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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Hi everyone! Welcome back to JapanesePod101.com. This is Japanese for Everyday Life, Lower Intermediate Series, Lesson 25 - Offering Your Help.
Kaori: こんにちは!古橋香織 です!Hi everyone, Kaori Furuhashi here!
Becky: I'm Becky. In this lesson, you'll learn a useful skill for offering help - How to offer your help at a party.
Kaori: Becky さん、パーティの準備をみんなでやったりしますか。
Becky: Yes, I sometimes help out for house parties at my friend’s place.
Kaori: 皆でパーティの準備をするときって、リーダーがいるとうまく進みますよね。
Becky: Right, when you work together to prepare for a party, you can do it better if you have a leader.
Kaori: ひとつの仕事が終わって、手が空いたら(E- if you are free)、リーダーに、何か手伝おうかと、聞くと、いいですね。
Becky:Once you finish one task and you're free, you should ask the leader what you can do for them.
Kaori:「今、手が空いてるんだけど、何か手伝おうか?」と言うといいですね。
Becky:It literally means, “Shall I help you with something, as I’m free now?”
Kaori: 今、手が空いてるんだけど、何か手伝おうか?
MODEL DIALOG
Becky: Listen to the dialogue and participate when prompted by speaking aloud in Japanese. Use the patterns of Japanese you studied in the Beginner-level lessons. After you speak, you'll hear a model line of dialogue. Your answer doesn't need to be exactly the same, but do compare your response to the model line. In this lesson, you'll play the role of a person who is helping out with the preparations for a party. Your goal is to offer your help to get ready smoothly.
Becky: You're helping out with the preparations for a party at your friend’s place. Say to your friend, “I’m free right now, shall I help you with something?"
(PAUSE)
You : 今、手が空いてるんだけど、何か手伝おうか。
Your friend: じゃあ、この椅子を並べてくれる?
Becky: Your friend asked you to set out these chairs. Say, “OK!" first. And after finishing it, say, “I’m done with arranging the chairs. Is there anything I can do next?”
(PAUSE)
You : いいよ。(Interval)
You: 椅子並べるの、終わったけど、次、何かある?
Your friend: そうねぇ。
Becky: Your friend said “Let’s see.” Say to your friend, “Shall I set out dishes?”
(PAUSE)
You : 料理、並べようか?
Your friend: 料理は、もうちょっと待ってて。あ、パーティの様子を撮ろうと思ってるんだけど、ビデオカメラをセットしてもらえる?
Becky: Your friend said “Wait a moment on setting out the food. I'm thinking of filming the party, so can you set up a video camera?”. Answer him with, “A video camera... I’m not really familiar with them, but I’ll try to do it."
(PAUSE)
You : ビデオカメラか。。あんまり詳しくないけど、やってみるよ。
VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Becky:Here are some useful words and phrases for this task. The first word is,
Kaori: 手が空いている、
Becky:It literally means “hands are free”.
Kaori:忙しくない、手伝いができる状態だという時に、「手が空いている」と言います。
Becky:It’s a phrase you can use to mean “not busy, but free to do something else.”
Kaori: 手が空いている、 (slow), 手が空いている、
Becky:The phrase with an opposite meaning is,
Kaori: 手が離せない
Becky:It literally means “can’t get hands off”. Naturally its meaning is, “busy” or “tied up”
Kaori: 手が離せない、 (slow), 手が離せない
Becky:Next is,
Kaori:詳しい
Becky:Its basic meaning is “detailed,” but it means “familiar with something” when it’s used with “something (J- に)”
Kaori: ビデオに詳しい
Becky:"familiar with video cameras"
Kaori: パソコンに詳しい
Becky:"familiar with computers"
Kaori: このレッスンのダイアローグでは、「ビデオカメラか。。。あんまり詳しくないけど」と言っていましたね。「あんまり詳しくない。」
Becky:"not really familiar with"
Kaori: この会話では、ビデオカメラが話題になっていることは明らかなので、「ビデオカメラにあんまり詳しくない」とは言わないで、「ビデオカメラに」の部分を省略しています。
Becky:In this dialog, it’s clear you're talking about “a video camera”, so you can omit (J- ビデオカメラに) out of (J- ビデオカメラにあんまり詳しくない)

