいいね。(Kakkoii ne.)
FRIEND 2: He is so cool.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Peter: So Natsuko, what do you think?
Natsuko: I don’t arrive. You know, I don’t appear in this conversation.
Peter: Yeah, but what do you think about Shakespeare Takahashi’s commitment towards you?
Natsuko: It’s amazing, isn’t it?
Peter: Amazing.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: Crazy. There is a fine line, right?
Natsuko: Umm… Umm… I wonder what all the other people feel.
Peter: Yeah, I don’t know. I am supporting him, I think.
Natsuko: Are you sure?
Peter: I think he has good intentions. What do you think?
Natsuko: Umm well, he is quite different from people around me.
Peter: I think that’s the perfect way to describe it. Quite different is a good way.
Natsuko: Yes.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Peter: All right. Long conversation. So what we are going to do now is we are going to jump into the vocabulary because we have a lot.
Natsuko: Okay.
Peter: Okay. Natsuko, first word, please.
Natsuko: 嘘 (uso)
Peter: It can mean a straight-out lie, it can mean you are kidding, get out of here. Again it’s in the context.
Natsuko: (slow)うそ (uso) (natural speed)嘘 (uso)
Peter: This is a word you will hear in Japanese all the time.
Natsuko: Right.
Peter: Now it can mean a lie, it can mean get out of here. If someone tells you some shocking news,
Natsuko: 嘘!(Uso!)
Peter: That’s a nice 嘘 (uso), by the way.
Natsuko: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Peter: This could take on the meaning of come on, get out of here. You are kidding, you are joking, right?
Natsuko: Yeah, it’s like you know, really? Sometimes 嘘 (uso)!?
Peter: There it is.
Natsuko: Like that.
Peter: So if you are looking at a magazine, I say to you Natsuko. あ、 前の彼女です。(A, mae no kanojo desu.)
Natsuko: 嘘!?(Uso!?)
Peter: And how would that be?
Natsuko: You are kidding.
Peter: Yeah, probably in this case, I am lying. Yeah, and what was the phrase I just gave you?
Natsuko: 前の彼女 (mae no kanojo)
Peter: My ex-girlfriend. Again a bunch of meanings for this word. In the context of the story, which one did it mean?
Natsuko: You are kidding.
Peter: Yeah. Obviously he expected to meet you and you disappointed him.
Natsuko: I feel a bit sorry for him.
Peter: Oh Natsuko, don’t be soft.
Natsuko: Okay.
Peter: There are plenty more bachelors we have coming up for you.
Natsuko: Oh my god!
Peter: Okay, next we have
Natsuko: 約束 (yakusoku)
Peter: Appointment, promise.
Natsuko: Yes. (slow)やくそく (yakusoku) (natural speed)約束 (yakusoku)
Peter: In the dialogue, we said
Natsuko: 8時の約束 (hachi-ji no yakusoku)
Peter: An 8 o’ clock appointment and 8 o’ clock meeting and the way we make this construction is, we do what, Natsuko?
Natsuko: You add の (no) in front of 約束 (yakusoku)
Peter: Yep, and before that, you would add a time.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: Or date perhaps.
Natsuko: Uhoo, yes.
Peter: And plus の (no) and 約束 (yakusoku)
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: Now this is a noun form. Now Natsuko, how can we make this into a verb?
Natsuko: You add する (suru), 約束する (yakusoku suru).
Peter: Yep, there it is. Next we have
Natsuko: 余裕 (yoyū)
Peter: Leeway.
Natsuko: (slow)よゆう (yoyū) (natural speed)余裕 (yoyū)
Peter: This expression is often used by itself.
Natsuko: Yes. 余裕でしょ。(Yoyū desho.)
Peter: For example, this weekend Natsuko is gracious enough to go with me to the movies.
Natsuko: Yes, let’s.
Peter: Thank you, Natsuko. Wow, you are in a great mood today.
Natsuko: I am always like this.
Peter: So the movie is at 8 o’ clock. It’s 6 o’ clock now.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: So we are thinking, do we go eat, do we not eat. So I say to Natsuko, Natsuko, you think we have time to eat and Natsuko, if she is confident we do, she would say
Natsuko: 余裕でしょ。(Yoyū desho.)
Peter: Lots of time, no problem. We can fit it in there. My friend, I don’t know how he does it. He has got a really big car but whatever parking space he sees, I say to him, no way you fit in there. He says,
Natsuko: 余裕。(Yoyū.)
Peter: No problem, plenty of room but remember, it’s not a problem without condition. There is usually a condition that the person who says this feels it’s easy to overcome.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: In that sense, it’s no problem.
