basic words

English Japanese(n.p.m.s.) Comments
I waa-tah-shee
watashi
Almost sounds like "what I see"
You aa-nah-tah
anata
Sounds like "Ann Nutter"
We waa-tah-she-touch
watashi-tachi
Sounds like "what I see, touch." "touch" makes a plural form
Hekaa-ray
kare
Say,"curry"
Shekah-no-joe
kanojo
Plural form is "kah-no-joe-touch"
This co-lay
kore
Plural form is "co-lay-ra", which sounds like "cholera"
That a-ray
are
Just sounds like "array". We cannot distinguish "r"sound from"l"sound. "r"and "l" sounds the same to our ear.
Itso-ray
sore
Usage is close to that of English.
Here koh-koh
koko
Unlike English, Koh-koh is a pronoun, not an adverb/
There sou-koh
soko
sou-koh is also used as a pronoun, not an adverb
Where dough-koh
doko
koh-koh wa dough-koh? (Where am I?)
Mr./Mrs./Miss sun/son
san
Mr.Tanaka=Tanaka son. Miss Yoshida=Yoshida son
Mother ha-ha
haha
"occur-son" is mom.
Father chi-chi
chichi
"Otto-son" is dad
Child koh-domo
kodomo
Children is "koh-domo-touch"
Adult oh-toner
otona
Plural form is oh-toner-touch
Man oh-toh-koh
otoko
"dun-say" means "male"
Woman on-naa
on'na
"jo-say" means "female".
Who daa-ray
dare
"Ann Nutter daa-ray?" Who are you?
What nunny
nani
"koh-ray nunny?" What is this?

first person singular "I"
Japanese society is really a stressful one. One reason seems to lie in its complicated launguage.
Depending on whether you are a man or a woman, or the situations where you speak,
you have to change your way of speaking.
For instance, for pronoun "I" we have several ways to refer to it, such as,"watashi"
"boku","ore","atashi". We use them depending on to whom we are speaking.
But, tell you what.
As far as we know, 99 percent of foreigners living in Japan use only "watashi",when referring to him or herself.
If you use "ore" or "boku" or "atashi", people think you are a little "strange foreigner".

numerals

English Japanese(n.p.m.s) comments
one it-chee
ichi
sounds like "itchy"
two knee
ni
sounds like "knee"
three sun
san
just sounds like "sun"
four she
shi
sounds like "she"
five go
go
just sounds like "go"
six lock
roku
just sounds like "lock"
seven she-chee
shichi
Almost sounds like "hitch".
eight hatch
hachi
Just pronounce "hatch"
nine que
kyuu
Just pronounce "queue"
ten jew
jyuu
Just say "Jew". Ok, let's count from one to ten. Ichy,knee,sun,she,go,lock,hitch,hatch,queue,jew
eleven jew-it-chee
jyuu-ichi
Just say like "Jew itchy". We have nothing against Jewish people.
twelvejew-nee
jyuu-ni
Sounds like "Jew knee"
twenty nee-jew
ni-jyuu
Just pronounce,"knee Jew"
thirty sun-jew
san-jyuu
"sun Jew" Have you got the knack?
hundred hya-koo
hyaku
100=hya-koo,200=knee-hya-koo
thousand sen
sen
1,000=sen 2,000=knee-sen
ten thousand mom
man
10.000=ichy-mom 20,000=knee-mom 35,000=sun-mom go-sen

next page