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Sakura: さくらです。
Peter: Peter here. Beginner Lesson, Season 2, #15. Gift from Grand daddy.
Sakura: はい。
Peter: Sakura-San, can you make this into Japanese please?
Sakura: おじいちゃんからのお土産。
Peter: And this is what we are going to be talking about today.
Sakura: はい。
Peter: Now Sakura-San, can you give us a little bit of background about this conversation?
Sakura: Grand daddy comes to visit and gives a souvenir.
Peter: Gives him a choice of two souvenirs. Now for more details, listen to the following conversation and just to remind that now, this level is so easy for you or if it’s too hard for you, stop by japanesepod101.com. There we have tons of lessons all different levels. Stop by, something for everybody. Also after this, stop by, check out the learning center. Pick up the PDF. Inside the PDF, we have the 漢字版、カナ版、ローマ字、 translation, all the vocab and explanation of today’s grammar point. It’s all in there.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Stop by and pick that up. With that said, here we go.
祖父: こんにちは。
花子: ワァーおじいちゃんだ!いらっしゃい。
祖父: オー花子、元気だったかい。
花子: うん。
祖父: 花子はいい子だね。はい、おみやげだよ。これは大きい箱、これは小さい箱。花子はどっちが好き?
花子: もちろん大きい箱!
祖父: じゃあ、どうぞ。
花子: ワーイ、くまのぬいぐるみだ!!ありがとう、おじいちゃん。ところで小さい箱は何?
祖父: 「ゲームボーイ」だよ。
花子: えーっ。(小さい声で)それがいい...
祖父: 残念でした。
祖父: こんにちは。
花子: ワァーおじいちゃんだ!いらっしゃい。
祖父: オー花子、元気だったかい。
花子: うん。
祖父: 花子はいい子だね。はい、おみやげだよ。これは大きい箱、これは小さい箱。花子はどっちが好き?
花子: もちろん大きい箱!
祖父: じゃあ、どうぞ。
花子: ワーイ、くまのぬいぐるみだ!!ありがとう、おじいちゃん。ところで小さい箱は何?
祖父: 「ゲームボーイ」だよ。
花子: えーっ。(小さい声で)それがいい...
祖父: 残念でした。
祖父: こんにちは。
Peter: Hello.
花子: ワァーおじいちゃんだ!いらっしゃい。
Peter: Wow! Grandpa, come in.
祖父: オー花子、元気だったかい。
Peter: Oh Hanako. Have you been well?
花子: うん。
Peter: Yeah.
祖父: 花子はいい子だね。はい、おみやげだよ。これは大きい箱、これは小さい箱。花子はどっちが好き?
Peter: You are a good kid, aren’t you? I have souvenirs. Here is a big box and here is the small box. Which do you prefer?
花子: もちろん大きい箱!
Peter: The big box of course.
祖父: じゃあ、どうぞ。
Peter: All right, here you go.
花子: ワーイ、くまのぬいぐるみだ!!ありがとう、おじいちゃん。ところで小さい箱は何?
Peter: Yeay a Teddy Bear! By the way, what’s the small box?
祖父: 「ゲームボーイ」だよ。
Peter: It’s a game boy.
花子: えーっ。(小さい声で)それがいい...
Peter: I want that one.
祖父: 残念でした。
Peter: Ah that’s too bad.
Peter: さくらさんどう思いましたか?
Sakura: うーん。
Peter: どう思いましたか?
Sakura: ちょっと可哀想。
Peter: Poor kid.
Sakura: Poor kid.
Peter: Now I don’t know if a lot of you got the nuance out there but what the granddaddy did was a little bit of – we can call him 意地悪. A little bit.
Sakura: Maybe.
Peter: When we recorded this with the voice-actors, they were quite shocked. What a mean grand daddy.
Peter: With that said, let’s take a look at today’s vocabulary. Sakura-San, first word please.
Sakura: 元気
Peter: Healthy, robust, vigor.
Sakura: (slow)げんき (natural speed)元気
Peter: Next we have
Sakura: 箱
Peter: Box.
Sakura: (slow)はこ (natural speed)箱
Peter: Next we have
Sakura: 大きい
Peter: Big, large, great.
Sakura: (slow)おおきい (natural speed)大きい
Peter: Now the pronunciation on this word, two long vowels, right Sakura-San. Can you give it to us nice and slow? It’s
Sakura: おおきい。
Peter: So you want to hold the お and then the い at the end. One more time Sakura-San?
Sakura: 大きい
Peter: Okay following this we have.
Sakura: 小さい
Peter: Small.
Sakura: (slow)ちいさい (natural speed)小さい
Peter: After this
Sakura: 声
Peter: Voice.
Sakura: (slow)こえ (natural speed)声
Peter: Next we have
Sakura: 残念
Peter: Regrettable.
Sakura: (slow)ざんねん (natural speed)残念

