Sunday, September 26, 2004

Lesson Three - Bamen San: Ohayoo Gozaimasu!

Lesson Three Vocabulary

asa (ah-sah) - Morning.

asa juu-ji (ah-sah jooo-jee) - Ten o'clock in the morning.

ohayoo gozaimasu (oh-hi-yooh go-zie-mass) - Good morning.

mada (mah-dah) - Not yet, still not.

mada desu ka (mah-dah dess kah) - Isn't he (here) yet?

ii desu, ii desu (eee dess eee dess) - It's okay, don't worry!

yoru (yoh-roo) - Evening, night.

Konbanwa (cone-bahn-wah) - Good evening. You may also sometimes see it spelled Kombanwa. I don't know why.

mata (mah-tah) - Again, once more.

sore (soh-ray) - That thing

kore (koh-ray) - This thing.

are (ah-ray) - That thing over there. In English, things are divided only into the two groups of "this" and "that," but Japanese has three groups: kore - this thing near me, sore - that thing there, near you, and are - that thing over there, away from both of us.

kamera (kah-may-rah) - Camera.

kore wa kamera desu - This is a camera.

chiisai (cheee-sie) - Small.

Pasukaru san no kamera - Ms. Pascal's camera. No is used like the english 's to show possession.

watashi no (wah-tah-shee noh) - My.

mo (moh) - Too, also.

Takushii (tah-koo-sheee) - Taxi.

ja arimasen (jah ah-ree-mah-sin) - Isn't, aren't. Although it looks completely unrelated, this is in fact the negative form of desu.

Doko no kamera desu ka - Where is the camera from? Literally: A where camera?

Furansu no kamera - A French camera.

ii desu ka (eee dess kah) - May I? Is it okay? Harrison is using the sentence in this lesson in the sense of "Is it okay if I look at the camera?"

nani (nah-nee) - What? An alternative way of pronouncing nan.

ara (ah-rah) - Oh!


Lesson Three Dialogue

Sensei: Mina san, ohayoo gozaimasu.
Hill/Pascal: Ohayoo gozaimasu, sensei.
Sensei: Harison san wa? Mada desu ka.
Hill: Hai, soo desu. Mada desu.
Harrison: Sumimasen, sensei! Juu-ji desu ka.
Sensei: Iie, mada desu. Ii desu, ii desu. Ohayoo gozaimasu, Harison san.
Harrison: Ohayoo gozaimasu.
Sensei: Aa, ima juu-ji desu ne. Sa, Nihongo no jikan desu.

Sensei: Nan desu ka. Sore wa nan desu ka.
Pascal: Kamera desu. Kore wa kamera desu.
Sensei: Ee? Sore wa kamera desu ka. Chiisai desu ne.
Pascal: Soo desu ne. Chiisai desu ne.
Harrison: Doko? Doko desu ka. Kamera wa doko desu ka. Ee? Sore wa kamera desu ka. Chiisai desu ne!
Sensei: Pasukaru san no kamera desu ka.
Pascal: Hai, soo desu. Watashi no kamera desu.

Harrison: Kore wa sensei no kamera desu ka? Ii desu ne!
Sensei: Iie, chigaimasu, Harison san. Watashi no kamera ja arimasen. Pasukaru san no kamera desu.
Harrison: Soo desu ka. Pasukaru san no kamera desu ka. Doko no kamera desu ka, pasukaru san. Furansu no kamera?
Pascal: Iie, iie. Furansu no kamera ja arimasen. Nihon no kamera desu.
Harrison: Soo desu ka. Nihon no kamera desu ka.

Harrison: Ii kamera desu ne. Pasukaru san, ii desu ka.
Pascal: Hai, doozo, doozo.
Harrison: Chiisai desu ne. Aa! Nani?
Pascal: Ara! Kamera! Watashi no kamera!
Harrison: Pasukaru san, sumimasen ne!

[Yes, Harrison broke her camera, but you all saw that coming, didn't you?]

End of Lesson Three.