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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 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! What's your name in Japanese?

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October 2nd, 2020 at 12:44 PM
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Hi Atessa,


Thank you very much for your comment!

Your son's name, Aleksander is アレクサンダー or アレクサンデル in Japanese.

And Olek would be オレック:)


Hope you enjoy learning Japanese with us☺️


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Atessa
September 16th, 2020 at 09:30 PM
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Hi,


my son's name is Aleksander, but we also use diminutive Olek.

Would you be so kind and write for me the name Aleksander and Olek in Japanese?

Thank you :)

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July 17th, 2020 at 09:24 PM
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Magdalenaさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

I don't think so. Your name will be マグダレナ (ma - gu - da - re - na)👍

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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Magdalena
July 17th, 2020 at 07:56 AM
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agh my name seems a little hard ehe

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July 15th, 2020 at 06:44 PM
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Michaelさん、こんにちは!

コメントありがとうございます☺️

Yes, the sound キャ is actually pronounced as "kya", not "ka". But sometimes you might hear it as "ka", as our pronunciation of "kya" is not as strong as English "ca" sound in the vowel.


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Michael
June 16th, 2020 at 04:22 AM
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こんにちは。私の名前和マイケルです。


I had one quick question - in the name Catherine, the kana combination キヤ seems like it should read as "kya", but when saying the name it's pronounced more as "ka". Is this just the result of the speaker saying the word quickly or does the actual pronunciation use "ka" instead of "kya"?


ありがとうございます!

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May 30th, 2020 at 08:00 AM
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Hi Ashviqha sanchayan,


Thank you for your comment!😄

Your name in Japanese will be アシュビカ (Ashubika).👍

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Ashviqha sanchayan
May 28th, 2020 at 02:52 PM
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Watashi no namaye wa Ashviqha desu

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May 7th, 2020 at 09:18 PM
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Jamesさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

In the app, the expansion section has the example sentences for the vocabulary, so all the information in the expansion section in the app is available under "Vocabulary" on the site.


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James
May 5th, 2020 at 10:16 AM
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On the app, there is a vocab expansion section but I don't see it here online. Where would I find it?