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Language Lunes: Japanese

My friend Sachiko says that I have a very good accent in Japanese. Sadly, I only know about six words (not counting gung-ho or kara-te) and all of those are verbal; I can’t read Japanese at all. When her Japanese friends write on her Facebook page, I have no idea what they’re saying. Or rather, I had no idea what they are saying.

Lately, however, I’ve been using Google Translate to find out what people are saying. Sometimes, it isn’t very helpful. With short words and phrases, though, it’s great. And, in order to wow any Japanese friends I might have in the future, I have started to compile a list of words that you, too, might want to use to amaze and wow your own Japanese friends. Here they are:

  • Awesome   すごい~
  • Amazing  すごい
  • Crikey  わあ
  • Good job  いい仕事
  • I’ll surprise you  びっくりしますよね
  • Sorry  すみません
  • Zowie, interesting!  きゃー面白い!

And, last but not least, the Japanese way to express 🙂 is (^-^).

Of course, you might find this word list more helpful:  http://www.japanesewords.net/downloads/kanjivocablist.pdf

And with that, I will say さようなら or, as they say in the good old U S of A, sayonara!

Short Vocabulary List

 

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Language Lunes: Greek

February 28, 2011 1 comment

I love diner food. Specifically, I like eggs and turkey bacon and toast and someone else cleaning up the mess.  Now I’m not saying that I go to my local diner with any regularity, but the folks at my diner decided to teach me Greek (I live in Astoria, which is a pretty Greek area).  So far, I can say, “The food is very good, thank you for asking.”

Well, not quite.  Actually I can say the following things, sometimes even linked together:

  • hi/bye
  • How are you?
  • good
  • I am tired
  • thank you
  • you’re welcome
  • good night
  • one
  • two
  • three
  • very
  • little
  • I am learning Greek
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