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Let's look at some more examples.
Listen and repeat or speak along with the native speakers.
あめです。(Ame desu.)
あめです。(Ame desu.)
ゆきです。(Yuki desu.)
ゆきです。(Yuki desu.)
はれです。(Hare desu.)
はれです。(Hare desu.)
くもりです。(Kumori desu.)
くもりです。(Kumori desu.)
とうきょうは あめです。 (Tōkyō wa ame desu.)
とうきょうは あめです。 (Tōkyō wa ame desu.)
Did you notice how I added the phrase,
とうきょうは (Tōkyō wa)
とうきょうは あめです。 (Tōkyō wa ame desu.)
"Tokyo is rainy."
とうきょうは あめです。literally means "As for Tokyo, rain [it] is," but it translates as "Tokyo is rainy." とうきょうは あめです。
The phrase, とうきょうは, "as for Tokyo," establishes Tokyo as the topic of the weather commentary that follows it.
You should be aware of the longer pattern, but for this lesson, we'll use the shortened pattern.

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