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Sakura: はい、ジャパニーズポッド101でございます。おはよう東京、こんばんはニューヨーク、こんにちはロンドン。
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Sakura&Hatsumi: おはよう東京。
Sakura: サクラです。
Hatsumi: ハツミです。
Peter: Peter here and we are back with another edition of survival phrases. As always, we are brought to you by Erklaren, the translation and interpretation specialists. Okay now, this is the second part of the two part series. Last week, we introduced to different types of accommodations in Japan.
Sakura: Right.
Peter: Very informative. I have been learning the few things. I have been here that long and still learning, learning, learning. Now before we get into today’s lesson, thank you everybody. All the posts, the comments, the emails, the reviews, the votes.
Sakura: ありがとうございます。
Peter:本当にありがとうございます。 Hatsumi!
Hatsumi: ありがとう
Peter: Yes again for any questions, any comments and to get the PDF plus the kanji close up even for the survival phrase lessons for some of the advanced people out there, please stop by japanesepod101.com, okay so without further ado, let’s get into today’s lesson. Sakura, what do we have?
Sakura: Okay today my friend is here.
Peter: Uhhh.
Sakura: Yes my friend from high school actually.
Peter: Wow last year.
Sakura: 29だからね
Peter: Oh yes, yes.
Sakura: そうそうそう。Yes and she is my best…
Peter: Looks are deceiving.
Sakura: Yes my best friend and so, rather than you know me speaking all the time, she is going to do the conversation with Hatsumi.
Peter: Okay.
Hatsumi: こんにちは、リオです。初めまして。よろしくお願いします。 Hello my name is Rio and I am from Tokyo and I am a very good friend of Sakura.

