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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 “Where do you live?” In Japanese this is
Kaori: どこに住んでいますか。
(どこにすんでいますか。 Doko ni sunde imasu ka.)
The first word in the question is
Kaori: どこ
(doko)
Gabriella: meaning "where" in English.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) どこ
(doko)
Gabriella: Listen again and repeat.
Kaori: どこ
(doko)
{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: に
(ni)
Gabriella: the place marking particle, meaning "in"
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) に
(ni)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: に
(ni)
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Kaori: どこに
(doko ni)
{pause}
And next
Kaori: 住んでいます
(すんでいます sunde imasu)
Gabriella: meaning "to be living" or "to live."
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) 住んでいます
(すんでいます sunde imasu)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: 住んでいます
(すんでいます sunde imasu)
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Kaori: どこに 住んでいます
(どこに すんでいます Doko ni sunde imasu)
{pause}
Next is
Kaori: か
(ka)
Gabriella: the question marking particle.
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) か
(ka)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: か
(ka)
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Kaori: どこに 住んでいますか
(どこに すんでいますか。 Doko ni sunde imasu ka.)
{pause}
Gabriella: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “Where do you live?”
Kaori: ニューヨークに住んでいます。
(ニューヨークにすんでいます。 Nyuyoku ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: "I live in New York.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Kaori: (Slow) ニューヨークに住んでいます。
(ニューヨークにすんでいます。 Nyuyoku ni sunde imasu.)
{pause}
Gabriella: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Kaori: ニューヨーク
(Nyuyoku)
Gabriella: which is “New York.”
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) ニューヨーク
(Nyuyoku)
Gabriella: Now repeat
Kaori: ニューヨーク
(Nyuyoku)
{Pause}
Gabriella: Next is
Kaori: に
(ni)
meaning "in".
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) に
(ni)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: に
(ni)
{Pause}
Gabriella: And next
Kaori: 住んでいます
(すんでいます sunde imasu)
meaning "to be living" or "to live".
Kaori: (Slow, by syllable) 住んでいます
(すんでいます sunde imasu)
Gabriella: Now repeat.
Kaori: 住んでいます
(すんでいます sunde imasu)
{Pause}
Gabriella: Listen to the speaker say, "I live in New York.", and then repeat.
Kaori: ニューヨークに住んでいます。
(ニューヨークにすんでいます。 Nyuyoku ni sunde imasu.)
{pause}
Gabriella: To use a different phrase, replace “New York” with “Seoul.”
Kaori: ソウル
(Souru)
Gabriella: Seoul
Kaori: (slow) ソウル (regular) ソウル
(Souru) (Souru)
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Seoul.”
Kaori: ソウルに住んでいます。
(ソウルにすんでいます。 Souru ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “New York” with “Seoul.” Say “I live in Seoul.”
{pause}
Kaori: ソウルに住んでいます。
(ソウルにすんでいます。 Souru ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: To expand on the pattern, replace “Seoul” with “Madrid.”
Kaori: マドリード
(Madorido)
Gabriella: Madrid
Kaori: (slow) マドリード (regular) マドリード
(Madorido) (Madorido)
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Madrid.”
Kaori: マドリードに住んでいます。
(マドリードにすんでいます。 Madorido ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “Seoul” with “Madrid.” Say “I live in Madrid.”
{pause}
Kaori: マドリードに住んでいます。
(マドリードにすんでいます。 Madorido ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: To expand on the pattern, replace “Madrid” with “Rio de Janeiro.”
Kaori: リオデジャネイロ
(Riodejaneiro)
Gabriella: Rio de Janeiro
Kaori: (slow) リオデジャネイロ (regular) リオデジャネイロ
(Riodejaneiro) (Riodejaneiro)
Gabriella: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “Rio de Janeiro”
Kaori: リオデジャネイロに住んでいます。
(リオデジャネイロにすんでいます。 Riodejaneiro ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “Madrid” with “Rio de Janeiro.” Say “I live in Rio de Janeiro.”
{pause}
Kaori: リオデジャネイロに住んでいます。
(リオデジャネイロにすんでいます。 Riodejaneiro ni sunde imasu.)
QUIZ
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Japan and someone asks where you live. You live in New York. Respond to the question.
Kaori: どこに住んでいますか。
(どこにすんでいますか。 Doko ni sunde imasu ka.)
(five seconds) ニューヨークに住んでいます。
(ニューヨークにすんでいます。 Nyuyoku ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: Imagine you live in Seoul. Respond to the question.
Kaori: どこに住んでいますか。
(どこにすんでいますか。 Doko ni sunde imasu ka.)
(five seconds) ソウルに住んでいます。
(ソウルにすんでいます。 Souru ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: Imagine you live in Madrid. Answer the speaker's question.
Kaori: どこに住んでいますか。
(どこにすんでいますか。 Doko ni sunde imasu ka.)
(five seconds) マドリードに住んでいます。
(マドリードにすんでいます。 Madorido ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: Imagine you live in Rio de Janeiro. Respond to the question.
Kaori: どこに住んでいますか。
(どこにすんでいますか。 Doko ni sunde imasu ka.)
(five seconds) リオデジャネイロに住んでいます。
(リオデジャネイロにすんでいます。 Riodejaneiro ni sunde imasu.)
Gabriella: Now you want to ask that person where they live. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Kaori: どこに住んでいますか。
(どこにすんでいますか。 Doko ni sunde imasu ka.)
{pause}
Gabriella: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Kaori: どこに住んでいますか。
(どこにすんでいますか。 Doko ni sunde imasu ka.)
{pause}

Outro

Gabriella: This is the end of Lesson 3

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デリー に すんでいます。

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ベルリンに住んでいます。

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February 27th, 2018 at 06:23 AM
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しゅっしんはどこですか?(Where are you from?)

This can be asked as

どこ のしゅっしんですか? (どこ is located at the beginning.)


Where is A located?

You can say this in Japanese in two ways:

A はどこにありますか?

どこにAはありますか?


So the location of どこ in a sentence is not that important in Japanese.


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Loh
January 19th, 2018 at 12:16 AM
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Hi, I am an absolute beginner.

I have a question: based on Lesson 2 and Lesson 3

I noticed when we ask "where are you from" - しゅつしんはどこありますか

and ask "where do you live" - どこにしすんでいますか

Why is it that "どこ" is placed one in the centre, while another one placed in front?

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August 2nd, 2017 at 04:03 PM
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Hi Leo,


Thank you for your comment! Your sentence makes sense overall, however there is a minor grammatical error that I would like to address. Assuming that you are trying to say 'I am living in Columbia', this would be written as 'Koronbia ni sunde imasu'. 'Colombia' is pronounced with a 'n' sound ('Koronbia', not 'Korombia'). The second point is 'living' in Japanese is written as 'sunde', not 'sude'.


We wish you the best of luck with your further studies.


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