Lesson focus

Becky:Now, this task requires a key expression, "shall I help you with something?”
Kaori:何か手伝おうか。
Becky:First is the phrase "something”
Kaori:何か
Becky:Next,(J- 手伝おう)is a volitional form of a verb meaning “to help” (J- 手伝う)
Becky:It's followed by a question-marking particle,
Kaori: か
Becky:Altogether they are,
Kaori: 何か手伝おうか。
Kaori: この会話で、「料理、並べようか」と言っていましたね。これも同じような文ですね。「料理、並べようか。」
Becky:"Shall I set out the dishes?"
Becky:(J- 並べよう) is a volitional form of the verb meaning “to set”
(J- 並べる)
Becky:So, the sentence structure you can use when you offer your help is, [volitional form of a verb ] plus (J- か).
Becky:Let’s practice. Say “Shall I set glasses on the table?”
(Pause)
Kaori: テーブルにグラスを並べようか?
Becky:Say, “Shall I go and buy drinks?”
(Pause)
Kaori:飲み物を買ってこようか?
Becky:What if you want to ask, "What shall I do next?"
Kaori: 次、何しようか?
Becky:(J- しよう) is a volitional form of the verb (J- する)
Kaori: 「次、何しようか」は、次にやることを指示してもらう時に便利な表現ですよね。
Becky:This is a useful expression when you need instruction about what to do next. Another version is,
Kaori:次、何かやることある?
Becky:"Is there anything that I should do next?"
Becky:Here's a shortened version of this expression.
Kaori: 次、何かある?
Becky:Literally "Is there anything next?"
Becky:Ask “What shall I do next?”
(Pause)
Kaori: 次、何しようか。
Becky:Ask “Is there anything I should do next?”
(Pause)
Kaori: 次、何かやることある?
Becky:The next key expression for this task is, “I’ll try to do that, although I’m not familiar with it.”
Kaori: あんまり詳しくないけど、やってみるよ。
Becky:The first part of this sentence is a clause meaning “I’m not really familiar with it”
Kaori: あんまり詳しくないけど、
Kaori: 「ビデオカメラにあんまり詳しくない」という意味ですが、ここでは、「ビデオカメラに」が省略されています。ビデオカメラについて話していることがはっきりしているからでしたね。
Becky:It's clear you're talking about a video camera here, so the phrase (J- ビデオカメラに)is omitted. And it’s just said as
Kaori: あんまり詳しくないけど
Becky:After this is a phrase meaning “I’ll try to do that.”
Kaori:やってみる
Becky:(J- やって)is the te-form of a verb meaning “to do” (J- やる)
Becky:It's followed by a verb meaning "to try"
Kaori:みる
Becky:They make a phrase meaning “to try to do”
Kaori:やってみる
Becky:It’s followed by a sentence-ending particle indicating declaration.
Kaori: よ
Becky:Altogether they are,
Kaori: あんまり詳しくないけど、やってみるよ。
Kaori: 何か頼まれたとき、うまくできる自信 (E- confidence) はないけどやってみると言うとき、「やってみる」を使います。
Becky:When you're asked to do something, but you don’t have confidence that you can do it, you say “I’ll try to do it” (J- やってみる)
Becky:Say, “I have no confidence, but I’ll try to do that.”
(Pause)
Kaori: 自信はないけど、やってみるよ。
Becky:Say, “I’m not sure if I can do it, but I’ll try to do it.”
Kaori: 出来るかわからないけど、やってみるよ。
PRACTICE OF DIALOG
Becky:Now try to participate in the dialogue using some alternative words you learned in this lesson. Use as many of the expressions you learned in this lesson as possible. Let's get started!
Becky: You're helping out with the preparations for a party at your friend’s place. Say to your friend, “I’m free right now, shall I help you with something?"
(PAUSE)
You : 今、手が空いてるんだけど、何か手伝おうか。
Your friend: じゃあ、このグラスを並べてくれる?
Becky: Your friend asked you to set out these glasses. Say, “OK!" first. And after finishing it, say, “I’m done with setting out the glasses. Is there anything I should do next?”
(PAUSE)
You : いいよ。(Interval)
You: グラス並べるの、終わったけど、次、何かやることある?
Your friend: そうねぇ。
Becky: Your friend said “Let’s see.” Say to your friend, “Shall I go and buy drinks?”
(PAUSE)
You : 飲み物、買ってこようか?
Your friend: 飲み物は買ってあるから大丈夫。あ、パーティで、プロジェクタを使うんだけど、プロジェクタをセットしてもらえる?
Becky: Your friend said “It's OK. We've got drinks already. I'm thinking of using a projector, can you set up the projector?”. Answer him with, “A projector... I’m not sure if I can do it, but I’ll try to do it."
(PAUSE)
You : プロジェクタか。。できるかわからないけど、やってみるよ。

