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Newbie Lesson S2
Nihongo Doujou - Conversation Starters: Meeting New People in Japan
Made Easy!

1 Kanji
Kana
Romanization
English
2
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2
3
Vocabulary 3
Grammar Points 4

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Kanji
 
 !
 "#$!%&'()
* +,-  /. /0123
45 6789:!;< 45 9:!=>?@A

B C DEF/GGGIHBCDEFDEF/GGGI')
JKL .MNO JKL .MNO JKPQR ?STNU 
.-C23

Kana
VWX  
 9:

!  "Y8Z! XVXVWX [
6\
 + +,-  /. /0123
]^_ 6789:!`:9 ]^_ 9:!=>?
@A
abF DEF/GGGIbabFDEFDEF/GGG \

JKL .MNO JKL .MNO JKPQR ?STNU 
2 .-c623

Romanization
Natsumi Ydfefgfhfgjikflfmfnporqflsftufvfhflfwsfgfqfgfhfxporeflgfyfzfvf{fnpohfxpor|fnfhflfw
Watashi wa Sutairu Y tzfghfxfnf}fxfdf~porzfnf|po€fnfmfhflf|poufvfhflfw
Daigakuinsei desu.
Sh t Sh tufvfhflfwfvfnhflfmfnporqporhflfmfgufvfhflfw‚fdfƒfg„fgfqfgfhfxporeflfw
Fuyuka Konnichiwa. Watashi wa Kitagawa Fuyuka desu. Watashi wa
kaunser … fu fv fh fl w fs fg fq fg fh px ro fe l fg fy fz fv f{ pn o fh px ro f| fn fh fl w
Haruhito Etto... Higashi Haruhito desu. Etto, etto... gakusei desu.
Faburitsio Faburitsio desu. Fasshon k dfuporzf†fmf…ufvfhflfw‡rmfnfqpornfyfˆporzufvfhflfw
D dfƒfg„fgfqfgfhfxporeflgfyfzfvf{fnpohfxpor|fnfhflfw

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English
Natsumi Welcome! This is Style You. It's a pleasure to meet you.
I'm Minami Natsumi the president of Style You. I'm a
graduate student.
Shuu I'm Shuu. I'm a hairdresser. It's nice to meet you.
Fuyuka Hello. I am Fuyuka Kitagawa. I am a counselor. Nice to
meet you.
Haruhito Umm...I'm Haruhito Higashi. And...umm...I'm a student.
Fabrizio I'm Fabrizio. I'm a fashion coordinator. I'm Italian. It's
a pleasure to meet you.

Vocabulary
 Kanji
   Kana
  Romaji
dfefgfhfg
English
23 23 Y
dfƒfg„fgfqfgfhfxporefl
Welcome!
  D It's a pleasure to
9: 9: o-negai shimasu meet you
& ' ( ) [      6  \  watashi I, me
,-  /. /0 ,-  /. /0 daigakuinsei graduate student
678 678 hea sutairisuto hairdresser
=>?@A =>?@A Kon'nichi wa.
…
Hello.
3 D  E F D  E F kaunser
etto
counselor
let's see..., umm
') \ (casual)
 .-C  : c6 gakusei
Itaria-jin
student
Italian
JKPQR ? JKPQR ? dfuporzf†fmf…
(Nationality)
STNU  STNU  fasshon k fashion coordinator,
#$ Y8Z shachd
stylist
company president

Vocabulary Sample Sentences


76 Welcome to Japan!
Ydfefgfhfgji€p
  
 orxfgfzvj i            I'm Taro Tanaka. It's a pleasure to meet

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Tanaka Tar d fu fv fh fl w fs fg fq fg fh px ro fe l fg fz fv f{ pn o you.


!  
shimasu.
I'm Tanaka.
9:&wa,
Watashi 'Tanaka ()desu.  I'm a graduate student.
9:,wa-daigakuinsei
Watashi  /. /01desu.  I'm a hairdresser.
Watashi  6 7 8 waheacsutairisuto   desu. Hello. Nice to meet you.
9:=>?Hajimemashite.
Kon'nichiwa. @A I'm a counselor.
Watashi DEFwakaunser …ufCvfhflfw Umm...I'm Japanese.
9 
Etto...Watashi :  ' )   wa Nihon-jin desu. I'm a student.
Watashi 9:wa gakusei .-Cdesu.  I'm Italian.
Watashi 9: waJKItaria-jin PQR ?Sdesu. TNU 
 I'm a fashion coordinator.

Watashi 9:#wa$fasshon  kdfuporzf†fmf…ufvfhflfw I'm a (company) president.


