Section Vocabulary

There is a handful of vocabulary that we'll use in the upcoming lectures. By knowing these few words, even an absolute beginner should be able to make sentences by the end of this section (and the next one). Even someone who is not an absolute beginner should be able to get a better sense of the workings of a Japanese sentence and realize the number of things they are already able to say are quite impressive.

Japanese

Kana

English

これ

これ

this

それ

それ

that

わたし

I

ニコ

ニコ

Niko (=my name)

ピザ

ピザ

pizza

美味しい

おいしい

tasty; delicious; good

彼女

かのじょ

she

日本人

にほんじん

Japanese (person)

ビール

ビール

beer

どこ

どこ

where

です

です

to be (well, sort of)

飲む*

のむ

to drink

*Specifically, we’ll see the simple past tense of 飲む (のむ), which is 飲んだ (のんだ), “drank.”

If you are not able to correctly read these words, then please go back and look at prerequisites page.




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