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Intro

Risa: Imagine you're visiting your Japanese friend's house. Your friend's mother answers the door and invites you in. What should you say? こんにちは。りさです. Risa here. Anyone can learn how to visit someone's house in Japan. In this lesson, you'll learn how. Ben has arrived at his friend Taichi's house. Let's watch!
Dialogues
Taichi's mother: はい。
Ben: ベンです。
Taichi's mother: ベン、いらっしゃい!
Taichi's mother: さぁ、どうぞ。
Taichi's mother: スリッパ、どうぞ。
Ben: ありがとうございます。
Ben: おじゃまします。
Taichi's mother: たいち、ベンくんよ。
Taichi's voice: は〜い。
Ben: これ、どうぞ。みなさんで食べてください。
Taichi's mother: あら、ありがとう。
Now with English translation.
Taichi's mother: Hello?
Ben: It's Ben.
Taichi's mother: Hi, Ben. Welcome!
Taichi's mother: Come on in.
Taichi's mother: Please use slippers.
Ben: Thank you.
Ben: Excuse me.
Taichi's mother: Taichi, Ben is here.
Taichi's voice: Okay.
Ben: Here's something for you. Please eat it with your family.
Taichi's mother: Oh, thank you.
Vocab
Risa: Here are the key words and phrases you need.
Ben: いらっしゃい
Risa: いらっしゃい
Alisha: welcome
Risa: いらっしゃい, いらっしゃい, いらっしゃい
Ben: さあ
Risa: さあ
Alisha: come on, now
Risa: さあ, さあ, さあ
Ben: じゃま
Risa: じゃま
Alisha: annoyance, interference
Risa: じゃま, じゃま, じゃま
Ben: 食べる
Risa: 食べる
Alisha: to eat
Risa: 食べる, 食べる, 食べる
Ben: 皆さん
Risa: 皆さん
Alisha: everyone
Risa: 皆さん, 皆さん, 皆さん
Ben: あら
Risa: あら
Alisha: oh, ah
Risa: あら, あら, あら
Key Phrases
Risa: Here are the key phrases from the scene.
Alisha: In the scene, how did Taichi's mother welcome Ben?
Taichi's mother: いらっしゃい。
Risa: いらっしゃい。いらっしゃい。いらっしゃい。
Alisha: This phrase means "welcome." It's used when you are welcoming your friends to your house. If you want to welcome someone superior to you, you say…
Risa: いらっしゃいませ。いらっしゃいませ。いらっしゃいませ。
Alisha: You will often hear shop clerks saying this phrase when you enter a shop.
Alisha: Now you try! Say Taichi's mother's line.
Taichi's mother: ベン
Taichi's mother: いらっしゃい。
Alisha: What did Ben say as he entered Taichi's home?
Ben: おじゃまします。
Risa: おじゃまします。おじゃまします。おじゃまします。
Alisha: There is no equivalent phrase in English, but it literally means "I will be a burden,” which is a way of saying you’re sorry to bother them by dropping by. It's a polite greeting when you enter someone's home, even if they invited you and you’re not bothering them at all!
Risa: おじゃまします
Alisha: Let's break this phrase down.
Risa: じゃまします
Alisha: is the MASU-form of
Risa: じゃまする
Alisha: which is made of a noun.
Risa: じゃま
Alisha: meaning "annoyance" and a verb,
Risa: する
Alisha: meaning "to do". Altogether it will make a phrasal verb,
Risa: じゃまする
Alisha: meaning "to bother someone" or "disturb someone." And at the beginning, add the honorific prefix...
Risa: お
Alisha: to say
Risa: おじゃまします。
Alisha: Again, it's used as a greeting when entering someone's home.
Alisha: Now you try! Say Ben's line to enter Taichi's home.
Ben: ありがとうございます。
Ben: おじゃまします。
Alisha: What did Ben say when he gave a small gift to Taichi's mother?
Ben: これ、どうぞ。
Risa: これ、どうぞ。これ、どうぞ。これ、どうぞ。
Alisha: It means "please take this one." You can use this expression when you give a small gift to someone.
Alisha: Let's break this phrase down.
Risa: これ
Alisha: means "this".
Risa: どうぞ
Alisha: Its basic meaning is "please" and it can be used to mean "please take it" when you offer something to someone. Altogether, we have...
Risa: これ、どうぞ。
Alisha: “Please take it.”
Alisha: So, if you want to mention what you are offering specifically, for example, "tea," rather than just saying "this," you can say…
Risa: お茶、どうぞ。
Alisha: "Please have some tea." or "Would you like to have some tea?"
Alisha: Now you try! Say Ben's line when he is giving a small gift to Taichi's mother.
Ben: これ、どうぞ。

