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      Japanese Language

      Ok folks I'm gonna teach you Japanese ok? Taken stragiht from another forum im on called AnimeTheme.

      Greeting People
      1. Konnichiwa (ko-knee-chi-wah) - Hello (afternoon terms)
      2. Ohaiyo Gozaimasu (Oh-high-yo Go-zae-ma-su) - Good morning (morning terms)
      3. Konbanwa (Kong-ban-wa) - Good Evening (evening terms)
      4. Oyasumi Nasai (Oh-ya-su-mi Na-sai) - Good Night

      Questioning - Names
      Q. Onamae wa? (Oh-na-ma-e wa?) - Your name?

      A. girls say or formally Watashi wa _____ desu.
      (Wa-ta-shi wa _____ de-su)

      A. Only guys say... Boku wa _____ desu.
      (Bo-ku wa _____ de-su)

      Foot notes
      1. "ka" at the end of sentances usually indicate a question.
      2. "desu" is commonly used as the word "is" but not litterally. IE: Orange desu = Is Orange or A orange
      3. Japanese have a way of speaking to each other either Formally or Imformally. Like here its Proper or slang.
      4. "Gozaimasu" is usually at the end of many gestures as a way of being extra polite

      But here is the basics: there are 5 vowles (?) in Japanese - A I U E O
      A (ah)
      I (eee)
      U (ooh)
      E (ehh)
      O (ou)

      Good! I'll need assistance. if you may, please teach them the sounds of each chart. Later on, I'll try and upload a Hiragana and Katakana chart for them all.
      On with the next lesson...
      Introducing yourself
      The first thing you say is...
      Hajime mashite (ha-jee-meh ma-shee-teh)
      -means- Greetings

      Then introduce your name...
      Watashi wa ____ desu. -or- Boku wa ____ desu.
      You know this from lesson one.

      Then end if of with...
      douzo yoroshiku (Dough-zoh yo-row-shee-ku)
      -means- Please give me your favor.

      The last bit is like offering a favor so that the person you meet can be confortable with you in doing a more "personal" deed as they will for you.

      one - ichi (ee-chee)
      two - ni (knee)
      three - san (sa-n)
      four - Yon (yo-n) -or- shi (shee)
      five - go (go)
      six - roku (row-ku)
      seven - Nana (na-na) -or- shichi (shee-chee)
      eight - hachi (ha-chee)
      nine - Kyuu (ki-yu)
      ten - Jyuu (Ji-yu)
      eleven - Jyuu ichi (ji-yu ee-chee)

      To count after ten will be the word ten "Jyuu" and the next number, IE: Twelve = 12, 10 + 2 "Jyuu ni"

      To count to twenty one, = 21, 20 + 1 "Ni jyuu ichi"
      "Ni" or two is indicated as the 20, same goes for every other number up to 100.

      100 - Hiyaku (he-yah-ku)
      1000 - sen (seh-n)
      10,000 - ichi man (ee-chee mah-n)

      In the Japanese language, there are many irregular words. In this case, "man" is not 10,000. You must put "ichi" in front of it to indicate the 1 in front of the 10,000.

      How are you?
      Q: Ogenki desuka? (Oh-ge-n-key de-su-ka)
      means - How are you?
      A: Hai, genki desu. (Ha-eye, ge-n-key de-su)
      means - I'm good.
      A: Iie, genki jyanai desu. (Eee-eh, ge-n-key jiah-na-ee de-su)
      means - No, I don't feel good.
      A: Ma-ma desu. (Mah-mah de-su)
      means - I'm so so.

      Foot notes
      1. Japanese language is "Nihongo" (knee-ho-ng-go)
      2. "Jyanai" is used often for the negative meaning of many sentances and questions.
      3. "Genki" is a terms used for "good" or "Healthy".
      4. "Onegai" is the word for "Please", if put behind some formal sentances like "Douzo yoroshiku", it will imply more politeness and generosity in your part.
      5. For a more slang term of "Douzo yoroshiku", often Japanese will shorten it to just "Yoroshiku".

      R: is pronounced like a mixture of "R" and "L" at the same time.
      so "Rei" sounds almost like... "RLEI"
      (it takes a while to get used to)
      Also, "TS" is pronouned like "D" and "Z" at the same time.
      like... "TSUNAMI" is pronounced like "DZ-NAH-MEE" (note that the "U" in there is also silent)

      Thats correct! Your getting it!
      Thanks Kagome, I would find one but I got no scanner!
      Verbs - In "masu" form
      to write - Kakimasu (kah-key mah-su)
      to read - Yomimasu (yo-mee mah-su)
      to eat - tabemasu (ta-beh mah-su)
      to drink - nomimasu (noh-mee mah-su)
      to go - ikimasu (ee-key ma-su)
      to return - kaerimasu (kah-eh-ree mah-su)
      to come - kimasu (key mah-su)
      to sleep - nemasu (neh mah-su)
      to awake/get up - okimasu (oh-key mah-su)
      to listen - kikimasu (key-key mah-su)
      to watch/see - mimasu (mee mah-su)
      to buy - kaimasu (kai mah-su)
      to do/play sports - shimasu (shee mah-su)
      to study - benkyou shimasu (beh-n-key-yo shee mah-su)

      To use verbs in a sentances
      Present tense
      Watashi wa _(object)_ wo _(verb)_.
      "wo" in the sentance is pronounced "oh"
      IE: Watashi wa terebi wo mimasu.
      I watch television.

      Past tense
      Watashi wa _(object)_ wo _(verb root)mashita.
      IE: Watashi wa terebi wo mimashita.
      I watched television.

      -->You change "mimasu" to "mimashita". You chop off the "masu" to "mashita". You can do this to the other verbs like so... "Yomimasu" (read), to, "Yomimashita".

