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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Japanese learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Gabriella: In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question What's your name? In Japanese this is
Kaori: 名前は何ですか。
(なまえはなんですか。Namae wa nan desu ka.)
Gabriella: The first word in the question is
Kaori: 名前
(なまえ namae)
Gabriella: meaning “name” in English.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) 名前
(なまえ namae)
Gabriella: Listen again and repeat.
Kaori: 名前
(なまえ namae)
{Pause}
Gabriella: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Kaori: は
(wa)
Gabriella: meaning something like “is.” This is the subject-marking particle.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) は
(wa)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: は
(wa)
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Kaori: 名前は
(なまえは namae wa)
{pause}
And next
Kaori: 何
( なんnan)
Gabriella: meaning “what.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) 何
(なん nan)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: 何
(なん nan)
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Kaori: 名前は 何
(なまえ は なん Namae wa nan)
{pause}
Gabriella: And after that
Kaori: です
(desu)
Gabriella: meaning something like "is" or "to be". This is the sentence-ending particle.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) です
(desu)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: です
(desu)
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Kaori: 名前(なまえ) は 何(なん) です
(Namae wa nan desu)
{pause}
Gabriella: And next
Kaori: か
(ka)
Gabriella: the question marker.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) か
(ka)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: か
(ka)
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Kaori: 名前 は 何ですか。
(なまえ は なんです か。 Namae wa nan desu ka.)
{pause}
Gabriella: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “What's your name?”
Kaori: 私の名前は、マイケルです。
(わたしのなまえは、マイケルです。 Watashi no namae wa Maikeru desu.)
Gabriella: "My name is Michael.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Kaori: (Slow) 私の名前は、マイケルです。
(わたしのなまえは、マイケルです。 Watashi no namae wa Maikeru desu.)
{pause}
Gabriella: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Kaori: 私
(わたし watashi)
Gabriella: means “I.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) 私
(わたし watashi)
Gabriella: Now repeat
Kaori: 私
(わたし watashi)
{Pause}
Gabriella: And after that
Kaori: の
(no)
meaning "of.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) の
(no)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: の
(no)
{Pause}
Gabriella: And next
Kaori: 名前
(なまえ namae)
Gabriella: meaning “name.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) 名前
(なまえ namae)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: 名前
(なまえ namae)
{Pause}
Gabriella: Next is
Kaori: は
(wa)
Gabriella: the subject marking particle, meaning "is" or "to be".
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) は
(wa)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: は
(wa)
{Pause}
Gabriella: And next
Kaori: マイケル
(Maikeru)
Gabriella: which is the name “Michael.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) マイケル
(Maikeru)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: マイケル
(Maikeru)
{Pause}
Gabriella: And next
Kaori: です
(desu)
Gabriella: the sentence-ending particle, meaning something like “is.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) です
(desu)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: です
(desu)
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the speaker say, “My name is Michael.,” and then repeat.
Kaori: 私の名前は、マイケルです。
(わたしのなまえは、マイケルです。 Watashi no namae wa Maikeru desu.)
{pause}
Gabriella: To make another phrase, replace “Michael” with “Peter”.
Kaori: ピーター
(Pita)
Gabriella: Peter
Kaori: (slow) ピーター (regular) ピーター
(Pita) (Pita)
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Peter.”
Kaori: 私の名前は、ピーターです。
(わたしのなまえは、ピーターです。 Watashi no namae wa Pita desu.)
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “Michael” with “Peter.” Say “My name is Peter.”
{pause}
Kaori: 私の名前は、ピーターです。
(わたしのなまえは、ピーターです。 Watashi no namae wa Pita desu.)
Gabriella: To use a different phrase, replace “Peter” with “Catherine.”
Kaori: キャサリン
(Kyasarin)
Gabriella: Catherine
Kaori: (slow) キャサリン (regular) キャサリン
(Kyasarin) (Kyasarin)
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Catherine.”
Kaori: 私の名前は、キャサリンです。
(わたしのなまえは、キャサリンです。 Watashi no namae wa Kyasarin desu.)
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “Peter” with “Catherine.” Say “My name is Catherine.”
{pause}
Kaori: 私の名前は、キャサリンです。
(わたしのなまえは、キャサリンです。 Watashi no namae wa Kyasarin desu.)
Gabriella: To expand on the pattern, replace “Catherine” with “Marco.”
Kaori: マルコ
(Maruko)
Gabriella: Marco
Kaori: (slow) マルコ (regular) マルコ
(Maruko) (Maruko)
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Marco.”
Kaori: 私の名前は、マルコです。
(わたしのなまえは、マルコです。 Watashi no namae wa Maruko desu.)
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “Catherine” with “Marco.” Say “My name is Marco.”
{pause}
Kaori: 私の名前は、マルコです。
(わたしのなまえは、マルコです。 Watashi no namae wa Maruko desu.)
QUIZ
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you're visiting Japan and someone asks you your name. Your name is “Michael.” Respond to the question.
Kaori: 名前は何ですか。
(なまえはなんですか。 Namae wa nan desu ka.)
(five seconds)
私の名前は、マイケルです。
(わたしのなまえは、マイケルです。 Watashi no namae wa Maikeru desu.)
Gabriella: Now, your name is “Peter.” Respond to the question.
Kaori: 名前は何ですか。
(なまえはなんですか。 Namae wa nan desu ka.)
(five seconds)
私の名前は、ピーターです。
(わたしのなまえは、ピーターです。 Watashi no namae wa Pita desu.)
Gabriella: Imagine your name is “Catherine.” Answer the speaker's question.
Kaori: 名前は何ですか。
(なまえはなんですか。 Namae wa nan desu ka.)
(five seconds) 私の名前は、キャサリンです。
(わたしのなまえは、キャサリンです。 Watashi no namae wa Kyasarin desu.)
Gabriella: Imagine your name is “Marco.” Respond to the question.
Kaori: 名前は何ですか。
(なまえはなんですか。 Namae wa nan desu ka.)
(five seconds)
私の名前は、マルコです。
(わたしのなまえは、マルコです。 Watashi no namae wa Maruko desu.)
Gabriella: You want to learn that person's name. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Kaori: 名前は何ですか。
(なまえはなんですか。 Namae wa nan desu ka.)
{pause}
Gabriella: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Kaori: 名前は何ですか。
(なまえはなんですか。 Namae wa nan desu ka.)

