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Introduction - Japanese Lesson 1

Learn Japanese at the Japan Society Language Center!

For more than 30 years the Japan Society has provided Japanese language education of all levels.
Today, the Language Center offers 12 comprehensive levels of Japanese, as well as a variety of specialized courses and workshops including shod? (Japanese calligraphy), while also catering to native Japanese speakers by providing four levels of English conversation (ESL) classes and a Japanese Language Teacher Training Program. Classes are taught throughout the year, with semesters in the Spring and Fall as well as shorter, intensive courses at various times. Please visit us for more information and class schedules.

This introductory sample lesson covers eight basic greetings:

Good Morning - Ohayou (casual) gozaimasu (formal)
Good Afternoon - Konnichiwa
Good Evening - Konbanwa
Goodbye - Sayounara
Goodnight - Oyasumi nasai
Thank You - Arigatou (casual) gozaimasu (formal)
Excuse me, I'm sorry - Sumimasen
How do you do (nice

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Counting Numbers 1 - 100 - Japanese Lesson 2

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In this lesson you will learn how to count numbers in Japanese from 1 to 100.

1 = ichi
2 = ni
3 = san
4 = yon / shi
5 = go
6 = roku
7 = nana / shichi
8 = hachi
9 = kyuu
10 = jyuu
11 = jyuu-ichi
12 = jyuu-ni
......
20 = ni-jyuu
30 = san-jyuu
40 = yon-jyuu
......
100 = hyaku

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Days of the Week and Days of the Month - Japanese Lesson 3

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In this lesson you will learn both the days of the week and the days of the month in Japanese.

Days of the Week:

Monday = Getsuyoubi
Tuesday = Kayoubi
Wednesday = Suiyoubi
Thursday = Mokuyoubi
Friday = Kinyoubi
Saturday = Doyoubi
Sunday = Nichiyoubi


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Going to a Destination - Japanese Lesson 4

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In this lesson you will learn how to express going to a destination.

Vocabulary:

Ikimasu = to go
Ikimasen = (negative) to go
Ikimashita = (past) to go
Ikimasen deshita = (past negative) to go
depato = department store
shigoto = work
pati = party
eki = station
kyou = today
kino = yesterday
ashita = tomorrow
asatte = day after tomorrow
ototoi = day before yesterday
hai = yes
iie = no

Sentence structure:

place + ni + Ikimasu (or other tense of the verb)

To create a question sentence in Japanese, use the word "Ka" at the end of the sentence:

ka = ?

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4 Verbs (Nomimasu, Tabemasu, Mimasu, Kikimasu) - Japanese Lesson 5

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In this lesson you will learn 4 new verbs, nomimasu, tabemasu, mimasu and kikimasu and how to correctly use them in sentences.

Vocabulary:

nomimasu = to drink
tabemasu = to eat
mimasu = to see, to watch
kikimasu = to hear, to listen
nani = what
ashita = tomorrow
kyou = today
kino = yesterday
eiga = movie
kohi = coffee
suteki = steak
ringo = apple
rajio = radio
nihon no ongaku = japanese music
terebi = tv
miruku = milk
wain = wine
kupukekki = cupcake
ka = used at end of sentence to form question
o = particle used after object
hai = yes
iie = no

Sentence

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To do (verb) - Japanese Lesson 6

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Please view Lesson 5 for more verbs and vocabulary.

In this lesson you will learn a very useful Japanese verb "shimasu" - "to do". Proper sentence structure will also be covered, adding places, people and time to the sentence.

Vocabulary:

shimasu - to do (something)
benkyou o shimasu - to study
shigoto o shimasu - to work
kaigi o shimasu - to have a meeting
kaimono o shimasu - to shop
jogingu o shimasu - to jog
pati o shimasu - to party
tenisu o shimasu - to play tennis
kyou - today
ashita - tomorrow
kino - yesterday
asatte - day after to

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To give & To Receive - Japanese Lesson 7

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Please view Lesson 6 for more verbs and vocabulary.

In this lesson you will learn 2 very useful Japanese verbs "agemasu" - to give and "moraimasu" - to receive. Proper sentence structure will also be covered, adding places, people and time to the sentence.

