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Glossary of Colloquial Japanese Lesson 1

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ohayoo gozaimásu
good morning
konban wa
good evening
oyasumi nasai
good night
(before retiring)
sayoonara
goodbye
(formal pron.)
sayonara
goodbye
(casual pron.)
mata ashita
see you tomorrow
ja mata
see you!
(casual)
chigaimásu
that's not right,
that's incorrect,
no
arigatoo gozaimasu
thank you
arigatoo gozaimashita
thank you (past tense)
dóo itashimashite
not at all,
don't mention it
(in reply to thanks)
shitsúrei shimashita
pardon me, I'm sorry,
it was rude of me, etc
shitsúrei desu ga
excuse me but...
(may I ask..., etc)
meishi
business card
(note: ei is pron. ee)
hón
book
kaisha
company, firm
goshookai shimásu
let me introduce
onamae
namae
name (your, his, her - honorific)
name (my - neutral)
tomodachi
friend
watashi
I, me
kochira
this side, this person
kinóo
yesterday
ashita
tomorrow
mata
again
kóso
indeed
kochira kóso
I'm pleased to meet you
wa
topic particle
no
possessive/descriptive particle
to
with, and
ka
question particle
ne
isn't it? didn't we? aren't you?
tag question particle, seeks agreement from listener
kaisháin
company employee
shachoo
director, company president, CEO
buchoo
department head
gakusei
student
koomúin
civil servant
shúfu
housewife
kyóoshi
teacher
isha
doctor
nán
what
oshigoto
shigoto
your/his/her job, work (hon)
my job, work (neutral)
séi
myóoji
family name
naka
middle
yamá
mountain
kawa, -gawa
river
ue
above, top
shita, shimo
below, bottom
ta, -da
rice field
itamae
oitamae san
sushi chef
Mr sushi chef (when addressing him)
kani
crab
ika
squid
kazunoko
salted herring roe
uni
sea urchin
hamachi
yellow-tail kingfish

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