ＨＥＬＬＯ！ Ｉ ＡＭ ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™！Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online’s Japanese Word of the Weekday! This will be a special corner for the month of January dedicated to those that have decided to begin their Japanese language learning journey this year as well as those who hope to return to learning Japanese language. Refrain from worry if you happen to be joining us in future, as you can benefit from this special corner at any time of the year!
Every Word of the Weekday, which will also include many phrases, will be presented in its original Japanese script, potentially its phonetic counterpart, and its romanisation. These will be provided alongside its definition and part of speech if applicable. I will also personally pronounce each word for you. But, this is not all, as it will include an example sentence to help you use the word or phrase in future.
Learning Japanese language requires more than phrases, however. It requires grammar, culture, and more, but this vocabulary serves an important purpose as there is no harm in having a large word bank from which your mind can draw.
The expectation for this special corner is to help you prepare your mind for learning and studying. It can be a difficult habit for many humans to form, but beginning at a rigorous pace may raise your lowest point of mental activity in order to make any less become relaxing. As Kiki and Koko always say, learning a new language should be visualised as an oasis or a relaxing experience as it is potentially a deviation from your usual routine.
At the same time, resting is important, especially for learning; so please do not feel the need to push yourself too much if it is not helpful for your studying habits. But, this consideration is also the reason that we chose to only include weekdays in this special, leaving the weekend for your mind to relax and hopefully encode some of this information into your long term memory.
We have many related lessons and resources that we are sure those who may have already experienced them should revise/review, and those who have not read before would benefit from exponentially. That is why we are supplementing this month with both learning and revision/review so that you can begin and continue at your own pace.
Note: If you have any contrast issues with the colour coding on your monitor, you can highlight the text by tapping on your touch screen or click and drag with your cursor in order to get a higher contrast. The colour coding is meant to assist as a visual aid to accommodate all types of language learners, but monitors may not always provide the same contrast to every student/reader.
Word(s) of the Weekday:
hajimemashite, watashi no namae wa ○○desu.
Hello*, my name is ____.
*Alt. Nice to meet you/How do you do
Greeting at the first time of meeting.
Possessive Personal Pronoun(所有代名詞)
Personal Pronoun+ Possessive Particle (人称代名詞+「の」)
*Japanese language has many personal pronouns which you can read about in our lessons: 🔊 I Me Mine | Basic Personal Pronouns | SIDE A and 🔊 I Me Mine | Basic Personal Pronouns + Body Language Note | SIDE B.
However, as a beginner, or in any polite social situation, we recommend using 私, read as (わたし・watashi) or even more formally in special formal situations as (わたくし・watakushi).
But, you can avoid it altogether using other natural subject-omitted sentence structures where the subject is implied. This means that 私の as well as 名前, indicated as the topic by the particle 「は」, pronounced (わ・wa), can be omitted completely, leaving just the greeting, 「はじめまして」and your name, followed by the copula 「です。」 Japanese language can be very efficient this way!
*名前 can be broken down into its two 漢字(kanji), 名, meaning name or given name, and 前, meaning before or in front (of). Japanese given names are placed before the family name. So, even though it is still used when saying your full name, i.e. 「私の名前は「ジョン・スミス」です。」(My name is John Smith.) or 私の名前は「ジョニー・デッパ」です。(My name is Johnny Deppa). Do not call anyone “Mr. Deppa”. This is a 駄洒落, dajare, a wordplay, given to me by Koko who insists that this is humorous. (Dentistry is no laughing matter, Koko.)
Also, do not worry, these were just examples of introductions. I am not John Smith or Johnny Deppa.Ｉ ＡＭ still ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™ .
And, as previously stated, this has a topic marker, the particle 「は」, pronounced (わ・wa), suffixed to show that it is what you are about to indicate in this case.