      Today, tomorrow...
      Today - kyou (key-yo)
      Tomorrow - Ashita (ah-shee-tah)
      Yesturday - Kinou (key-noh)
      -->The verb "To do" (shimasu) is used frequently in the Japanese language.

      Q: Nani wo shimasuka. (na-knee oh shee-mah-su-kah)
      What will you do?
      A: tenisu wo shimasu. (teh-knee-su oh shee-mah-su)
      I will play tennis.

      To incorperate "Today, tomorrow, and yesturday"
      A: Ashita, watashi wa sakka wo shimasu.
      (ah-shee-tah, wa-tah-shee wah sah-kah oh shee-mah-su)
      Tomorrow, I will play soccor.
      A: Kyou, boku wa karate wo shimasu.
      (Key-yo, bo-ku wah kah-rah-teh oh shee-mah-su)
      Today, I will do Karate.

      In the case of "yesturday", it must be in past tense. And it has a whole different question.
      Q: Kinou wa Nani wo shimashitaka.
      (key-noh wah na-knee oh shee-mah-shee-tah kah)
      Yesturday, what did you do?
      A: Kinou, watashi wa basuketto boru wo shimashita.
      (Key-noh, wah-tah-shee wa bah-sue-ket-to bo-ru shee-mah-shee-tah)
      Yesturday, I played Basketball.

      1. "Tenisu" (tennis), "Sakka" (soccor), "Basuketto boru) (basketball), "Terebi" (television), should all be in Katakana.
      2. "Shimasu" (to do) is used hibitually, so extremely often for anything that deals with "doing something", from homework to sports.
      3. "Shita" at the end of "Mashita" is also used behind "desu" as "deshita".

      hot- Atsui (ah-ts-u-ee)
      cold- samui (sah-moo-ee)
      warm- Atatakai (ah-tah-tah-ka-ee)
      interesting- omoshiroi (oh-moe-shee-roh-ee)
      boring- tsumaranai (ts-u-mah-rah-na-ee)
      new- Atarashii (ah-tah-rah-shee)
      old- furui (fu-ru-ee)
      hard/difficult- muzukashii (mu-zoo-kah-shee)
      easy- yasashii (ya-sah-shee)
      cheap- yasui (ya-sue-ee)
      expensive- takai (tah-kah-ee)
      big- ookii (ooh-key)
      small- chiisaii (chee-sa-ee)
      good- ii (ee)
      bad- warui (wa-ru-ee)
      tastes good- oishii (oh-ee-shee)
      tastes bad- mazui (mah-zu-ee)

      Negative forms
      To say "It's not..." or "It wasn't..." you put "kunai" and or "katta" at the end of the adjective like so...
      -->It's not cold
      The "i" at the end of "samui" was cut off and replaced by "kunai", for "katta"...
      -->It wasn't cold
      The "nai" this time was cut off the make a past tense.

      Now for a negative term for daily usage. You need to use "Jyanai" or "Jyaarimasen deshita" for past tense.

      "noun" + jyanai desu -{past}-> "noun" + jyanakatta desu.
      "noun" + jyaarimasen -{past}-> "noun" + jyaarimasen desushita.

      IE: Kyou wa ame jyanai desu.
      It's not rainy today
      Kinou wa ame jyanakatta desu.
      It wasn't a rainy day yesturday

      A Whole lot of words
      Rainy - Ame (ah-meh)
      Sunny - hare (ha-reh)
      Cloudy - kumori (ku-mo-ree)
      Snowy - yuki (yu-key)

      Spring - Haru (ha-ru)
      summer - Natsu (nah-ts-u)
      fall - Aki (ah-key)
      winter - Fuyu (fuu-yuu)

      left- hidari (he-dah-ree)
      right- migi (me-gee)
      top- ue (u-ee)
      below- shita (shee-tah)
      beside- soba (soh-bah)
      next to- tonari (toh-na-ree)
      front- mae (mah-ee)
      back- ushiro (u-shee-roh)

      Hey!- Anone (ah-no-neh)
      Go!- itte! (i-teh)
      Come!- kite (key-teh)
      What was it like?- Dou deshitaka? (dou de-shee-tah-kah)
      Jump in!- Haitte (ha-ee-teh)
      Really?- Hontou (ho-n-toe)
      Not again!- Mata (mah-tah)
      wait a minute!- Matte (mah-teh)
      Stop!- yamero (yah-meh-ro)

      Other nouns and adjectives
      fun - Tanoshii (tah-noh-shee)
      everyone - minna (mean-na)
      very - totemo (toh-teh-mo)
      afternoon - gogo (go-go)
      last week - senshuu (se-n-shoo)

      beach- umi (u-me)
      park- kouen (ko-u-eng)
      library- toshokan (to-she-yo-ka-n)
      friends house- tomodachi no uchi (to-moh-da-chee noh u-chee)
      pool- puuru (puu-ruu)
      city- machi (mah-chee)
      restaurant- resutoran (reh-su-to-ra-n)

      1. "Tomodachi" itself is "friend" is japanese
      2. "itte!" (go!) does sound like "ouch" but its with one "t" in romaji.
      3. Romaji is the english translation of the japanese characters.

      There are some exceptions to the pronounciations though.
      "SHI" is not prounounced as "SI", even though it is the 2nd letter of the "S" colum. Others are:
      TI is pronounced as CHI
      TU is pronounced as TSU

      ALSO... If you read a Japanese document, sometimes there are like a " thing on top of a kana. It changes the prounounciation of it. Not by much tho.
      If you add " to SHI it becomes JI
      TA" = DA
      SA" = ZA
      TE" = DE

      Q: jyuu sho wa? (juu-show-wa)
      Q: Jyuu sho wa nan desu ka? (juu-show-wa na-n-deh-su kah)
      Where do you live
      A:_(street name)_ no _(number)_ ban desu.
      IE: Paruku sutorito no 123 ban desu.

      itsu (ee-ts-u) - When
      tanjyoubi (tah-n-jou-bee) - Birthday

      Q: Tanjyoubi wa itsu desuka?
      A: Tanjyoubi wa _(month)_ gatsu desu.

