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Casual Japanese

Japanese on the Street

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Japanese On The Street Welcome to Japanese On The Street, aka, Very Casual Japanese! Did you know that most Japanese language institutions teach you basic Japanese that is not used on Japanese streets? Especially not used by young people. However, please dont be disappointed. . What youre learning in my video course is very practical, and thats the style of Japanese youll see in business and on formal occasions. Also, youre expected to use this style for the first time. The Japanese are generally very polite and authentic, and follow certain protocols. There are several levels of politeness, depending on whom youre talking to. However, once they get to know each other and find they are of the same status level, (e.g. age or social status), they start to use casual Japanese. Also, if two people are of a different status level of status, such as a teacher and a student or a boss and a subordinate, they will use different forms of Japanese, the former talks in casual Japanese and the latter responds politely. The teacher doesnt want you to apply what youll learn here immediately (I mean, in the first time of meeting new people), however its very important yet fun to understand what theyre saying. And eventually, youll definitely need to speak casual Japanese once your relationship with your friends become closer. *WARNING* Please do not use the expressions in this textbook on business occasions, especially to your boss or teachers :p Finally, I highly recommend you to watch Japanese drama often to improve your Japanese skill. Lets fun learning casual Japanese!!

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Chapter 1: Hiya! Good morning Ohayoo! Ohayo. Cheesu, Ussu! Good afternoon. Konnichiwa Konchiwa-. Cheesu Yo!


Language Note Japanese I and you I (female): watashi, atashi, (name), I (male): watashi, boku, ore, washi

How are you? un, genki (yup, Im fine) Genki? Maa-maa (so-so) Doo shiteru? Bochi bochi (so-so *Osaka dialect) Saikin doo? Aikawarazu (noting much, same as usual) (How are you doing lately?) Havent see you for a while Hisashiburi Hisashiburi, genki? How have you been doing? (Saikin) doo shiteta? Saikin nani shiteta? What have you been doing now? Ima nani shiteta? What are you doing now? Ima nani shiteru? Good bye Bye bye Ja mata! Mata neKaiwa A: Chiisu! B: yo! Genki? Hisashiburi jan! A: Un, soo da ne. B: Saikin doo shiteru no? A: ore? Aikawarazu dayo. Yocchan wa? B: watashi mo aikawarazu. Bochi bochi da ne. A: Yo! B: Yo! Hows it going? time no see! A: Yup indeed. B: How have you been? A: Me? Alright. Same as always. How about you? B: Me too, nothing much. So-so. Long

*Yocchan is a nick name of B

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