There is no need for you to learn Japanese
in any depth for our trip. Heather and I can get by, and we have friends to help out.
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.