      -->To congradulate someone on their birthday, you say "Tanjyoubi omedeto"

      Concept of "San, chan, kun, sama"
      San- used for girls and for "Misters and Miss'"
      kun- used for guys
      chan- used for best friends and young children
      sama- used for surpreme
      dono- used for ladies
      senpai- used for role models/teachers/your peer superior
      sensei- for a teacher/instructor

      To like
      Daisuki- Love
      suki- like
      amari suki- sorta like
      kirai- dislike
      daikirai- hate

      Q: _(object)_ ga suki desuka?
      A: _(object)_ ga _(certain suki)_ desu.

      yes- hai
      no- iie
      Excuse me- sumimasen
      congradulations- omedeto
      don't worry- iie iie
      sorry- Gomen
      really sorry- gomen nasai
      welcome- irashaimase
      lets eat!- itadakimasu (said before a meal)
      Great meal!- gochisosama (said after the meal)

      1."Ga", "Wa", "No", and "Wo" are indicator marks. They are what help the sentance flow as help the major understanding of a sentance.
      2. "Yo" and "ne" can often be found at the end of sentances in favorite animes. "Yo" means "You know" and "Ne" indicates a enlongated word and making it into a slangish type and somewhat more oftenly used in a persuasive matter.

      Where do yuo reside?
      Q: Doko kara desu ka? (doh-koh kah-rah deh-su kah)
      Where do you live?
      Q: Doko ni sunde imasuka? (doh-koh knee su-n deh ee-mah-su kah)
      Where are you living in?
      A: _(city)_ kara desu.
      -->"Doko" means where, "Kara" means from, "Sunde imasu" means "is living"
      -->Names of cities are usually in Katakana unless otherwise specified

      Q: Nani jin desuka? (nah-knee jee-n deh-su kah)
      What enthicity are you?
      A: Watashi wa _(enthicity)jin desu.
      IE: Watashi wa kankoku desu.
      I am Korean.
      -->"Jin" means enthicity, and so the word "Gaijin", commonly used for foreigners, is a term litterally meaning "Outside people"
      -->other countries...
      Korean- Kankokujin
      Japanese- Nihonjin
      Canadian- kanadajin
      Chinese- chuu gokujin
      German- doitsujin
      French- furansujin
      British- igirisujin
      USA- amerikajin
      Vietnamese- buetonamujin
      Irish- airandojin

      Q: _(activity)_wo _(verb)mashou ka?
      Shall we...?
      Q: _(activity)_wo _(verb)masen ka?
      Won't you come...?
      A: Hai, ii desu.
      Yes, sounds good.
      A: _(activity)_ wa dekinaindesu.
      I can't do...
      A: _(problem)_ wa chotto... _(problem)_ wa amari suki desu.
      Wait a moment... I don't like it

      IE: sushi wo tabemashouka?
      Shall we eat sushi?
      Hai, ii desu!
      yes, sounds good!
      sushi wo tabemasen ka?
      Won't you come for sushi?
      Sushi wa chotto... Sushi wa amari suki desu.
      Sushi... wait a moment... I don't like sushi.

      More Phrases
      Douzo agatte kudasai- Please come in/come up
      Osoukunaiite sumimasen- Sorry for being late
      demo- but
      Ganbarre- Good luck
      Shouzu- Well done

      1. When I usually enter a letter twice, it stands for a small "tsu", example "Ganbarre", the double "r" means a small "tsu" inbetween the "ba" and "re".

      What day?
      Q: Nan youbi desu ka? (na-n yo-bee deh-su kah)
      What day is it?
      A: _(Day)_desu.
      Is _(Day)_.

      Monday- Moon day- Getsuyoubi
      Tuseday-Fire day- kayoubi
      Wednesday-Water day- suiyoubi
      Thrusday-Tree day- mokuyoubi
      friday-Metal day- kinyoubi
      Saturday-Earth day- doyoubi
      Sunday-Sun day- nichiyoubi

      Day- youbi

      Q: Ima nan ji desuka? (ee-mah na-n jee deh-su kah)
      What time is it now?
      A: _(Time)ji desu.
      Its _(time)_.

      -->"ji" means is a marker for time.
      -->"Ima" means now

      To tell time, you use the numbers and place them infront of "ji"
      IE: Ichiji desu = 1 o'clock
      4 o'clock = yoji (not yonji)
      9 o'clock = kuji (not kyuuji)

      To say half past, you use "Han" after "ji"
      IE: Ichiji han desu = Its half past one.

      What Grade are you in?
      Q: Nan nensei desu ka? (na-n neh-n-say deh-su kah)
      What schooling grade are you in?
      A: Watashi/boku wa_(school level)(grade)nensei desu.
      I'm in _(school level)(grade)_.

      Elementary= shou gakkou
      Middle/junior high= Chuu gakou
      High school= koukou

      IE: Koukou ni nensei desu. = High school grade 11.
      -->each schooling has only a certain number of grades. For elementary its 6, Middle school 3, high school 3, and for collage its "freshman, sophomore, junior, senior".

      1. In japan, kids start schooling at the age of six and finish complusory education at the age of fifteen.
      2. 20 years of age in Japan means that you can do anything and you have reached "adult hood".

      hello ginchan
      here are a couple of words i
      that i have picked up
      Baka (BAH-kah)
      n., adj. - From the Japanese, meaning "idiot", "stupid", "foolish", etc.

      Bishoujo (bih-SHOH-joh)
      n. - From the Japanese, meaning "beautiful young girl".

