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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 are you good at?" After watching this video, you’ll be able to talk about what you’re good at doing.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
なにがとくいですか。 (Nani ga tokui desu ka.)
ごがくがとくいです。 (Gogaku ga tokui desu.)
Once more with the English translation.
なにがとくいですか。 (Nani ga tokui desu ka.)
“What are you good at?”
ごがくがとくいです。 (Gogaku ga tokui desu.)
“I'm good at languages.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “What are you good at?”
なにがとくいですか。 (Nani ga tokui desu ka.)
Listen to it again:
なにがとくいですか。, なにがとくいですか。 (Nani ga tokui desu ka., Nani ga tokui desu ka.)
This Japanese sentence literally translates as “What good at are you?" But it means “What are you good at?”.
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
[skill] がとくいです。 ([skill] ga tokui desu.)
This Japanese sentence literally translates as “[skill] good at I am.” But it means “I'm good at [skill].”.
For example:
“I'm good at languages.”
ごがくがとくいです。, ごがくがとくいです。 (Gogaku ga tokui desu., Gogaku ga tokui desu.)