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Three Rookie Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid. Don’t make these common mistakes. In this lesson, we are going to look at three frequent mistakes by beginners learning Japanese. They are super easy to avoid and it will only take 3 minutes. So here are the three mistakes. Your name plus san さようなら (sayōnara) when you see the person again that day and masu form plus desu. Okay let’s break them down. First we have your name plus san. san is an honorific suffix corresponding with Mr. or Mrs. in English for other people. So don’t use it with your own name, use it for other people’s name. Next sayōnara to someone who you are seeing again on the same day. sayōnara means goodbye or see you but you can’t use it when you are expecting to see that person again on the same day. So if you think you are going to see that person again on the same day, don’t use sayōnara and finally we have ます、です。 (masu, desu.) . This mistake is to say des after the masu form of the verb. For example, わたしは、ねますです。 (Watashi wa, nemasu desu.) is the formal form of ねる (neru) which is a verb meaning to sleep. です (desu) is the equivalent to English am, is or are. You can’t use des after a verb. So you can’t say ねますです。 (Nemasu desu.) but you just say ねます。 (nemasu.) but people sometimes say when they want to sound funny on purpose. So never use です (desu) after a verb. Okay let’s recap. First don’t use san with your own name. Next don’t say sayōnara when you will see that person again on the same day. And never use des with a verb. Now to the tip, Ta-dah. So, here is the informal way to say goodbye when you see that person on the same day. じゃ、また。 (Ja, mata.) see you later. じゃ、ま、た。 (Ja, ma, ta.) じゃ、また。 (Ja, mata.) わたしは、ひろこさんです。 (Watashi wa, Hiroko-san desu.) Now the right way is わたしは、ひろこです。 (Watashi wa, Hiroko desu.) わたしは、ひろこです。 (Watashi wa, Hiroko desu.) わたしは、ねますです。 (Watashi wa, nemasu desu.) わたしは、ねます。 (Watashi wa, nemasu.) わたしは、ねます。 (Watashi wa, nemasu.)


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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi mina-san! Be careful not to make these Japanese mistakes! Are there any other common mistakes you can think of?

September 25th, 2017 at 4:29 am
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Hi Anna,

Thank you for posting.
Ja mata and mata ne is exactly same.But ”Ne”:indicates emphasis, agreement, request for confirmation, etc.


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September 12th, 2017 at 6:46 am
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I heard ja mata, but I also heard people say mata ne.
Is there a difference??

August 30th, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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Hi despoina,
Thank you for your comment!

Yes, ます follows a verb and make it polite.
For example;
run: はしる(hashiru)→はしります(hashirimasu)
eat: たべる(taberu)→たべます(tabemasu)

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August 21st, 2017 at 6:01 pm
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Though, I wanted to ask; the ending —ます means the word is always a verb?

May 8th, 2017 at 8:31 am
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Adriana san,
I see.
Ⅰ recommend you to listen to the lesson again and again.
If you have specific questions, please post those here.

Glory san,
Children should use it to adults.
However, adults use ‘shitsurei shimasu’ to others and can use ‘matane’ or ‘jaa mata’ to friends.
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April 16th, 2017 at 6:47 pm
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oh! got it..:P

April 16th, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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if we are not suppose to use “Sayōnara (さようなら) to someone you’ll be seeing later that day”, is there any alternative word to say bye?

arigato gozaimasu!!

February 14th, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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this is a bit hard to understand… 😭

February 13th, 2017 at 11:57 am
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Seth san,
In Japan family name should be put first and first name should be put the second.
However, you are not a Japanese person, you can use your way. 😉
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February 5th, 2017 at 9:39 pm
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Do people in Japan prefer to use their last name first and first name second or is it the other way around?

(Meaning do I introduce myself as Mirisu Setsu or Setsu Mirisu)