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Eric: Welcome to japanesepod101.com, lesson 26, Japanese self introductions. Make a great first impression. My name is Eric and I am with Naomi Sensei.
Naomi: こんにちは、エリックさん。
Eric: こんにちは。 Naomi Sensei, I think we fooled everybody.
Naomi: え、なんで?
Eric: Didn’t we say that end of the series or at least the season was over?
Naomi: Yeah we did.
Eric: Got you. You know, we didn’t want to trick you. It’s just what happened Naomi Sensei. You probably like Lori so much that you just wanted to keep on. You never wanted to end and plus we want to know what happens in that samurai bus. All right, but we have a long way to go. We have another 25 episodes. So for all you listeners, just hang on and we are going to learn a lot more in this newbie series. In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce yourself in Japanese. Now we’ve touched on this in previous episodes right?
Naomi: はい。So this lesson will be a great review session.
Eric: And we are also going to introduce how to say nationalities and languages.
Naomi: Such as 日本人。日本語。
Eric: Japanese people, Japanese language. Look forward to it and this conversation takes place at.
Naomi: 大学。 University. I think they are at the meeting of international students.
Eric: And the conversation is between three people right?
Naomi: 水木さん、ロリーさん and our new character, リュウケンさん.
Eric: Where are they?
Naomi: You can find out in the dialogue.
Eric: Well let’s get to it.
水木一男: こんにちは。水木一男です。私は 留学カウンセラーです。よろしく おねがいします。じゃ、みなさん、自己紹介、おねがいします。
リュウケン: はじめまして。ぼくは リュウ・ケンです。中国人 です。中国語と 日本語を 話します。しゅみは 旅行です。どうぞ よろしく。
水木一男: はい、じゃ、次の人。
ロリー: ロリーです。出身は オーストラリアのパースです。しゅみは...。
水木一男: こんにちは。水木一男です。私は 留学カウンセラーです。よろしく おねがいします。じゃ、みなさん、自己紹介、おねがいします。
リュウケン: はじめまして。ぼくは リュウ・ケンです。中国人 です。中国語と 日本語を 話します。しゅみは 旅行です。どうぞ よろしく。
水木一男: はい、じゃ、次の人。
ロリー: ロリーです。出身は オーストラリアのパースです。しゅみは...。
水木一男: こんにちは。水木一男です。私は 留学カウンセラーです。よろしく おねがいします。じゃ、みなさん、自己紹介、おねがいします。
MIZUKI KAZUO: Hello, I am Kazuo Mizuki. I am the exchange student counselor. It's a pleasure to meet you all. I would like you all to introduce yourselves.
リュウケン: はじめまして。ぼくは リュウ・ケンです。中国人 です。
RYUU KEN: Hello. I am Ken Ryu. I am Chinese.
中国語と 日本語を 話します。しゅみは 旅行です。どうぞ よろしく。
I speak Chinese and Japanese, and my hobby is travel. It's nice to meet you.
水木一男: はい、じゃ、次の人。
MIZUKI KAZUO: Okay, next.
ロリー: ロリーです。出身は オーストラリアのパースです。しゅみは...。
LORI: I'm Lori. I'm from Perth, Australia. My hobby is...
Eric: You cliffhangered us again Naomi Sensei. Now I guess, I got to wait until next week to find out what Lori’s hobbies are. Wait Naomi Sensei, you taught Japanese in the states, didn’t you?
Naomi: Yeah, yeah I did.
Eric: So you must have done a ton of these self introductions?
Naomi: Yeah maybe.
Eric: So when you are asked to give a self introduction, what kind of information do you usually give?
Naomi: Not much, maybe name, hometown and hobbies.
Eric: That’s enough right?
Naomi: Yeah.
Eric: That’s enough. Actually yeah Japanese people often, they will tell you their hobby or some kind of interesting piece of personal trivia.
Naomi: I think it’s a great way to break the ice.
Eric: But you know what I have noticed, Japanese people’s concepts of hobbies are little bit different you know from the regular concept of what a hobby is right. A hobby is something that you love to do that you invest all your time in.
Naomi: And you can practice.
Eric: Right you can practice it or you can do it and have fun with it.