The copula 「です」is ubiquitous in Japanese, being used in so many instances that we cannot cover it all in this special Word of the Weekday corner. However, it is recommended that you read our lessons: この魔法的な「です」とは？｜What is this magical 「desu」?（SIDE A） and 繋辞とは？｜What is a Copula?（SIDE B） in order to gain an understanding of this important magical copula.
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However, there is more than one way to state your name. I will list a few for your future reference.
(watashi wa）○○to moushimasu.
I am ○○.
(watashi wa）○○to iimasu.
I am called ○○.
(watashi wa）○○to yobarmasu.
I am called ○○.
○○to yondemo ii desu.
You can call me ○○.
Let us practice today’s vocabulary by hearing and using them in a sentence. For this part of the corner, we recommend that you reply to the sentence by repeating the phrase, but replacing the names with your own. Let us NihonGO!!
はじめまして！あたしの なまえは ききで ございます。
hajimemashite! Atashi no namae wa kiki de gozaimasu.
Nice to meet you! My name is Kiki.
onamae wa nandesuka?
What’s your name?
oaidekite yokatta desu ne.
I’m glad to meet you.
にほんごと にほんの ぶんかを おしえるのを たのしみに しております！
nihongo to nihon no bunka wo minasan ni oshieru no wo tanoshimi ni shiteorimasu!
I look forward to teaching you Japanese language and culture!
よろしく おねがい いたします。
Yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.
I look forward to working with you!
How do you do? I’m Koko.
Whats your name?
Oshiriaininarete saiwai desu ne.
It’s fortunate to make your acquaintance.
みんなさんの しやを ひろげせたり、
minasan no shiya wo hirogesetari,
I look forward to broadening your horizons, and
にほんごの べんきょうを おてつだいしたりすることを たのしみに してます。
nihongo no benkyou wo otetsudai shitari suru koto wo tanoshimi ni shitemasu.
helping you with your Japanese studies.
よろしく おねがい します。
yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
I look forward to working with you.
おれを れいと よんでも ええか
ore wo rei to yondemo eeka
ｙｏｕ ｃａｎ ｃａｌｌ ｍｅ Ｒａｙ ｏｒ
じぇいと よんでも ええ んだが、
jei to yondemo eendaga,
ｙｏｕ ｃａｎ ｃａｌｌ ｍｅ Ｊａｙ，
じょんそんと よぶのが ひつよう ねぇ っすよ。
jonson to yobu no ga hitsuyou nee ssuyo.
ｂｕｔ ｙｏｕ ｄｏｅｓｎ’ｔ ｈａｓ ｔｏ ｃａｌｌ ｍｅ Ｊｏｈｎｓｏｎ．
ごきげんよう！ ぼくは ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™と もうします。
gokigen you! Boku wa ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™ to moushimasu.
How do you do? I am called ＱＵＩＺＢＯ™.
あなたのことを なんてよべば いいでしょうか？
Anata no koto wo nante yobeba ii deshouka?
What shall I call you?
Oaidekite ureshii desu.
I am pleased to meet you.
ぼくは あなたに にほんごの はつおんの しかたを おしえたり、ごいを ふやすことを おてつだいすることを たのしみに しております。
Boku wa anata ni nihongo no hatsuon no shikata wo oshieri, goi wo fuyasuwo otetsudai suru koto wo tanoshimi ni shite orimasu.
I look forward to teaching you how to pronounce Japanese language and helping you expand your vocabulary.
That is all for today’s instalment of Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online’s Japanese Word of the Weekday! We hope that you will continue to join us for more of this special corner as well as more of our Japanese language and culture resources. Just because the activity of today is complete does not mean that your daily learning journey has to stop here. You can have a look at previous Word of the Week articles for even more Japanese vocabulary. You can be sure that you are caught up with the latest by visiting ieindigoeast.com, and clicking the sidebar link labelled 今週の単語 | Word of the Week, or go to ieindigoeast.com/kikiandkokoletsnihongo and scroll down until you see my monitor on the Word of the Week banner, and you can access the archives.
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