Natsuko: Yes. You know, not very objective.
Peter: Exactly. Okay, next we have
Natsuko: きっと (kitto)
Peter: Surely.
Natsuko: (slow)きっと (kitto) (natural speed)きっと (kitto)
Peter: ナツコはきっと来ます。(Natsuko wa kitto kimasu.) What do you think? She would surely come. You are Natsuko, what’s going on, Natsuko?
Natsuko: Oh, you are cornering me. Should I go? What do you think, should I go?
Peter: I don’t know. She seems genuine.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: Again this word is used a lot. And this is kind of used in the case where you have confidence that something will occur.
Natsuko: You are expecting something.
Peter: Yes, Natsuko. 明日の試験に合格しますか。(Ashita no shiken ni gōkaku shimasu ka.)
Natsuko: うん、きっと合格しません。(Un, kitto gōkaku shimasen.) How was that?
Peter: Natsuko, you read my mind. You took my line.
Natsuko: Sorry.
Peter: I don’t know how to be positive and supportive. What do I say, Natsuko, help me? ナツコは明日の試験にきっと合格します。(Natsuko wa ashita no shiken ni kitto gōkaku shimasu.)
Natsuko: ピーターもきっと合格します。(Pītā mo kitto gōkaku shimasu.)
Peter: 嘘でしょう。(Uso deshō.)
Natsuko: 違います、本当です。(Chigaimasu, hontō desu.)
Peter: 嘘でしょう。(Uso deshō.)
Natsuko: You use it that way. 嘘でしょう?(Uso deshō?)
Peter: There it is, you are lying. It’s a lie. You are joking.
Natsuko: No, I am not.
Peter: Okay, next we have
Natsuko: そろそろ (sorosoro) (slow)そろそろ (sorosoro) (natural speed)そろそろ (sorosoro)
Peter: Now in the dialogue, we used this with
Natsuko: 始まります (hajimarimasu)
Peter: So it’s about to start or momentarily it will be starting. Again to give a definition to these words, we have to judge them in the context they are used.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: And you will find this construction quite often which is
Natsuko: そろそろ始まります。(Sorosoro hajimarimasu.)
Peter: Also we have
Natsuko: そろそろ行きましょう。(Sorosoro ikimashō.)
Peter: In a few moments, let’s go.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: I think a few moments might be pretty good. In a few moments, the show will start.
Natsuko: Yes, it's rather vague.
Peter: Yes.
Natsuko: It can be any minute but it may be a little longer, too.
Peter: How do we say vague in Japanese?
Natsuko: 曖昧 (aimai)
Peter: Break it down.
Natsuko: (slow)あいまい (aimai)
Peter: And one time fast.
Natsuko: 曖昧 (aimai)
Peter: And this is a na-adjective. So Natsuko, can I say 日本語は曖昧です (Nihon-go wa aimai desu)?
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: Japanese is vague.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: 日本語はものすごい曖昧です。(Nihon-go wa monosugoi aimai desu.)
Natsuko: Umm. もうすぐ (mōsugu)
Peter: Very soon.
Natsuko: (slow)もうすぐ (mōsugu) (natural speed)もうすぐ (mōsugu)
Peter: Very soon. Okay, next we have
Natsuko: 紹介 (shōkai)
Peter: Introduction.
Natsuko: Yes. (slow)しょうかい (shōkai) (natural speed)紹介 (shōkai)
Peter: Now Natsuko, how do we make this into a verb?
Natsuko: Again, add する (suru).
Peter: And it becomes
Natsuko: 紹介する (shōkai suru)
Peter: To introduce.
Natsuko: Yes.
Peter: So how would I say to introduce my friend?
Natsuko: 友達を紹介します。(Tomodachi o shōkai shimasu.)
Peter: What was the particle? もう一度お願いします。ゆっくりお願いします。(Mō ichi-do onegai shimasu. Yukkuri onegai shimasu.)
Natsuko: 友達を紹介します。(Tomodachi o shōkai shimasu.)
Peter: Okay, so we use
Natsuko: を (o)
Peter: With whatever you want to introduce. Okay, next
Natsuko: 閉めます (shimemasu)
Peter: To close.
Natsuko: (slow)しめます (shimemasu) (natural speed)閉めます (shimemasu)
Peter: What is the dictionary form of this word?
Natsuko: 閉める (shimeru)
Peter: Okay, and last. Oh we saved the best for last. What do we have last, Natsuko?
Natsuko: 玉三郎 (Tamasaburō) (slow)たまさぶろう (Tamasaburō) (natural speed)玉三郎 (Tamasaburō)
Peter: Okay, Natsuko. I have no idea. What’s going on here? Help us out.
Natsuko: It’s one of the most famous kabuki actors in Japan. His full name is 坂東玉三郎 (Bandō Tamasaburō) and he is most well known for the female part.
Peter: Ah…
Natsuko: It’s really beautiful but he is good at dancing and acting and I think some people know his name because he is introducing Kabuki actively overseas as well.
Peter: Thank you, Natsuko.
Natsuko: You are welcome.

