Monday, August 2, 2010

Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 - Lesson 2 Notes

New Vocabulary:
  • ohayo - good morning
  • ii - good / nice
  • otenki - weather
  • ja mata - see you / goodbye
  • arigato - thanks
  • jozu - very good / skilled
  • jozu ja arimasen - not good / not skilled

New Grammar Concepts:
  • gozaimasu - added to ohayo and arigato for politeness
  • ne - roughly equivalent to the English "don't you?", "isn't it?", "aren't you?", "don't you think?" (used when you fully expect the person you are conversing with to agree with you)

New Sentences:
  • Ohayo gozaimasu. - Good morning. (polite)
  • Ii otenki desu. - It's good weather. / It's nice weather.
  • Ii otenki desu ne. - It's good weather, isn't it? / It's nice weather, isn't it?
  • So desu ne. - It is, isn't it? (used when agreeing with someone)
  • Ja mata. - See you.
  • Aa, nihongo ga wakarimasu ne. - Ah, you understand Japanese, don't you?
  • Arigato gozaimasu. - Thank you. (polite)
  • Watashi wa nihongo ga wakarimasu. - I understand Japanese. (emphatic)
  • Watashi wa nihongo ga sukoshi wakarimasu. - I understand Japanese a little. (emphatic)
  • Jozu desu. - You are very good. / You are very skilled.
  • Jozu desu ne. - You are very good, aren't you? / You are skilled, aren't you?
  • Jozu ja arimasen. - I am not very good. / I am not skilled.
  • Nihongo ga jozu desu ne. - You are good in Japanese, aren't you? / You are skilled in Japanese, aren't you?
  • Eigo ga jozu desu ne. - You are good in English, aren't you? / You are skilled in English, aren't you?
  • Watashi wa jozu ja arimasen. - I am not very good. / I am not skilled. (emphatic)

Japanese Conversation:

Woman: Sumimasen, nihongo ga wakarimasu ka.
Man: Hai, sukoshi.
Woman: Anata wa amerika-jin desu ka.
Man: Hai, watashi wa amerika-jin desu. Eigo ga wakarimasu ka.
Woman: Iie, wakarimasen.

Does anybody want to take a shot at translating the Japanese conversation above into English?


  1. Awesome! Exactly what I needed! Weeeh!

  2. Woman: Excuse me, Do you speak Japanese?
    Man: Yes,a little
    Woman: Are you American?
    Man: Yes, I am American. Do you understand English?
    Woman: No, I don't understand.

  3. Ikaga desu ka - How are you?

    Genki desu, okage sama de - I am fine, thank you.

    Konnichi wa - Hello (during daytime until dusk, around 11:00 to 18:00)

    Sayonara - Goodbye

    Didn't study anything about the weather in lesson 2 or ja mata, but these were in there as well. I came looking for this "Nihongo ga jozu desu ne" I could barely understand the last part she said in the lesson. Thanks for having it along with the others that weren't in it.

    1. You're welcome. :) Maybe we have different versions of the course. There have been revisions, I think. :)

  4. This is awesome! I've been having to google all the phrases to try to find the right spelling to jot down in my notebook. Too bad it goes from lesson eight to thirty :(

    1. I'm going to have to get back to working on these notes. Been too lazy lately. :P

  5. just found your blog this evening and start learn the first lesson and im enjoying it ^^

    so, i think i will try to memorise it all for a while before move to the next lesson ^^

  6. thankyou so much for this, i can't tell you how useful it is. i was also having to google every single word and even then i would get it wrong! thanks again :)

  7. Thank you Susan. Great work. Pls lessons 11 onwards too :)