Japanese Study Resources

Help!! with Nihongo

Greetings and Useful expressions in everyday life

Good morning = Ohayou gozaimasu Hello = Konnichi wa Good night = Oyasumi nasai
Excuse me, I’m sorry, Thank you = Sumimasen I’m sorry = Gomen nasai
I don’t understand = Wakarimasen I understood = Wakarimashita
Please give me ~~ = ~~ Kudasai Could you please… = …Onegai shimasu
Thank you = Arigatou gozaimasu You are welcome = Douitashimashite
Kekkou desu = No thank you (e.g. declining food) Douzo = Please…/After you…
Ii desu ka = Is it ok? Yes = Hai    No = Iie
Thanks for your hard work (said to someone leaving)= Otsukare sama deshita Please forgive me for leaving work before you(woo hoo!) = Osaki ni shitsurei shimasu
Try your best = Ganbatte kudasai Answer: I will do my best = Ganbarimasu
{Said before eating} = Itadakimasu Thanks for the delicious meal = Gochisousama deshita
How are you? = Genki desu ka Answer: I’m fine = Genki desu

Useful Adjectives    (____________ desu)

Difficult = Muzukashii Easy = Kantan Delicious = Oishii Tastes bad = Mazui
Expensive/High = Takai Cheap = Yasui Cute = Kawaii Cool = Kakkoi
Amazing = Sugoi Not cool = Dasai Bad at …= …Heta Good at …= …Jouzu
Big = Ookii Small = Chiisai Boring = Tsumaranai Interesting/funny= Omoshiroi
Like = Suki Dislike = Kirai Hate = Dai kirai Good = Yokatta

 The weather…   (___________ desu)

Hot = Atsui Cold = Samui Hot&humid = Mushiatsui

More colloquial expressions…

Lie = Uso Truth = Hontou Really? = Hontou ni? Seriously?! = Maji de?
Embarrassed = Hazukashii I don’t want to do it = Yada I was surprised! = Bikkuri shita!
That’s wrong =Chigau(informal)/Chigaimasu (formal) No good = Dame

Question words  (__________ desu ka?)

Who = Dare What = Nan (inf. Nani?) When = Itsu Where = Doko
Why = Doushite Why = Nande How = Dou How much (\)= Ikura


Bus = Basu (バス) Taxi = Takushiiタクシー Bicycle =Jitensha(自転車)
Train Station = Eki(駅) Train = Densha (電車) Ticket = Kippu (きっぷ)
Beer = Biiru (ビール) Wine = Wain (ワイン) Alcohol = Sake (酒)
Toilet = Toire (トイレ) Man = Otoko (男) Woman = Onna (女)

Japanese Study Resources

☆ Electronic resources

iPhone appsKotoba – dictionaryAnkiMobile – SRS review-based flash cards (can sync w/ website & PC software)Kanji Box – flash cards (also on Facebook)Ninja Words – kanji gameWebsites / plugins / software

Rikaichan (Firefox) / Rikaikun (Chrome) – dict. plugin

Ankisrs.net – website, desktop software, iPhone app

Kanji.koohii.com – RTK stories, SRS review (see note)



www.alljapaneseallthetime.com – self-teachingwww.nihongodict.com – dictionarywww.popjisyo.com – dictionary, web translationwww.japanesepod101.com – Japanese podcastMixi.jp – Japanese version of Facebookwww.lang-8.com – native speakers check your writing

www.tofugu.com – wonky Japanese language & culture

www.textfugu.com – online beginner’s textbook (not free)

www.gakuu.com – online int/adv textbook (some free)

☆ Dictionaries

Electronic dictionaries (Canon, Casio, Sharp)

Nintendo DS dictionary (漢字そのままDS楽引辞典 / Kanji sonomama DS rakubiki jiten) (¥3813)

iPhone – Kotoba

Kodansha’s Furigana Japanese Dictionary (E-J: 978-4770027511, ¥3675) (J-E: 978-4770027504)

Kodansha’s Essential Kanji Dictionary (978-4770028914, ¥4410)

New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary (978-0804820363, ¥5529)

☆ Textbooks & self-study

Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters, James W. Heisig (978-0824831653, ¥3104)

Often referred to as “RTK” or “the Heisig method”.

Learn the meanings & stroke order (ONLY) of 2042 kanji in vol. 1, then the readings in vol. 2.

Useful in conjunction with other forms of study. Great for improving your reading comprehension.

完全マスター日本語能力試験Kanzen Master: Nihongo Noryoku Shiken series, publisher スリーエーネットワーク

Japanese Language Proficiency Test prep books, available for test levels 1~3級 (old lv 1 to 3), N1~N3級 (new 1 to 3).