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Peter: And for everybody out there who is planning to come to Japan, please pay attention to that introduction. It just may come in very handy for you while you are in Japan. Can you give us that one more time? ゆっくりお願いします。
Peter: Okay there it is. So now in today’s conversation, where are you from Hatsumi?
Hatsumi: I am from Tokushima.
Peter: Where are you from today?
Hatsumi: I am from America.
Peter: Yes and what’s your name?
Hatsumi: I am Roberts.
Peter: Hatsumi Roberts, oh…do you have – do you have a sister?
Hatsumi: Yeah I have my sister.
Peter: Your sister is the famous Julia right?
Hatsumi: Yeah.
Peter: Okay so what we are going to do now is get into the conversation. Now before we start, let’s give you little background. This is a conversation between a front desk clerk of a hotel and a customer Ms. Roberts sister, younger sister right will be playing the role of customer, playing the role of front desk clerk will be Sakura’s friend. See what you could pick up and at the end, we are going to break it all down. Okay action.
Peter: Okay very nice もう一度、お願いします。ゆっくりお願いします。
Peter: Welcome to the grand hotel. It’s nice to have you.
Peter: I would like to check in. Check in please.
Peter: Yes. Your name please.
Peter: I am Roberts. Roberts, Hatsumi Roberts.
Peter: Could you please spell your name?
Peter: Roberts.
Peter: Thank you Ms. Roberts.
Peter: Two people for three nights, is this all right?
Peter: Yes.
Peter: This is the key.
Peter: Thank you, thanks. So this is very nice conversation because when you are checking into hotels, this is very close to how it’s going to go, right Sakura?
Peter: Now in this conversation, we made the assumption that the reservation was booked online. We imagine that many people probably have some type of game plan before they come to Japan and have the hotels booked. So we are relegating this conversation to checking in.
Peter: To a previously booked room. What do you think [*0:05:07.3].
Peter: Okay.
Sakura:Yeah okay.
Peter: Now in the future, we will do a dialogue about walking in room request and begging for homestays. This will come in handy when you knock on Sakura’s door. Please お願いします。
Sakura:Too small. No extra room.
Peter: Sakura, don’t lie. You live on the big hill.
Sakura:No way.
Peter: Now you live in the center of Tokyo in that big – what is it called, a palace? Where does the emperor live?
Peter: Yeah the 皇居 Yeah Sakura comes out to do the shows.
Peter: Just give a knock and ask to Sakura when you go to the -
Peter: Okay, okay. So let’s give you the first sentence one more time up close. Okay, Sakura what’s the first sentence?
Peter: Okay [ゆっくりお願いします。]
Peter: Okay. Inside of that sentence, there is two words that you should recognize. What are those two words Sakura?
Peter: And this is
Peter: Yes. Now in this case, the name of the hotel was
Peter: And this is
Sakura:Grand hotel.
Peter: Yes grand hotel.
Sakura:Name of the hotel.
Peter: Knowing [ph 0:06:25.6] Ms. Roberts, she likes to stay at the finest hotels. So yes, and then the grand hotel doesn’t sound cheap.
Sakura:Hmm no.
Peter: Yes. So yes, in this case, it’s probably a very fine hotel. Then there is one more word you should recognize which is
Peter: Yes. And what is this Sakura?
Sakura:It’s welcome.
Peter: Welcome. Now let’s get into the new material in there. What’s new in there Sakura?
Peter: Yes and this is.
Sakura:This is welcome as well.
Peter: Yes. This is welcome. Now Sakura, ようこそ break it down.
Peter: And one time fast.
Peter: Now the A gets used when we are talking about ようこそ this is a particle that’s used with it 日本へようこそ when we use this construction with ようこそ it’s something, something ~へようこそ.
Peter: And then いらっしゃいませ Okay then we had a customer and now what is the word for customer?
Peter: Yes break it down.
Peter: And one time fast.
Peter: Yes. Now remember we had the word for 様 which is just さん all dressed up in a tuxedo.
Peter: This is the most polite way to refer to somebody and being a paying guest, you get
Peter: Yes. You get not only the お客様 the most polite suffix. You also get the polite prefix which is
Peter: Yes. So 客 is customer.
Peter: Then we had the customer say
Peter: Okay. See if you can get this word. We are going to say it one more time. Think English, think English, here we go.
Peter: Maybe if you say faster Sakura, they can get it.
Peter: Check in.
Peter: Check in お願いします。
Peter: Check in please. Okay break this down for us.
Peter: And one time fast.
Peter: Okay. There it is. チェックイン、お願いします If you say in quick English, it might get through too. チェックインお願いします。
Sakura:Yes yeah I think so.
Peter: Okay. So the employee will come and what’s next?
Peter: Okay. Now this is
Sakura:Your name please.
Peter: Yes. Remember in the previous survival phrases, when asking for someone’s name, you add the polite prefix 「お」お名前
Peter: Here it is again asking for your name. Your name please which is
Peter: Okay. Then we answer,
Peter: Yes. Just add the des to your name.
Peter: Making it polite. Very, very useful and very, very polite rather than just saying Galante. All you have to do is add two syllables. Just add two syllables and you come across as so polite.
Sakura:Um that’s right.
Peter: Right Sakura?
Peter: So in this case, instead of saying Roberts, we said Robertsです
Sakura:That’s right.
Peter: And again if you try and speak the language, it will be reciprocated. It’s very much appreciated. So give it a try. Okay next we had
Peter: Okay. Again nothing to this phrase. Just a little something extra in there. It’s the same phrase as the previous one which was
Peter: Same phrase, just what’s new in there?
Peter: Okay break it down.
Peter: And one time fast.
Peter: Okay お名前のつづり and what’s this?
Peter: Yeah spell your name.
Peter: So while you come in and you might say Roberts, it might be a little difficult to spell. So just spell it out so they can check your reservation. Piece of cake! Okay then we have
Sakura:Then spelling out R,o,b,e,r,t,s,.
Peter: Okay next we have
Peter: Okay. Now もう一度お願いします。
Peter: Okay. Some new things in there but again nothing to be scared of. Now the first part
Peter: Yes. Now remember from the restaurant, we had this.
Peter: What was the question when you go into the restaurant?
Peter: Yes. 何名、何名様
Peter: Yes. How many people? Now here you made the reservation. So when you made the reservation, you put the number of people. So in this one, we had two. So they are just confirming two people, right?
Sakura:Umm right.
Peter: Again the 名様 is the amount of people. In front is your number that you put in.
Peter: Okay next we had.
Peter: Yes. 3泊 Now this is the nights, the amounts of nights.
Sakura:Right yes.
Peter: San is the number we count. Can you just count the five for us Sakura?
Peter: So this is the number of nights and you chose three. Now, the counter for nights is
Peter: Yes one more time.
Peter: Okay. So just the number plus the nights. Now you got to be careful. Counting this, sometimes it changes. We got some irregulars in there. So Sakura, can you count the five nights for us?
Peter: Okay. So [2泊、4泊、5泊] are the same. [1泊] and [3泊] they change a bit.
Peter: Just two irregulars.
Peter: No problem. Again just checking, confirming the amount of days. So before you go to check at the hotel, just check, see how many days it is, get the appropriate Japanese and then you will hear amount of people and name. Then we have
Peter: Okay. Now this is in its simplest form
Peter:いいですか Is this okay. That’s all they are saying. Two people, three nights. Is this okay.
Peter: But again they got to dress the Japanese out…
Peter: So the いい becomes
Peter: Again よろしい is just good. And in this context okay.
Peter: And then ですか? gets all dressed up into
Peter: But again same thing.
Peter: Nothing to this.
F: Yeah.
Peter: Okay now what else do we have in the conversation Sakura?
Peter: In normal Japanese, you would say
Peter: So it would be
Peter: But in this case, we say
Peter: Again just san dressed up in the tuxedo to make it more polite.
Sakura: Right.
Peter: The politest there is.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Okay. Next we have
Peter: Okay. What is this Sakura? What’s キー?
Sakura:キー is key.
Peter: Yep. There it is folks. They use the English word for key. Now there is another word for key, a Japanese word but in this case like many terms, the Katakana word is used in this case, right?
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Okay key, you hold it right?
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Give it to us one more time ゆっくりお願いします。
Peter: Okay and then we had
Peter: Okay and what’s the last part?
Peter: Which is
Peter: Dressed up in a…
Sakura: Tuxedo?
Peter: Yes. That’s all it is. All they are saying is, キーです
Sakura: Right.
Peter: But to make it into a very polite Japanese, they say
Peter: Okay and then finally we had the last greeting and that’s it folks. That’s all there is to it.
Sakura: Umm simple.
Peter: Simple. Now there is one more point we want to make. Now in this dialogue, we used お願いします right?
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Now you might come across this and actually I think you will come across this more often than what we gave you.
Sakura: Right.
Peter: We feel you should know this one. Okay instead of します what’s that word?
Peter: Yes. So the します becomes
Peter: Again it’s the same thing. It means します but again you can’t show up to a 5-Star hotel in Jeans. You got to wear the tux. So it gets turned into
Peter: Yes. So we are going to give you the dialogue one more time changing it into the more polite Japanese. Okay here we go.
Peter: Roberts です。
Peter: R,o,b,e,r,t,s.
Peter:ありがとう。Okay give us the two parts that change one more time.
Peter: Yes. Originally it was
Peter: And it changed to.
Peter: Okay very, very nice Sakura. You can also walk into the hotel and say
Peter: Is English okay and in most big cities, I think it will be okay.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: If the clerk says okay, you can say to be very polite, お願いします。
Sakura: Ah yes.
Peter: Which is very, very, very nice.
Sakura: Yes, Yes.
Peter: Very considerate of you. So for example, let’s do little example.
Peter: Sakura!
Sakura:Sorry, sorry.そうだ。Okay,okay.
Peter: I see you’ve never clerkit all and tell before.
Sakura: One more time…One more time. Okay DinDin Din Din...いらっしゃいませ。
Sakura: Yes.
Peter:お願いします。I would like to check in, okay and so on and so on.
Sakura: I don’t know what to say after that.
Peter: Maybe you should say, oh your Japanese is very good.
Sakura: Ah yes yeah.
Peter: Okay one more time. It’s a joke. Okay now one more phrase that I often use when I was in my early stages of Japanese. Even when I went to places and I spoke everyday Japanese, the Japanese they use in restaurants and hotels is sometimes too advanced for me. So what I would say is, 普通の日本語、お願いします。
Peter: And this usually worked too.
Sakura: Really?
Peter: Yeah because they would make the Japanese, they would take it from the very, very polite form and they turn it into well, polite Japanese.
Sakura: Right, right.
Peter: Which is much easier to understand.
Sakura: Ah that’s a good idea.
Peter: So yeah you can also say, if your Japanese is okay and you want to test it out, you can say…
Peter: Okay break it down.
Peter: And one time fast.
Peter: Okay and there it is folks.
Sakura: Umm.


