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INTRODUCTION
Peter: Stop by our website japanesepod101.com for all the latest and greatest features, line by line audio, iPod on the go plus much more. Stop by and see what’s going on at japanesepod101.com.
Sakura: さくらです。
Peter: Peter here and we are back again with another lesson in practical and basic Japanese. As always, we are brought to you by Erklaren, the translation and interpretation specialists. Now I’d like to mention that the lesson notes for all our classes for all the lessons can be found on the website www.japanesepod101.com we do list all the notes for the lessons on our website and I think it will be very, very good for everybody to go to the website and see the Japanese. I know most of you listen while you are commuting but if you have the time, you should go home and listen to it one more time. While you listen and while you watch, read the notes or you could read the notes and then listen to it and try and get it on your own. So we highly recommend that you check out the website and read the notes. They are there. They are very useful and they are very good. We have the Romaji which is western alphabet listing of the phrases. We also have the hiragana which is the Japanese and we also put in the kanji, the Chinese characters for all you advanced people out there.
Sakura: Wow!
Peter: Yeah one of the lessons yesterday I actually looked up I didn’t even know the Chinese characters for Octopus and uni, Sea urchin. We did Sea urchin in our lesson yesterday and I was looking up the Chinese characters for that. Wow! That was tough. So we highly recommend you check out the website.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Peter: Okay we are going to start off but first we have a new opening and we’d like to talk to you a little bit about that opening as Sakura is the one who did the opening. Can you please break down the opening for us? What is the first phrase that comes on?
Sakura: はい。ジャパニーズポッド101でございます。
Peter: Okay now what is the translation of this?
Sakura: Hi, it’s like you say that when you answer the phone.
Peter: Yes.
Sakura: And then ジャパニーズポッド101でございます is we are japanesepod101.
Peter: Yes okay now can you break down the Japanese a little bit slower. Can you just give it to us a little bit slower?
Sakura: (slow)はい。ジャパニーズポッド101でございます
Peter: Okay and now break it into a few words.
Sakura: (slow)はい
Peter: Okay stop there and then now breakdown japanesepod101.
Sakura: (slow)ジャパニーズポッド101
Peter: Yes at japanesepod101 and
Sakura: (slow)でございます
Peter: Yes. Now I think a good way to think about
Sakura: でございます
Peter: Is – it’s a very polite way of saying です right?
Sakura: Right. でございます
Peter: So it’s a very polite way of saying
Sakura: です
Peter: Yes. So when you think of this word and it might sound confusing. You will hear it a lot in shops and we will be discussing. We are going to repeat this very often in the first few stages because it’s just a very polite way of saying です. So when you hear this word, what is the word again?
Sakura: でございます
Peter: Yes just think of it as です and it should help you translate this into a meaning very quickly. Okay so we have that. Now what is the next part of the opening?
Sakura: おはよう、東京。
Peter: Okay and break this down. It’s the two words, it is
Sakura: (slow)おはよう、とうきょう
Peter: Okay very nice and what does this mean?
Sakura: It’s good morning Tokyo.
Peter: Yes and again this is the very formal way of saying good morning right?
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Sometimes in the show, we use the word
Sakura: ございます
Peter: Yes and then you can put these two words together to say a very polite good morning, correct?
Sakura: Right.
Peter: Can you give us this?
Sakura: おはようございます
Peter: Yes and this is the very, very polite way of saying good morning but we give you the very casual way in saying
Sakura: おはよう
Peter: Yes. We use the phrase good morning Tokyo right? Can you give us that once please?
Sakura: おはよう、東京。
Peter: Okay now for a lot of people, a lot of westerners out there, especially maybe American, this is very similar to Ohio as in the State but if you listen to the pronunciation, it’s quite different. This is おはよう but you will notice when Sakura says good morning in Japanese, you kind of hold the last part.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: So can you give us very slowly?
Sakura: おはよう
Peter: Notice how she holds the last part. Okay and could you break it down by syllable?
Sakura: (slow)おはよう
Peter: Yes very nice. That last う at the end means that you hold it. Okay very, very nice Sakura and also I would like to point out that most foreigners, if you catch the first few episodes, I actually do the introduction of おはよう東京. Now my pronunciation of Tokyo tends to be a little towards a native English speaker. Tokyo and it’s very amusing for Japanese people to hear this because it’s quite different than the actual pronunciation which again has holding in the both syllables of the お. So it’s not Tokyo, it is
Sakura: 東京
Peter: Yeah if you can hear the difference, hold it and can you break this word down for us?
Sakura: (slow)とうきょう
Peter: Yes the two う in there mean you hold it.
Sakura: Right.
Peter: Okay so it is very funny and popular song in Japan and it’s トキオ
Sakura: Ah yes, yes, yes.
Peter: Which is quite different then…
Sakura: 東京
Peter: Yeah so just try to keep that in mind. Okay now let’s move on to the next one.
Sakura: こんばんは、ニューヨーク
Peter: Very, very nice and could you break this down a bit for us.
Sakura: (slow)こんばんは、ニューヨーク
Peter: Okay and what does this mean?
Sakura: It’s good evening New York.
Peter: Yes very nice. So give us good evening by syllables please.
Sakura: (slow)こんばんは
Peter: Okay very nice and one time fast.
Sakura: こんばんは
Peter: Very, very nice. Okay now what we’d like to do now is do New York. Can you give us New York.
Sakura: ニューヨーク
Peter: Okay and break this down please.
Sakura: (slow)にゅーよーく
Peter: Yes very nice and this is of course New York. Now can you just give us the syllables because I am actually from New York and I still cannot say this word. I have been here for years now and it’s…So can you break it down by syllables?
Sakura: Okay (slow)にゅーよーく
Peter: Very, very nice. Okay and now our last one.
Sakura: こんにちは、ロンドン
Peter: Yes very, very nice. Okay can you give us the meaning of this?
Sakura: Okay this is hello London.
Peter: Yeah good afternoon right?
Sakura: It’s good afternoon.
Peter: Okay so can you just break this down for us.
Sakura: Okay (slow)こんにちは
Peter: Yes good afternoon.
Sakura: And (slow)ろんどん
Peter: Very nice and one time fast.
Sakura: こんにちは、ロンドン
Peter: Okay and here is another word that you might want to be careful about because although Japanese pronunciation is not difficult. You have to pay a little bit of attention to detail. The Japanese people are usually very good at understanding what we want to say but there is a difference of saying コニチワ and こんにちは. You want to hold the n in there because again it’s very amusing for Japanese that the way that foreigners say コニチワ because it’s not コニチワ right?
Sakura: Uhoo it’s こんにちは
Peter: Yeah you got to hold the n in there. There is an n in there and you got a こんにちは
Sakura: That’s right, yeah.
OUTRO
Peter: Yeah. Okay so we are going to stop here and since we are doing this daily, we would like to introduce a new way of saying goodbye. Since we are going to be seeing you tomorrow, we can say
Sakura: また明日ね。
Peter: Yes. And can you give us the word for tomorrow, break it down nice and slow.
Sakura: Okay (slow)あした
Peter: Yes and by syllable.
Sakura: (slow)あした
Peter: Tomorrow and so the whole phrase goes
Sakura: また明日ね。
Peter: Okay. See you tomorrow, bye.