文法Grammar / 漢字Kanji / 語彙Vocabulary / 聴解Listening / 読解Reading comprehension volumes available.

Books run roughly ¥1200-1600 each.

– みんなの日本語Minna no Nihongo, publisher スリーエーネットワーク

Offers levels 1 & 2. Roughly ¥2500 each.

– げんき: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, publisher Japan Times (1 & 2, roughly ¥3000 for textbook & ¥1500 for workbook)

– An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, publisher Japan Times (¥3300 textbook, ¥1500 workbook)


☆ Japanese language classes

Tobu (Numazu Area)
Japanese Language Courses
Nirayama Jidaigekijo
Just behind Nirayama Stn Beginning, Intermediate Tuesday7:30 – 9:00 pm FREE
Numazu Library
5 min. walk from Numazu Stn
South exit
Beginning, Intermediate Saturday1:30 – 3:00 pm FREE
Circullo (run by Natsu)
Arranged by students Tailored lessons Arranged by students \5000/10 90min lesson
Chubu (Shizuoka Area)
Japanese Language Courses
Shimada Gakushu Center
1 min. walk from Shimada Stn
North exit
Beginning, Intermediate Wednesday7:15 – 8:45 pm FREE
Fujieda Cultural Center
054-643-3111 ext 292
7 min. walk from Fujieda Stn
North exit
Beginning, Intermediate Friday7:00 – 8:30 pm FREE
SAME (Shizuoka Assocn for Multicultural Exchange)
10 min. walk from Shizuoka Stn North exit
(near Kencho)
Beginning, Intermediate Tuesday6:30 – 8:00 pm \4000/12 classes
Seibu (Hamamatsu City Area)
Japanese Language Courses
NPO Minnano Nihongo I090-9175-3265  Kawai Hamamatsu Multicultural Center Beginners lessons using the textbook, Minnano Nihongo Saturday7:10 – 8:50 pm FREE
NPO Conversation090-9175-3265  Kawai Zaza City Palette,5th floor Japanese conversation for business Thursday8:00 – 9:00 pm \500/class
Japanese Class
053-448-5300  Ogusu
Hamamatsu Multicural Center Fundamental Japanese lessons using the textbook, Minnano Nihongo Saturday2:00 – 3:00 pm \300/class
Hokubu Community Center Japanese Class053-436-5931  Koyanagi Hokubu Community Center Primary: beginnersIntermediate: mainly conversationAdvanced: Kanji Sunday10:00 am – 12:00 pm \2000
Hamakita International Friendship AssociationJapanese Class Hamakita Cultural Center Fundamental courses for daily conversation and literacy. Wednesday7:30 – 9:00 pm \1000/3 months
Japanese Delivery090-5113-0218  Miura Nanbu Community Center Primary to advanced Sunday1:00 – 3:00 pm \10,000/month including handouts
NPO Nihongo
Japanese Culture Workshop
090-1823-6363  Kato
Zaza City Palette,5th floor Hiragana, Kanji, Primary to intermediate conversation Sunday10:00 am – 12:00 pm \500/ class
NPO Nihongo Late primary class090-2923-2338  Sato Nanbu Community Center Pre-intermediate Sunday9:30 – 11:30 am \200/ class
NPO Nihongo Reading class090-2923-2338  Sato Nanbu Community Center Intermediate to advanced reading Sunday11:00 am –12:00 pm \200/ class
JLPT Preparation Courses
Hamakita International Friendship AssociationJapanese Class Hamakita Cultural Center Preparation for JLPT Wednesday7:30 – 9:00 pm \1000/3 months
Japanese Delivery090-5113-0218  Miura Nanbu Community Center JLPT preparation (available to N1) Sunday1:00 – 3:00 pm \10,000/Month,Including handouts
NPO Nihongo
Adv. JLPT Preparation
090-2923-2338  Sato
Nanbu Community Center Preparation for N1,N2 Sunday9:00 –
11:00 am
\200/ class
NPO NihongoInt. JLPT Preparation090-2923-2338  Sato Nanbu Community Center Preparation for N3 Sunday10:00 am –12:00 pm \200/ class
Seibu (Tenryu Area)
Japanese Language Courses
Tenryu Japanese Class090-1098-3729  Okada Futamata Community Center 1.Hiragana, Kanji2.Conversation3.JLPT Preparation Saturday10:00 –
11:30 am
\500/ month
Seibu (Kakegawa Area)
Japanese Language Courses
Kakegawa City
Japanese Character
053-724-5595  Kishikawa
Kakegawa International Center Hiragana/Katakana,Kanji 1Kanji 2Kanji 3A, 3B Sunday1:00 – 1:45 pm \2000/ term
Kakegawa City
Japanese Conversation
053-724-5595  Kishikawa
Kakegawa International Center 6 different levels.There will be a placement test. Sunday2:00 – 4:00 pm \2000/ term
Seibu (Iwata Area)
Japanese Language Courses
Imanoura Japanese Class
053-837-4988  Suzuki
Imanoura Kinenkan(Memorial Hall) Literacy and primary to advanced conversation Sunday2:30 – 4:30 pm FREE
Nishikai Japanese Class
053-837-4988  Suzuki
Nishikai Commuinity Center Literacy and primary conversation Sunday10:00 am – 12:00 pm FREE
Toyoda Japanese Class
053-837-4988  Suzuki
Morishita Jichi Kaikan Literacy and daily conversation Saturday10:00 am – 12:00 pm FREE
Nihongo Café
FREE Japanese Conversation Group Gatherings
Sanarudainihongocafe@hgu.ac.jp Hamamatsu SanarudaiCommunity Center Japanese conversation with native speakers Sunday10:00 am – 12:00 pm FREE
Sanarudai (Night)nihongocafe@hgu.ac.jp Hamamatsu Sanarudai Community Center Japanese conversation with native speakers Saturday7:00 – 9:00 pm FREE
Enshuhamanihongocafe@hgu.ac.jp Hamamatsu Minami-Mikuri Community Center Japanese conversation with native speakers Saturday10:00 am – 12:00 pm FREE
Iwata nihongocafe@hgu.ac.jp Iwata Minami-Mikuri Community Center Japanese conversation with native speakers Saturday10:00 am – 12:00 pm FREE
Kosainihongocafe@hgu.ac.jp Omote-WashizuCommunity Bosai Center Japanese conversation with native speakers Monday6:00 – 8:00 pm FREE

