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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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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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January 6th, 2012 at 06:30 PM
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Practice making your own sentences here, and let us know if you have any questions! :)

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February 19th, 2021 at 02:05 PM
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marizさん

質問(しつもん)ありがとうございます😄

Maria = マリア (ma ri a)

Theresa = テレサ (te re sa)

Mariz = マリス (ma ri su)

You can say マリス と よんでください😇


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はじめまして!

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ジェイダ
February 18th, 2021 at 02:34 AM
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はじめまして!わたしはジェイダです。ダンサーです。

mariz
January 25th, 2021 at 09:56 PM
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まじめまして。私まMaria Theresa です。よろしくおねがいします。


can I please know the katakana of my name MariaTheresa . And how do I say ,you can also call me mariz.

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August 26th, 2020 at 07:38 PM
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Hi Everyone,

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はじめまして、ダリアさん、Laurentさん!😉


Marcelinaさん、

はじめまして!It depends on Original pronunciation. But it should be マルセリナ(Maruserina in Roma-ji)


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Lauren
August 9th, 2020 at 10:45 AM
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はじめまして。私はローレンです。

ダリア
June 12th, 2020 at 05:49 AM
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はじめまして。

私はダリアです。

Marcelina
April 7th, 2020 at 01:52 PM
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はじめまして。

私は Marcelina です。


How to write my name in katakana?

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August 22nd, 2019 at 01:15 PM
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Hi Charles,

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Charlesさん、はじめまして!


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Charles
July 23rd, 2019 at 10:12 AM
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はじめまして。

Nice to meet you.

わたしはちゃるずです。

My name is Charles.

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