There is no need for you to learn Japanese
in any depth for our trip. Matt and Susan are fluent and can take care
of all your language needs.
That being said, you will find the Japanese, like all peoples that we have
observed, appreciate it if you learn a few phrases to ease communication.
This is the underlying assumption of the Japanese language pages on our
website: just to make the basics available to those who are interested.
Furthermore, there are a few situations you might find yourself in where some
basic phrases and vocabulary can help out, for example:
- You are by yourself in a restaurant or store and want to buy something
- You get separated from the group and need to get to our hotel or the train station
Japanese Language topics on our site
Nouns - something to talk about
Is, Is Not, Was, Was Not (attributes:desu)
Is, Is Not, Was, Was Not (existence:arimasu, imasu)
In a restaurant
This and that (kore, sore, are)
You and Me
Expressions for shopping
Expressions for traveling
Words for numbers, day-of-month, months, weekdays
Helpful sites on the Web
Jim Breem's Japanese -> English Dictionary,
is sort of an ugly site. But if you type a romanized Japanese word into Keyword,
select Jpn-Eng General (EDICT) in the Dictionary box (this is the default), click on the box
labeled: Search using romanized Japanese then click on the Search
button, you are directed to a page with that word defined. Next to most words is a small
icon (a white triangle inside a blue circle) and if you click on that icon, you will hear the word pronounced!
A nice list of Japanese language learning tools on Web
has lots of useful links to explore.
A set of small dialogs,
including kana and audio; the sound is good practice for your ear: this is
what Japanese sounds like in real life!
A more advanced Kanji study source,
- a beautiful site, you can enjoy the aesthetic even without the study.