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For some reason, as I get back into Japanese, I'm leaning more towards
classroom conventions. While the hiragana for "suiyoobi" reads "su i yo u
bi", it's pronounced "suiyoobi", not two "o"'s, but a two beat "o". Each
syllable in japanese is one beat, beginners often find it helpful to tap
their fingers against their thighs, discretely, to keep time, make sure
their pacing is good. A long vowel is two beats, a double consonant
(denoted by the kana for "tsu", but a.. subscript version, followed by a
syllable beginning with a consonant) is a beat skipped, where nothing is
pronounced. Beginners are also encouraged to keep their tone even, and
flat; while Japanese is quite tonal, and a wealth of information can be
conveyed from pitch and such, it takes a lot of familiarity with the
language to put that to correct use.

"suiyoobi" means "wednesday"; I've been spurning the textbook convention
of writing it that way and doing what native speakers of japanese do, when
writing e-mails or aims, and writing it "suiyoubi". But as I mentioned
above, the more I get back in the practice of using nihongo (japanese),
the more I think in textbook terms. "Sui" means "water"; and "bi" means
"day". "Bi" is also the same kanji that is used for the "ni" in "nihon",
which is, of course, "Japan". :)

dame desu ne...

atama ga itai no de, nemuru tame ni yoku natte itai to omoimasu.
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Vocabulary lesson 二 (ni, two) - Greetings part II

Used for Goodbye

Goodbye - ちよなら。 (or ちようなら。)
sayonara (or sayounara)
-used when you won't see someone for a long time

bye - じゃ、また ね。
jya, mata ne
-already informal, but jya ne ( ) is even less formal.

later - でわ また。
dewa mata

goodbye for now - また ね。
mata ne

byeーbye -バイバイ
bai bai
-extremely informal
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Lesson 三十二 (sanjuuni thirty-two) (女)

いみ (meaning): woman, girl


じょ jo

にょ nyo

おんな onna

おみな omina

め me


女しょうふ jojoufu - heroine

女人 jonin, nyonin - woman

女女しい memeshii - effiminate, unmanly

女 の 子 onna no ko - girl

女 omina - sweetheart, female, girl, woman

子女 shijo - children (from last week, belated!)

Long vowels.

A note on how I do things.

long vowels. Most syllables in japanese are held for one beat, but sometimes a syllable is held for twice as long.

In katakana there will be the syllable (say ko), with a dash following afterward, to show that it's a long ko.

ex. coohii (coffee)

In hiragana, you'd see the vowel following, except in the case of "o" where you see a "u" following.


おばあちゃん obaa-chan (grandma)

いいえ iie (no, which can also be pronouced ie)

しゅうまつ shuumatsu (weekend)

ええ ee (yes, less formal than hai)

きんようび (金よう日) kinyoubi (friday)

Most of the time, in textbooks, you will see this extended vowel, in case of the double "o" sound, written as "oo", for example, kinyoobi. I use this method, which mirrors the syllables when translated, because I've seen native speakers use this format when typing in AIM.

See also kana lessons.

Lesson 三 十 (sanjuu, thirty) (人)

いみ (meaning): person


にん nin

じん jin

ひと hito

びと bito


人げん ningen - human being (not to be confused with carrot)

人じん ninjin - carrot

人口  jinkou - population

人手 hitode - a worker, hand

人人 hitobito - men, people, everybody; ninnin - each person

人ぞう 人げん jinzou ningen - robot

人ぎょ ningyo - mermaid, merman

びとー人 same-bito - (wereshark, from World of Darkness, White Wolf)
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Vocabulary lesson 一 (ichi, one) - Greetings part I

Used for Hello

good morning - おはよう ございます
ohayou gozaimasu
- (informal おはよう)
- used before 10am, or perhaps before noon.

good afternoon - こんにちわ
-used late morning, and afternoon before 6pm.

good evening - こんばんわ
-used after 6pm and into the night.

good night - おやすみ なさい
oyasumi nasai
- (informal おやすみ)