☆ Using Japanese in your daily life

– Practice Japanese with your coworkers. Try speaking to non-JTEs. Enkais are a great place for this. (DON’T use Japanese in your classes, though!)

– Talk to your neighbors.

– Become a regular at a local establishment (bar, restaurant, cafe, bookstore… doesn’t matter!)

– Join community-based clubs, groups, and events. For example:

– Taiko (Japanese drumming)                     – Participate in a festival – dance, wear a costume, pull a float

– Sports teams (tennis, volleyball, etc)         – Cooking classes (ABC Cooking Studio, etc)

– Community center: sewing, knitting…      – Go rice picking or tea planting

– Ask your neighbors about other seasonal or regular community-based events

☆ Bonus: Slang and 静岡弁 Shizuoka-ben (local dialect)  Shizuoka-ben marked with *

ー やばい yabai – all-purpose exclamation. Similar to “damn”, but less foul. Often stressed as やべーyabee.

Ex. やばい!これがうまい!Yabai! Kore ga umai! – Damn, this is delicious!

Ex. やべー!寝坊しちゃった!Yabee! Nebou shichatta! – Goddamn it, I overslept!

* ~だら~dara, or らra. – Right? Same as でしょうdeshou. ら is more informal.

Ex. 次はOCだら?Tsugi wa OC dara? – OC is next, right?

Ex. 明日のパーティーに来るら? Ashita no pa-ti- ni kuru ra?  – You’re coming to the party tomorrow, right?

* バカ~baka~ [same as the more widely known Kansai-ben メッチャmecccha] – really, extremely. (Lit. stupid)

Ex. やばい!これがバカうまい!Yabai! Kore ga baka umai! – Damn, this is crazy delicious! (This is stupidly good!)

Ex. その映画はバカ面白かったね!Sono eiga wa baka omoshirokatta ne! – That movie was really good, wasn’t it?

ー マジでmajide; *ガチでgachide – Seriously (can be used as a question or statement).

Ex. これ、マジでうまい!Kore, majide umai! – This is seriuosly delicious!

Ex. あの子はかわいいと思うけど・・・Ano ko wa kawaii to omou kedo… – I think that guy/girl’s kinda cute…

ガチで?!Gachide?! – Are you for reals?!

* ~だもんで damonde – therefore.

Ex. 私は日本人だもんで英語きらい。Watashi wa Nihonjin damonde Eigo kirai. – I’m Japanese so I hate English.

Ex. 今日は二日酔いだもんで遅刻します。Kyou wa futsukayoi damonde chikoku shimasu. – I’ll be late because of my hangover.

Note: SRS = “spaced repetition system”. “…flashcards are sorted into groups according to how well you know each one in the Leitner’s learning box. This is how it works: you try to recall the solution written on a flashcard. If you succeed, you send the card to the next group. But if you fail, you send it back to the first group. Each succeeding group has a longer period of time before you are required to revisit the cards.” (WP)

This is an original document compiled by: Rebecca Lee, Sally Little, Mark Simpson 2011