Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Basic Japanese Lesson #1  

Hello everyone!
Today I will start doing a new series of Tutorial Tuesday,
and that will be a "Basic Japanese Lesson"
If you simply want to converse in basic Japanese,
then here is the perfect place for you.

So, let's get started!
Soredewa, hajimemashou! | それでは、始めましょう!

しょうかい | Introduction

Japanese | Furigana
ねこ:みなさん、 おはよう ございます。
      わたしは ねこです。
      どうぞ よろしく。

        わたしは にほんの うさぎです。
        とよだいがく[東洋大学]の がくせいです。
        せんもんは コンピューターです。
        どうぞ よろしく。

Neko: Minasan, ohayou gozaimasu.
        Watashi wa Neko desu.
        Douzo yoroshiku.

Usagi: Hajimemashite.
        Watashi wa Nihon no Usagi desu.
        Toyo daigaku no gakusei desu.
        Senmon wa konpyuta desu.
        Douzo yoroshiku.

Neko: Good morning everyone.
        I am Neko.
        Pleased to meet you.

Usagi: How do you do?
        I am Usagi from Japan.
        Student of Toyo University.
        Specialty is computer.
        Nice to meet you.

Watashi - I
Minasan - Everyone, all of you, ladies & gentlemen
Nihon - Japan
Ohayou gozaimasu - Good morning

Hajimemashite - How do you do?
[used when meeting a person for the first time]
Douzo yoroshiku - Nice to meet you - literally means
"please be good to me" [normally used at the end of self-introduction]

Gakusei - Student
Daigaku - College, University
Senmon - Specialty, specialization of study
konpyuta [Katakana] - computer

wa [は] - Is a topic marker. Indicates the topic of a sentence.
Like English prepositions, but always comes after nouns. As in "Watashi wa Neko desu." - "I am Neko." (As for me, I am Neko.)

no [の] - Indicates possession. In this case - "Watashi wa Nihon no Usagi desu." You are Japan's belonging, simply means you are Usagi from Japan. "I am Usagi from Japan"

Desu [です] - Is a copula, essentially a verb meaning "to be".
Can be translated as "is" or "are". Forms of "be" English include "is", "am", "are", etc, you get the idea. "Desu" goes at the end of the sentence - "Watashi wa Neko desu"

So that's all for today, and please *NOTE that since this is just BASIC,
there will be no further or deep explanation made here,
but you can always ask me question. Thank you!


Click here on how/where to learn read Hiragana & Katakana.
Stay tuned every Tuesday for the next Basic Japanese Lesson.


  1. YEAH!!! So great idea *^*
    I always wanted to learn japanese! Thank you for the lesson!!

    My blog: http://worldismagiiic.blogspot.fr/

    1. That's great! Now you can learn.. ^ω^
      Try to repeat the introduction again and again until you remember. ♥

  2. I finally bought my book to write your lesson (an Hello Kitty one héhé) and I have a question: How can I write my name in japanese? My name is Myriam.
    If I want to write a letter to my japanese penpal friend and want to introduce my name I want to try to write it in japanese ^w^

    1. Your name would be pronounced Miriam, so in katakana
      chara would be ミリアム with the romaji Miriamu . ♡(^∀^ ჱ)

    2. Okay, thank you dear!!! :D
      I will work hard until your next lesson ;)

    3. On more question about this lesson (sorry >o<). Desu is always "desu" no matter what the subject is?
      Or it will change like "be" in english??

    4. I don't really understand your question,
      but I'll try to answer.. ^ω^

      desu, yes.. always desu, for am , for is and all that is desu... example:

      Watashi wa Neko desu . I am Neko.
      Kore wa kaban desu . This is a book.

      I hope this help. ^∀^

  3. Yes, It is what I wanted to know :) Thank you :D

  4. I've always wanted to learn Japanese! It's such a beautiful language :)


    1. Then you should visit often, I post basic
      Japanese language normally on Tuesday. ^ ω ^
      And yes it is a beautiful language, I think all languages are beautiful.. ♡