      Dozi (DOH-zee)
      n. - From the Japanese, literally meaning "klutz". Is also attributed to the common action in anime of "falling down" whenever someone does something shocking/stupid/silly.
      ex. - That Usagi Tsukino is such a dozi.

      Dozo (DOH-zoh)
      adv. - From the Japanese, literally meaning "please", "kindly", or "by all means". It can be used in a number of conversational exchanges (such as acknowledgement or the answering of a request), and sometimes in conjunction with other words to give them different meanings. For example, using "dozo" with the word "yoroshiku" when introducing oneself means "pleased to meet you".
      ex. - You wish to sit down? Dozo.
      other forms: douzo

      Fuku (FUU-kuu)
      n. - From the Japanese, meaning "suit" or "uniform". Fukus are most commonly seen as part of a consistent dress code followed by Japanese schoolchildren and students. Fukus can also be seen in military functions. With regards to anime, the sailor fuku ( of Sailor Moon fame) is the most recognized and famous of fukus.
      ex. - Sailor Mars has the best looking sailor fuku of all the senshi.
      other forms - fukus (pl.)

      Gomen (goh-MEHN)
      exp. - From the Japanese, meaning "sorry". This is an expression/word that is obviously used when one wishes to convey apologies or humbleness over something that they did wrong. Adding the Japanese word "nasai" to the end intensifies the message of this expression

      Henshin (HEHN-shin)
      n. - From the Japanese, meaning "transformation". Is used to refer to transformation sequences in anime, whether they be of a human nature (say, the transformation of a man into a demon or a woman into a Sailor-suit wearing hero) or of a mechanical one (a robot transforming or morphing into another form, for example.

      Iie (EE-yeh)
      exp. - From the Japanese, meaning "no". While there are other Japanese words that convey the negative in a similar fashion, this is the most common and most polite. Iie can also be used as a confirmation of a negative spoken by someone else ("You don't like it?" "No, I don't".

      Ja (JAH)
      exp. - From the Japanese. It means "see you/see ya", and is a less formal way of saying "sore dewa" or "mata ne", which mean "well then/see you later". Using "ja" is most commonly seen between friends or close acquaintances.

      Kawaii (kah-wi-EE)
      adj. - From the Japanese, meaning "cute" or "adorable", usually attributed to things that deserve the term, like perhaps a bunch of baby chicks or small children. Some Japanese women in particular have a verbal spin on the word, as they sometimes say it in a high-pitched voice.

      Kisama (kee-SAH-mah)
      exp. - From the Japanese. Is an extremely impolite way of addressing someone - in fact, it may be the rudest way to talk to someone, as it carries a meaning of "damn you", or "you" with a condescending or sarcastic tone. Ironically enough, dividing out this word comes up with the parts "ki" (with one of its meanings being honor or esteem) and "sama" (an honorific reserved for those the speaker highly respects or considers their senior).

      Kun (KUHN)
      suf. - From the Japanese, meaning "friend" or "associate". Is used most commonly between those who are of a close, non-romantic relationship or those of equal status. Is most commonly used for men and boys, and never for a senior or superior, though technically, like most of the Japanese suffixes, it is genderless and can be applied to males and females.

      Miko (MEE-koh)
      n. - From the Japanese, literally meaning "voice of the gods", with a conventional meaning of "priestess". These holy women are generally a part of the temple and perform rituals of purification or summoning prayer.

      Nani (NAH-nee or nah-NEE)
      part., exp. - From the Japanese, meaning "what"? In certain grammatical situations and/or with certain verbs, a shortened version ("nan" may be used (i.e. "nan desu ka", meaning "what is it?".

      Ne (NEH)
      part., exp. - From the Japanese, usually added to the end of an expression, with the intent of verifying the truth of the expression from the person it is being spoken to. In other words, it carries a meaning of "isn't it?", "right?", "don't you think so?", etc., i.e. "You think I'm cute, right?". It is sometimes (though not often) used at the beginning of sentences or as a separate expression on its own.

      Ohayo (oh-HI-yoh)
      exp. - From the Japanese, meaning "morning" or "good morning". Most commonly used to greet someone at the start of a day. Is sometimes used with "gozaimasu" to emphasize the meaning of the word or to show respect.

      Omedetou (oh-MEH-deh-TOH)
      exp. - From the Japanese, meaning "congratulations". This particular expression is used mostly like its translative meaning in English, as it is used when complimenting or recognizing someone else's achievement or important event in their life. Japanese connotations of this word tend to lean more towards the "important/significant and successful event in someone's life" when using this word, rather than recognizing personal achievement or minor good deeds.

      Otaku (oh-TAH-kuu)
      n. - From the Japanese, literally meaning "house". In Japan, the term refers to someone with a heavy, and sometimes near-religious interest in something. In the Japanese culture it also carries a derogatory meaning, in the context of being someone with no real social or personal life outside of the object of their obsession (much like the term "fanboy" or "nerd" in Western culture). However, outside of Japan, the term may or may not carry a derogatory meaning depending on the person being referred to. Many anime fans in Western cultures proudly call themselves otaku, preferring to use the term to describe themselves as a "hard core", or knowledgeable, anime fan.

      Oyasumi (oh-YAH-suu-mee)
      n. - From the Japanese, meaning "good night" or in some cases "good bye". Used most commonly to end a conversation with someone at nighttime or near nighttime.

      Sama (SAH-mah)
      suf. - A Japanese honorific and suffix added to names, -sama is most often used to address persons of much higher rank or nobility (like royalty). It can also be used by someone in the case of addressing someone for whom you have great respect or even romantic interest. Holds more respect than the related honorific "-san". Some translations give it a meaning of "dear" or "darling", though this meaning is not always the case.