Vocabulary:

agemasu - to give
moraimasu - to receive
kyou - today
ashita - tomorrow
kino - yesterday
asatte - day after tomorrow
ototoi - day before yesterday
tokei - watch
keki - cake
hon - book
takai - expensive
oishii - delicious
nihon no hon - japanese book
tomodachi - friend

Sente

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Family Members - Japanese Lesson 8

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In this lesson you will learn how to say the members of your family and another person's family. In Japanese there is a distinction between the two.

Vocabulary:

Your Family
sofu - grandfather
sobo - grandmother
chichi - father
haha - mother
ani - older brother
ane - older sister
otouto - younger brother
imouto - younger sister
musuko - son
musume - daughter
ryoushin - parents
kodomo - children
kazoku - family
shujin - husband
kanai/tsuma - wife

Another's Family
ojiisan -

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Telling Time - Japanese Lesson 9

Japanese Language Lesson 9 - Telling Time

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In this lesson you will learn how to tell time in Japanese! Be sure to practice your Japanese numbers as well.

Vocabulary:

1 o'clock - ichi-ji (ji counter for time)
2 o'clock - ni-ji
3 o'clock - san-ji
4 o'clock - yo-ji **
5 o'clock - go-ji
6 o'clock - roku-ji
7 o'clock - shichi-ji
8 o'clock - hachi-ji
9 o'clock - ku-ji **
10 o'clock - jyuu-ji
11 o'clock - jyuuichi-ji
12 o'clock - jyuuni-ji

AM - gozen
PM - gogo

Minute - pun/fu

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Japanese Language Lesson 10 - Particles

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In this lesson, you will learn an introduction to Japanese particles (specifically wa ?, ni ?, to ? and de ?). Please be on the lookout for future lessons, where we'll discuss particles further along with more grammar and sentence structure!

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Summary:

particle ? (wa) = topic marker
ex. Mary goes. = Mary-san ? (wa) ikimasu.

particle ? (ni) - place + ni = indicates direction/place
ex. Mary goes to Boston. = Mary-san ? (wa) Boston ? (ni) ikimasu.

particle ? (ni) - specific

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Japanese Language Lesson 11 - Interrogatives and Counters

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In this lesson you'll learn the wide variety of counters in Japanese! Did you know there's specific counters you use depending on a range of circumstances? From flat objects, to tall, cylinder shapes, to small and big animals and even a special counter for tofu! Along with these counters, we'll also go over some basic interrogatives to help you ask who's object it is and what kind of object it is. Good luck studying!

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Summary:

nanmai desuka? ???????? - How many (flat things)?

# + mai ?? - counter for flat objects (t-shirt, paper, stamps, postcards)
ichimai ???? - 1 (flat thing)
nimai ??? - 2 (flat things)
sanmai ???? - 3 (flat things)

nanbon desuka? ???????? - How many (long cylindrical objects)?

# + hon/pon/bon ???????? - counter for long cylindrical objects (umbrella, beer, wine, banana, pen)

* Depending on the mouth position, you will use # + pon (for closed) / # +

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Japanese Language Lesson 12 - Interrogatives

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In this lesson you'll learn all about the interrogatives within the Japanese language!

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Summary:

Mary-san wa ashita tomodachi to kissaten de ko-hi- wo nomimasu.
???????????????????????????????
Tomorrow, Mary and a friend will drink coffee at a café.

Nano wo nomimasuka?/ ?????????/ What will you drink?

Doko de nomimasuka?/ ?????????/ Where are you drinking?

Dare to nomimasuka?/ ?????????/ Who will you drink with?

Dare ga nomimasuka?/ ?????????/ Who is the one drinking?

Kinou/ ???/ Yesterday
Kyou/ ???/ Today
Ashita/ ???/ Tomorrow
Senshuu/ ?????/ Last week
Konshuu/ ?????/ This week
Raishuu/ ?????/ Next week
Sengetsu/ ????/ Last month
Kongetsu/ ????/ This month
Raigetsu/ ????/ Next month
Kyonen/ ????/ Last week
Kotoshi/ ???/ This year
Rainen/ ????/ Next year

Itsu nomimasuka/ ????????/ When to drink?

Mary-san wa sanji ni Tanaka-san ni aimasu/ ???