Outro

Gabriella: This is the end of Lesson 1

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January 13th, 2014 at 6:30 pm
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Hello Listeners! What's your name in Japanese?

JapanesePod101.comVerified
October 24th, 2019 at 10:56 am
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Hello Delenn,


Thank you for your question.

Here are the names:

Delenn Colson デレン・コールソン

Ilia Colson イリ―ア・コールソン


We hope you'll have a great time in spring in Japan! ❤️️

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Delenn Colson
October 14th, 2019 at 3:00 am
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Hi! I was hoping to learn I could get some help with what my and my sisters names would be in Japanese. We’re planning a trip there in the spring. My name is Delenn (duh-lenn) Colson (kohl-son) and my sister’s is Ilia (eye-lee-uh) Colson.


Thank you so much!

Argiro Kotsetsou
August 6th, 2019 at 7:19 am
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Konnichiwa! Could you help me find my Japanese name?

My name is Argyro Kotsetsou (Ar-gy-ró

Ko-tsé-tsou). It's a Greek name, Αργυρώ (First name) Κοτσέτσου (Last name).


Thank you in advance!❤️

JapanesePod101.com
May 30th, 2019 at 10:20 am
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Hi Koddy Quinto,


Thanks for the question! Please see below. Katakana followed by (Romaji)


Quinto >> キント (Kinto)


Sincerely,

Miki H

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JapanesePod101.com
May 25th, 2019 at 8:22 am
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Hi Kenneth,


Thank you for asking the question!


Kenneth >> ケネス (Kenesu) Note that there's no 'th' sound in Japanese. So "su" is the closest sound to 'th.'

Cruz >> クルーズ (Kurūzu)


Hope this helps.


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JapanesePod101.com
May 23rd, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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Hi Laurel,


Thank you for your comment, and the clear reference for the actual sound!

Your names are ones of the difficult names to spell in Japanese. 😮

Laurel would be ローレル (Rōreru), and Kieran would be キーリン (Kīrin).


Hope you enjoy the trip to Japan!

Motoko

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Koddy Quinto
May 23rd, 2019 at 4:27 am
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Hello! My name is Koddy Quinto and I was wondering if you could translate my name for me. I already know how to spell Koddy (コーディ) but I can't translate Quinto, and also the letter "U" in Quinto is a silent letter.

Kenneth
May 19th, 2019 at 12:52 am
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Whats gonne be my name in japanese "Kenneth Cruz"

Laurel
May 17th, 2019 at 11:40 am
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Hello!


My brother and I are heading to Japan at the start of next month.

How should we pronounce our names when introducing ourselves?

Laurel ( https://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/english/laurel ;the UK reading)

Kieran ( https://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/Kieran )


Thank you very much for your time.

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November 9th, 2018 at 3:31 pm
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Hi Kharen,


Thanks for the question!

Kharen >> カーレン(Kāren)

Yap >> ヤップ(Yappu)


Thanks for studying with us!


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Miki H

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