Outro

Becky:Okay, That’s all for this lesson.
Kaori:パーティの準備などで、友達に手伝いを申し出たことはありますか。どんな手伝いを申し出ましたか。コメント欄で教えてくださいね。
Becky:Also, this is the end of this series. You've learned many phrases and expressions you can use in everyday life in Japan.
Kaori: こんなシーンで使える日本語を教えてほしいというリクエストがあったら、教えてくださいね。
Becky:Right! Please let us know if you have any requests for scenes or situations you want to know how to talk about.
Kaori: それではまた!
Becky:See you all next time!

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Hi Listeners! Let's practice "Offering your help in Japanese" here. 

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June 6th, 2019 at 9:42 am
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リコスさん、


コメントをありがとうございます。レッスンを気に入っていただけて、嬉しいです!

これからも頑張って下さい!質問があったら、いつでもコメント欄でお尋ねください。


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May 30th, 2019 at 8:14 am
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教えてくれてありがとう!こんなレッスンが好きですよ!

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February 15th, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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Hi Scott,


Thank you for posting!


We’re constantly adding new lessons to our website, so please stay tuned. :)


You can also check out more series of the Intermediate level. How about:

Words of the Week with Risa for Intermediate Learners

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson-library/japanese-words-of-the-week-with-risa-for-intermediate-learners/


Learn Japanese Conversations with Animation — Intermediate

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson-library/learn-japanese-conversations-with-animation-intermediate/


Hope you enjoy them as well! Looking forward to seeing you often here.👍


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Scott
February 13th, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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I'm also on "Team JFELLI" (Japanese for everday life lower intermediate!) and would love to see more episodes in this format.


The ability to practice speaking, and then compare with the model line, is really useful, especially if you're listening to the episodes in the car on the way to work.


私にはとても有益です!

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February 15th, 2018 at 2:03 am
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Hi Eliezer,


Thank you very much for your great feedback! We're glad to know that you're enjoying the lessons!


Please stay tuned! Every week we'll have new lessons for you!


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February 15th, 2018 at 12:53 am
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Hello JPod 101 Team!


I just want to say that I just finished this series and it is by far my favorite series out of all the ones you guys offer. The structure was great in helping me learn vocabulary, grammar, and better pronunciation. I would love if you guys did more lessons in this format! :)


Thank you!

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July 21st, 2017 at 1:06 am
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Hi Dan,


Thank you for commenting! We are glad that you're enjoying the lessons!


If you ever have any questions, please let us know! ;)


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Dan
July 7th, 2017 at 11:45 pm
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I just finished the "Japanese for Everyday Life Lower Intermediate" series. It was my first series at Japanesepod101 and I really liked it. I'm now starting "Lower Intermediate season 1" and so far I like the format from the everyday life series better. Maybe the more casual format will grow on me though.

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January 8th, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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Jeremy さん、

こんにちは。

Thank you very much for the feedback. I'll share your post with my team.

Actually, I've got a similar feedback to your 'only downside' about recent series,

so I believe that's definitely one of the elements that we need to improve! :innocent:


By the way, I guess 手が相手いる was typo...? It's 手が空いている OR 手があいている

(in hiragana).

So, in that dialogue, are they preparing for a party? :grin:


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November 18th, 2016 at 1:54 pm
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Okay...this series was really useful, and more complex than I thought it would be (longer sentences, casual soeech, that male accent I find hard to get) but it was really good for growing my language skills. I've learned a lot.


Only downside? Not as fun to listen too. No joking around at all, and I don't get the feeling that Becky and Kaori were even in the studio at the same time. It felt like they were each reading their lines independently in a separate booth...this was more like a regular Japanese class than a jpod series in that sense.