      San (SAHN)
      suf. - Japanese honorific and suffix added to names, to show respect for the person you are addressing. -San is the most commonly used suffix heard in anime and it is usually employed when addressing an acquaintance or one of equal status.

      Tenshi (TEHN-shee)
      n. - From the Japanese, with its most commonly seen meaning in anime being "angel", although it can also mean "emperor", "nature/natural elements" or a "heavenly gift". Some classical Japanese and Asian literature and mythology used this term to refer to the emperor as the "son of heaven".

      Yameru (yah-meh-RUU)
      v. - From the Japanese, literally meaning "stop". Anime characters have been known to use this verb forcefully in situations where it demands it, though the word, as a general verb, can obviously be used normally in conversation as well.

      Yatta (yah-TAH)
      exp. - From the Japanese, meaning literally "did it" or "I did it". Yatta is actually a shorter form of the word "yarimashita", of the same meaning, and is most commonly used as an exclamation of joy or accomplishment.

      Youma (YOH-mah)
      n. - From the Japanese, meaning "demon" or "devil". Most commonly used to refer to monsters with supernatural powers that live to terrorize people with their evil intentions.

      we- watashitachi

      tachi" means a group of something. So "we" is Watashi-tachi, Boku-tachi, etc... Or "you guys" is anta-tachi, omae-tachi, etc...
      "no" is a possesive word. So Omae no [something] would mean your [something] And Boku no [something] would mean my [something]. So "ours" would be Watashi-tachi no. And Your would be Anata no.

      The "Te" form
      When using the "te" form, each ending on a certain verb will have a different "te" form. What this means is if the stem verb ends in a "mi" for example, the conjucation for it is "nde".
      IE: Nomimasu (to drink) = Nondeimasu

      The "te" form is known as the present form. So in the example above, it means "is drinking".
      -->So know how to change the endings...
      i }
      chi }tte
      ri }

      mi }
      ni }nde
      bi }

      ki }ite
      gi }ide
      shi }shite

      stem form- ~masu "IE: nomimasu"
      root form- nomi
      -->The extra "t" on "tte" is my way of doing a small "tsu" The small "tsu" is used for shortening a character sound.

      Strong Verbs
      kashimasu- kashite- to lend
      nomimasu- nonde- to drink
      yomimasu- yonde- to read
      kakimasu- kaite- to write
      hakimasu- haite- to wear (below waist)
      kikimasu- kiite-to listen
      kaburamasu- kabutte- to wear (a hat)
      mochimasu- motte- to hold
      ikimasu- itte- to go
      hairimasu- haitte-to enter
      agarimasu- agatte- to enter a house
      tachimasu- tatte- to stand
      suwarimasu- suwatte- to sit
      kaerimasu- kaette- to come home
      tsukaimasu- tsukatte- to use
      iimasu- itte- to say

      *note* All weak verbs do not need conjications, all they need is a "te".

      Weak Verbs
      mimasu- mite- to see/watch
      tabemasu- tabete- to eat
      nemasu- nete- to sleep
      okimasu- okite- to wake up
      kimasu- kite- to wear
      kakemasu-kakete- to wear (glasses)
      shimasu- shite- to do
      akemasu-akete- to open
      shimemasu- shimete- to close

      Catchy Stuff
      Baka yaro! = You bastard!
      Naru hodo... = I see...
      Souka! = I see!
      Nan da ke?! = What the hell?!
      Yosha! -or- Yosh! = Alright!
      Ano... = Well...
      Ganbarre! = Go for it! -or- Good luck!
      Ikimashou! = Let's go!
      Kore... kore, kore, kore! = Here... here, here, here!
      Piyo, piyo! = (the sound of a bird)
      Sore wa himitsu desu. = That is a secret.
      Okane daisuki desu! = I love cash/money!
      ITE! = Ouch!
      More Catchy Stuff
      Arigatou = Thanks
      Gomen nasai = I'm so sorry
      Daijoubu! = Its okay!
      Tanjoubi omedeto! = Happy Birthday!
      Omedeto! = Congrads!
      OSU! = Hey! (the way guys say "hey"
      Shimata! = Shit! -or- Damn!
      korosu yo. = Kill you.
      Doki nasai! = Get out of the way!
      Dame! = Stop!
      Abunai! = Watch out!
      Yokatta! = Thank goodness!
      nanimo... = Its nothing...
      Kisama! = Bitch! -or- some other swear word!
      Jo-chan = Babe (what Sanosuke says to Kaoru)

      More catchy Pharses
      omochiron- Of course!
      Daisuki!- Love it!
      Ara?- What?
      Namakemono!- Lazy!
      Ponbiki- pimp
      furu furu furu- (crying noises)
      Boku no inu wa hiniaru- My dog is fire (technically, it means "on" fire but...)

      soukoo-suru - travel
      kuruma - kar
      jidousha - automobile
      giya - gear
      taiya - tire
      supeedo - speed
      saikou-shutsuryoku - maximum output (saikou means maximum)
      Ponbiki is a person who manages whores (what are they called?)
      Shimata is shit (not the brown stuff)
      Baka is a moron
      Kisama is bitch
      Hentai is pervert or pornography
      Ecchi is a lesser pervert or an exhibitionist (I think...?)
      Chinchin is "Dick", as in penis...
      Yaoi is homosexual
      Yuri is lesbien

      any by the way, "Ore" can be used instead of "Boku", and also you can

      add honorifics, like, "Oresama", "Orehime" and "Oresan"

      The actual word for "fast" is "hayai".

      The word "hayate", I'm not sure what is means unless we see some kanji or what not.

      "Oni" is demon, but "Akuma" means devil or monster.

      Japanese language is all playing on words. You play on same words to different meanings.

      demon in romaji is Youkai (yoh-kai), since Inuyasha is a half-demon, it's Hanyou (hahn-yoh)

      Some more Catchy Phrases
      If I repeat myself, sorry...

