The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #31 January / February 2018
Basic Guide to Japanese
by Erik Zidowecki, Kendal Knetemann
January / February 2018 | 
Basic Guide to
Japanese is the third largest language used on the Internet, after only English and Chinese.

Embrace the Japanese culture of anime, bonsai, and origami. Start here by learning a few of the basic words and phrases.

Good morningohayou gozai masuおはようございます
Good afternoonkonnichiwaこんにちは
Good eveningkonbanhaこんばんは
Good nightoyasuminasaiおやすみなさい
How are you?o genki desu kaお元気ですか?
Fine, thank youhai, genki desuはい、元気です
And you?anata haあなたは?
It is a beautiful dayii tenki desu neいい天気ですね
Have a nice dayyoi ichi nichi wo良い一日を
See you lateratode o ai shi masho u後でお会いしましょう
See you tomorrowashita o ai shi masho u明日お会いしましょう
Do you speak English?eigo ga hanase masu ka?英語が話せますか?
Yes, a littlehai, shoushiはい、少し
Nice to meet youhajimemashiteはじめまして
Nice to see youhajimemashiteはじめまして

You can listen and learn how to pronounciate Japanese words by visiting
You will find these words on Lesson 1, 2, 3 and 4 plus there are over 100 other free lessons to learn more Japanese.

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Basic Guide to Japanese
Writer: Erik Zidowecki, Kendal Knetemann
Petey: Flag; View of city

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