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Introductory Japanese Lessons (13)

Dialogue in Romaji

Paul: Ginkou wa doko desu ka.
Namiko: Asoko desu.
Paul: Nan-ji kara desu ka.
Namiko: Ku-ji kara desu.
Paul: Doumo.

Dialogue in Japanese

ポール: 銀行はどこですか。
奈美子: あそこです。
ポール: 何時からですか。
奈美子: 九時からです。
ポール: どうも。

Do you remember how to ask someone what country he or she is from? The answer is "Okuni wa dochira desu ka(お国はどちらですか)." "Dochira(どちら)" and "doko(どこ)" both mean "where". "Doko" is less formal.

How do you say, "What time is it?" The answer is "Nan-ji desu ka(何時ですか)."

Today's question is "Nan-ji kara desu ka(何時からですか)". "Kara(から)" is a particle and means "from".

Quiz

Translate into Japanese. Check your answers at the end of the lesson.

(1) I'm from Japan.
(2) I'm from England.

Here are some vocabulary for the names of the countries.

Nihon
日本
Japan Ingurando
イングランド
England
Amerika
アメリカ
America Itaria
イタリア
Italy
Chuugoku
中国
China Kanada
カナダ
Canada
Doitsu
ドイツ
Germany Mekishiko
メキシコ
Mexico
Furansu
フランス
France Oosutoraria
オーストラリア
Australia

Click here to learn how to write the names of the countries in katakana.

Expressing the nationality is easy. Just put "jin()" (which means "person" or "people") after the name of country.

Nihon-jin
日本人
Japanese
Amerika-jin
アメリカ人
American
Kanada-jin
カナダ人
Canadian

Translation for the Dialogue

Paul: Where is the bank?
Namiko: It is over there.
Paul: What time is the bank open from?
Namiko: From 9:00.
Paul: Thanks.

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Answers for the Quiz

(1) Nihon kara desu.(日本からです。)
(2) Igirisu kara desu.(イギリスからです。)

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