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Japanese Language Lesson 13 - Locations

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In this lesson you'll learn all about locations in the Japanese language!

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Summary:

Ue / ?? / Above
Shita / ?? / Under
Mae / ?? / In front
Ushiro / ??? / Behind
Naka / ?? / Inside
Tonari / ??? / Beside
Yoko / ?? / Beside
Chikaku / ???/ Near
Hako / ?? / Box
Isu / ?? / Chair
Kaban / ??? / Bag
Boushi / ??? / Hat
Hon / ?? / Book
Keitai / ???? / Cell phone
Tokei / ??? / Watch

Hako no naka / ?????? / Inside the box

Hako no ue ni pen ga arimasu / ?????????????? / There is a pen on top of the box.

Isu no ue ni kaban ga arimasu / ??????????????? / There is a bag on the chair.

Hon no shita ni keitai ga arimasu / ???????????????? / There is a cell phone beneath the book.

Ikkai / ????/ 1st floor
Nikai / ???/ 2nd floor
Sangai / ????/ 3rd floor
Yonkai / ????/ 4th floor
Gokai / ???/ 5th floor
Rokkai / ????/ 6th floor
Nanakai / ????/ 7th floor
Hakkai / ????/ 8th floor
Kyuukai / ??

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Japanese Language Lesson 14 - To like, To understand, To be good at

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In this lesson sensei goes over 3 important verbs and their different levels. Suki (to like), Wakarimasu (to understand) and Jouzu (to be good at). So please try them out whenever you have the opportunity!

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Summary:

Jouzu / ??????? / to be good at
Suki / ????? / to like
Wakarimasu / ??????????? / to understand

Basic structure:

(Subject) wa (noun) ga (jouzu/suki/wakarimasu) (desu - with jouzu and suki) conjugate verbs for past/present/negative tense

?????????????????Tanaka-san wa sukii ga jouzu desu
Mr. Tanaka is good at skiiing.

???????????????Tanaka-san wa sukii ga suki desu
Mr. Tanaka likes skiiing.

??????????????????Tanaka-san wa furansugo ga wakarimasu
Mr. Tanaka knows (understands) French.

Present/Negative/Past/Past Negative:

???????jouzu desu - (subject) is good at
????????????jouzu dewa arimasen - (subject) is not good at
????????jouzu deshi

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Japanese Language Lesson 15 - Adjectives

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In this lesson, sensei goes over both -i and -na adjectives! Learn these words and how to conjugate them to help you become more descriptive with your sentences! These are just some of the many adjectives you'll encounter in Japanese, so please go out and study to expand your vocabulary even more!

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Summary:

?-adjectives

??? / ?? / Hot

??? / ?? / Cold

??? / ?? / Expensive

??? / ?? / Inexpensive

???? / ??? / Big

??? / ??? / Small

????? / ??? / New

??? / ?? / Old

???? / ???? / Tastes good

??? / ??? / Does not taste good

?????? / ????? / It is hot.

????????/ ???????/ It is not hot.

?? / ??????? / It was hot.

?? / ????????? / It was not hot.

?-adjectives

???? / ??? / Convenient

???? / Beautiful, Clean

????? / ???? / Lively

???? / ??? / Healthy

????? / ??? / Kind, Gentle

????? / ??? / Famous

?????? / ????? / I am well.

??????????? / ??????

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Japanese Language Lesson 16 - Invitations

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This lesson covers making and accepting invitations in Japanese. You can learn with Miyashita sensei three ways to invite someone to different events. Best of luck!

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Notes

The basic form:
Question: change ?? to ????.
Answer: change ?? to ????.

Examples:
????????????????????????????
I will see a movie. Do you want to see?

????????????????????
Do you want to see a movie?

???????????????????
Yes, let's see it.


?????????????????????????????????????????????????
I will go to a concert. Do you want to go to the concert?

?????????????????????
Yes, let's go.


?????????????????????????????????????????????
I will eat dinner. Do you want to eat dinner?

?????????????????????
Yes, let's eat.


????????????????????
I will go for a drive. Do you want to go for a drive?

?????????
Yes, let's go.


