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Hiroko: What if you get lost and don’t know where to go? In this lesson, you are going to learn how to ask where something in Japanese. To say where something is, you can use the basic sentence structure AはBです。 (A wa B desu.) . For example トイレは、にかいです。 (Toire wa, ni-kai desu.) the restroom is on the second floor. かい (kai) means floor. So what if you want to ask where the restroom is? You can say トイレは、どこですか。 (Toire wa, doko desu ka.) どこ (doko) means where. So you can replace にかい (ni-kai) with どこ (doko) and just add the question mark and particle ka at the end of the sentence. Okay let’s take a look at this skit.
Ushijima: すみません。(Sumimasen.)トイレはどこですか。 (Toire wa, doko desu ka.)
Yuichi: トイレは2階です。(Toire wa, ni-kai desu.)
Ushijima: エスカレーターはどこですか。(Esukarētā wa, doko desu ka.)
Yuichi: あそこです。(Asoko desu.)
Ushijima: ありがとうございます。 (Arigatõ gozaimasu.)
Hiroko: Now it’s time for Hiroko’s hint. If you are going to a restroom in Japan and if the sign is only written in Kanji, this character means women and this character means men. So don’t get confused. See you next time.

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May 28th, 2010 at 06:30 PM
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Mina-san, kon'nichi wa!

Learning how to ask where something is one of the most important things you can learn in any language! Don't miss this video lesson ♪

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August 14th, 2020 at 01:46 AM
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Rachel さん

おしいです!(That was close!)

*2階


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Rachel
July 25th, 2020 at 11:39 PM
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オフィスは2回ですね。

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June 12th, 2020 at 07:10 PM
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Hi 部外者

Soooo true! 😆 Well perhaps you can use these phrases when there is no internet or if you forgot to download off-line maps 😜


Hi Cris

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will fix the problems as quick as possible! 😉


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Cris
May 13th, 2020 at 09:58 PM
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Hi!


The audios in the dialogue tab are not working. Could you please check?

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部外者
April 25th, 2020 at 12:38 PM
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"What if you get lost and don't know where to go."


Google Maps! 😜


御免なさい。

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August 13th, 2018 at 12:04 PM
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Hi Rakesh Singhal,

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I tried the video and it looks working well. Could you please try to refresh the browser?

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July 26th, 2018 at 09:45 AM
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Hi Fernando,

Thank you for your comment!


"toilet"/"lavatory" is called as" 厠(kawaya)" or "便所(benjo)" in Japanese originally, but we normally use "トイレ(toire)", one of loan words, or 化粧室(keshōshitsu) these days. 化粧室 literally means "powder room", but it is used for men's toilet somehow. I think トイレ sounds most natural when you talk about toilet or lavatory,


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Rakesh Singhal
July 22nd, 2018 at 09:27 PM
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It takes too long for video to start.Audio of conversation is missing here unlike other chapters.

Fernando
July 10th, 2018 at 01:28 AM
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Greetings from Spain, JapanesePod101.com Team. I have a simple question:


Is there a traditional or 100% Japanese origin word for toilet or lavatory? Due to it is written on katakana, I think "toire" comes from "toilet". And, if that word exists, in wich situations or places I can find it or use it?


Thank you!

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September 17th, 2017 at 08:25 PM
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Hi Anna,


Thank you for posting.


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