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Useful Phrases / Words

Ken
Kendo_bc
Vancouver, BC
Post #: 118
This topic will be stickied so that everyone can easily find it. If you have any interesting phrases or words that you think everyone should learn post a message here and I will add it to the list.

Kanari ii yo (Renee)
Pretty good

Yokunai (Renee)
Not good

Hisashi buri (Renee)
Long time no see

Michi ni mayota (Renee)
I'm lost

_______ wo sagashite imasu. (Renee)
I'm looking for _________

_____ wa nan to yu imi desu ka (Ken)
What does ____ mean?

_____ wa Nihongo de nan to iimasu ka (Ken)
How do you say _____ in Japanese?
A former member
Post #: 54
Hisashi buri (Renee)
Long time no see

Michi ni mayota (Renee)
I'm lost


"Hisashiburi" is one word. It is NOT "hisashi" + "buri"; however, the base adjective is "hisashii", adverb is "hisashiku", and means "for a long-time".


"Mayou" is the base verb. Past-tense is "mayotta" (you need double "t"). This word means "being lost", and can be used any "lost" situation (not just for being lost in town or on street).
A former member
Post #: 1
nantetteta?

What was/were (you/he/she/they) saying? (informal)
Renee
Syreen
Vancouver, BC
Post #: 7
Binbouyusuri - Unconscious tapping or shaking. (ie. foot)
Binbo = poor man
yusuri = shaking
TheDruid-3X3
TheDruid-3X3
Surrey, BC
Post #: 202
Tasukette = Help Me!

Genki Desu Ka? = Hows it goin, eh?

Dozo = Be my guest, help yourself.

Hajimemashite = It is good to meet you.

Ki No Ronin
James
user 2645789
Vancouver, BC
Post #: 1
Asameshimae ( Before breakfast)
Easy job !
A former member
Post #: 64
Hantai-go no renshuu wo shimashou (Let's practice Antonyms)!
1-5 are adjectives, and 6-12 are verbs. Compare 8 & 9 and 10 & 11 (intransitive and transitive).

1. Asai (shallow) - Fukai (deep)

2. Semai (narrow/small) - Hiroi (wide/large)

3. Chiisai (petite/small/tiny) - Ohkii (large/big/huge)

4. Hikui (small/low) - Takai (tall/high)

5. Tumetai (cold/bitter) - Atsui (hot/passionate) or Atatakai (warm/kind/friendly)

6. Iku (go) - Kuru (come)

7. Tojiru/Shimeru/Shimaru (close) - Hiraku (open)

8. Sagaru (go down/decrese/discend) - Agaru (go up/increase/ascend)

9. Sageru (drop/down-grade/bring down/demote) - Ageru (raise/up-grade/bring up/promote)

10. Heru (decrease/become lesser/go down) - Fueru (increase/become more/go up)

11. Herasu (cut down/reduce/trim down) - Fuyasu (jack up/bump up/increase/raise/expand)

12. Deru (go out) - Hairu (come in)


Hiragana/Kanji-hyouki ni suruto motto wakariyasui desu ne.
Putting them in Hiragana with Kanji would make more sense. smile
TheDruid-3X3
TheDruid-3X3
Surrey, BC
Post #: 391
No one has included one of the most usefull and simplest statements:

Sushi O-Kudasai = Give me Sushi, Please.



Also, a very important statement for going to the washroom:

Benjo wa Doko ni Arimasu = Where is the Washroom.

Ki No Ronin
A former member
Post #: 1
nantetteta?

What was/were (you/he/she/they) saying? (informal)

Nani yu (iu) ta no? Translates as "what was that?"
A former member
Post #: 70
Choose a correct sentence.

1. Tomorrow will be sunny.
a) Ashita wa hareru deshou.
b) Ashita wa hareta deshou.

2. I can hear the chirping sounds of crickets.
a) Suzumushi no nakigoe wo kikoeru.
b) Suzumushi no nakigoe ga kikoeru.

3. Yuki often gets cranky.
a) Yuki-chan wa yoku heso wo magaru.
b) Yuki-chan wa yoku heso wo mageru.

4. I show my treasure to my friend.
a) Boku no takaramono wo tomodachi ni miraseru.
b) Boku no takaramono wo tomodachi ni miseru.

5. All three piglets were eaten by the wolf.
a) Sanbiki no kobuta wa mina ookami ni tabereta.
b) Sanbiki no kobuta wa mina ookami ni taberareta.

6. My favourite is spaghetti.
a) Watashi ga sukinsno wa supagetti ga sukidesu.
b) Watashi ga sukinano wa supagetti desu.

7. My math homework is not being completed easily.
a) Sansuu no shukudai ga nakanaka owarimasu.
b) Sansuu no shukudai ga nakanaka owarimasen.

8. The game I played with my friend was fun.
a) Tomodachi to yatta geemu wa omoshirokatta.
b) Tomodachi to yatta geemu wa omoshiroideshita.

Answers:
1. a)
2. b)
3. b)
4. b)
5. b)
6. b)
7. b)
8. a)
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