Pre-Conversation Basics


Conversations? Not yet! Shouldn’t we get some knowledge before the actual thing? Here are some basics I’d like to share! This is what I call collecting. We might hear it often, so it’s not that challenging. This is so we can build up the blocks bit by bit!



どうも有難う = standard but casual way [domoarigatou]

有難う/ありがとう = informal way [arigatou]

どうも = a bit more polite, in between formal and casual [domo]

有難う 御座います = super formal, i.e. thank you very much [arigatou gozaimasu]

P.S Wow, there are so many ways of saying ‘thankyou’. There are even more, but I’ve excluded them because it’s too advanced for us…right? 😀 Well, baby steps.

Credits: I typed what I learned from this wikihow article. Yep, sources are from everywhere!

It is _____

It is a banana = バナナです [banana desu]


こんにちわ= hello, good afternoon (greeting for during the daytime), 10am to 6am, not with family. [konnichiwa]


お母さんはどこですか = Where is your mother?


Vocabulary Addition


Ahhh, vocabulary. Now that I’ve ‘mastered’ hiragana and katakana, I need to know what they mean. I’ve grouped together another groupie (post that keeps updating), so we can have a vocabulary list, of words we encountered by ourselves! It’s really hard work memorizing vocab from a list; I’d rather we collect them and expand it ourselves. This is my vocab list. You can make your own, or follow mine, it’s up to you! I just think it’s a good way of organizing.

Oh and also, as my list grows (and as yours grow too) we will group it into different categories (food, adjectives, nouns, greetings, etc. Depends.)



はい= yes [hai]

です= polite copula; basically an inverted ‘it is’ [desu]

いいえ= nope/well [yiie]

これは= as for this; hey there; see here; I say [korewa]

あめ= 雨 rain [ame]

か = ? [ka]

おはよう= Good Morning (casual) [ohayoo]

だいがく= 大学 college [daigaku]

じ= 字 word [ji]   as in romanji

からて = 空手 karate [karate]

すし = 寿司 sushi [sushi]

さけ= sake 酒 [sake]

あい = 愛 love [ai]

いい/良い = good [yii; yii or yoi]

やった!= hooray! [yatta!]

ぶどう = 葡萄 grape(s) [budou]

バナナ = banana [banana]

イチゴ/ストロベリー = strawberry (莓) [ichigo/sutoroberiー]

サル = 猿 monkey [saru]

カボチャ = 南瓜 pumpkin [kabocha]

つなみ = 津波 tsunami [tsunami]

せん=線 line [sen]

ようび = 曜日 day of the week [youbi]

な = 鳴 …to make words of ringing, crying, etc. [na]

さんすう = 算数 arithmetic [sansuu]

なぜ? = 何故 why; how [naze]

げんいん = 原因 reason; origin; source [genin]

もんだい = 問題 problem; question [mondai]

わたし = 私 I, used in normal polite occasions, gender neutral [watashi]

彼女 = wife

りょうり= 料理 cuisine, cookery [ryouri]