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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
In this lesson, you’ll learn conversational phrases to ask and answer the question, "How do you say this?" After watching this video, you’ll be able to ask someone how a word is pronounced.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
これは何と言いますか。 (Kore wa nan to iimasu ka.)
「駐車場」と言います。 ("chūshajō" to iimasu.)
Once more with the English translation.
これは何と言いますか。 (Kore wa nan to iimasu ka.)
“How do you say this?”
「駐車場」と言います。 ("chūshajō" to iimasu.)
"It's 'parking lot.'”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “How do you say this?”
これは何と言いますか。 (Kore wa nan to iimasu ka.)
Listen to it again:
これは何と言いますか。, これは何と言いますか。 (Kore wa nan to iimasu ka., Kore wa nan to iimasu ka.)
This Japanese sentence means something like " As for this, what do you say? ” But it means “How do you say this?”
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
[ ] と言います。 ([ ] to iimasu.)
This Japanese sentence literally translates into " [Word] it's called. ” But it means “It's (word).”
For example:
"It's 'parking lot.'”
「駐車場」と言います。, 「駐車場」と言います。 ("chūshajō" to iimasu., "chūshajō" to iimasu.)