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Do you like our new intro music?

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May 13th, 2018 at 8:58 am
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The lesson notes say that "gozaimasu" is the polite form of "desu", but she keeps saying "degozaimasu". What's the difference?

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January 8th, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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Savannah-san,

こんにちは!:grin:

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Savannah
November 18th, 2016 at 2:06 pm
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Nice to finally be able to put a face (or at least an identity) to the mysterious voice that's always greeting me with, 「 おはよう、東京!こんばんは、ニューヨーク!こんにちは、ロンドン!」. Thanks for the fun opening, さくらさん and かずしさん!

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May 19th, 2016 at 9:37 am
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rosey rosette san,

konnichiwa.:smile:

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May 13th, 2016 at 11:22 pm
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i am glad however that i did find one even if it is 10 yrs old :P :)

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May 13th, 2016 at 11:21 pm
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コンニチワロンドン・!i have never had any lesson since i stared Jpod explain to me what the inro meant i figured out most of it but,... :P :(

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September 30th, 2015 at 3:58 pm
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RikaMei san,

Konnichiwa.

Yes, that is.

Even though it is an old lesson, it’s good so we can still use it. :wink:

We also have new lessons each week.

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September 29th, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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Is that right?!:flushed: That this series is 10 years old?!:open_mouth::smiling_imp:

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May 26th, 2015 at 6:33 pm
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Martin san,

Konnichiwa.

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May 25th, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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I've arrived here via Absolute Beginner and Lower Beginner, so I already know most of the stuff in this season (so far!) but it's interesting to hear these very first JapanesePod101 lessons from 10 years ago :grinning: