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In this podcast you’re going to learn useful verbs to talk about your daily routine. These verbs are very commonly used in casual conversation throughout the day so they are well worth learning. You will also study a little grammar related to plain form verbs and -TE form verbs which are the most common type of verb used in casual speech. You will also learn how they are used together when describing actions in a sequence.
Also, the dialogue in this lesson will teach you particles which are sounds that usually go at the end of sentences to change the nuance of what you are saying. Learning these will help you sound a lot more natural when speaking Japanese.
In this podcast you’re going to learn about how to use adverbs of frequency in daily speech. In other words, you’ll learn how to ask and answer questions about how often you do things in Japanese. You’ll learn how to ask questions such as “How often do you…”. You’ll also be able to reply that you do something never, occasionally, sometimes, often and always.
This kind of grammar and vocabulary comes up often in daily conversation as well as the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam so it’s well worth learning.
First of all, have a look at the vocabulary lists to get an idea of the main phrases used in this podcast. After that you can practice how to use that vocabulary naturally with the dialog examples. Following that are extra grammar and sentence examples.
Also, while reading this PDF lesson, you can listen along to either the main audio podcast which contains all the dialogs and explanations in English. Alternatively you can listen to the Japanese only audio file. Just click on the links below to access them and enjoy!
In this episode, Ami and Alex teach you how to speak Osaka dialect which is called Osaka Ben in Japanese. And for this lesson Ami sensei is our secret weapon as she is a native of Osaka city.
Sometimes this is referred to as Kansai Ben however, Kansai is the larger region located in central Japanese that includes Osaka city, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama, Shiga, Mie and Hyogo. And in turn, each of those areas have their own dialects. However, Ami sensei is from Osaka, and Osaka Ben is the dominant dialect that influences all the surrounding areas. Therefore we decided to go with Osaka Ben.
Of course this lesson is not a comprehensive guide to Osaka Ben as that would fill a few books. However, this lesson will teach you the most common phrases, speech patterns and intonation that you will hear on the streets of Osaka.
The main dialog is recorded by natives from Osaka including Ami so you’ll learn the authentic accent. We also included a dialog in standard Japanese so you can compare. Enjoy!
Main Dialog – Osaka Ben (Japanese)
A: ぼちぼちやな。ま、頑張ってるで。 B: そうなんや。うちなんか全然あかんわ。
Main Dialog – Osaka Dialect (English and pronunciation)
A: Meccha hisashiburi yan. Saikin donain shiten no? –It’s been ages. How have you been recently?
B: Aikawarazu ya de. Socchi wa? –Same as usual. About about you?
A: Bochi bochi ya na. Ma, gannbatteru de. – So so I guess. Well, doing my best.
B: Sō nan ya. Uchi nanka zenzen akan wa. – Really? I’m not good at all.
A: Nande nan? – Why?
B: Kareshi to wakareten. –I split up with my boyfriend.
A: E? Sō nan? Shirankatta. Boku yatte, zenzen kanojo dekihen de. – Eh? Really? I didn’t know. I can never get a girlfriend.
B: Tsuki aoka? –Wanna date?
A: Nande yanen! – What the heck!
Main Dialog – Standard Dialect Version
Here is the same dialog written in standard Japanese. Can you spot the differences?
Meccha hisashiburi jan. Saikin dō shiteru no. It’s been ages. How have you been recently?
Aikawarazu da yo. Socchi wa?Same as usual.
About about you?
Futsuu ka na. Ma gambatteru yo.
Same as usual. About about you?
B: そうなんだ。私なんか全然だめだよ。 Sō nan da. Watashi nanka zenzen dame da yo.
Really? I’m not good at all.
Kareshi to wakareta no.
I split up with my boyfriend.
E sō na no? Shiranakatta. Boku datte, zenzen kanojo dekinai yo.
Eh? Really? I didn’t know. I can never get a girlfriend.
Nande da yo!
What the heck!
Extra Osaka Ben Phrases
ちゃう – Chau – No / That’s not right
ええ – Ee – Good / OK (ええやん、ええで、ええよ) アホ – Aho – Stupid
なおす – Naosu – Put something away (Standard Japanese = to fix something)
Random Phrase of the Week
This week’s random phrase of the week is:
Chau chau, chau chau chaun chau.
No no, that’s not a Chow chow is it?!
Let’s break it down like this…
ちゃうちゃう 、 チャウチャウ ちゃうん ちゃう?
No no, a chow chow dog , it is not , is it?