Lesson focus

Peter: Okay now let’s take a look at the conversation. Sakura-San, first tline.
Sakura: こんにちは。
Peter: Hello.
Sakura: わぁ、おじいちゃんだ。いらっしゃい。
Peter: Sakura-san, just by the words in the sentence, we can tell what about the speaker.
Sakura: Speaker is a kid.
Peter: Okay. What’s the tell sign. What gives it away?
Sakura: おじいちゃん。ちゃん。
Peter: The very affectionate ちゃん suffix is used here.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Now it’s usually what?
Sakura: おじいさん
Peter: This is a normal way to refer to ones grandfather.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: But the kid changes the さん and replaces it with
Sakura: ちゃん
Peter: Then he follows it with
Sakura: だ
Peter: The informal form of the copula. This is followed by
Sakura: いらっしゃい
Peter: This too is very casual.
Sakura: Yes
Peter: And what does it mean?
Sakura: Welcome.
Peter: So if you go to a store or business establishment, you will hear
Sakura: いらっしゃいませ。
Peter: And in more casual places, you may also hear this
Sakura: いらっしゃい。
Peter: Which is a more casual way of welcoming somebody.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: At homes, you wouldn’t hear いらっしゃいませ. You would hear いらっしゃい。
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Just by this alone, we could tell that the kid is speaking. This is followed by
Sakura: 元気だったかい。
Peter: A little bit of explanation is necessary here. We have 元気 which is very straightforward. This is very common greeting.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: When you meet somebody but here this is followed by
Sakura: だった
Peter: The plain past. So well, were and the subject is inferred. たろう so “well, were you?” And then finally we have.
Sakura: かい
Peter: Sakura-San, help us out with かい Now we know か is a question marking particle.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: What is かい?
Sakura: かい is the same but it’s used by male speakers and usually from people who are older to people who are younger.
Peter: Yeah very informal. You don’t want to throw this around at a Japanese business meeting. You don’t want to use this in very formal situations. Extremely informal and kind of used by older gentlemen.
Sakura: Yes I would say.
Peter: Yeah. Needless to say, this is some very interesting Japanese. 元気だったかい? So just to give you kind of idea how to use it in context. Sakura-San, if I saw you at the company and I said, hey Sakura-San, 元気だったかい?
Sakura: No. 元気だった?
Peter: Yeah and again, this is casual because Sakura and I are friends.
Sakura: Friends yeah.
Peter: Yeah. So the intonation, can you give it to us one more time?
Sakura: 元気だった?
Peter: Hear the intonation at the end. The past tense here indicates that there has been some time since they last met.
Sakura: Yes right.
Peter: Sakura-San, we record it today, if I came in tomorrow and said, Sakura-San 元気だった?
Sakura: あ~ちょっと Weird ね。
Peter: Yeah a little bit of time should elapse before you have the right to use this.
Sakura: Right.
Peter: With the party you are speaking with. So grandpa and Hanako probably haven’t seen each other for quite a while.
Sakura: Uh.
Peter: All right, very interesting stuff. Next we have.
Sakura: うん。
Peter: Which is an informal version of
Sakura: はい。
Peter: Meaning yes. So have you been well? Yeah, this is followed by
Sakura: いい子だね。
Peter: Good kid you are literally. You are a good kid right and that’s what that ne at the end indicates. This is followed by
Sakura: はい。お土産だよ。
Peter: A souvenir. Now what is this はい symbolize because does it mean yes here? Yes souvenir.
Sakura: Here you are?
Peter: And this stems from the fact that はい、どうぞ。 when you give somebody something. So it gets shortened here. Long wait is probably はい、どうぞ、お土産 Here you are, a souvenir but goodbye どうぞ. Just はい. So when we hear this, we can realize that grandpa is taking something out of a bag or something.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Or he has just finished that and he is in the midst of passing it. はい、お土産です。That’s a souvenir followed by
Sakura: これは大きい箱。
Peter: This is a big box.
Sakura: これは小さい箱。
Peter: This is a little box.
Sakura: どっちが好き?
Peter: Which do you like and here we want to show you どっち is short for Sakura-san?
Sakura: どちら
Peter: Which – which like.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: どっちが好き? Of course which do you like?
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Is how we’d make it into English but that’s what’s so much fun about Japanese. Sakura-san, どっちが好き?Which do you like with those simple two words and the ga particle, you can ask tons of questions.
Sakura: Right.
Peter: You are out eating with some Japanese friends どっちが好き? which do you like. Ah a great, great phrase.
Sakura: Yes and you can say, こっち。
Peter: This one which is short for
Sakura: こちら
Peter: This is followed by
Sakura: もちろん、大きい箱。
Peter: もちろん。 Of course. The big box followed by
Sakura: じゃあ、どうぞ。
Peter: Here you are followed by
Sakura: わーい、くまのぬいぐるみだ。
Peter: First we get the why, what’s this. Why, what’s this?
Sakura: Fuuuu
Peter: And then we have
Sakura: クマのぬいぐるみだ。
Peter: クマ is bear. の is the possessive and then we have
Sakura: ぬいぐるみ
Peter: Which is a stuffed animal. ぬい is based on 縫う which means to saw. Then we have
Sakura: ぐるみ
Peter: Ms. Sakura-San.
Sakura: Comes from くるむ to wrap something.
Peter: Sow and wrap stuffed animals.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Okay then we have.
Sakura: ありがとう、おじいちゃん。
Peter: Thank you Grand daddy.
Sakura: ところで小さい箱は何?
Peter: ごころで By the way, a great expression. ところで Very nice for changing the topic. Asking for additional information, very good expression ところで.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Now here he uses it to change the topic. He got something great. He is really happy but you know what, he is a kid and he can’t let go what is in that other box.
Sakura: Yeah.
Peter: He asks this by
Sakura: 小さい箱は何?
Peter: The answer here we have
Sakura: ゲームボーイだよ。
Peter: Game Boy. Nintendo’s Game Boy. What a nice, nice present. Now can you break this down for us?
Sakura: ゲームボーイ
Peter: Notice the long vowels, ゲームボーイ. Two long vowels right in the beginning there. This is followed by
Sakura: だよ
Peter: だ with the よ at the end adding emphasis.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: And then the kid realizes what a mistake he has made or at now, he made a mistake. He says
Sakura: え~。
Peter: Which is the Japanese interjection expressing surprise or shock or here he is shocked.
Sakura: Disappointment there.
Peter: Yes.
Sakura: それがいい。
Peter: That’s good and then grand daddy steps in with
Sakura: 残念。
Peter: And here is the part for the voice actors and for other people when they hear, it’s kind of shocking most granddaddy’s, most grandparents will be like okay, here you are and he says, too bad.
Sakura: そうだよね。
Peter: 残念。 And you can use this in a playful manner when talking with friends. If they want something, oh I want that too and you want to tell them, well you can’t have it 残念。
Sakura: Yeah.
Peter: Or I wanted to go too 残念。 but oh! I love to use this one with Sakura-San.


