Lesson Transcript

Let's practice.
Imagine you're Mark’s co-worker, Yoshi Nakamura.
Ask Mark "How are you?" using polite Japanese.
Ready?
げんきですか。 (Genki desu ka.)
まあまあです。 (Māmā desu.)
Listen to the question again and repeat.
げんきですか。 (Genki desu ka.)
げんきですか。 (Genki desu ka.)
Let's try another.
Imagine you're Karen's Japanese teacher, Tomoko Tanaka.
Ask Karen, "How are you, Ms. Lee?"
Ready?
リーさん、げんきですか。
はい、げんきです。 (Hai, genki desu.)
Listen to the question again and repeat.
リーさん、げんきですか。
リーさん、げんきですか。
Let’s try one more.
Imagine you're Sakura Suzuki, Sasha’s classmate. Ask Sasha, "How are you?" using informal Japanese.
Ready?
げんき? (Genki?)
げんき。 (Genki.)
Listen to the question again and repeat.
げんき? (Genki?)
げんき? (Genki?)
In English, the question "How are you," is used every day to ask about someone’s well-being. In Japanese, however, the question げんきですか。(Genki desu ka.) "Are you well?" tends to be used when people have not met for some time.
The nuance is "How are you (since the last time we met)?" There is no set time frame for how much time needs to pass, but a good rule of thumb is at least a few days.
You will also encounter a more polite version of げんきですか (genki desu ka) which is おげんきですか。(O-genki desu ka.)
Simply attach the polite prefix お to げんきですか。(Genki desu ka.)
This tends to be used when a significant amount of time has passed since the last encounter or with people of higher social status.
A correct and common response to おげんきですか。(O-genki desu ka.) is げんきです。(Genki desu.) A common mistake by Japanese learners is to use the prefix お-(o-) in the response. Avoid this common mistake.
This is the end of this lesson.
Remember, these Can Do lessons are about learning practical language skills.
What's next?
Show us what you can do.
When you're ready, take your assessment.
You can take it again and again, so try anytime you like.
Our teachers will assess it, and give you your results.
Now you know how to ask about well-being in Japanese. That's all there is to it.
Keep practicing — and move on to the next lesson!

3 Comments

Hide
Please to leave a comment.
😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍

JapanesePod101.com Verified
February 9th, 2021 at 06:30 PM
Pinned Comment
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Let's practice!

JapanesePod101.com Verified
March 18th, 2021 at 01:21 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Nelia Riveraさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄❤️️

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


Sincerely

Ryoma

Team JapanesePod101.com

Nelia Rivera
March 14th, 2021 at 06:08 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

❤️️