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Welcome to learn Japanese grammar, absolute beginner. In this video series, you learn basic Japanese grammar patterns and phrases through easy to follow audio and visual cues. Here is what we will cover in this lesson.
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Let’s get started.
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.)
Naomi:
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.)
Jessi:
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.). Can we hear a little bit slower?
Naomi:
は、じ、め、ま、し、て。 (Ha, ji, me, ma, shi, te.)
Jessi:
Great! And one more time at natural speed?
Naomi:
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.)
Jessi:
And this means nice to meet you.
Naomi:
Right. You can use this with anyone you meet for the first time.
Jessi:
Right, and that would be the first thing you say.
はじめまして。 (Hajimemashite.)
わたしはかおりです。 (Watashi wa Kaori desu.)
Jessi:
In this lesson, you will learn a very important sentence pattern. Your first sentence pattern in Japanese.
Naomi:
Yes. Okay, so the pattern is,
Jessi:
A is B. That is the meaning in English. For example, I am Jessi, you are Naomi, she is Jennifer.
We have A which is the item being talked about and then we have B which is what we identify it as.
So in Japanese, how would we say A is B?
Naomi :
A は B です。 (A wa B desu.)
Jessi :
One more time
Naomi :
A は B です。 (A, wa, B, desu.)
Jessi :
Let’s break it down. So we have
A, followed by
Naomi:
は (wa)
Jessi :
And then
B, followed by
Naomi:
です (desu) .
Jessi:
Okay, so the pattern one more time?
Naomi:
A は B です。 (A wa B desu.)
Jessi:
So where we have A and B, we can start inserting different words to make sentences.
Naomi:
Yes, 私はかおりです。 (Watashi wa Kaori desu.)
Jessi :
わたし (watashi) means I, and かおり (Kaori) is her name, かおり (Kaori) . So we just put of those into the A is B structure. A は B です。 (A wa B desu.) And we get?
Naomi:
私はかおりです。 (Watashi wa Kaori desu.)
Jessi:
I am かおり (Kaori). Or, my name is かおり (Kaori) .
Naomi:
You can leave off わたしは (watashi wa) and simply say your name plus です (desu) .
Jessi:
So for example, if your name is Ken, you can say either,
Naomi:
私はケンです。 (Watashi wa Ken desu.)
Jessi:
Or simply
Naomi:
ケンです。 (Ken desu.)
Jessi:
To say I am Ken.
Okay, so up until now, we can use names to complete this A は B です (A wa B desu) pattern. But we can insert other nouns, right?
Naomi:
Yes. For example, in place of B, you can also say your job. 私はパイロットです。 (Watashi wa pairotto desu.)
Jessi :
Which means I'm a pilot. Can we hear the same phrase a little more slowly?
Naomi :
私、は、パイロット、です。 (Watashi wa pairotto desu.)
Jessi :
And once again at natural speed?
Naomi :
私はパイロットです。 (Watashi wa pairotto desu.) .
Jessi :
Okay, great!
わたしはかおりです。 (Watashi wa Kaori desu.)
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Practice making your own sentences here, and let us know if you have any questions!😄

August 21st, 2017 at 11:58 am
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Jenny
August 21st, 2017 at 9:08 am
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わたしはジェニーです。😁

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Shane
August 7th, 2017 at 1:07 am
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はしめまして。
しやねです。
せんもんはえいこです。
よろしくおねがいします。

Shane
August 7th, 2017 at 1:04 am
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わたしはしやねです!
I am Shane!!

August 4th, 2017 at 11:06 am
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Hi Ronald,
Thank you for the comment!

I think just “ケンです。” is also widely used as the Japanese tends to omit a subject in a sentence when it is obvious. It might be used in semi-formal situations with casual atmosphere.

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August 4th, 2017 at 10:59 am
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Hi Abdulla,
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Ronald
August 3rd, 2017 at 12:44 pm
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Would ケン です。be informal speech?

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July 22nd, 2017 at 11:05 am
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June 11th, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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Hi Bob,
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パソコンテクニシャンは、日本語では”コンピューター技師(ぎし)”などと呼びますよ👍
You can call a computer technician “Konpūtā gishi” or so in Japanese.

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