      Anata wa dare?- Who are you?
      _(name)_ wa dokoda?!- Where is _(name)_?! <--Osaka ver.
      Betsumi...- Its nothing... (very sulky way)
      Ippai!- All of it!
      Kono hito!- That person!
      Watashi wa Ureshi sou da!- I'm so happy!
      Hanashite!- Let go!
      Dame!- No way!
      Abunai!- Watch out!
      Yamero!- Stop it!
      Ai shite ru!- I love you!
      Anata wa daisuki desuyo.-I love/like you.

      *Confirmed* "Anata" means "you"*

      HADOUKEN - ”g“®Œ - "wave fist" (no it doesn't mean fire ball) *hadou means wave or surge*

      SHORYUUKEN - ¡—´Œ - "Rising Dragon Punch" *shou is rising, ryu is dragon*
      ATSUMAKI SENPUU KYAKU - —´Šªù•—‹r - "Tornado Hurricane Kick" *tatsumaki is tornado, senpuu means hurricane, kyaku means leg or kick*

      SHINKUU - ^‹ó - "True Power" *normally in the game they add it with Shinkuu Hadouken etc.*

      ZETSU - â - "Death, Absolute" *quoting from Evil Ryu*

      OSU - ‚¨‚· - a greeting in martial arts

      Haou Shou Kou Ken - ”e‰¤¡EŒ - Tyrant Rising Roaring Fist *Art of Fighting's Ryo's special, haou can mean tyrant or supreme. kou can mean shout*

      Ka Chou Sen - ‰Ô’±î - Flower Butterfly Fan *Mai's fan. Normally, flower is "HANA" but in Mai's case, it's "KA." Chou can mean butterfly in kanji.*

      (Shiranui-Ryuu) Kyuukyoku Ougi - (‚µ‚ç‚Ê‚¢-—) ‹†‹É‰œ‹&#96; -(Shiranui style) Ultimate Secret *Kyukyoku means ultimate, Ougi means secret.*

      koko ni" as "This place..." is correct though.
      "Kore wa" means "This..." as to a object.

      Jigoku means hell.

      onegai shimasu (please help)
      dou zo (please)
      chotto (wait)
      matte kudasai (please wait)
      chi gai masu (no / not correct)
      chotto sumimasen (sorry, i would like to ask something)
      sou desu ga (is it?)
      dou itashi mashite (you're welcome)
      itadakimasu (greeting before you eat)
      gochisou samadeshita (greeting after eating)
      ii tenki desu ne (its a fine weather!)
      onakaga suki mashita (i'm hungry)
      onakaga itpoi desu (i've eaten)
      nan desu ga (what is it?)

      Basic Grammar:
      Japanese is a subject-object-verb language. Thus, in a typical sentense, the subject comes first, the object next, and the verb last.
      Okasan ga pan o kaimashita.
      Okasan = mother, pan = bread, kaimashita = bought.
      Okasan = subject, pan = object, kaimashita = verb.
      Mother bought the bread.

      Otosan ga eiga o mimashita.
      Eiga = movie, Mimashita = saw
      Father saw the movie.

      In Japanese, the word ka is used like a question mark. If you know chinese, it is known as "ma". Adding ka at the end of a sentense makes it a question. Using the 2 sentenses from the above example...

      Okasan ga pan o kaimashita ka?
      Did mother buy bread?

      Otosan ga eiga o mimashita ka?
      Did father see the movie?

      Examples of some more complicated sentenses.

      Kagome wa mainichi uchi de manga o takusan
      Kagome (name) wa (topic marker) Mainichi (everyday) uchi (home) de (at) manga (Japanese comic) o (object marker) takusan (many) yomimasu (reads).
      Kagome reads many Japanese comics at home everyday.

      Kono kodomotachi wa Nihonjin desu.
      Kono (these) kodomotachi (children) wa (topic marker) Nihonjin (Japanese person) desu (is/are).
      These children are Japanese.
      -note- desu can be used for both singular or plural, unlike English where "is" and "are" are distinct.

      Okay, so much for today. Here is a little pop quiz, translate this sentense:
      Kimi ga suki da to Sakebitai
      kimi = you, suki = like/love, sakebitai = shout.

      What are particles?
      A particle is a word that shows the relationship of a word, a phrase, or a clause to the rest of the sentence. Some particles show grammatical function - subject, object, indirect object. Some have meaning themselves, like English prepositions. But since the always FOLLOW the word or words they makr, they are postprepositions.
      The lists that follow include some of the more common particles.

      de made ni
      ga e mo
      no ka

      The Topic Marker
      How do you decide if an expression is a topic, marked with wa, or a subject, marked with ga? Both look like the subject of an English sentence. >.<

      Think of the topic as a comment on something that has already been introduced into the conversation, or that is a part of general or shared knowledge.

      Himura-san wa (topic marker), hitokiri battousai desu.
      Mr. Himura is an one-man assassin.
      **Note that wa as a topic marker can also follow what in English may look like an object, a phrase, or a clause.
      Asagohan wa (topic marker) hachiji ni tabemashita.
      I hate breakfast at 8'o clock.
      Hachiji ni wa (topic marker) asagohan o (object marker) tabemashita.

      I can go on and on about other Particles, but topic markers is what I'll be talking about today to avoid too much confusion. Try to read some Japanese sentenses, see if you can understand them. As well as identifying some of these particles and what purpose they serve.

      1. Nihonjin wa hachi (chopsticks) o tsukaimasu (use)
      2. Kino ano (that) hito (person) ni aimashita (see) ka?
      3. Yumi-san, nani o kaimashita (buy)ka?
      4. Naru-san, koohii (coffee) wa ikaga desu ka?
      5. Kyou, Kamui-san wa Tokyo kara (from) Kyoto ni ikimasu (will go)

      moon is tsuki

      Tai after a verb can indicate what is wanted.
      Watashi wa ichigo wo tabetai desu.
      I want to eat straberries.

