Beginning Japanese Conversation Podcast #4

I’m adding new podcasts to the TJP beginning conversation series. To see all of them, please go here. Here is #4:

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Beginning Japanese Conversational Phrases #4: Food

Reviewed Phrases:

何か食べたいですか。 nanika tabetai desu ka. Would you like something to eat?

はい、何か食べたいです。 hai nanika tabetai desu. Yes, I’d like something to eat.

Vocabulary:

Here are a few common food names.

ハンバーガー hanba-ga- Hamburger

ピザ piza Pizza

スパゲッティー supagetti Spaghetti

パン pan Bread

カレーライス kare-raisu Curry and Rice

フライドポテト furaido poteto French Fries

お菓子 okashi Snack

ピザが食べたいです。 piza ga tabetai desu. I want to eat pizza.

スパゲッティー が食べたいです。 supagetti- ga tabetai desu. I want to eat spaghetti.

ハンバーガーが食べたいです。 hanba-ga- ga tabetai desu. I want to eat a hamburger.

それじゃまたね! sore ja mata ne – See you again!

それじゃまたね! sore ja mata ne – See you again!

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Beginning Japanese Conversation Podcast #3

I’m adding new podcasts to the TJP beginning conversation series. To see all of them, please go here. Here is #3:

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Beginning Japanese Conversational Phrases #3: Drinks

Reviewed Phrases:

何か飲みたいです。 nanika nomitai desu. I’d like something to drink.

何か食べたいです。 nanika tabetai desu. I’d like something to eat.

The focus is on the ーたい which adds the meaning of ‘want.’

食べる -> 食べ -> 食べたい

飲む -> 飲み -> 飲みたい

Then add a か ka to make it a question.

何か食べたいですか? nanika tabetai desu ka? Would you like something to eat?

何か飲みたいですか? nanika nomitai desu ka? Would you like something to drink?

Now let’s answer the question for drinks.

何か飲みたいですか? nanika nomitai desu ka? Would you like something to drink?

はい、何か飲みたいです。 hai, nanika nomitai desu. Yes, I would you like something to drink.

Vocabulary:

Here are a few common drink names.

コーヒー ko-hi- Coffee

牛乳 gyuunyuu milk

コーラ ko-ra Cola

お茶 ocha tea

ビール bi-ru beer

ワイン wain wine

mizu water

ジュース ju-su juice

水が飲みたいです。 mizu ga nomitai desu. I would like to drink water.

お茶が飲みたいです。 ocha ga nomitai desu. I would like to drink tea.

コーヒーが飲みたいです。 ko-hi- ga nomitai desu. I would like to drink coffee.

Next podcast will continue with foods.

それじゃまたね! sore ja mata ne – See you again!

Makoto on the Train: The Ambulance Stands By

念のため

nen no tame

Just in case

On the last train we rode yesterday—the last leg of the journey—Makoto, still full of energy, played for almost an hour with his cars.

He had lined up five of his cars, vans, and trucks when Yumi nudged me and showed me what he was doing.  Makoto is very neat and likes his toys lined up, but this time after lining up the cars, he brought out his Monster Truck toy and made it run over the cars like he has seen on TV.

I had never seen him do that before, but the funny part was the only car not in the line up was an ambulance.  It was on the sidelines watching “just in case.”  I didn’t get the monster truck in the picture, but the photo to the right shows the original lineup with the ambulance waiting “just in case.”

Makoto at the Airport: M meets the Escalator

I think this picture was at the Tokyo station before getting on the Shinkansen.  It turns out Makoto really likes escalators. After going on a few of them, he started pulling us toward any escalator in sight. Unfortunately, we couldn’t simply use the escalator to get to Maebara…

This morning we went to a department store with eight stories.  It just so happened to have an escalator for all eight.  Yep, we rode the escalator all the way to the restaurant on the eighth floor.

Our Trip to Japan… with Makoto

All in all this trip from Florida to Japan took 26 hours from door to door. Makoto did very well; better than I had hoped.

Getting to the airport was fine. Makoto enjoyed the many 18 wheelers, pickup trucks, and cars on the interstate. He likes machines that move, and there were a lot of them.

The first flight (the short one, 2:10 hours) was the worst and gave us a false premonition of the horrendous things to come. Makoto did alright until the last 15 minutes of the flight when I had to buckle him for landing. He did NOT want to be buckled and he let everyone know it.

Strangely, he soon gave up the struggle and fell fast asleep while we landed.

We woke him up after entering the Chicago airport to save his ‘energy’ for falling asleep on the big plane.

After a few hours we boarded the big 777 and took off for Narita. Makoto did wonderfully the entire trip.

Makoto spying his first ShinkansenNormally, after the first meal (about one hour in) the plane darkens and everyone closes their window shade. Unfortunately for us, the guy behind us decided to look for icebergs every few minutes. Folks, when the lights go dim and just about everyone is trying to get some sleep, don’t open your window to let light flood the cabin. That’s just rude. It is amazing how one little window can make the cabin look like high noon.

We brought a portable DVD player, an extra battery for the player, a Nintendo DS, and many new toys to keep Makoto’s attention, but we really didn’t need any of that. On the big plane I read to Makoto one Thomas the Train book several times, but most of the time he just played with his cars quietly.

We arrived in Tokyo, went through customs, and boarded the Narita Express to get to the Shinkansen (bullet train).

In Tokyo Makoto got to see his first (憧れ akogare) dream SHINKANSEN! (see picture left)

The first few minutes of the Shinkansen ride was spent with a speechless Makoto.  Only rarely did he even blink!

Makoto’s Rides on 5-27-08:

1) Car to Airport (Jacksonville)
2) Plane to Chicago
3) Plane to Tokyo
4) Train (Narita Express) to Tokyo
5) Shinkansen to Maebara
6) Regular train to Fukui
7) Car to parents-in-law’s house

All that in 26 hours!  Makoto finally fell asleep just a few minutes before arriving at the house.  It couldn’t have been planned better.  (Clay stayed up until Midnight trying to catch up with email–He didn’t finish…)