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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 answer the question, "What's your favorite number?" After watching this video, you’ll be able to say many numbers and ask someone their favorite number.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
すきなすうじはなんですか。 (Suki na sūji wa nan desu ka.)
ななです。 (Nana desu.)
Once more with the English translation.
すきなすうじはなんですか。 (Suki na sūji wa nan desu ka.)
“What's your favorite number?”
ななです。 (Nana desu.)
“It's seven.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “What's your favorite number?”
すきなすうじはなんですか。 (Suki na sūji wa nan desu ka.)
Listen to it again:
すきなすうじはなんですか。, すきなすうじはなんですか。 (Suki na sūji wa nan desu ka., Suki na sūji wa nan desu ka.)
This Japanese sentence literally means "As for your favorite number, what is?" But it translates as "What's your favorite number?"
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
[ ]です。 ([ ] desu.)
This Japanese sentence literally translates as "[Number] is." But it means "It's [number]."
For example:
“It's seven.”
ななです。, ななです。 (Nana desu., Nana desu.)