Sensei's secret pyramid of listener's choice:
Tier 1— ?????Let's...
Ti

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Japanese Language Lesson 17 - Te form conjugation

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Lesson 17 introduces the Te form of Japanese verbs. Miyashita-sensei will teach how to conjugate this essential form and in upcoming lessons will display the many uses for this verb form.

For this lesson, we are basing conjugation off of the -masu form of the verb.


Notes:

Regular 1 verbs:

Kaimasu????? - to buy
Machimasu????? - to wait
Kaerimasu?????? - to return
Shinimasu????? - to die
Asobimasu?????? - to play
Nomimasu????? - to drink
Kikimasu????? - to listen
Oyogimasu?????? - to swim
Hanashimasu?????? - to talk

Conjugation for regular 1 verbs -- the Te-form song:

1. i chi ri -- tte???? — ??
e.g. Kaimasu????? — Katte????
Machimasu????? — Matte????
Kaerimasu?????? — Kaette?????

2. ni bi mi -- nde???? — ??
e.g. Shinimasu????? — Shinde????
Asobimasu?????? — Asonde?????
Nomimasu?????— Nonde????

3. ki -- ite?? — ??
e.g. Kikimasu????? — Kiite????

4. gi -- ide?? —

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Japanese Language Lesson 18 - Te-form: Sentence Connection

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Lesson 18 utilizes the Te form of verbs that we demonstrated how to conjugate in Lesson 17. The first use of the Te form we will go over is for sentence connection, much like the english "and". Stay tuned for future lessons that will further expand on these ideas!


Notes:

Example 1:

Ashita yunion sukuea ni ikimasu???????????????????[I] will go to Union Square tomorrow.
Kutsu o kaimasu??????????[I] buy shoes.
Ashita yunion sukuea ni itte, kutsu o kaimasu??????????????????????????[I] will go to Union Square and buy shoes tomorrow.
Kinou yunion sukuea ni itte, kutsu o kaimashita???????????????????????????[I] went to Union Square and bought shoes yesterday.

**Note** te-form does not change for past or present tense


Example 2:

Tomodachi ni aimasu????????????[I] meet friends.
Koohii o nomimasu????????????[I] drink coffee.
Tomodachi ni atte, koohii o nomimasu???????????????

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Japanese Language Lesson 19 - Te-form: Te Kudasai

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This lesson covers sentence pattern "te-kudasai." It is a way to say the magic word "please" in Japanese using te-form. Please stay tuned for future lessons on the many usages of te-form!

Notes:

Please Listen:
?????--?????????kikimasu -- kiitekudasai
to listen (regular I verb)

??CD??????????Kono CD o kiitekudasai.
Please listen to this CD.


Please Read:
?????--?????????yomimasu -- yondekudasai
to read (regular I verb)

?????????????????Kono Nihon no hon o yondekudasai.
Please read this Japanese book.


Please Watch:
????--????????mimasu -- mitekudasai
to see (regular II verb)

??????????????????Kono omoshiroi eiga o mitekudasai.
Please watch this interesting movie.


Please Deliver:
??????--??????????todokemasu -- todoketekudasai
to deliver (regular II verb)

????????????????Kono pakkeeji o todoketekudasai.
Please deliver this package.


Please Come:
????--????????kimas

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Japanese Language Lesson 20 - Te-form: Te mo ii desu ka

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This lesson covers the sentence pattern "te-mo ii desu ka". With this sentence, you will be able to ask "may I?" in Japanese. Please stay tuned for future lessons on the many usages of te-form!

Notes:

May I read:
?????--???????????yomimasu?-- yonde mo ii desu ka (regular I verb)

????????????????????Kono nihon no hon o yonde mo ii desu ka?
May I read this Japanese book?


May I drink:
?????--???????????nomimasu -- nonde mo ii desu ka (regular I verb)

??????????????????????Kono furansu no wain o nonde mo ii desu ka?
May I drink this French wine?


May I eat:
?????--???????????tabemasu -- tabete mo ii desu ka (regular II verb)

?????????????????Kono keeki o tabete mo ii desu ka?
May I eat this cake?


May I watch:
????--??????????mimasu -- mite mo ii desu ka (regular II verb)

????????????????Kono eiga o mite mo ii desu ka?
May I watch this movie?


May I sit:
??????--????