Outro

Peter: Okay, so that’s going to do it for today. We ran for so long.
Natsuko: Oh yes. じゃあ、また明日ね。(Jā, mata ashita ne.)
Peter: See you tomorrow.

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August 27th, 2020 at 01:51 PM
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Monica (モニカ)
August 21st, 2020 at 11:13 PM
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Wow! Natsuko's suitor sure is persistent.

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Savannah Johnston
November 24th, 2017 at 11:13 AM
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I would feel bad for Takashi if he wasn't so obnoxious. XD

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February 14th, 2017 at 06:06 PM
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Hi Sam,

Thank you for the comment!


You can say that ”8時の約束なんですけど” is still halfway and could continue further like "8時の約束なんですけど(、夏子はまだ来ていません)。” or so.

Stopping sentences halfway often happens in Japanese:sweat_smile:


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Sam
November 29th, 2016 at 10:27 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Much appreciated. I still have no idea how I would use it and how I would avoid getting it confused with "but".

Any help would be great.


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November 27th, 2016 at 07:12 PM
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Samさん、

Konnichiwa.

We are sorry about the late reply.

The ‘kedo’ doesn’t mean ‘but.’

It indicates ‘introducing a topic.’


Gabrielさん、

こんにちは。

そうですか。

ありがとうございます。

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November 19th, 2016 at 07:39 PM
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シェイクスピアたかはしはさいこうです!!

Sam
October 7th, 2016 at 11:08 AM
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Hello!


Like Candice I have a problem understanding “8時の約束なんですけど.


Please could you break down the "nan desu ke do". This seems to me to translate as "what is but". But that is clearly not the case.

Then the following sentence starts with "but" so it doesn't seem to make sense that it would end the previous sentence.


How would I use "nan desu ke do"? And in what context?


Many thanks in advance,


Sam

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August 3rd, 2016 at 05:54 PM
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Lars san,

Konnichiwa.

Thank you for your comment.:smile:

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