by Ogawa Language Institute
You must remember this, "East is just East
and West is just West"
the fundamental things don't apply,
as time goes
To non-Japanese Ladies and Gentlemem:
In Japan, if you speak
some people may think you are "a strange foreigner
Because in Japan, a foreigner is believed to speak only
his or her own language, not Japanese.
But if you speak a little Japanese,
even though it is broken,
then people feel very close to you and try to be
friendly to you.
A new pronunciation marking system(n.p.m.s.) which we invented and developed
is used here,
though academicism will surely ignore this.
each syllable like an English word.
||Sounds like "Yeah". Informal
||sounds like the state of "Ohio" in America.
||the same as Hello.|
||Sounds like "Combine what?"
||Sounds like "Oh, yeah? Sue me!"|
||This one is well known all over the world. "Sayonara"|
||Just sound like "hi"|
||Just say alphabet "E""A" |
||Almost sounds like "alligator" Don't say "crocodile".|
||Almost sounds like "Don't touch my moustache."
||Sounds like,"Go, men!" Informal|
|I am sorry.
||sounds like "Sue me, Massen!" Formal|
||Actually,we don't have "th"sound. So, "th"and"z" sound the same to us.
|No, thank you.
||Just sounds like,"E.A. Kekko,
Domo.(sounds like domo for
"Domo"is a very convenient word (expression),
used by native speakers. Thanks to the ambiguity of this word,(basically it is
an adverb meaning "very")
this word can be used on various occasions.
When someone gives you a present, you can say "Domo", instead of
saying "Thank you".
When you step on someone's foot on the train, you can
say,"Domo" instead of saying,"I'm sorry."
When someone died, you can say to
the bereaved family, "Domo" in a low voice, instead of saying, "My deepest
When you visit someone, you can say "Domo", instead of saying,
"Long time no see! How are you doing?"
This way, you can save your breath.
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