      To insert "tai", "masu" must be taken off.

      Seems like...
      "Seems like" or "looks like" is refering to emotional looking. On an abjective, replacing "i" or if na-adjective, after "na".
      Watashi wa ureshsou desu.
      I feel happy.
      Kagome san wa kireisou desu.
      Kagome looks nice.

      ureshi - happy
      omoshiroi - interesting
      kireina - pretty, clean
      kitenai - dirty
      ii - good
      warui - bad
      mazui - tastes bad
      utsukushi - beautiful
      Well just a little one.
      Remember, one time only but its not like you can't visit me. My site is still the same link on my signature.
      Ciao everyone.
      ~Gin chan

      Informal Past tense
      Way back when we learns the "te" form...
      ie: Watashi wa sake wo nonde desu
      I drank sake.

      Its very simple to use the informal past tense, "Ta".
      Similar to "Te", "Ta" is exchanged for the "te" in the verb.
      ie: "te" Watashi wa sake wo nonde desu
      "ta" Watashi wa saku wo nonda
      I drank sake

      Meaning the same thing, yes, but how are they different? Informal, "ta", is when speaking with friends and family.
      Formal, "te", is used for speaking with higher status people such as a sensei or sempai.

      Also, when using the informal past tense, you can also shorten it by not having to say "Watashi wa" or "wo" or "desu".
      ie: sake nonde (drank sake)
      eiga mita (watched movie)
      sushi tabeta (ate sushi)

      Its just small talk.

      Verbs (revised)
      Weak verbs
      akemasu - to open
      agemasu - to give
      abimasu - to shower
      okimasu - to wake
      karimasu - to borrow
      kimasu - to wear
      kuremasu - to give to someone (from someone to someone)
      demasu - to leave
      nemasu - to sleep
      misemasu - to show
      mimasu - to see
      nesuremasu - to forget

      Strong Verbs
      aimasu - to meet
      araimasu - to wash
      ikimasu - to go
      utaimasu - to sing
      oyogimasu - to swim
      kaimasu - to buy
      kaerimasu - to come back
      kaeshimasu - to give back
      kakimasu - to write
      kashimasu - to return
      kimasu - to come
      kikimasu - to listen
      shimemasu - to close
      tachimasu - to stand
      tsukaimasu - to use
      tsukurimasu - to make
      tobemasu - to fly
      negimasu - to take off
      nomimasu - to drink
      hairimasu - to enter
      hakimasu - to wear (on your feet)
      hashirimasu - to run
      hanashimasu - to speak
      hikimasu - to play (instrument)
      magarimasu - to turn
      mashimasu - to wait
      migakimasu - to polish (to clean teeth)
      yomimaus - to read
      wakarimasu - to understand

      Irregular Verbs
      arimasu - to exist
      shimasu - to do

      Here are some words i know:
      Sorry if anyone else wrote all this, I didn't read it.

      Ai-Love, Affection Sometimes used to describe female character datings sims

      Atsu- Pressure


      I have more but I’m uncertain of them...
      AND NOW!
      The slang



      Gaisen-Person attracted to non-Japanese people

      Garisen-someone who likes thin people

      Kuso shite shinezo!- Die Shitting!

      Kuso- Shit

      Kusobaba-Old Fart Female

      Kusojiji- Old FArt Male

      chipatama-male broad bean

      Sry for the Language


      Shinai - bamboo practice sword
      Bokken - hard wooden practice sword
      Katana - the real thing
      Tanto - small dagger that looks like a mini-katana
      Kunai - small ninja knife for throwing or short range combat
      Shuriken - you know this it's a throwing star or spike

      Ryu - a discipline as in Shorin Ryu
      Jutsu - technique as in Nin-jutsu

      On that note, Keitaro-kun:
      Wakizashi: mid-sized blade
      Lengths go: Daito, Wakizashi, Tanto
      Ken: sword
      Do: way
      Kara: empty
      Te: hand
      Karateka: proficient martial artist
      Kendoka: proficient kendoist
      Men: head
      Do: body
      Kote: wrist
      Tare: groinish area
      Seiza: kneeling position
      Motsuo: meditate
      Sensei itaichi: face sensei (teacher)
      Rei: bow
      Arigato gozaimasu: thank you very much
      Hajime: begin
      Yame: stop
      Kumite: free-sparring
      Kata: dance-like routine that is ESSENTIAL to any martial art
      Sai: a three-pronged okinawan weapon, farm tool
      Bo: a large staff used for combat, in okinawa, used to carry water also.
      Tonfa: mill handle, okinawan weapon
      Nunchaku: rice flail, okinawan weapon
      Kama: rice sickle, okinawan weapon

      Ah, here for ya:
      Shorin Ryu: Young Forest Style
      Isshin Ryu: One Heart Style

      "Warui" doesn't means "I'm bad" is just means bad.
      With just a simple prefix, it can be changed.
      "Warui ne" means "Bad, isn't it?".
      "Warui de" or "Warui desu" means "Its bad".
      "Boku warui" or "Watashi warui" means "I'm bad".


      "Mazui" means "Tastes bad".
      "Kono tabemono mazui ne" is "This food is bad, right?"
      Kono = This
      Tabemono = food
      Mazui = tastes bad

      *bows* I still got it, even when I haven't practiced it for... a whole year now?! O_o;;;

      Harikiri is a better word for cur or slice.