Watashi-wa shachdufvfhflfw

4
Grammar Points
Target phrase:

9:! VWX 


1.Watashi wa Natsumi desu.

I am Natsumi.

9:!\
2.Watashi wa gakusei desu.

I am a student.

3.Watashi wa Itaria-jin desu.

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9:! .-c6
I am Italian.

Sentence Pattern:
Watashi wa_____desu.
9 
:     
  
  
9: ‡  gfq  |fv 
 g
por}|fnfqfeporzf{
fnfqfmpor} rv
Watashi
wa (
desu
 g
f l rn fxpor}fxorh v flpofn rvfzfmmfgfzf{ forhfxnf| porh fnfqfvfw
  orhvfmf„f|fg rgf{por}fn r„ufvfqpofvfu
The term copula comes from the fact that desu
from the combination of the particle de
 nfzfumfxfv fvf q  arimasu 
"to be."

This sentence pattern comes in handy when you introduce yourself.

1. Say your name!

9: VWX 


Watashi wa Natsumi desu.

5
Natsumi
VWX  ~nfgf|fnfz fhzfnf|fv
9: ]^_ 
ex) Watashi wa Fuyuka desu. 9:abF ‡f|flf„flfefnfw

Watashi wa Haruhito desu. ‡f|fnfqflfxpormfgfw 
And what's your name?
Watashi wa_____desu.
9 
:      
  
  
2. Say your occupation!

Watashi wa gakusei desu.

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9:')

gakusei
')  \ hfmflfufvfzfm 
ex) Watashi wa hea sutairisuto desu.
9 :,-  /. /01 ‡f|n
stylist."
Watashi wa daigakuinsei desu.
9:&'() [6\ ‡f|n
graduate student."

And what's your occupation?


Watashi wa _____ desu.
9: 
*Even if you don't know how to say your occupation in Japanese, don't worry! Just
use the English word for the time being.

3. Say your nationality!

9: .-C
Watashi wa Itaria-jin desu.c6

6 Itaria-jin

 
. - C
c 6    r‡ fm n f ro fn 
z f
fv fq fh fg z 
9: L A c6 ‡nf|fqfnfƒpo fornfzfw 
9:  C  ‡nf| k porhfhfw 
ex) Watashi wa Burajiru-jin desu.
Watashi wa Suisu-jin desu.

And what's your nationality?


Watashi wa_____desu.
9 
:  ! 
 Watashi wa is often omitted when it is understood from the context.

See the following examples:

9: VWX  Natsumi desu. VWX 


Watashi wa Natsumi desu.
Watashi wa gakusei desu.
9:\ Gakusei desu.

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 \

9: .-c6
 .-c6
Watashi wa Itaria-jin desu. Itaria-jin desu.

Useful
dfƒfg„fgfqfgfhfxporeflgfyf6zfvf7{fnp8ohfxpor|fnfhfl 23
expressions from today's dialog
 DKon'nichiwa
 Itaria-jin  .-C c6
 Dfd ƒfg„fgfqfgfhfxporeflgfyfzfvf{fnpohfxpor|fnfhfl
2
3 

This literally means "please be good to me." It is a commonly used expression


which corresponds to "it's a pleasure to meet you."

In Japanese speech, there are several levels of politeness. Compare the following
expressions:

- D dfƒfg„fgfqfgfhfxporeflgfyfzfvf{fnpohfxpor|fnfhfl 23
-----Very polite expression 
7 - Yoroshiku o-negai shimasu
-----Polite 2 3 
expression
- Ddfƒfg„fgfqfgfhfxporefl

- Yoroshiku
-----Casual expression,
  not to be used to elders or superiors

-----Very casual expression


6Kon'nichiwa
78

It means "hello." or "good afternoon." Be careful not to stress the syllable ni


too much :)

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 Itaria-jin
.-C c6

C c6 f| vfnfzfh
fvfqfhfgfzgfq
fvfg
rvfwfxfvfzhfnf„porzf{hfgf|fvfgfzfv fhzfnfmporgfzfn formf„f~
C
jin c6 orhnfmfmfnf}fxfvfumfgmfxfvzfnf|fvgn}fgflfzfmfqf„fw jin

Guess the meaning! ?C


1) Supein-jin =C 
2) Kanada-jin
J A? C 

 Q Q SC-C 
3) Furansu-jin
4) Mareeshia-jin
5) Mekishiko-jin -  . =C 
6)Amerika-jin -A?   C 
7) Airulando-jin O /0A.-C
8) Osutoraria-jin . C 
8 9) Igirisu-jin
10) Doitsu-jin
 MC

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