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Lesson 2

What is this?

Anna, an international student from Thailand, introduced herself to her tutor Sakura. Anna hands something to Sakura.

Lesson 2 ( 10 min. )

Key phrase:

KORE WA NAN DESU KA

Scripts

アンナ さくらさん。はい、どうぞ。 Sakura. This is for you.
Anna SAKURA-SAN. HAI, DÔZO.
Sakura. This is for you.
さくら これは何ですか。 What is this?
Sakura KORE WA NAN DESU KA.
What is this?
アンナ それはタイのお土産です。 It's a souvenir from Thailand.
Anna SORE WA TAI NO OMIYAGE DESU.
It's a souvenir from Thailand.
さくら ありがとうございます。 Thank you very much.
Sakura ARIGATÔ GOZAIMASU.
Thank you very much.
アンナ どういたしまして。 You are welcome.
Anna DÔITASHIMASHITE.
You are welcome.

Grammar tips

A NO B

NO is a particle that links two nouns. In Japanese, you put a modifying word before a noun.

e.g.) TOKYO NO OMIYAGE (a souvenir from Tokyo)

Teach Us, Teacher

Sentences for asking questions
When we ask questions in Japanese, we don’t change the word order. You just simply add the particle, KA at the end of sentences, and add a rising intonation. So, adding KA to the sentence KORE WA OMIYAGE DESU (This is a souvenir) becomes KORE WA OMIYAGE DESU KA (Is this a souvenir?)

Sound Words

Walking
Japanese is a language with lots of onomatopoeia. A wide range of onomatopoeia in the Japanese language, from noises made by animals to expressions of feelings, is explained by audio.

Anna's Tweets

Sakura-san's dream is to teach Japanese abroad. My dream is to read manga in Japanese. It's study, study, and study for me!

Anna

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