      Juushousha – Severely wounded person



      Iee – No

      "Help" is "Tasuke

      Also helpful notes for everyone: There are 2 voice pitches in japanese, low and high. The order in which can alter the meaning of the word, such as saying hashi which can mean bridge or chopsticks. if you are eating out and want chop sticks, you call a waitress over and you might ask for a bridge. There are different regions which use different words in japan. (example: look at china, there is more then 1 language but in china they cant communicate unless they use english or know the EXACT same language, chinese use 4 different pitches in thier speech) But non the less you will understand bits and pieces from the person whom you are speaking to and can manage to understand what they are saying.

      Japan Lucky numbers: 8
      Reason: if you look at the character of the number 8 it represents an image such as a volcano shape. its liek you start with something small and you hope for some thing big at the end. Small start - big Reward type thing.

      Japan unlucky numbers: 4 and 9
      Reason: both of these characters hold a meaning of loss which are suffering and death. even in buildings they skip these floors go from floor 3 to 5. Its the same as here where hospitals remove the 13th floor.

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      What was the point in that. If everybody who could speak an extra language decided to parade their abilites off then the Lounge would be in carnage. >:| Moan moan witter witter.

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      he's right. and Japanese is the LAST language I'd want to learn right now. anime is really starting to get on my nerves...I'm not sure why. it's the names, I can never tell if it's a guy or a girl, and now everytime I hear a Japanese name I cringe.

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      paperdoll,kaniaz,i think this was a special request to anima a while back,instead of pming the people who wanted to have lessons i think he just posted it for anywone else who cared to see it.
      and actually im trying to learn japanese so this will be very helpful to me.
      not because i like anime (hate it actually) just because i like the language.
      thanks anima,ill make good use of this.

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      New York/Massachusetts. College can do funny things like that
      o_o...ow..my hand hurts from scrolling all the way to the bottom

      im sure the people who want to learn japanese would appreciate this anima

      Curiosity killed the cat but at least it didnt die an ignorant bastard

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      I've always wanted to learn Japanese! But I've never been able to find anything that would teach me...
      Raised by: Ffx-Dreamz and readopted by Ophelia

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      uhhh.... err... Japanese is not system based on roman letters. Though it's been romanized to make it easier for others to learn, if you actually want to learn it, you need to learn the characters too.
      Insanity is the new avant-garde.

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      Scotland, in a nice white padded room.
      I know, it has 52 characters in only one of it's alphabets. There are others and some is even based on the Chinese 9000 character alphabet.

      (my cousin moved to Japan so I learned about that from him and his girlfriend)
      Raised by: Ffx-Dreamz and readopted by Ophelia

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      Insanity is the new avant-garde.

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      well that certainly did not come out right... guess this forum isn't exactly multi-language friendly (if you change encoding in your browser from default to UTF-8, you can see it though.)
      Insanity is the new avant-garde.

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      Between Heaven & Hell
      a couple of things.

      1: NEVER insult anime in my presence, else i get super pissed, ok?
      2: I don't know have the stuff.
      3: I know all about the symbols

      Japanese has 4 alphabets Ramaji, Hiragana, Katakana, and KAnji 9kanji is like chinese huge amounts of symbols)

      However the server hoster for the symbols is down and i don't feel like adding them to my photobucket account

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      Originally posted by Anima
      a couple of things.
      That's 3 things. Not 2. PAY ATTENTION. >:|

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      cou·ple ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kpl)

      4. Informal. A few; several: a couple of days.

      A "couple" doesn't always mean "2".

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      Originally posted by wasup
      cou·ple ( P ) Pronunciation Key (kpl)

      4. Informal. A few; several: a couple of days.

      A \"couple\" doesn't always mean \"2\".[/b]
      Yeah? Well A dosen't always mean A either. You can use it as L too. >:|

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      I don't know about you guys history but I thought that the post was awesome.

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      I read an article on how Japanese culture is taking over the United States. Popular conceptions include Kill Bill, many books and anime.

      Thanks for that post Anime, this will help me a lot. I am very interested in other cultures, their language, and customs. Japan is at the top of my list.

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      Oh look at this...


      I'm: Hamano (seaside field) or Tsubasa (wing)

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      Im Fujiwara - Wisteria Fields, Asuka - Fragrance of the bright day.

      Peace Sensi.
      "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
      Hit me with music now, oh now, hit me with music, harder, brutalize me". Bob Marley.

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      I am 吉国 Yoshikuni (good fortune country) 海斗 Kaito (big dipper of the ocean).
      Insanity is the new avant-garde.

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      New York/Massachusetts. College can do funny things like that
      森田 Morita (forest field) 一真 Kazuma (one reality) for me

      Curiosity killed the cat but at least it didnt die an ignorant bastard

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      Boku wa Sakamoto Shun desu.
      (Book of the hill, fast person) (坂本 駿)

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      old rum and monket eh??

      I am...

      山下 Yamashita (under the mountain) 直樹 Naoki (straight tree)

      THanks for showing be that japanese anme generator ^-^

      Minna -san, Ongeki Desu?

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      Originally posted by Anima

      1: NEVER insult anime in my presence, else i get super pissed, ok?
      but it's so irritating. every time I watch anime and they use a japanese name I cringe. and I can never tell if it's a guy or girl they are talking about anyway...okekishiko, idashikanokonu, mirudoshikanoikanikodu whatever. it's annoying. not to mention half of them are either about giant robots or wierd little creatures that don't exist, if not you can bet it will have one of the two in it somewhere. oh come on, you know you hate it. :D

      Ignorant bliss is an oxymoron; but so is miserable truth.

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      Originally posted by Paperdoll EP
      but it's so irritating.
      the english versions are really irritating. The voices are horrible and acted out pretty badly... The real Japanese versions are much better.

      Some anime is old and irritating, but there are some really good ones out there too (if you watch the Japanese version).
      Insanity is the new avant-garde.

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      yea, like how a lot of times the european characters only have japanese names, doesn't make any sense.

      but anyway



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