Because I'm bored.
So you want to speak Japanese? No? What do you mean no? Of course you do. Stop lying. STOP LYING GOD DAMN IT. YES YOU DO! You do? Great!
Now I won't lie to you. Even centuries ago, many great scholars already knew that Japanese is tough. Really, really tough. Even Dante, writer of that book whose title I forgot where you can find Dante's Inferno knew of this. Why in Dante's Inferno, he makes specific mention of Satan speaking in Japanese. The devil language. Nevermind that some Italian guy named Dante never had contact with Japan. But whatever eh?
So I'll help you learn how to speak Japanese. Not write or read. Speak. Writing or reading is hell on earth. Okay, maybe I'm exagerrating excessively, but if you want to learn how to write the kana, kanji, whatever, go enroll in a class at your local college. Oh, and it'd be best if you had some sort of dictionary.
Also take note that as of this writing, I am drunk. I blame the lack of any new good games out in the market. This could be like the game crash of 83. Stupid publishers. I seriously fear for the future of gaming. I mean, what the hell is with all the crappy games that are all shine, no substance huh? Asshats. The lot of them.
I'll just update this when I have time. So at least once a week. Oh and if there are those better than me at this here, then go ahead and correct me. Let's not tell our readers here, but I dropped my advanced Niponggo class 3/4 or so years ago because I got bored. Shhhh. Don't want to tarnish their confidence in me, the drunk instructor. And this also helps me to not forget.
Speaking Japanese is easy. You just need to memorize and understand a couple of simple and easy sentence patterns. Everything is really just about patterns. Oh and context.
A wa B desu
Basically, B there describes A.
wa there marks the subject, etc, you already knew that right? Also desu right? Is/are/etc. If it's was/were/etc, use deshita. Negative form of desu is dewa arimasen.
Wake up = okimasu. Woke up = okimashita. See the pattern? Easy yes?
Oh negative form is okimasen. Past tense is okimasen deshita.
Asking questions is easy. Just add ka at the end.
Kanojo wa Lee-san desu ka?
Is she Mrs./Ms. Lee?
Yes, she is.
-san is used to denote Mr, Mrs, Ms.
Kare wa Lee desu.
He is Lee.
Kankokujin desu ka?
Are you Korean?
Hai, Kankokujin desu.
Yes, I'm Korean.
Kankoku = Korea, jin = people. Adding jin to the end of a country will make it a nationality.
A no B desu
no particle is used to show ownership, or that B is a property of A. Be it material, or some characteristic.
No can be used many times in a sentence, order of the nouns is reverse of the sequence in English.
Watashi no nihongo no sensei no namae wa Weaboo-san desu.
Nihon means Japan. Adding a jin at the end will become Nihonjin which is Japanese (nationality), adding a go (which means langauge) at the end makes it Nihongo which is the Japanese language.
Sensei = teacher.
Namae = name.
My Japanese (language) teacher's name is Mr. Weaboo.
Nihongo no sensei makes the teacher a teacher of Japanese, no namae wa Weaboo-san desu, makes it so that the Japanese teacher's name is Mr. Weaboo.
The Watashi no makes it so that the Japanese teacher is yours. Simple yes? Oh and we've combined sentence patterns here.
Any mistakes? Feel free to correct me. I just woke up and wrote this, so it might not be all that accurate.
Time ni verb
Particle ni refers to at. So during the stated time, the verb occurs or occured.
hachi ji ni hajimarimasu
hachi ji = 8:00
hajimarimasu = starts
So it starts at 8.
Object o verb
o refers to the verb that will happen to the object. Yeah, that sounds weird. So take this example.
seito = student
seito o tabemasu
That translates to eat the student. And depending on the context and stuff, you will learn who will eat the student.
There are a couple of this which follow the same format I guess. Mostly about pointing to objects from a location.
Kore This one
Sore That one (close)
Are That one (far/over there)
Dore which one
Kore wa noto desu. This is a notebook.
Combine that with the A no B thing and you get
Kore wa watashi no noto desu. This is my notebook.
Same goes for sore and the rest.
Sore wa pen desu ka, enpitsu desu ka? Is that a pen or a pencil?
When there are two desu ka's, think of it as an 'or'. Enpitsu = pencil. Pen is pen.
Are wa toshokan desu. That (over there) is a library.
Dore wa jisho desu ka? Which one is a dictionary?
Ano That (over there)
Kono hon wa furui desu. This book is old. Hon = book, furui = old.
Dono boshi wa anata no desu ka? Which hat is yours? boshi = hat/cap.
The same goes for the rest.
Then there the places.
Asoko Over there
Toshokan wa doko desu ka? Where is the library?
And yeah, same for the rest. More on this later, I really need to go. So the next one is...
Kochira This way
Sochira That way
Achira That way (over there)
Dochira Which way
Examples later. Or if someone would be so kind enough to post them. Happy flash? Yeah. Gotta go.
*long u sound
9 kyu*/ ku
11 ju* ichi
12 ju* ni
and so on and so forth
21 niju* ichi
99 kyu* ju* kyu*
So basically, ju* = one zero. And to say, 60, you just say 6 and then one zero. So roku jyu*.
137 would be hyaku sanju* nana/shichi
Hyaku is used the same way as ju* save for there being specific names for certain numbers. Like san-byaku which has byaku, instead of hyaku. I kinda forgot which ones had specific names though, so anyone who still remembers care to give it a go?
2048 would be nisen yonju* hachi
The same thing applies with sen as it does with hyaku. Just now we have thee zeros. So you for the above example, you say two, three zeros, then 4, one zero, and 8.
Same thing goes. Just remember to count the digits and what not. I'll just end it up here as I'm not that fond of numbers.
Last edited by AKofC; 07-31-2006 at 06:41 AM.
Damn this is hard. Oh well, you get what you pay for.
omai no atama ga warui desu yo. ;p
Last edited by thatthat; 07-27-2006 at 10:08 PM.
1 bet on this thread getting dropped in less than a week.
but best of luck.
I'd have left that hanging, but since there needs to be more chunk in messages, don't you mean omae?
Less even Aikido. I only started it whilst waiting for NHK to download. You in Aoyama? Or did you take the cowardly way out and go back home?
oh yeah......... you know how engrish can mess with you some times my freind.
Aoyama, mos def.
Like I said, I dont need friends, only internet.
and what are you talking about thatthat?
You are a man amongst men.
That's right baby. Fiber optic internet connections in rural farming villages. Steal their virgins.
nah, just their wireless. like I said, only interwebs.
i have no idea........
Originally Posted by Aikido