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さちこ: さちこです。
Peter: Peter here. Newbie lesson #11. Natsuko-san.
なつこ: Hello. It’s nice to be back.
Peter: It’s really nice to be back and we are back with a newbie lesson. This is the level geared towards people who are new to the language. Now if this level is too easy for you, although it does get difficult at some point but if it’s too easy for you, stop by japanesepod101.com. Lots of different levels to select from. Tons of material on the net. Got to stop by and check it out.
なつこ: Sure.
Peter: Okay and Sachiko joining us again for a newbie lesson.
さちこ: Enjoying it here.
Peter: Now today’s lesson is quite interesting. Should we give them some hints Natsuko-san?
なつこ: Well maybe they can go without hints but it’s always nice to have more information.
Peter: Excellent point. Today we are going to be covering class 2 verbs. You may have come in contact with them but here what we are going to do is actually give you the – not only the polite Japanese probably what a lot of newbies come into contact with but also we have informal Japanese. So it’s a mix between the two. Okay here we go.
クマA: (伸びをする声)ウーン、おはようございます!
クマB: (眠い声で)なんだよ。
クマA: おなかがすいてきました。
クマB: おなかがすいた?
クマA: え~と、2月ですね。
クマB: まだ2月! まだ冬だよ! 眠いよ~。 クマは3月まで寝るよ。 私は寝る。
クマA: はい、わかりました。 私も
クマA: (伸びをする声)ウーン、おはようございます!
クマB: (眠い声で)なんだよ。
クマA: おなかがすいてきました。
クマB: おなかがすいた?
クマA: え~と、2月ですね。
クマB: まだ2月! まだ冬だよ! 眠いよ~。 クマは3月まで寝るよ。 私は寝る。
クマA: はい、わかりました。 私も
クマA: (伸びをする声)ウーン、おはようございます!
BEAR A (STRETCHING): Uhh, good morning.
クマB: (眠い声で)なんだよ。
BEAR B (IN A SLEEPY VOICE): What's going on?
クマA: おなかがすいてきました。
BEAR B: Hungry? What month is it?
クマB: おなかがすいた?
BEAR A: I'm hungry now.
クマA: え~と、2月ですね。
BEAR A: Uhh, it's February now.
クマB: まだ2月! まだ冬だよ! 眠いよ~。 クマは3月まで寝るよ。 私は寝る。
BEAR B: Still February! .It's still winter. I'm so sleepy. Bears sleep until March, so I’ll sleep.
クマA: はい、わかりました。 私も
BEAR A: Yeah, I got it. I'll sleep, too.
さちこ: Natsuko-san what did you think of the conversation?
なつこ: Maybe this winter is so warm. The bears can wake up before March.
さちこ: I think so too. It’s been a weird mix of really warm days and freezing cold days. It’s kind of crazy ha!
なつこ: Yeah.
さちこ: Well with that said, let’s move on to the vocab.
なつこ: 眠い
さちこ: Sleepy, drowsy.
なつこ: (slow)ねむい (natural speed)眠い
さちこ: Natsuko-san Next.
なつこ: お腹がすく
さちこ: Get hungry.
なつこ: (slow)おなかがすく (natural speed)お腹がすく
さちこ: This is not a vocab but it’s actually more like a sentence and the key words here are onaka a and すく where onaka means stomach.
Peter: But in the dictionary, when I look up stomach, I get い
なつこ: I know.
Peter: What’s going on here Natsuko-san?
なつこ: That’s a….
Peter: Natsuko-san, help us like you always do.
なつこ: 胃 is an organ inside you – inside the body, the stomach and Onaka is more like the middle part of your body. So it’s more general. You can say about the outside, not only the organs but お腹が出てきた like that.
さちこ: It means you are getting a little chubby around the waist.
なつこ: Yes.
Peter: Oh yeah.
さちこ : Ouch.
なつこ: Good example.
さちこ So a good way to memorize is I think you know the word naka which means center. So the center part of your body is Onaka.
なつこ: Good one.
Peter: Ah Natsuko-san, you always do it, you did it again. Thank you so much ありがとうございます
なつこ: You are welcome. And another word.
さちこ: すく
なつこ: That means to get empty.
Peter: So it’s actually a verb.
なつこ: Uhoo. So stomach and empty which means hungry.
さちこ: Great. Thank you for that breakdown.
Peter: Very interesting. Now in the conversation, we actually had the polite past of this which was
なつこ: お腹がすきました
Peter: Now this is extremely polite. More likely you will come in contact with the informal version which is
なつこ: お腹がすいた
Peter: Now the reason we are introducing this – obviously the grammar is way beyond this class but this is a set phrase and you really should know how to say it. I am hungry.
さちこ: Believe me.
Peter: Oh yeah.
なつこ: Very important.
さちこ: Yeah.
Peter: This is for survival here.