Lesson focus

Risa: Now, the lesson focus. Here's how to visit someone's house in Japan.
Alisha: In Japan, people take their shoes off when entering a house. When you visit someone's house in Japan, make sure to take your shoes off at the entrance.
Alisha: Also, you might be offered indoor slippers at the entrance, just like how Taichi's mother offered Ben slippers.
Taichi's Mother: スリッパ、どうぞ。
Alisha: These are indoor slippers. Keep in mind that there will usually be different slippers to change into when you enter a bathroom or veranda, so don't go to those places with your indoor slippers!
Alisha: When taking off shoes and putting on slippers, what did Ben say?
Ben: おじゃまします。
Alisha: This is a common phrase used when entering someone's home. This is the polite version.
Alisha: If you want to say it more casually, like when you visit your very close friend’s, you can just say...
Risa: おじゃま!
Alisha: Also, when you are invited to someone's house, you might want to bring a small gift.
Alisha: Usually, it would be something to eat such as sweets or fruits, and the price range would be around 3,000 yen. This would vary depending on your age or the situation.
Alisha: When you hand it to your host, you say…
Ben: これ、どうぞ。
Alisha: Make sure to hold it with both hands. If it's in a paper bag, it's polite to take it out of the bag and then give it to them.
Practice
Risa: Now it's time to practice your new ability.
Alisha: You're visiting your friend's house. Ready? Here we go.
Alisha: You've just entered the house. What should you say as you take off your shoes?
Risa: おじゃまします。
Alisha: You have a small gift for your friend's mother. What should you say as you hand it to her?
Risa: これ、どうぞ。
Alisha: Great job!
Risa: おじゃまします。
Risa: これ、どうぞ。

Outro

Risa: よくできました! Now, watch the scene one more time. After that, you're ready to visit your Japanese friend's house. じゃまたね!

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April 10th, 2015 at 06:30 PM
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Have you ever visited a Japanese home?

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April 16th, 2021 at 08:56 PM
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Vu Tranさん


Thank you so much for your kind comment😇

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Vu Tran
April 13th, 2021 at 02:24 AM
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A very interesting lesson!

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August 26th, 2020 at 06:14 PM
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Konnichiwa Rachel,


Thank you for your comment.

If you were trying to answer to the question "Have you ever visited a Japanese home?",

いいえ、日本にいったことがありません is better which means "I've never been to Japan" otherwise your sentence 「いいえ、日本に行きません。」means "No,I don't go to Japan"


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Rachel
August 7th, 2020 at 06:15 AM
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いいえ、日本に行きません。

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October 17th, 2019 at 08:41 AM
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Hi Martin,


Thanks for the great question! You are paying a good attention! 😄

"I've noticed that Ben turned his shoes into opposite direction when changing to slippers. Is there some explanation why people in Japan do that?"

>> Yes, you are expected to do this. The reason for flipping the direction of your shoes and put them nicely is so that it will be much easier to put on shoes when you leave. It seems this custom comes from Samurai ritual so they could respond to unexpected enemy attacks quickly.


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Martin
September 20th, 2019 at 01:50 AM
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I've noticed that Ben turned his shoes into opposite direction when changing to slippers. Is there some explanation why people in Japan do that?

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May 18th, 2019 at 04:18 AM
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Hi Him,


Thank you very much for leaving a comment.

I hope you will have a chance to visit Japan someday...

It all depends on how much you study... If you ever have a chance to live in Japan, you will learn the language quickly, of course.


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Miki H

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Him
April 26th, 2019 at 10:02 AM
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の but I hope I get the chance and I got one question how long does it take to learn Japanese can I have a average 😭

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April 15th, 2019 at 08:44 AM
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Hi George,


Thank you for your positive feedback!


Let us know if you have any questions.


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George
April 6th, 2019 at 02:00 AM
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Outstanding Audio & Video Lesson!