Naomi: The concept of Japanese people’s hobby is more like something you like to do in your free time. For example, some people might say, my hobby is sleeping.
Eric: You know that sounds funny but I have heard that many times. I heard that a couple of times now.
Naomi: 言いますね。
Eric: And you know, it gets your imagination going like wow! Maybe they are trying different techniques on sleeping, they read different resources in books and stuff. Maybe they analyze their own dreams, they practice lucid dreaming you know, who knows, who knows but it’s probably none of the above. It’s probably, they just like to go to sleep.
Naomi: そうですね。
Eric: And be asleep. How about you Naomi Sensei?
Naomi: My hobby? 趣味はお花とお茶かな?
Eric: They sound like real hobbies. You can practice them お花 which is flower arrangement.
Naomi: And お茶 Tea ceremony. So what about you? 趣味は何ですか?
Eric: 趣味はSleeping. Ae I am not Japanese but I totally buy into that non-practicing hobby thing.
Naomi: 次は単語です。
Eric: On to the vocabulary.
Eric: The first word is
Naomi: 自己紹介
Eric: Self introduction.
Naomi: (slow)じこしょうかい (natural speed) 自己紹介
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: 僕
Eric: I, me used by men.
Naomi: (slow)ぼく (natural speed) 僕
Eric: The next word is.
Naomi: 話します
Eric: To speak, to talk.
Naomi: (slow)はなします (natural speed) 話します
Eric: The next word is
Naomi: 趣味
Eric: Hobby.
Naomi: (slow)しゅみ (natural speed) 趣味
Eric: And the last word is
Naomi: 出身
Eric: A person’s origin. A person’s hometown or country.
Naomi: (slow)しゅっしん (natural speed) 出身
Eric: Let’s take a closer look at some of the vocabulary useful for self introductions. First we have
Naomi: 趣味
Eric: Hobby. The う is a short vowel. So it’s not しゅうみ it’s
Naomi: しゅみ
Eric: And the sentence pattern is
Naomi: 趣味は such and such です。
Eric: And the such and such can be anything.
Naomi: そうですね。
Eric: Well I mean it has to be a noun right.
Naomi: 趣味はスノーボードです。
Eric: My hobby is snowboarding.
Naomi: 趣味はテニスです。
Eric: My hobby is tennis.
Naomi: 趣味はピアノです。
Eric: My hobby is Piano. Naomi Sensei, 趣味は何ですか?
Naomi: 趣味はお花です。 I like flower arrangement. エリックさん。趣味は何ですか?
Eric: 趣味はピアノです。本当ですよ。
Naomi: You are musician だもんね。
Eric: So what’s the next word?
Naomi: 出身。
Eric: Hometown but it’s not just town right. It could be a country and the sentence structure is pretty much the same as 趣味。
Naomi: Exactly the same 出身は such and such です。
Eric: And as I just said, such and such could be a town, it could be a neighborhood, it could be a country, it could be a planet right.
Naomi: そうですね。planet yeah.
Eric: Right.
Naomi: 出身は東京です。
Eric: I am from Tokyo.
Naomi: 出身はカナダです。
Eric: I am from Canada.
Naomi: 出身はロンドンです。
Eric: My hometown is London and if you want to give detailed information such as I am from Akasaka in Tokyo, the particle の is used between the bigger area and the smaller area.
Naomi: Like 東京の赤坂
Eric: Akasaka in Tokyo.
Naomi: Tokyo is bigger than Akasaka. アメリカのケンブリッジです。
Eric: Cambridge in the US. This comes in handy when there is more than one place with the same name.
Naomi: あ、そうですね。イギリスのケンブリッジ。 There is also イギリスのケンブリッジ, right?
Eric: Exactly the Cambridge of England.
Naomi: エリックさん、出身はどこですか?
Eric: 出身はアメリカのマイアミです。 Naomi Sensei, 出身はどこですか?
Naomi: 日本の千葉です。千葉の北です。
Eric: Hah! All right, now we are done. So all you people who want to find Naomi Sensei, you know where to look, Northern Chiba.
Naomi: 次は文法です。
Eric: On to the grammar.