さちこ: Yeah.
なつこ: Yes critical.
Peter: Exactly. So this is why we are introducing this today. Again past tense and how we got the construction, that’s beyond the scope of this lesson but we will cover it down the road and actually we’ve already covered it last year. So if you are interested, you can jump to the beginner lessons but yes, this phrase Natsuko-san, one more time.
なつこ: お腹がすいた。 お腹がすきました。
さちこ: Natsuko-san, what’s one of the common ways of using this sentence?
なつこ: I think you often use it as a question.
さちこ: Really how do you make it into a question?
なつこ: You just change the intonation. You can use the whole phrase.
さちこ: お腹がすいた That’s it?
なつこ: Uhoo…
さちこ: Just the intonation?
なつこ: Yes and that means, are you hungry? That’s so convenient.
Peter: So if you come to Japan and say you are out with your host mother or out with some friends, you are going to get asked this question all day long.
なつこ: お腹がすいた、ピーター?
Peter: Now what do I answer? I want to be polite and how can I say, yes I am hungry.
なつこ: You can just say はい.
Peter: はい。 Okay.
さちこ: Great.
Peter: See Natsuko-san and Sachiko-san, sometimes you know, I just can’t let go. How could I – I know we can just say はい, that’s the easy way but what would be the very polite way. Can I say the same thing as the bear in here?
なつこ: はい、すきました。
Peter: Which is it is empty.
なつこ: Uhoo.
Peter: In the polite form, all right.
さちこ: Alright next.
なつこ: まだ
さちこ: Still, yet.
なつこ: (slow)まだ (natural speed)まだ
さちこ: Natsuko-san, can you use this in a sentence for us?
なつこ: まだ冬です。
さちこ: It’s still winter. What’s the next one?
なつこ: 寝る
さちこ: To go to bed. To lie down, to sleep.
なつこ: (slow)ねる (natural speed)寝る
さちこ: That’s something I’d like to do more of lately. Seems like been so busy. Today’s vocabulary is kind of my stay. 眠い。お腹がすいた。寝る
さちこ: Yeah the theme is deprivation. Something that modern working people maybe all too familiar with.
なつこ: Yes.
Peter: I think you hit the nail right on the head. Now let’s just take a quick look at the conversation. Now we are going back and forth here between the polite and informal. So Natsuko-san, what kind of relationship or Sachiko-san, what kind of relationship is between these two bears?
なつこ: Well apparently, there is some kind of seniority. The bear who is using the polite form is lower in status compared to the other bear and that’s why he is using a polite form to talk to his let’s say his supervisor, his boss or someone who is just older and should be respected.
Peter: That’s one thing about Japanese. Just by hearing the politeness level, you can kind of get a feel for what the relationship is or what the connection is between the two speakers.
なつこ: Although I am not very sure about you know bear communication and the social status.
Peter: Natsuko-san, come on.
なつこ: I know.
Peter: Now what we would like to first cover here is the months of the year. So Natsuko-san, can you give us the months of the year in Japanese and Sachiko-san will give us the English. お願いします。
なつこ: 1月
さちこ: January.
なつこ: 2月
さちこ: February.
なつこ: 3月
さちこ: March.
なつこ: 4月
さちこ: April.
なつこ: 5月
さちこ: May.
なつこ: 6月
さちこ: June.
なつこ: 7月
さちこ: July.
なつこ: 8月
さちこ: August.
なつこ: 9月
さちこ: September.
なつこ: 10月
さちこ: October.
なつこ: 11月
さちこ: November.
なつこ: 12月
さちこ: December.
Peter: Now in addition, in today’s lesson, we covered class 2 verbs. The Japanese is Natsuko-san?
なつこ: 一段活用動詞
Peter: Also referred to as 一段 verbs. We are cutting it close with time so for everyone interested in the grammar out there, stop by, check out the PDF. Really, really nice write up. Also other examples on how to conjugate. Okay you definitely want to stop by and pick that up. All right, I think that’s going to do for today.


なつこ: じゃあ、また明日
さちこ: 明日ね。


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However, まだ should be followed by ていません or ことがありません which indicate experience.

Therefore, the sentence should be 私はまだ学校に行っていません. 

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