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Sakura: またね。


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March 21st, 2007 at 06:30 PM
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Mina-san, What's the first Japanese word that pops into your head when you think about poor Hanako? What's the first Japanese word that pops into your head when you think about her grandfather?

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March 21st, 2015 at 02:05 PM
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You're right; you didn't miss anything in dialogue.

The lesson focuses more on other very useful expressions, but we do have a bit of

grammar section on Lesson Notes to cover the shortage. Please feel free to ask us

if you have questions! :wink:

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March 17th, 2015 at 03:31 PM
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Nice lesson :)

The grammar point was kind of missed here...

Is it just me or is the grammar point not in the dialogue??


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October 10th, 2013 at 08:24 PM
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that must be 『舌切り(したきり)すずめ』:smile:

It's one of the most famous stories in Japan!

Natsuko (奈津子),

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October 8th, 2013 at 06:27 PM
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I've actually read a children's story that sounds similar to this. It's about a kind old grandfather who nurses a small bird he found in a forest back to life. Lots of things happen but eventually the bird family rewards him by offering the choice between two boxes of treasure. He took the small one home coz he's old and had a long way to walk. When he opened it there were all sorts of jewels and treasure inside. When his greedy wife saw this she immediately ran back to the birds house to fetch the big box, but when she opened it serpents or some such came out! I think there's a moral here somewhere! :grin:

Does anyone else know this story??

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February 27th, 2013 at 04:03 PM
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thank you very much for your comment!!

I'll speak to my team members about the issue you and Tess-san pointed out.

Someone will get back to you shortly with proper reply. Thank you for your

patience! :smile:


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February 27th, 2013 at 02:05 PM
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Seconding Tess' comment about the -garu grammar point not being in the dialogue.

This dialogue is pretty funny, but do the writers really know grandparents like this? :wink:

November 6th, 2008 at 11:04 AM
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Tess Dasey san> I like the comment like this about Peter :lol: Keep the comment coming :dogeza:

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November 5th, 2008 at 12:32 PM
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"Hanako" turns into "Taro" when Peter is speaking. One minute he's a boy, next a little girl! The .pdf for the lesson is very interesting, however I don't remember the Grammar Point being discussed in the Lesson itself!

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March 25th, 2008 at 09:38 AM
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Works fine for me! :cool:

March 25th, 2008 at 05:52 AM
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I tried downloading this file a number of times and it always cuts off before the dialog even begins. Is anyone else having a problem with this file?