Lesson focus

Eric: Today’s grammar point is how to say your nationalities and what language you speak. In today’s dialogue, both the Chinese person and the Chinese language appeared in the dialogue.
Naomi: 中国人 Chinese person 中国語 Chinese language.
Eric: What is the one common point between these two words you just said?
Naomi: 中国
Eric: Which is?
Naomi: China.
Eric: The country. So all you do is attach Jin to the end of a country name and it becomes that country’s people.
Naomi: アメリカ人
Eric: American.
Naomi: フランス人
Eric: French.
Naomi: スペイン人
Eric: Spanish.
Naomi: スイス人
Eric: Swiss. Now be careful with this because in English, Switzerland is pretty you know, obvious but in Japanese, Switzerland is
Naomi: スイス。 We don’t put Land.
Eric: Right just Swiss which in English, Swiss means a person from Switzerland but in Japanese, a Swiss person is
Naomi: スイス人
Eric: Keep that in mind. And for the country’s language, you would say the country’s name.
Naomi: Plus 語. For example 中国語
Eric: Chinese language.
Naomi: 日本語
Eric: Japanese language.
Naomi: スペイン語
Eric: Spanish. How about English?
Naomi: It’s kind of an exception. 英語
Eric: 英語 And that first 英, where does that come from?
Naomi: It’s from the kanji reading we use for England.
Eric: Which is?
Naomi: 英国
Eric: So let’s practice a little. Naomi Sensei.
Naomi: はい。
Eric: You changed your nationality. You are now Spanish.
Naomi: Okay. 出身はスペインです。
Eric: I am from Spain.
Naomi: 私はスペイン人です。
Eric: I am a Spanish person.
Naomi: 私はスペイン語を話します。
Eric: I speak Spanish. Naomi Sensei, how do you say Germany and Japanese?
Naomi: ドイツ
Eric: So the Japanese got the original word of Germany from the German language and just turned it into…
Naomi: ドイツ。 So if I want to say that I am from Germany, I would say 出身はドイツです。
Eric: I am from Germany.
Naomi: ドイツ人です。
Eric: I am German.
Naomi: ドイツ語を話します。
Eric: I speak German and how do you say I am from Berlin in Germany?
Naomi: 出身はドイツのベルリンです。じゃあ、ゆうきさんに・・・
Eric: Oh ho, our producer and director Yūki-san, let’s ask him to introduce himself.
Naomi: ゆうきさん。自己紹介、お願いします。
Yūki: こんにちは。ゆうきです。出身は東京です。趣味はスノーボードです。どうぞ、よろしくお願いします。
Naomi: ありがとうございます。
Eric: Thanks Yūki-san.
Naomi: So his name is not ゆき, his name is ゆうき.
Eric: That’s huge difference because typically people named Yuki, they are girls.
Naomi: So だから、ゆうき。
Eric: All right. So did you catch that 皆さん. Yūki is from Tokyo, he loves snowboarding and if you have any further questions, just go on japanesepod101.com and leave a comment in the comments section.
Naomi: ゆうきさんは日本語と英語を話しますね。
Eric: Yes go ahead, ask away.


Eric: That’s all for today. See you next time.
Naomi: じゃあ、また。


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Please try to keep one politeness level without mixing 'da yo' and 'desu'. :)

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You can choose イヴァ or イヴ one close to your original name.

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Regarding  Whitby, ウィットビー should be better.


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