Or in more natural English “No no, it’s not a Chow chow is it?!”
Have you been scratching your head trying to work out what “Yappari” means? Well, scratch your head no more! In this podcast Ami sensei and I (Alex) attempt to explain what Yappari means. We teach you the three main meanings of Yappari and how to use it naturally and fluently in conversation with your Japanese friends. For more information keep reading, listen to the podcast and download the show notes.
What does Yappari mean?
1. Yappari – I knew it!
One common use of yappari expresses the fact that your assumptions or predictions were proved to be correct. It also means you were not surprised by a particular outcome. It might be translated into English as “I knew it”, “As I suspected…” or “…but of course…” Another way to think of it is as a phrase that emphasises IS or WAS, as in “It WAS you” or “He IS the culprit!”
Here’s an example of how it can be used in conversation.
Ne, saigo no kukkii tabeta?
Hey, did you eat the last cookie?
Hora! Nani kore? Kukki deshō?!
Look! What’s this? It’s a cookie isn’t it?!
Datte, onaka heteta kara.
But, I was hungry.
I knew it!
Here are some other examples that express the yappari in the same way.
Kare wa hannin da to zutto omottete, yappari sō datta.
I thought he was the criminal, and I knew it, he was.
Mō ichido yatte mita kedo, yappari muri datta.
I tried one more time, but as I suspected, it was impossible.
Yappari kanojo konakatta.
I knew it, she didn’t come.
2. Yappari – Indeed it is!
Another use of yappari emphasises the strength of your opinion. For example, I really do think that something is true. やっぱり温泉が好き Yappari onsen ga suki means I really do indeed love hot springs. English translations might include “indeed” or “of course”.
Nihon de nani ga ichiban suki?
What do you most like about Japan?
Yappari onsen ga suki. Ami wa?
I really do love hot springs. How about you Ami?
Takoyaki I guess.
I knew it.
Note: In this conversation we have two different examples of how yappari is used. Yappari onsen ga suki is the 2nd use of yappari which emphasises the point that the speaker does indeed like hot springs. After Ami says she likes Takoyaki, the reply is yappari which in this case is means “I knew it” as we learned with dialog 1.
Here are some more examples of how yappari is used to mean “indeed” or “of course”:
Yappari mainichi nihongo o benkyō shinakya.
Of course, you have to study Japanese everyday.
Yappari, kanojo ga suki.
I DO like her / I do indeed like her / Of course, I like her.
Washoku to ieba yappari sashimi.
If you are talking about Japanese food, of course it’s gotta be Sashimi.
3. Yappari – Ah, you know what? I changed my mind.
The final use of yappari is used when you change your mind. It means something like “Ah, you know what? I changed my mind” or “Actually, let’s not”. Here’s an example in dialog form:
Ashita nani suru?
What are you doing tomorrow?
Kōen ni iku yo. Yappari, yameru. Ashita ame da.
I’m going to the park. Actually, I won’t. It’s going to rain tomorrow.
Here are a couple of other examples:
Yameyō kana. Yappari, mō chotto gambaru.
I give up. You know what? I’ll try a little more.
Keeki tabetai. Yappari yameru, dietto shinakya.
I want to eat a cake. Nope, I need to diet.
Random Phrase of the Week
In every podcast we tech a random phrase to amuse and delight your Japanese friends. Here is this week’s random phrase:
In this podcast, Ami and Alex answer all your Japanese study related questions. If you would like to get your question answered on the podcast go to http://learnjapanesepod.com/questions and fill in the form. It’s super quick and easy! Once you submit your question, we will try to answer it in the following “Ask us anything” podcast.
This podcast episode is about various phrases you can use to start up a conversation in Japanese. It is important to remember that each conversation is unique and how you start one depends on who you are talking to and the situation. However, in this episode you will hear some of the most common phrases you are likely to hear used by Japanese people. One final thing to remember is that this episode focuses on casual conversations between friends.
A great way to practice your Japanese speaking skills and to get to know people in Japan is to talk about free time and hobbies. In a casual setting you may be asked what you do in your free time by Japanese people. So this lesson will teach you the basics of how to ask and answer questions about hobbies. But first of all, listen to the audio podcast which goes through all the points in this lesson. You can also listen to the audio drills which include just the Japanese dialogs without English to practice your listening and speaking skills.
In this podcast Matthew and I talked about our favorite Japan travel tips, hacks and experiences. We discussed various topics including interesting places to visit, taking ferries in Japan, how to save money and the recent issues with AirBnb.
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