Now that it's the start of a new school year (in Japan!), I thought we should learn how to introduce ourselves. The attachment below has the basics and there's a good web link for adding in more information: hobbies and interests.
This game was a lot of fun! We need to get some picture cards so that we can use different words next time. Remember, the idea is ask someone to bring something to you in Japanese. The other people have to listen to you and pick the right thing. First person wins!
Normally I would make a wee sheet for you and attach it to this post, but there's some good web links for numbers so let's use those this time. :D
In Japanese, the words you use for a number can change depending on what you're counting. We're not going to worry about that for the time being, and we'll focus on the main numbers first. This website has a good table showing the numbers (you want the the second column, titled Sino-Japanese).
Check out this youtube video too:
Saying that something exists or describing where something is is a little different in Japanese. In Japanese, you have to use the verb あります for non-living things (including plants), and います for living things (animals and people). Here's a wee guide to how to use those two verbs.
Many thanks to Yuka san for the worksheet!
See me if you missed the lesson and need a copy of this.
It took a couple of sessions but we got there!
Cherry blossom, cherry blossom
やよい の 空 は 見わたす 限り
やよい の そら は みわたす かぎり
March sky to look over as far as
かすみ か 雲 か 匂い ぞ 出ずる
かすみ か くも か におい ぞ いずる
Mist or cloud smell coming out
いざや いざや 見 に ゆかん
いざや いざや み に ゆかん
Now now see go
The sky in March, as far as I can see,
Is like mist or cloud; the smell of sakura is there
Let's go and see!
It's a little out of season, but here's a children's song about cherry blossom:
There are kana in brackets after each kanji. This is how you pronounce the kanji. For example, the kanji 見 is pronounced "み". Here is the roumaji version:
Yayoi no sora wa miwatasu kagiri
Kasumika kumo ka nioi zo izuru
Izaya izaya mi ni yukan
Next week, we're going to work on translating this into English. Why not try it for yourself and see how you get on?
You might remember that last year, I taught some useful phrases, rather than diving directly into grammar and all that. I've listed the useful phrases in the following document, for any new members who weren't here then.
Warning: my definition of useful includes learning how to tell demons to leave the house...