Peter: All right. I think we ran a little long but again if this helps out, it was all worth it.
Sakura: Yes.
Peter: Okay. That’s going to do it.
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October 17th, 2016 at 05:34 PM
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Aidan Sowaさん、


Yes, that is right.

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October 9th, 2016 at 12:26 AM
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understanding such words as お客様 should be useful to know when and if I check into a hotel!:thumbsup:

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Konnichiwa. :smile:

どういたしまして。You are welcome.

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August 5th, 2016 at 07:22 AM
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Domo arigato gozaimasu Yuku -Sama

I am so happy for the answer. I was waiting for it


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Thank you for your questions.

1. The ‘o’ is a particle and must be put after an object.

2. The ‘no’ indicates a modified pronoun.

3. When you count people, you have to use ‘a.’ ‘b’ shows just numbers.

4. The ‘de’ indicates a state or condition of something.


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July 27th, 2016 at 12:04 PM
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ohio gozaimasu


1. what is the second o after the name?

Hai. O-namae o o-negai shimasu.

2. what is "no" before tsuzuri

O-namae no tsuzuri o o-negai shimasu

3. what is the difference between a and b about numbers

a/ hitori . futari . sanin . yonin. gonin

b/ ichi . ni . San ......

4. what does "de" means

de yoroshi ..... de gozaimasu

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Bananaman san,


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If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.

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March 18th, 2016 at 04:27 AM
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Thanks for the great audio lesson! These are really informative.

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March 15th, 2016 at 07:18 AM
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Rex san,


Well…I am sorry I don’t think I get you…:disappointed:

Achira means ‘over there’ and asoko is also ‘over there’ casually…

Could you please provide me with a small dialogue in order to understand the situation.

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