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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 how to ask where something is located. After watching this video, you’ll be able to ask for directions.
Now, let's take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
スーパーは どこですか。 (Sūpā wa doko desu ka.)
あそこです。 (Asoko desu.)
Once more with the English translation.
スーパーは どこですか。 (Sūpā wa doko desu ka.)
“Where is the supermarket?”
あそこです。 (Asoko desu.)
“It's over there.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say "Where is [place]?"
The pattern is:
[place] は どこですか。 ([place] wa doko desu ka.)
This Japanese sentence literally translates as "[place] where is?" But it means "Where is [place]?".
For example:
"Where is the supermarket?"
スーパーは どこですか。, スーパーは どこですか。 (Sūpā wa doko desu ka., Sūpā wa doko desu ka.)
Now, how do you answer this question?
あそこです。 (Asoko desu.)
"It's over there."
Listen to it again:
あそこです。, あそこです。 (Asoko desu., Asoko desu.)
This Japanese sentence translates as "Over there is." But it means "It's over there."